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College Scholarships

Students with questions about applying for the scholarships listed on this page or those who wish to add scholarships to this page should contact Mrs. Tschumperlin at jtschumperlin@rcsmn.org.


College Scholarship Information for International Students

Also check individual universities that may offer aid to international students, such as:

Click here for the Veteran's Complete Guide to Making College Affordable.

Click here for Affordable Colleges Online Guide to College Scholarships for African American Students.

Information about scholarships will be posted as dates and applications become available.

Individual Scholarships


Due Date


Abbott & Fenner Scholarship$1,0006/14/19Click hereOpen to all high school juniors and seniors.

ACF Visonary Scholarship



Click here

All high school students are eligible to apply.

ACT Student Champions$50010/31/18Click here

The ACT Student Champion is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and a plan in place.

  • High school seniors who have overcome challenges and can articulate their education and/or career actions
  • Senior who has taken the ACT and who have a composite ACT score of a 22 or higher.

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship up to $2,5006/15/19Click hereOpen to seniors who will be enrolled in a career or technical program (up to 2 years) at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the US. The applicant must also be demonstrate critical financial need by being eligible for a Federal Pell Grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA.
AES Engineering Scholarship$50010/6/18Click hereAward is open to all students regardless of major. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of character as determined by the submitted essay.
American Legion, Wm. T. McCoy Post 92varies3/15/19 (received by American Legion)Click hereOur local American Legion Post is offering 4 different scholarships to high school seniors. Applications are available via the link or in the Guidance Office.

American Legion Auxiliary


variesClick here

"Children of Warriors Scholarship", "Department of MN Scholarship", and others.
Aviation Pathways Scholarship$1, 0003/11/19Click here
(select "See the list of Scholarship Funds", and then "Special Focus Scholarships".
This scholarship fund was created to provide support for students with a desire to enter an aviation career. Students can be high school seniors, college freshman or sophomores, from Southeast Minnesota counties. Minimum GPA is 2.5. Students must be entering or engaged in an aviation-related degree program at an accredited college, university, or technical college.
Ron Brown Scholar Program$40,000 ($10,000 per year for 4 years)11/1/18 (early deadline) and 1/9/19Click hereOpen to African American high school seniors who excel academically, are involved in community activities, and have demonstrated financial need.
BigRentz Engineering Scholarship$5,0008/3/2018Click hereOpen to students who have a 3.0 GPA or higher who are planning to pursue an engineering degree with a discipline related to design, construction, and operation of machinery or structures (e.g., civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, agricultural engineering, industrial engineering, transportation engineering).

Caring.com Scholarship$1,50012/31/18Click hereOpen to seniors who will be caring for a loved one while attending college.
Catholic United Financial Scholarship$500 or $3004/30/19Click hereApplicants must be a member of Catholic United for at least 2 years prior to application deadline.
Clean Air Choice Biodiesel Scholarship$500 or $10003/29/19 (by 4:30 pm)Click hereOpen to all high school seniors planning to attend college in the fall.
Come to Iowa Scholarship$1,0005/19/19 (4 pm)Click hereHigh school seniors who are permanent residents of states surrounding Iowa, including Minnesota, who will be attending an eligible institution in Iowa in the fall.
The Coolidge ScholarshipFull-ride for any accredited U.S. college or university; $5,000 for finalists and $1,000 for top 100 applicants1/23/19 (5 PM EST)Click hereOpen to high school juniors planning to enroll in college in the fall of 2020 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident.
Danley's Garage Builder Scholarship$1,00011/15/18Click hereOpen to current and prospective college students. Application includes a 1,000 word essay on the topic "What Teacher Has Inspired You?".
B. Davis Scholarship$1,0005/22/18Click hereOpen to all high school juniors and seniors.

Education Matters Scholarship$5,00011/30/17Click hereOpen to all high school students age 13 and older.
Exchange Club Scholarship - A.C.E.$1,0003/22/19Click here

Accepting the Challenge of Excellence (A.C.E) Scholarship will be awarded to one student from Rochester who has overcome a physical, emotional, or social obstacles in order to graduate. The Rochester winner will advance to a district scholarship competition. Applications should be turned in to the Guidance Office by 3/21/19. They will be picked up by an Exchange Club representative on 4/1/19, which is the first day back from spring break.
Exchange Club Scholarship$1,0003/22/19Click hereOpen to seniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher who have a financial need. The student should be involved in the community, church, or other civic organization. We must have a minimum of 3 applicants from Lourdes for the award to go to a Lourdes student. Applications should be turned in to the Guidance Office by 3/21/19. They will be picked up by an Exchange Club representative on 4/1/19, which is the first day back from spring break.

Feldco Windows, Siding and Doors Scholarship



Click here

Fireside Catholic Publishing$1,000Internal deadline - 11/28/18 to select 1 essay to submit.Click here

Applicants write an essay on the topic "How is your Religious Education Influencing your Life?". 750 word maximum. Only one applicant per school may be forwarded for consideration. Essay selected by LHS must be received by Fireside Catholic Publishing by 12/7/18.

Fraternal Order of Eagles #2228 Aerie and Women's Auxiliary Scholarshipvaries4/1/19Click hereOpen to seniors who are rated in the top 50% of their class.
History Scholar Award (RCWRT and Hosier Memorial Foundation)$7504/6/2019Click hereOpen to seniors planning to start college in the fall of 2019 who have a demonstrated interest in history. A history major is not required. Please see attachment for requirements about the required 2-page narrative and letters of recommendation.
Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarship$1,0002/8/19Click hereApplicant must be a high-school senior who began working for Hy-Vee on or before 9/15/18 or child of a Hy-Vee employee who has at least 6 months of employment.
The Kaplan Group Annual Scholarship$1,0008/12/2018Click hereOpen to students with a minimum 2.5 GPA studying a business-related field (see website for acceptable majors). Applicants must submit an essay.
Katharine Kilbourne Memorial Scholarship$1,5003/11/19Click hereThis memorial scholarship fund was created to provide financial aid to first generation college students who demonstrate financial need and strong academic performance. Students must be high school seniors, poised to be first generation college students, and live in the city of Rochester. There is a preference for those looking to give back through a career in education.
Kiwanis Educational Foundation Scholarship$7151/10/19Click here

A maximum of 3 students (seniors) from Lourdes can submit applications to Kiwanis Education Foundation. Please bring your completed application to the Guidance Office no later than January 10th. A letter of recommendation from a staff member is required. Applications received by the 10th will be reviewed, and 3 will be selected to be sent to Kiwanis by their 1/25/19 deadline.

Kiwanis of Rochester Scholarship$7504/17/19Click hereOpen to seniors. Winner of the scholarship will be honored at a luncheon on May 16, 2019.
Lourdes Foundation: Anne C. Haddad Scholarhip$1, 2804/23/2019Click hereOpen to LHS seniors who reflect Catholic heritage in personal life, are considered a leader in the Lourdes Community, and promote a positive attitude.
Lourdes Foundation: Daniel Paulson Scholarship

$1,000 (2 awards)


Click here

Open to LHS seniors who are well-rounded students, considered friendly, and respected by peers and faculty.
Lourdes Foundation: Irene H. & Dr. Lloyd Williams Scholarship



Click here

Open to LHS seniors who intend to pursue a career as a teacher, have great potential for success in college, and have been a contributing member of the Lourdes Community.
Minnesota Association of Townships Scholarship Program$1,0005/1/2019Click hereThis scholarship is open to high school juniors. Applicants must complete an application form and submit it along with a written essay discussing this year’s topic: The Sense of the Census: Rural Representation at Risk. What policies can be adopted that will encourage economic development in rural communities ensuring robust representation at all levels of government? More information available on the MAT website.

Minnesota Athletes in Sports Medicine Scholarship$2,5005/1/2018Click hereTwo scholarships are available and will be awarded to one male and one female graduating high school student athlete who intend to pursue a professional career in sports medicine. Student must have been involved in an interscholastic sport for each of their 4 years in high school and must intend to major in a field related to sports medicine.
Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) Scholarship Essay$500, $200, or $1003/18/2019Click hereOpen to high school seniors in southeastern MN who are planning to pursue post-secondary education. Essay topics and instructions in attachment.
Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers - MATHCOUNTS Scholarship$1,0004/2/2019Click hereMust be a graduating high school senior, enrolling in an accredited engineering program or a bachelor’s degree in science or mathematics. Applicant must have competed in a MATHCOUNTS chapter competition as a team member, a team member alternate or an individual competitor.

Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers - STEM Scholarship

$1,0004/2/2019Click hereGraduating high school senior or an existing college student, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).

Minnesota Women's Golf Association Scholarshipvaries3/31/18Click hereApplicant must be a senior girl who has a minimum of a 3.2 GPA, demonstrated financial need (FAFSA form), and demonstrated involvement in a sport, which does not have to be golf.
Minnesota Women in Public Finance Scholarshipvaries5/31/19 (must be received by midnight)Click hereOpen to female, college-bound high school juniors or seniors who have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. The applicant should have leadership skills and an interest in pursuing a public finance related career in finance, government, nonprofits, banking, or law.
NWAIC Undergraduate Scholarship$1,0005/1/19Click hereOpen to female senior students who plan to enroll in a full-time construction-related degree program at a school in the US. Minimum GPA to apply is 2.5.
Shannon O'Hara Memorial Scholarship


1/10/19Click hereTwo scholarships are awarded each year to graduating seniors (one boy and one girl) who participated in RYHA.
Olmsted County Bar Association Scholarship$500 (2 scholarships available)4/5/2019Click hereAvailable to Olmsted County high school seniors who aspire to contribute to the legal field. The legal field is not limited to attorneys, but also includes a wide array of careers such as paralegals, social workers, and law enforcement officers.
Olmsted County Deputy Sheriff's Association ScholarshipGeneral Scholarship: $100-$250
Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice Program Scholarship: $100-$500
Law Enforcement Skills Scholarship:
5/1/19Click hereEach of the three scholarships has different eligibility requirements, which are described in the application.
Optimist International Essay ContestClub level, medallion; district level, $2,5002/3/2018Click hereOpen to students under age 18 as of October 1, 2017. Official Topic: Can Society Function Without Respect?" Detailed rules and requirements can be found in the application form available for download on this page or in the Guidance Office.
People's Energy Cooperative Scholarship$1,0003/29/2019 (must be received by 4 pm)Click hereOpen to high school seniors who have a minimum of a 2.75 GPA and whose parents or guardians are active members of the Cooperative.
Prudential Spirit of Community Awardup to $5,00011/6/18Click hereAward is open to all students (grades 5-12) who have conducted a volunteer service activity within the last year.
Pinnacle Peak Recovery Scholarship$5006/30/18Click hereOpen to legal residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older and a high school junior or senior planning to enroll

in full-time undergraduate or graduate program in the next academic year, at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States.

Jackie Robinson Foundation ScholarshipUp to $30,000 over four years2/1/19 (by 5 pm)Cilck hereThe JRF scholarship is awarded to outstanding minority high school seniors showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice.

Rochester Area Builders, Inc. Scholarship$500 or $10005/4/2018Click hereOpen to high school seniors who have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA and who are accepted to a post secondary program in a construction-related field including technical school, trade school, apprenticeship, or college.

WACE National Co-op Scholarship Programvaries2/15/19 (earlier date for some schools)Click hereOpen to high school seniors who have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA and are applying to one or more of the WACE Partner Institutions. Each institution may have additional criteria.
Wisconsin Alumni Association, Rochester Chapter Scholarship$1000 or $15004/13/2018Click hereOpen to graduating seniors who have been accepted to and have committed to enroll at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Applicant must have a GPA of 3.5 or better and have demonstrated extracurricular involvement and financial need. Internal deadline is 4/13/2018.
Vallely Will Fundvaries Internal deadline 1/14/19 , submission deadline 2/1/19Click hereOnly one candidate from Lourdes may apply for this scholarship. Please submit your essay to the Guidance Office by 1/14/19 if you are interested so a student can be selected to complete the application by the 2/1 deadline. A personal essay and a teacher letter of recommendation is required as part of the application.

College Specific Scholarships

Please note that this is not an inclusive list. We are posting information we are aware of for schools attended by recent Lourdes graduates.

Boston University

  • Click here for information on merit awards at Boston University.

College of St. Scholastica

  • Click here for information about scholarships available to incoming freshman.
  • Click here for information about the Catholic Student Referral Scholarship, which is $300 per year, $1,200 total.

Creighton University

  • All students are considered for Creighton's merit-based scholarships. To receive priority consideration, applications must be submitted by 12/1/17.
  • Click here for information about supplemental scholarships, including the Scott Scholars and Scott Fellows awards offered by the Heider College of Business. Admission application and supplemental scholarship application are due by 1/5/18.

Iowa State University

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (priority deadline: 12/1/17): Click here for information.
  • College of Business (deadline: 12/1/17): Click here for information.
  • College of Design (deadline: 12/1/17): Click here for information.
  • College of Engineering (deadline: 12/1/17): Click here for information.
  • College of Human Sciences (deadline 12/5/17): Click here for information.
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Scholarships are available on a department level. Please visit your department site for information on available scholarships.
  • University level scholarships: Click here for information.
  • Return to Iowa Generations Scholarship: Click here for information.

Loyola University Chicago

  • Click here for information about merit-based scholarships. Admissions applications should be submitted no later than 12/1/17 for scholarship consideration.
  • Click here for information about the ABL Alumni Scholarships for students who are declared accounting majors.
  • Click here for information about a scholarship offered by the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership.

Minnesota State University Mankato

  • Click here for the Minnesota State University Scholarship Finder.

Rochester Community and Technical College

  • Admitted students can click here to access information about RCTC scholarships. The scholarship window is 12/28/28-2/15/19

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

  • Catholic High School Scholarship: $1,000 per academic year automatically awarded to graduates of Catholic high schools.
  • Click here for information about scholarships for first year students.

Seton Hall University

  • Catholic High School Achievement Award
    • Incoming freshmen currently enrolled in a Catholic high school who have a minimum unweighted 3.0 GPA and a 1350 SAT (new), 1290 SAT (old) or 29 on the ACT, as well as a strong record of involvement in high school, community or church.
    • For more information, click here.

University of Iowa

  • Click here for information about scholarships for first year students.
  • Click here for the University of Iowa Scholarship Portal.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

  • Click here for information about the "One Stop" scholarship opportunities at University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
  • College of Liberal Arts: Click here for information.
  • Puckett Scholars Program (preference is given to students of color who demonstrate strong academic achievement): Click here for information.
  • Alpha Kappa Psi Scholarship Fund (for high school seniors who have been admitted to the Carlson School of Management). Application deadline is 2/18/19. Click here for more information.

University of Minnesota Duluth

  • Click here for information about the "One Stop" scholarship opportunities at University of Minnesota Duluth.
  • Merit Scholarships (application for admission must be submitted by 12/1/17): Click here for information.
  • College of Liberal Arts (scholarship information will be posted in early 2018): Click here for information.
  • Labovitz School of Business and Economics: Click here for information.

University of Notre Dame

  • Notre Dame Club of Minnesota Scholarship: Click here for information.
  • Click here for information about merit based scholarships offered by the University of Notre Dame.

University of St Thomas

  • Click here for information about available scholarships.
  • Click here for information about science, mathematics, and engineering scholarships. Application deadline is 12/1/17.
  • Selected students will be invited to Scholarship Test Day, which is 1/20/18.

University of Wisconsin La Crosse

  • Click here for information about Foundation Scholarships. Admitted high school seniors can apply for scholarships from 10/1/17-2/1/18.

Viterbo University

  • Diocesan Scholarship: $1,000 renewable for up to three additional years. This scholarship is available to 2019 graduates of Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Winona. Review of applicants will begin on November, 1, 2019. Click here for more information.