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Township scholarships available for high school juniors

The Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT) is offering a township scholarship program for high school juniors in Minnesota. Up to four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

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The MAT Scholarship Program is designed to heighten awareness among young people about Minnesota’s Grassroots Township government. The program encourages every high school in the state to offer the opportunity for juniors to participate in this scholarship program.

All students currently enrolled in 11th grade and attending a Minnesota public, private or parochial high school or a home study program and who plan to further their education at a college, university or vocational school are eligible.

They cannot be the child, step-child, grandchild or stepgrandchild, brother, stepbrother, sister or stepsister of an MAT director or staff member.

Requirements include:

● Applicants must complete an application form and submit it along with a written essay discussing this year’s topic, which is Township Pride: Fostering the Township Community.

● Essays should answer each of the following questions: Why is it important to you to feel like a part of your community? What steps can townships take to develop or foster a feeling of community in today’s youth?

● Essays must be between 450 and 500 words and must be typed with double spacing.

● Applicants should not name themselves, their school, town or city or local officials in the essay.

Along with the completed application and written essay, students must submit:

● Current high school transcript.

● Letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or counselor.

All items must be submitted in one envelope and mailed to Minnesota Association of Townships Scholarship Program, PO Box 267, St. Michael, MN 55376, postmarked by May 1, 2014.

Incomplete applications or applications postmarked after May 1, 2014 will not be accepted.

Each essay will be judged on originality, knowledge of subject matter in relationship to the title and supporting statements, as well as correct spelling and punctuation.

The judging will be completed by October 1, 2014. Winners will be notified in writing in mid-October and will be invited to attend MAT’s annual meeting November 20-22, 2014 in Duluth.

Scholarship awards will be paid to the appropriate financial aid office upon receipt of verification of completing their first term at a college, university or technical school.

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