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Students with questions about applying for the scholarships listed on this page or those who wish to add scholarships to this page should contact Ms. Govern





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 Black Students.

Click here for resources and scholarship information for students who will attend a Catholic college.


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


Individual Scholarships



Due Date




Abbott & Fenner Scholarship $1,000 6/12/22 Click here Open to all high school juniors and seniors.  

ACF Visionary Scholarship



Click here

All high school students are eligible to apply.

ACT Student Champions $500 10/31/18 Click 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 State and National Scholarships $10,000-$25,000 3/15/2024 Click here

Open to high school juniors and seniors with critical financial need ($65,000 or lower adjusted gross family income). Visit the website for more information.

AES Engineering Scholarship $500 10/6/18 Click here Award is open to all students regardless of major. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of character as determined by the submitted essay.
Altra Foundation Scholarship $1,000 Emailed or postmarked by 2/23/2024 Click here Applicants must be Altra Federal Credit Union members that are graduating high school senior in spring 2024 with a cumulative GPA of 2.80 or higher and will be attending a 2-year or 4-year college in Fall 2024. 
The American Legion Oratorical Contest $2, 000 - $25,000 12/4/2022 Click here The contest begins at the Post level and winners can progress to state and national rounds.  This program is open to high school students, grades 9-12 and under age 20, who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Please speak with your counselor by Friday, December 2nd if you plan to apply for this contest.
American Legion, Wm. T. McCoy Post 92 Varies

Internal deadline 2/9/24 (to the counseling office)

Submission deadline 3/1/24
(received by American Legion)

Click here Our local American Legion Post is offering several scholarships to high school seniors. Applications are available via the link or in the counseling office. Please turn in completed applications to the counseling office no later than February 9, 2024.

American Legion Auxiliary




3/1/2023 (received by the ALA)

2/22 to the counseling office

Click here


"Children of Warriors Scholarship", "Department of MN Scholarship", and others. Please have completed applications to the counseling office no later than February 22nd.
Aviation Pathways Scholarship $1, 000 awards 3/29/2023 by 11 pm. Click here 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, technical college, or nationally recognized aviation training program.
Ron Brown Scholar Program $40,000 ($10,000 per year for 4 years) 11/1/18 (early deadline) and 1/9/19 Click here Open to African American high school seniors who excel academically, are involved in community activities, and have demonstrated financial need.
BigRentz Engineering Scholarship $5,000 8/3/2018 Click here Open 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). Young Women in STEM Scholarship $15,000 5/23/2024 Click here Any female high school seniors and undergraduate students who are from a low-income household and are pursuing a degree in STEM can apply. 
Brooks Law Group Personal Injury Scholarship $1,000 12/31/2024 Click here Open to students who are current H.S. Seniors and college undergraduate students who will be or are attending university in the fall. Scholarship $1,500 12/31/18 Click here Open to seniors who will be caring for a loved one while attending college.
Catholic United Financial Scholarship $500 or $300 4/30/23 (application period begins 3/1/23) Click here Applicants must be a member of Catholic United for at least 2 years prior to application deadline.
Clean Air Choice Biodiesel Scholarship $500 or $1000 3/29/19 (by 4:30 pm) Click here Open to all high school seniors planning to attend college in the fall.
Coca Cola Foundation Scholarship $20,000 10/31/21 (4:00 PM CT) Click here Open to high school seniors.


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Up to $40,000 10/30/20  Click here Open to high school seniors.


The Coolidge Scholarship Full-ride for any accredited U.S. college or university; $5,000 for finalists and $1,000 for top 100 applicants 1/18/24 (5 pm PT) Click here Open to high school juniors planning to enroll in college in the fall of 2026. Applicants must be an American citizen or legal permanent resident.
Danley's Garage Builder Scholarship $1,000 11/15/18 Click here Open to current and prospective college students. Application includes a 1,000 word essay on the topic "What Teacher Has Inspired You?".
B. Davis Scholarship $1,000 5/22/21 Click here Open to all high school juniors and seniors.


Education Matters Scholarship $5,000 11/30/17 Click here Open to all high school students age 13 and older.
Exchange Club Scholarships  $1,000 4/1/2024 Internal Deadline | 4/15/2024 Submission Deadline Click here


1) Exchange Scholarship Applications must be turned in for counselor recommendation by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, 4/1/2024. Applications for the internal deadline should be emailed to Juliet Govern.

2) 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 must be turned in for counselor recommendation by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, 4/1/2024. Applications for the internal deadline should be emailed to Juliet Govern.

Exchange Club Scholarship $1,000 4/14/2023 Click here Open to seniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher who have a financial need. They are looking for a student who has consistently demonstrated exemplary citizenship and willingness to serve his/her school and community. We must have a minimum of 3 applicants from Lourdes for the award to go to a Lourdes student. Applications must be turned in to the Counseling Office by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, 4/14/2023. Applications may be turned in electronically to Mrs. Tschumperlin.



Feldco Windows, Siding and Doors Scholarship






Click here



Fraternal Order of Eagles #2228 Aerie and Women's Auxiliary Scholarship


$500 4/7/24 Click here

All seniors who are considering post-secondary education, vocational training or other work/career training are eligible to apply.

Graduation Trap Team Scholarship $1,000   *Application process pending*

Open to

-a graduating senior from a Lourdes High School who is a Trap Shooting Team member with financial need

Heisman High School Scholarship $1,000 - $10,000 (state, national) 10/18/2022 Click here Winning a Heisman High School Scholarship requires a weighted GPA of 3.0 or better, participation in at least one sport, and demonstrated leadership at school and in the community.
History Scholar Award (RCWRT and Hosier Memorial Foundation) $750 4/6/2020 Click here Open to seniors planning to start college in the fall of 2020 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 $1,000 2/28/2020 Click here Applicant must be a high-school senior who began working for Hy-Vee on or before 9/15/19 or child of a Hy-Vee employee who has at least 6 months of employment.
ISL Midwest Senior Scholarship $1,000 Opens early 2023 Click here ISL Education Lending will award 10 $1000 scholarships to high school seniors from Iowa and surrounding states who will be attending college in the fall of 2023.
The Kaplan Group Annual Scholarship $1,000 8/12/2018 Click here Open 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 $1,000 3/30/2023 by 11 pm CST. Click here
(Expand "Special Focus Scholarships" to see this opportunity and here for information about submitting an application.)
This 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 Varies 4/15/2024 @ 10 A.M. Click here

Open to LHS seniors

Kiwanis of Rochester Dan Moore Memorial Scholarship $1,000 annually 5/1/24 @ 10 A.M. Click here

Open to

-a graduating senior from a Rochester high school who plans to major in an education field to obtain a teaching degree. The funds will be awarded once the awardee declares an education major to teach either preschool, elementary or secondary. The degree must be from an accredited program at either a two year or four year higher education institution. A certification in pre-school education would also qualify.


- a teacher in a Rochester school (or other qualified field such as social work) obtaining a master’s degree in guidance counseling to work in K-12 education.

Lourdes Foundation: Glenn & Margaret Anderson Scholarship Estimated amount $1, 500 4/10/2023 Click here Open to LHS seniors who will be pursuing a degree in education or medicine and attending a Catholic MN college: CSB/SJU, St. Thomas, St. Mary's, St. Catherine, St. Scholastica
Lourdes Foundation: Anne C. Haddad Scholarship Estimated amount $1, 500 4/10/2023 Click here Open 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 of $1,000 each)




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


Estimated amount $2,500




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.
Pat Lund Memorial Scholarship Up to $1, 000 per year


Click here This opportunity is open to The Reading Center alumni (up to age 30) who are currently enrolled or have confirmed plans to continue their education through a university, technical school, or other training program during the 2023-2024 school year.
Minnesota Association of Townships Scholarship Program $1,000 5/1/2019 Click here This 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 Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) Scholarship Essay $500, $200, or $100 4/3/2023 Click here Open to high school seniors in southeastern MN who are planning to pursue post-secondary education. Essay topics and instructions at the provided link.
Minnesota Masonic Charities Multiple awards 2/15/2023 Click here Minnesota Masonic Charities Scholarship Applications are accepted from January 1 to February 15 annually.  
Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers - MATHCOUNTS Scholarship $1,000 4/2/2019 Click here Must 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


$1,000 Sept 2020? Click here Graduating 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 Scholarship $3,000 (renewable) 3/31/2021 (Must be received by the MWGA Foundation office by 4:30 p.m. on March 31st.)


Click here The MGA Foundation Women's Scholarship is based on academic performance (a minimum 3.2 average), continued financial need and quality of character as demonstrated by civic and academic activities. Although skill or excellence in the game of golf is not a criterion, candidates shall demonstrate an interest or involvement in the sport. 
Minnesota Women in Public Finance Scholarship varies 6/1/2024 Click here Open to an identifying female, college-bound high school seniors graduating in 2024 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.
NAWIC Undergraduate Scholarship $1,000 2/28/2020 Click here Open 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.
National Institute of Mental Health Essay on Mental Health Total of $15,000 in cash prizes offered to multiple winners 1/16/24 Click here Open to students ages 16-18 years old.
Native American Scholarships Varies Varies Click here Criteria varies depending on tribe, educational pursuits, etc.

North Dakota State University NDSU Tuition Award Program

$2,500 in grants and $1,500 in scholarships Awarded on a funds-available basis.  Available until gone.

Click here

During the 2024-25 academic year, Pell-eligible North Dakota and Minnesota students with family income levels of $80,000 or less will have base tuition and student fees fully covered for two years if they are in their first year at NDSU.
Shannon O'Hara Memorial Scholarship




1/10/2023 Click here Two scholarships are awarded each year to graduating seniors (one boy and one girl) who participated in RYHA. Note: It is not a requirement to be currently playing hockey, but to have played with RYHA in the past.
Louis M. Ohly Tribute Scholarship $2,500 senior year at Lourdes and $2,500 undergraduate first year ($5,00 total) 3/27/24 Click here A Lourdes student who will be a senior in fall 2024 (current junior) that is considering studies of: political science; social studies; psychology; humanities or social sciences with interest in law.
Olmsted County Bar Association Scholarship $1,000 (1 scholarship available) 5/1/24 Click here Available 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 Farm Bureau Scholarship $500 (2 scholarships available) 5/1/2023 Click here Available to Olmsted County high school seniors who plan to enroll in an accredited college or vocational technical institute and major in agriculture or a related field. A 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher is required.
Olmsted County Deputy Sheriff's Association Scholarship General Scholarship: $100-$250
Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice Program Scholarship: $100-$500
Law Enforcement Skills Scholarship:
4/28/23 Click here Each of the three scholarships has different eligibility requirements, which are described in this cover letter.
Optimist International Essay Contest Club level, medallion; district level, $2,500 2/3/2018 Click here Open 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.
Peace United Church of Christ - Rochester Varies 4/4/2021 Click here


Three scholarships are available for seniors at Rochester high schools. Please click on the link to the left for more information and the applications.
People's Energy Cooperative Scholarship $2,000 for students who enroll in a linework-related program and $1,000 scholarships for all other programs. 3/31/23, by 4:00 pm Click here Open 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 Award up to $5,000 11/5/19 Click here Award is open to all students (grades 5-12) who have conducted a volunteer service activity within the last year.
Pinnacle Peak Recovery Scholarship $500 6/30/18 Click here Open 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 Scholarship Up to $30,000 over four years 2/1/19 (by 5 pm) Cilck here The 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 $1000 5/4/2018 Click here Open 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.


Rochester Area Foundation Scholarships Varies 3/31/2021 Click here There are several different scholarships open to Lourdes students.  Expand the "Special Focus Scholarships" section to learn more.
Rochester Masonic Lodge $1000 3/30/2023 Click here Each applicant is required to submit a short statement, 500 words or less, on their future plans and goals. At the option of applicant, a statement may be made explaining the need for the scholarship, as seen by the applicant. But keep in mind that these scholarships are not solely based on need. The completed application must be received by the Rochester Masonic Lodge by Friday, April 14th.  Please have your completed application to the counseling office by March 30th but notify Mrs. Groven in advance of that date so she can prepare counselor recommendations.
Rochester Youth Baseball Association $500 5/1/2024 Click here This scholarship is intended to support and continue to grow graduating high school seniors that have been active in their youth through RYBA and the Rochester baseball community.
Rochester Masonic Lodge Scholarship The 2nd Friday in April    
SFM Foundation Up to $10,000 per year, for up to five years 3/31/2022 Click here Scholarship available to students whose parents were killed or seriously injured in workplace accidents while working for Minnesota or Iowa employers.
Rosemary Stapleton Scholarship $500 5/1/2022 Click here Open to high school senior women with a 3.0 GPA or higher who plan to pursue a degree in Education.
WACE National Co-op Scholarship Program varies 2/15/2020 (earlier date for some schools) Click here Open 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 $1500 4/13/2018 Click here Open 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 Fund Varies Internal deadline 1/10/24, submission deadline 2/8/2024 Applicants must submit a one-page, signed personal statement/essay explaining why the scholarship is important to them.  Please include your college and career plans. Minimum GPA is 2.0. Only one candidate from Lourdes may apply for this scholarship. Please submit your essay to the Counseling Department by 1/10/2024 if you are interested so a student can be selected to complete the application by the 2/8/2024 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.