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Alworth Fund celebrates 65 years of giving

With the opening of the college scholarship application season Nov. 1, the Alworth Memorial Fund celebrates 65 years of providing more than $44 million in scholarships to more than 4,700 northern Minnesota high school seniors pursuing math and sc...

With the opening of the college scholarship application season Nov. 1, the Alworth Memorial Fund celebrates 65 years of providing more than $44 million in scholarships to more than 4,700 northern Minnesota high school seniors pursuing math and science degrees.

Marshall W. Alworth and his wife, Margaret, established the scholarship fund in 1949 in honor of his parents, Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth. Marshall W. and Margaret Alworth, of Duluth, had no children. Most of their estate was left to the fund. The Alworths wanted to help students with outstanding scholastic ability prepare for careers that may be of benefit to humanity.

Scholarships in the 1949-1950 academic year ranged from $300 to $800. Today, the fund awards four-year scholarships of up to $20,000 each to high school graduates majoring in math and science in college.

In all, the fund provides an annual outlay to area students of about $1.2 million, making it one of the most generous private foundation scholarship programs in a region known for extensive academic giving.

 "Every day we see how this scholarship has opened doors and positively impacted the lives of our recipients," said Patty Salo Downs, executive director of the fund. "Especially at a time when students are worrying about the cost of college education, this scholarship allows them to work less and focus more on academics, as well as pursue other opportunities such as undergraduate research, study abroad and internships."

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To be eligible, applicants must graduate from a high school in one of the following Minnesota counties: Aitkin, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Lake, Itasca, Koochiching and St. Louis.

Applicants also must: have a composite score of 26 or higher on the American College Test; graduate in the top 20 percent of their class; commit to major in a math- or science-related field; demonstrate qualities of character, perseverance and ambition; and be from a family whose taxable income is less than $120,000.

Students can find full eligibility information and apply online between Nov. 1 and Jan. 15 at alworthscholarship.org.

The following are current scholarship recipients for the 2013-2014 academic year from the Carlton County area:

Carlton -- Courtney Bauer, a freshman at the University of Minnesota-Duluth studying biology.

Cloquet -- Luke Heine, a freshman at Middlebury (Vermont) studying chemistry; Kendra Pallin, a freshman at Duke University studying chemistry; Brianna Peterson, a senior at the University of Minnesota studying mathematics; Carly Ritchie, a freshman at the University of Minnesota-Duluth studying chemistry; Rachel Rowenhorst, a sophomore at Westmont College (California) studying pre-physical therapy; Benedict Scheuer, a senior at Yale University studying environmental studies; and Nathaniel Schulz, a senior studying civil engineering at Michigan Technological University.

Esko -- Dain Brademan, a junior at St. Olaf College studying chemistry; Jenna Calverly, a freshman at the University of Minnesota studying biochemistry; Mackenzie Carlson, a freshman at Dartmouth studying mathematics; Austin Cossalter, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota studying biochemistry; Timothy Garay, a senior at the University of Minnesota studying psychology; Tyler Gregg, a junior at the College of St. Scholastica studying nursing; Emily Johnson, a senior at Northwestern College (St. Paul) studying biology; Rachael Mills, a junior at Hamline University studying biology, chemistry and social justice; and Kate Shelerud, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota studying nursing.

Moose Lake -- Stephanie Aldrin, a medical student at the University of Minnesota studying medicine; Thomas Paull, a freshman at the University of Minnesota studying biology/medical school; and Micah Van Zee, a freshman at Northwestern College (St. Paul) studying engineering.

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