Hawley Scholarship Foundation Policy

Application Process

1. Scholarship applications will be made available to all seniors in or prior to April. Seniors graduating with a Hawley High School diploma will be eligible for the Hawley Scholarship Foundation scholarships.

2. Scholarships will be awarded based on the completed Hawley Scholarship Application Form and Hawley Scholarship Criteria Survey. Exceptions are the Red River Communications MN Co-op Scholarship which uses its own application form and the James Gruhl Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship which uses the application from the Friends of the Fine Arts.

3. Harold Sellin Memorial, Human Service, Katie Bjorndahl Memorial, Lee Eklund Legacy, and Lee Eklund Memorial Nugget Football scholarships will use additional essay requirements as listed in the criteria section. Bernice Nerby Newton Meyer scholarship will use an additional essay/project requirement as listed in its criteria.

Selection Process

1. The selection process varies by scholarship. Scholarships are selected in a variety of manners – some with input by the sponsoring organization/business/family and others by a selected committee or group. The HSF scholarship list indicates within the criteria whom selects each scholarship. All scholarship recipients may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

2. Some scholarships are selected without identifying applicant information attached and others include identifying information. Some scholarships will have an alternate recipient indicated.

3. Scholarship awards will be announced at the Hawley Scholarship Foundation reception, the FFA banquet, or Fine Arts Night.

Payment of Scholarships

1. Student must enroll in post-secondary education (at least 12 credits) in the fall following graduation. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis due to extenuating circumstances.

2. Scholarship check(s) will be awarded upon proof of completion of first term and enrollment in second term. Exceptions to this timeline include:

* Half paid upon completion of first semester of the first year and half paid upon completion of first semester of the second year: Bernice Nerby Newton Meyer scholarship.

* Paid upon completion of the first year: Arlen L. Haugen Memorial, Roger Kragerud, Hawley Women of Today, Human Service, Lee Eklund Memorial Nugget Football, and Muscatell Automotive scholarships.

* Paid upon completion of the first semester of the junior year: Harold Sellin Memorial Scholarship.

* Paid upon completion of the first semester of the third year: Leona Anderson Scholarship.

3. To claim scholarship money, recipients must provide a copy of the first/prior term’s transcript and a copy of the second/coming term’s class schedule. Academic records can be brought to the Hawley High School office in person or mailed to the following address:

School Counseling Office
Hawley High School
Box 608
Hawley, MN 56549

Scholarship checks will be distributed to recipients after January 1 (for those payable after completion of the first semester) and upon receiving the required academic records. If you’re unable to pick up your check in person, please indicate the address where you’d like your check(s) mailed.

4. Checks will be issued jointly to the student and the college. Jointly issued checks must be endorsed by the student at the college’s business/financial aid office and then turned over to the college for application to the student’s account.

5. Hawley Scholarship Foundation checks payable after the first semester of college must be claimed by February 28 and must clear the bank by May 1.  Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of the scholarship and the check being awarded to an alternate recipient, if one was selected.

HSF Board of Directors

Officers
Veronica Johnson (President)
John Elton (Vice-President)
Jeanne Hanson (Secretary)
Darcy Schenck (Treasurer)

Board of Directors
Laurie Boeshans
Ruth Christianson
Norma Dauner
Jane Eklund
Kathleen Glad
Scott Jorgensen
Dan Kuhn
Teresa Kuhn
Carmen Olson
Sue Pederson

Members
Jennifer Geeslin
Jerry Pederson

Hawley Scholarship Foundation History 

An April 24, 1990 article in the Hawley Herald discusses the beginnings of this foundation. It was in 1989 that Doris Thysell began her quest for the program. “I was concerned for our graduates. I was hoping to find a way to do more for them. It’s great to see scholarships given each year, yet I thought we could do more. I knew of the Dollars for Scholars foundation and its success in other schools. With some encouragement from others, I pursued my interest,” said Thysell.

According to the article, the original board of trustees included: Dave Brenna, Curtis Johnson, Margie Erickson, Sally Critchley, Margaret Sellin, Leona Anderson, Steve Aakre, Kelly Aakre, Barbs Hansen, Willard Thysell and Dorris Thysell. The article also mentions committee members: Barb Anderson, Dennis Wamre, and Deanna Ulven.

A reorganizational meeting of the Hawley Dollars For Scholars was held in February of 1995. Officers that were appointed included: President-Charlene Christenson, Treasurer-Jerry Pederson, Secretary-Jane Eklund. Other committee members include: Norma Dauner, John Elton, and Veronica Johnson.

Records show that initial plans were made that year for a phone-a-thon fundraiser (which is still held annually, over two decades later). As years passed, Rand Alland, Sheryl Grandbois, Jeanne Hanson, Carmen Olson, Teresa Kuhn, Dan Kuhn, Laurie Boeshans, Vickie Carlson, and Scott Jorgenson joined the committee. Also, in 2014 the organization changed their name from Dollars for Scholars to Hawley Scholarship Foundation.

The Hawley Scholarship Foundation (HSF) relies on four different sources for providing scholarships: the Phone-A-Thon, Permanent Endowment Fund, Memorial or Honorary Scholarships, and Bequests.

1995 was the year of the first Phone-A-Thon.  This fundraiser involves a number of high school student volunteers calling school district residents asking for pledges. (100% of funds raised in the Phone-a-Thon are used for scholarships.)

Interest is drawn from the foundation’s Permanent Endowment Fund for annual scholarships. (Contributions to our endowment fund are always welcome.)

We have a variety of scholarships given by private parties or by organizations. These Memorial or Honorary Scholarships
are sometimes chosen by the sponsor of the scholarship, the HSF application process, or by a committee as identified in the criteria of the scholarship.

People may contribute to the foundation by designating a Bequest to the foundation in their wills.

In 1991, records indicate that we awarded four scholarships for a total of $900. The following year, the foundation awarded six scholarships for a total of $2400. Due to generous donations from individuals, the number of scholarships we give out annually has substantially grown. Since 1991, over 1193 scholarships have been awarded to 681 recipients for a total of $509,025.

Hawley Scholarship Foundation (HSF) Scholarships and Criteria

Hawley Scholarship Foundation Score-based Scholarships (Riedberger and Scholarship Fund)
1. Complete Hawley Scholarship application process
2. Applications are scored anonymously
3. Points will be awarded for a variety of qualities including work experience, school and community activities, statement of educational and career goals, applicant appraisal and academic record.
4. These scholarships will be awarded by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

A. J. Holleman Memorial Scholarship
1. Hawley Scholarship application process
2. Participation in wrestling or FFA including participation as a senior
3. Demonstration of good sportsmanship, leadership, and high moral character
4. Recipient selected with input from the family, wrestling coaches, FFA advisor, principal and school counselor
5. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

Angi Grani Memorial Scholarship
1. Attend Hawley High School
2. Used to attend a college or technical school
3. Active in school activities
4. Need for financial assistance
5. Recipient chosen by the family of Angi Grani
6. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

Arlen L. Haugen Memorial Scholarship
1. Demonstrated leadership
2. Involvement in the local Hawley FFA/Ag program
3. Wants to continue post-secondary education in an ag field
4. Minimum grade point average of “C”
5. Committee made up of the Hawley High School FFA chapter advisor and members of the Arlen Haugen family.
6. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

Arnold Anderson and Arden Anderson Scholarship
1. Hawley Scholarship application process. Selected by HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.
2. Preference given to a student pursuing a career in education at a four-year college
3. GPA of 2.50 or higher
4. Active in athletics and/or the fine arts and active in church
5. Positive attitude and good values
6. Financial need

Bell Bank Scholarship
1. Involvement in school and non-school activities
2. Shown leadership
3. Statement of future goals and needs
4. Plans to attend community college or four year school
5. Solid moral character
6. Selected by Bell Bank
7. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

Bernice Nerby Newton Meyer Scholarship
1. Has a high potential to succeed, demonstrates good work ethic, and works up to his/her potential.
2. Has strong communication skills and is able to express him/herself creatively.
3. Preference may be given to a math and science achievement.
4. Complete the Hawley Scholarship Application according to scholarship guidelines.
5. Through an essay, video, and/or graphics, creatively express your goals/aspirations for the future and how this scholarship would help you achieve them.
6. Committee of senior teachers and principal will review applicants and select five to be forwarded to the family.
7. Family will review essays, videos, and or graphics and applications and make a recommendation to the HSF – Scholarship Selection committee.
8. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.
9. Scholarship is payable in two equal installments. The first part is payable after completion of the first semester of the first year. The second part is payable after the first semester of the second year.

Brekken Scholarship
1. Strong moral character
2. High academic standing (highest boy and girl based on Hawley Scholarship Foundation point system)
3. Contributions to school

Burrill-Johnson Scholarship 
1. Academic ranking

2. Financial need
3. Area of study (courses of study that require more time/effort - engineering, doctor, dentist, etc.)
4. Selected by HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

David Guldberg Scholarship 
1. Scholarship
2. Financial need
3. Projected service to man
4. Character - moral strength
5. Selected by HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee

Dr. Fremont J. Lyden Scholarship
1. Hawley Scholarship application process
2. Preference given to student pursuing a career in business, government and/or extended studies program.
3. Selected by HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee

Elton Family Memorial Scholarship
1. Member of music activity (preferably band)
2. Active in athletics (at least one)
3. "B" average
4. Strong moral character
5. Input from band director, athletic director and counselor
6. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

Erwin M. Johnson Memorial FFA Scholarship
1. Leadership and involvement in the local Hawley FFA chapter’s activities
2. Minimum grade point average of 2.00 (C average)
3. Scholarship committee made up of Hawley High School FFA chapter advisor and the Hawley Agriculture Department Advisory Committee
4. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

Erwin M. Johnson Memorial Technical Scholarship
1. High school senior planning to enroll at a technical and\ or community college
2. Hawley Scholarship application process
3. Selected by HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee

Gary C. and Mary Anderson and Dennis C. and Mary Ellen Anderson Scholarship
1. Hawley Scholarship application process
2. Preference given to student pursuing a career in math, engineering, music, education and/or computers
3. Selected by HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee

Hans W. and Gladys K. Johnson Scholarship 
1. Hawley Scholarship application process
2. Preference given to student pursuing a career in law/government
3. Selected by HSF - Scholarship Selection Committee

Harold and Verna Nelson Scholarship
1. Hawley Scholarship application process
2. Preference given to a student intending on entering a public service job
3. Selected by HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee

Harold L. Sellin Memorial Scholarship
1. Respected by peers
2. Work ethic
3. Well-rounded and active in school, church, and community
4. Works to the best of his/her ability
5. Cumulative GPA of at least a 3.50
6. Intent is to earn a four-year degree
7. Hawley Scholarship Application plus essay (Why do you want to pursue your chosen vocation and what traits do you possess that would help you to be successful in this field?)
8. Awarded beginning of second semester of junior year of college (or junior status)
9. Recipient chosen by the family
10. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

Hawley Firemen Scholarship 
1. Child or grandchild of a Hawley Fireman.
2. Student going into fire science or firefighting.
3. Student going into another public safety field (EMS or law enforcement).
4. Selected by HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.
5. Payable after completion of first semester and enrollment in second.

Hawley Golf & Country Club Scholarship
1. Student must have participated in golf.
2. Student must be of high moral character.
3. Student must have worked to the best of his/her ability.
4. Scholarship to be used at college or trade school.
5. Selected by officers of golf club with input from golf coach.
6. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

Hawley Jaycees Scholarship
1. Preference will be given to children of present or former Jaycee members.
2. Student must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0
3. Scholarship must be used for post-secondary education.
4. Leadership and involvement in school, church, or community organizations or activities
5. Selected by Hawley Jaycees
6. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

Hawley Scholarship #1
1. Student is a member of the military including the reserves, National Guard, or ROTC and enrolled in school beyond the high school level.
2. A student whose parent(s) are service members. This student is enrolled in education beyond the high school level.
3. Grade point average may be used in the selection process if a number of applications are received.
4. Student demonstrates good citizenship within the community.
5. Selected by HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

Hawley Tax Services Scholarship
1. Business-related major; preference will be given to student pursuing accounting.
2. Selected by HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.
3. Payable after completion of first semester and enrollment in second.

Hawley Women of Today 
1. Preference will be given to children of present or former Women of Today members.
2. Student will have a minimum grade point average of 2.50
3. Well-rounded in leadership and involvement in school, church, or community organizations or activities.
4. Scholarship must be used for post-secondary education.
5. Payable first semester of second year.
6. Recipient and alternate will be chosen by Women of Today.
7. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

Human Service Scholarship
1. Preference given to a student pursuing a career in education.
2. Second choice would be health care
3. Involvement in community service activities
4. Positive role model
5. Work ethic
6. One page essay – (Why do you want to pursue a career in education / health care and what traits do you possess that would help you to be successful in this field?)
7. Selection will be done by members of the School Board or a committee comprised of board members.
8. If all applicants seem equal or there is a tie, interviews will be held.
9. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

James Gruhl Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship
1. Student must have participated in one or more fine arts, but need not be pursuing the arts as a career.
2. Student must be of high moral character.
3. Student must have worked to the best of their ability.
4. Scholarship to be used at college or trade school.
5. Recipient(s) selected by the Friends of Fine Arts application and interview process.

Jim Lewis Memorial Basketball Scholarship
1. Senior male member of the boys’ basketball team
2. Shows positive attitude in both practice and game situations
3. Displays and demonstrates good character
4. Dedicated to the sport of basketball
5. Enjoys the game and demonstrates traits of good sportsmanship in victory and defeat
6. Award to be used at any accredited post-secondary institution
7. Payable after completion of first semester and enrollment in second semester
8. Selection committee – principal, boy’s basketball coach, and athletic director with approval of Bob and Pat Lewis.
9. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

John and Sylvia Hovelson Scholarship
1. Hawley Scholarship application process
2. Payable after completion of first semester and enrolled in second semester
3. Selected by HSF - Scholarship Selection Committee

John F. Schmidt Scholarship
1. Academic achievement
2. Financial aid
3. Participation in activities with emphasis on music and drama
4. Input from music and/or drama department personnel
5. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

John Hest Memorial Scholarship
1. Demonstrated leadership
2. Involvement in the local Hawley FFA/agriculture program
3. Wants to continue their post-secondary education in an agriculture field
4. Minimum grade point average of “C” or better
5. Committee made up of the Hawley High School FFA chapter advisor and the Hawley Agriculture Department Advisory Committee
6. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee

John Young Jr. Memorial Football Scholarship
1. Awarded to senior member of the Hawley Nugget football team
2. Hawley Scholarship application process
3. Desires to further his education
4. Awarded after completion of first semester and enrollment in second semester
5. Recipient chosen by the family of John Young Jr.
6. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF-Scholarship Selection Committee

Katie Bjorndahl Memorial Scholarship
1. Senior girl participating in softball.
2. Essay on the following two-part topic: “How has Hawley Nugget Softball impacted your high school experience? Briefly tell us about your favorite memory related to your experience in softball.”
3. Selected by the family.
4. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF - Scholarship Selection Committee.
5. Payable after completion of first semester and enrollment in second.

Lee Eklund Legacy Scholarship (sponsored by Hawley Football Alumni and friends)
1. Hawley Football senior
2. Head football coach will provide three recommendations
3. Write a response to the following question: “What does Hawley Football mean to you?”
4. Selected by Hawley Football Alumni and friends committee
5. Scholarship will be paid after completion of first semester
6. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF-Scholarship Selection Committee

Lee Eklund Memorial Nugget Football Scholarship
1. Awarded to a senior member of the Nugget football team
2. Dedicated to the sport of football
3. Demonstrates traits of good sportsmanship and shows a positive attitude
4. Write a reflection to the following statement: “What life lessons have you learned by being in the Nugget Football family?”
5. Scholarship payable after completion of first year and enrollment in second year
6. Recipient selected by family and Nugget football coaching staff
7. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF-Scholarship Selection Committee

Leona Anderson Memorial Scholarship
1. Hawley Scholarship application process
2. Preference given to student entering the education field.
3. Awarded 2nd semester of the third year of college. Recipient’s major must still be education.
4. Selected by HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee

Lillian (Toots) and Courtney Carlson Scholarship
1. Planning on attending a technical school.
2. Preference given to descendants
3. Recipient selected by family
4. Awarded after completion of first semester and enrolled in second semester.
5. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

Lions Club Scholarship
1. Preference will be given to children of present or former Lions members
2. Service and community minded
3. Sound moral characteristics
4. Positive attitude and highly motivated
5. Respected by peers and associates
6. Attending any post-secondary education institution
7. Selected by HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee

Merle Jegtvig Memorial Scholarship
1. Student must have worked to the best of his/her ability and shown a strong interest in becoming skilled at the chosen vocation.
2. Scholarship will be used to defray expenses at a trade or technical school.
3. Student should be enrolled in one of the following areas: diesel or auto mechanical areas, ag related, or construction areas.
4. One scholarship will be awarded annually and will be payable upon enrollment in the second semester of the first year.
5. Recipient will be chosen upon the recommendation of the tech ed and ag instructors.
6. If two or more candidates are equally eligible, financial need will be considered, with preference given to the greater need of assistance.
7. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

Muscatell Automotive Scholarship
1. Must attend Hawley High School
2. Must complete Hawley Scholarship application process
3. Above-average academic achievement ("B" average or better)
4. Good moral character
5. Selected by family
6. Payable after completion of first year of college
7. Selected recipients may be approved or rejected by HSF - Scholarship Selection Committee

Myrtice Wyland Agricultural Scholarship
1. Female going into agriculture-related field
2. Payable after completion of first semester and enrolled in second semester
3. Selected by HSF - Scholarship Selection Committee with input from the HHS agribusiness teacher

Pat Dauner Scholarship
1. Student must have participated in boy’s or girl’s golf at least two years during high school career, and have participated during his/her senior year.
2. Enjoys the game and demonstrates a positive attitude during practice and competition
3. “B” average
4. Active in community and school activities
5. Student must demonstrate a definite need for financial assistance
6. Enroll in a college and/or technical school
7. Selected by the family
8. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

Patrick and Donald Burns Scholarship
1. Business-orientated career choice
2. Academic achievement
3. Ambitious and hard worker
4. Selected by the family
5. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

Paul Tellefson Memorial Scholarship
1. Business-related major; preference may be given to finance
2. Alternate recipient will be selected.
3. Scholarship payable after completion of first semester and enrollment in second semester
4. Selected by HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee

Red River Communications MN Co-op Scholarship
1. Applicant’s parent or guardian must be a member of Red River Communications
2. Must have at least a 2.5 GPA
3. Must plan to attend a post-secondary institution such as a university, college or technical college
4. Separate application provided by Red River Communications will be used for this scholarship
5. Selected by HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee

Roger Kragerud Memorial Scholarship
1. Above-average academic achievement (B or better)
2. Active in school and community activities
3. Demonstrates good citizenship within the community
4. Positive role model
5. Preference given to student pursuing a career in education
6. Payable after completion of first year and enrollment in second year
7. Committee consisting of basketball coaches and social studies teachers will select recipient with approval of family.
8. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

Ryan Leister Memorial Scholarship
1. Preference may be given to the following criteria: 1) Golf or football participation; 2) 3.00 GPA
2. Recipient selected by the family
3. The selected recipient may be approved or rejected by the HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.

Skallerud Family Scholarship
1. Hawley Scholarship application process
2. Awarded after completion of first semester and enrolled in second semester
3. Selected by HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee

Ted L. and Sidney Gemlich Scholarship
1. Hawley Scholarship application process
2. Preference given to student active in golf and/or baseball and/or pursuing a career in business.
3. Selected by HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee

Tom Burns Basketball Scholarship
1. Hawley Scholarship application process, recipient selected by HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee.
2. Participation in boys’ basketball including participation as a senior.
3. Demonstration of good sportsmanship.
4. Shows leadership in practice and competition.

Valley Premier Bank Scholarship
1. Plans to attend a vocational, community or four year college or university.
2. Complete Hawley Scholarship application
3. 3.00 GPA or better ("B" or better)
4. Involved in school and community activities
5. Shown leadership
6. Demonstrates solid moral character
7. A representative of Valley Premier Bank along with HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee will select scholarship recipients.

Virgil Johnson Memorial Scholarship
1. Financial need
2. Student desires to further his/her education
3. Attend university, college and/or technical school
4. Selected by HSF – Scholarship Selection Committee with input from the principal and superintendent