With the state still in partial shutdown due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, Detroit Lakes' 2021 Dollars for Scholars ceremony will be conducted via a private celebration that will not be open to the public.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 26, scholarship-winning Detroit Lakes High School seniors and their immediate families will participate in a private event where the students will receive their individual awards for their upcoming college experience. Unfortunately, people outside of that group will be unable to attend.

“It is a shame that we won’t be able to get together and celebrate as a broad community, but it will be nice to be able to gather with the students, especially since last year’s event was completely virtual,” explained Mark Hagen of Detroit Lakes Dollars for Scholars. “Likewise, so much progress has been made with COVID of late, so we certainly hope that by spring 2022 everyone should be able to attend the awards ceremony and life can get back to looking a lot more normal.”

This year, Detroit Lakes Dollars for Scholars will award a total of of over $275,000 to DLHS seniors — a record amount.

“This past year has been tough on everyone — most particularly our high school seniors." Hagen said. "The support of them via our community is just remarkable, and for us to be able to award a record amount of money in the year of a pandemic is astonishing. We’re incredibly fortunate to live in a very special place; a place where our DHLS scholarship winners should be proud to always call home.”