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MN Association of Townships looking for scholarship applications

The Minnesota Association of Townships is proud to again offer a township scholarship program for high school juniors in the state of Minnesota. Up to four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

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.

The Minnesota Association of Townships Scholarship Program is designed to heighten awareness among young people about Minnesota's Grassroots Township government.


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


• Applicants must complete an application form and submit it along with a written essay discussing this year's topic, which is:

• How do townships encourage youth to be more involved in township government and how could schools assist in that process?

• 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.

• See the application for research tips.

Along with the completed application and written essay, students must submit a current high school transcript and 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.

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


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 Oct. 1 at which time up to four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Winners will be notified in writing in mid-October and will be invited to attend the Minnesota Association of Townships annual meeting to be held on Nov.15-17 in St. Cloud.

For more information, visit www.mntownships.