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Community Scholarship Drive now under way

The Community Scholarship Drive dates to 1968. Entering its 42nd year, the program has awarded approximately $434,300 in scholarships to deserving Cloquet High School graduates. Last year in 2009, approximately $24,300 was awarded to 45 CHS seniors.

The Community Scholarship Drive dates to 1968. Entering its 42nd year, the program has awarded approximately $434,300 in scholarships to deserving Cloquet High School graduates. Last year in 2009, approximately $24,300 was awarded to 45 CHS seniors.

Scholarships ranging from $250 to $2,000 are granted to students based on class rank, academic performance, overall school and community participation, financial need, college or vocational potential, pre-college test scores, and individual interviews with the Community Scholarship Selection Committee.

The competition among graduating seniors for the scholarship is keen. The scholarship application process is limited to the high school graduating class of the current year. In this way, limited resources are concentrated to help give the highest number of graduating seniors the help they need to get started in a new phase of their lives.

One way of applauding the graduates' 12-plus years of effort, and a good way to help a student begin his/her college or vocational career, is through this scholarship. The committee would like to increase the actual scholarship awards so they continue to be meaningful to the graduates. As you can imagine, college costs have been rising steadily. Assistance from the community is very helpful considering the cost of higher education today.

The Community Scholarship Selection Committee would greatly appreciate your financial support with a donation from you or your business. Scholarships totaling $100 or more will be named in memory of the individual listed or given according to specific requests of the donor; however, keep in mind that a contribution of any amount is welcome and appreciated.

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Send your contributions by April 1, for giving to this year's seniors, to Community Scholarships, Lori Stigers/US Bank, 715 Cloquet Ave., Cloquet, MN 55720; or Lee Oling, Cloquet Senior High School, 1000 18th St., Cloquet, MN 55720.

Once again, the Community Scholarship Committee would like to explain the difference between the scholarship program and the Cloquet Educational Foundation. The Cloquet Community Scholarship program provides scholarships only to Cloquet High School seniors. The Cloquet Educational Foundation supports different areas of education by financing supporting programs and activities in all areas of Cloquet schools. Both organizations support students in the community.

Selection board members include Kathy Abrahamson, Marilyn Gilchrist, John Gust, Deb Levinski, Peter Myhrwold, Lee Oling, Tom Proulx, Shannon Sams and Lori Stigers.

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