SIX total scholarships to be awarded!  Applications accepted through Monday, May 1, 2018.

The Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT) is proud to again offer a township scholarship program for high school Juniors in the state of Minnesota. Up to SIX $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. All applications for the awards given in 2018 must be submitted by May 1st, 2018.

The Minnesota Association of Townships is a nonprofit corporation representing Minnesota townships while promoting an understanding of the heritage, future and being a voice for its roughly 9,000 officers. It regularly conducts research and educational programs designed to foster efficient and economical town governmental services and acts as a liaison between township officers and other local government officials to encourage sustained cooperation.

The Minnesota Association of Townships 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 of Minnesota to offer this opportunity for Juniors to participate in this scholarship program.

APPLICATION

The Minnesota Association of Townships is awarding $1,000 scholarships to up to six juniors currently attending a Minnesota public, private, or parochial high school or a home study program that plan to further their education at a college, university, or vocational school.

Applicants must complete an application form and submit it along with a written essay discussing this year’s topic:

The title of the Minnesota Association of Township’s 2018 Annual Conference is: Powering Our Future- Energy to Build on in Your Township. The question is:

New energy developments are everywhere. Wind and solar farms dot the landscape. Transmission lines and pipelines traverse the countryside. Township officials are on the front line needing to respond to residents’ concerns of placement of energy projects and possible adverse health and safety issues. How can townships balance the required needs of residents for safe, reliable energy sources while responding to the health, safety, economic, and environmental concerns of their community?

Essays must be between 450 and 500 words, and must be typed with double spacing. Applicants should not name themselves, their school, their town or city, or their local officials in the essay. Each essay will be judged by an independent panel based upon 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, 2018.

Along with the completed application and written essay, students must submit a current high school transcript and a 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, P.O. Box 267, St. Michael, MN 55376, postmarked by May 1, 2018. Incomplete applications or applications postmarked after May 1, 2018 will not be accepted.

Winners will be notified in writing by October 15, 2018 and will be invited to attend the Minnesota Association of Townships Educational Conference & Annual Meeting to be held on November 15-17, 2018 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth, Minnesota. Scholarship awards will be paid to the appropriate financial aid office upon receipt of verification of enrollment at a college, university, or technical school.

2018 MAT Scholarship Application

ELIGIBILITY

All students currently enrolled in the 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 for this program.  Student cannot be the child, stepchild, grandchild or step-grandchild, brother, stepbrother, sister or stepsister of a MAT director or staff member.

 

REQUIREMENTS
Applicants must complete an application form and submit it along with a written essay discussing this year’s topic:

The title of the Minnesota Association of Township’s 2018 Annual Conference is: Powering Our Future- Energy to Build on in Your Township.  The question is:

New energy developments are everywhere. Wind and solar farms dot the landscape. Transmission lines and pipelines traverse the countryside. Township officials are on the front line needing to respond to residents’ concerns of placement of energy projects and possible adverse health and safety issues. How can townships balance the required needs of residents for safe, reliable energy sources while responding to the health, safety, economic, and environmental concerns of their community?

Essays must be between 450 and 500 words, and must be typed with double spacing. Applicants should not name themselves, their school, their town or city, or their local officials in the essay.

Along with the completed application and written essay, students must submit a current high school transcript and a 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
P.O. Box 267
St. Michael, MN  55376

Must be postmarked by May 1, 2018. Incomplete applications or applications postmarked after May 1, 2018 will not be accepted.

SELECTION PROCESS
Each essay will be judged by an independent panel based upon 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, 2018 at which time six $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Winners will be notified in writing by mid-October and will be invited to attend the Minnesota Association of Townships annual meeting to be held on November 15-17, 2018 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) in Duluth, Minnesota.  Scholarship awards will be paid to the appropriate financial aid office upon receipt of verification of enrollment at a college, university, or technical school.

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

2017 Scholarship Winners

Clean Water is a resource vital to all aspects of life in Minnesota from drinking water, to farming, industry and recreation. Human activities can threaten the purity of water. Divisions arise as to what activities impede the goal of clean water. What policies and practices can rural governments pursue that promotes the goal of clean water, which bring together, and does not divide, communities?

Connor Barton
White Bear Township
Ramsey County
Connor Barton 2017 Winning Essay

Isaac Hedstrom
Heron Lake Township
Jackson County
Isaac Hedstrom 2017 Winning Essay

Andrea Kloehn
Minneapolis
Hennepin County
Andrea Kloehn 2017 Winning Essay

Jacey Schlosser
St Olaf Township
Otter Tail County
Jacey Schlosser 2017 Winning Essay

Kylie Wersal
Morgan Township
Redwood County
Kylie Wersal 2017 Winning Essay

Meghan Wilson
Lino Lakes
Anoka County
Meghan Wilson 2017 Winning Essay

There were SIX Scholarship Winners in 2016 who wrote essays in response to this question:

Describe ways in which broadband Internet access improves the lives of rural residents. What challenges exist in providing broadband Internet in rural areas? And what policies should governments at all levels, (federal, state, and local) adopt to ensure that regardless of geographic location all Americans have equal access to broadband Internet?

Logan Cluff
Aitkin Township
Aitkin County
Logan Cluff 2016 Winning Essay

Althea Gutzmann
Saint Paul
Ramsey County
Althea Gutzmann 2016 Winning Essay

Adam Kroll
Bellevue Township
Morrison County
Adam Kroll 2016 Winning Essay

Carlie Mell
Nessel Township
Chisago County
Carlie Mell 2016 Winning Essay

Clayton Patzer
Garfield Township
Lac Qui Parle County
Clayton Patzer 2016 Winning Essay

Emily Schimnich
Mayhew Lake Township
Benton County
Emily Schimnich 2016 Winning Essay

There were SIX Scholarship Winners in 2015 who wrote an essay in response to this question:

What are the different ways fire protection is provided by townships? How is the cost of fire protection funded by a township and at what meeting is the extent of that cost approved? What challenges are faced by rural fire departments in providing fire protection?

Lauren Allis
Walnut Lake Township
Faribault County
Lauren Allis 2015 Winning Essay

Austin Barsness
Urness Township
Douglas County
Austin Barsness 2015 Winning Essay

Riley Donkers
Richland Township
Rice County
Riley Donkers 2015 Winning Essay

Molly Maudal
Carlos Township
Douglas County
Molly Maudal 2015 Winning Essay

Alex Sellner
Ridgely Township
Nicollet County
Alex Sellner 2015 Winning Essay

Jessica Stone
Cloquet
Carlton County
Jessica Stone 2015 Winning Essay

There were FOUR Scholarship Winners in 2014 who wrote an essay in response to this question:

Invasive plants and animals threaten Minnesota’s recreational and agricultural economies. Townships can play a role in protecting rural Minnesota from these threats by enacting local ordinances for the public’s health, safety and welfare. What type of local ordinances could be helpful in combating invasive species and what role should township residents play in enacting and funding local ordinances?

Elise Courtemanche
Aitkin Township
Aitkin County
Elise Courtemanche 2014 Winning Essay

Hannah Harris
Haverhill Township
Olmsted County
Hannah Harris 2014 Winning Essay

Logan Lien
Greenfield Township
Wabasha County
Logan Lien 2014 Winning Essay

Kristy Maloney
Oakport Township
Clay County
Kristy Maloney 2014 Winning Essay