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Dollars for Scholars gives $173,150

The Detroit Lakes Scholarship Foundation's "Dollars for Scholars" recently presented scholarships to 116 Detroit Lakes High School graduating seniors. The scholarships totaled $173,150.

Students were selected based on academic, extra-curricular, community involvement, work experience, and extenuating circumstances. Some scholarships are specific, based on a students intended major or interest. Applications go out in February to students and are due back in mid-March. The Counseling Center then makes copies of the applications and removes any identifying information: names, addresses, etc.

"This insures that students are chosen based upon their accomplishments and merit. It gives everyone an equal opportunity to compete for scholarships," said Doreen Richter, high school counselor.

Shortly afterward, the selection committee gets to work.

"We are blessed to have so many wonderful businesses, organizations and individuals who give back to our students," Richter said. "It is always a fun evening, and provides students an opportunity to see just how supportive their community is. It is our hope that someday students will find a way to pay it forward."

There are three ways to support the mission of Dollars for Scholars -- by donating an annual unrestricted gift to the organization, supporting the awarding of a specific scholarship, or creating an endowed scholarship. (A donation will support an annual scholarship through investment earnings).

Dollars for Scholars committee members include: Jerry Tharaldson, Ruth King, Wayne Benson, John Flatt, Tom Frank, Jeannie Gilbertson, Kristin Kohler, Doreen Richter, Tom Seaworth, Don Steinmetz, Dan Josephson, Denise Lyngaas, Mark Hagen and Bob Jernberg. If you are interested in learning more about Dollars for Scholars and how you might contribute, contact Doreen Richter at 847-4494 ext. 2178 or visit with any committee member.