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Many scholarships and grants are offered by private sources, such as fraternal and religious organizations, labor unions, professional associations, social groups, and ethnic associations. Because they are private and therefore not administered by Northland, it is up to you to research and apply for them on your own.

The best place to start your research is with any organization you or a family member has an affiliation with (such as your or your parents’ employer, church, or religious organization). If you’re a current high school student, you should contact your guidance office for information on local scholarships.

We have compiled a list of scholarships that may be available to you:

For Wisconsin Students

American Association of University Women—Racine Branch
Scholarships in the amounts of $500 – $4000 for Racine County Wisconsin females. Applicants must be enrolled in either a two or four year accredited degree-granting institution as a full-time student. Learn more.

Chicago FM Club, Edmond A. Metzger, & Francis Walton Memorial Scholarships
These $500 scholarships, provided by the American Radio Relay League Foundation, support the post-secondary education of students folding a valid FCC-granted Amateur Radio license. Students must hold an FCC amateur radio license and must be residents of of FCC Ninth Call district (IN, IL, WI). The application deadline is February 14. Learn more.

Denise Bertucci Memorial Scholarship
Sponsored by the Jaycees of Wisconsin Foundation, this scholarship was developed to recognize and encourage individuals who have returned to school after a break in their formal education. These individuals should exhibit a desire for self-improvement, and leadership abilities while at the same time being able to maintain an above average grade point. These scholarships are sponsored by the Jaycees of Wisconsin Foundation, Inc., and given out annually. Application deadline is June 30 of each year. For more information or questions, contact the scholarship committee by email.

Dan Busch Memorial Wildlife Scholarship
This $500 scholarship, awarded by the Wisconsin Trappers Association, is granted to a student pursuing an education in a wildlife related science. Applications are due by March 1. For an application and more information, contact Mike Widner, Scholarship Committee Chairperson at P.O. Box 26 Boscobel, WI 53805.

E.H. Marth Food and Environmental Scholarships
This scholarship is provided by the Wisconsin Association for Food Protection. Applicants for this scholarship must be enrolled in an accredited Wisconsin college and pursuing a a degree in dairy science, food science, environmental sanitation, or a closely related major. Applicants must also be residents of Wisconsin. The deadline is July 1. Learn more.

Forest History Scholarship
Available to any full-time undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree at a college in Wisconsin, Michigan, or Minnesota. To apply, students must submit an essay on any aspect of forest conservation history of the Lake States. The application can be found at the Forest History Association of Wisconsin website.

Fort Atkinson Community Foundation Scholarships
The following scholarships are only available to students who are residents of the Fort Atkinson area, graduates of Fort Atkinson High School, or employees of Fort Atkinson School District. Learn more.

Jacqui Koltiz Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship, provided by the Wisconsin Trappers Association District 7, awards $500 to a student who is a residents of Waupaca, Outagamie, Waushara, Winnebago, Marquette, Green Lake, Fond du Lac, Columbia, or Dodge counties. The student must be pursuing a career in a wildlife-related science and have a 3.0 GPA average or better. Applicant must be truthful, honest, friendly, have a love for nature, and a desire to learn more about our living natural resources. For an application and more information, contact Mark Hogen at W2118 Pond Rd. Neosho, WI 53059-9744.

Lawrence A. Wacker Memorial Awards
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation is offering this $1,000 award to a student pursuing a career in manufacturing, mechanical, or industrial engineering. Preference is given to Wisconsin students, especially those living in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, and Waukesha counties. The application deadline is February 14. Learn more.

Michael Abrahamson Memorial Scholarship
This $500 scholarship, provided by the Wisconsin Trappers Association, is awarded to a student pursuing a career in a wildlife-related science. The WTA is looking for a student who is successful in life, who has developed a strong sense of discipline, an ability to lead and motivate others, and possess a well rounded character. They must be selfless of their time and talent to others. For more information, contact Scholarship Committee Chairperson Junior Prudlick at P.O. Box 505 Strum, WI 54770-0505.

Thomas Jones and Grace Stevenson Jones Scholarship
This $1,000-$3,000 scholarship is for Wisconsin students from Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette counties. Students must submit a letter of recommendation along with the application, which can be found on the NB&T website. All submissions must be postmarked by March 1.

Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Management Association Scholarship
WCSWMA has develop a scholarship program for college students majoring in fields related to environmental education, solid waste management, recycling, environmental engineering, and the environmental sciences fields. Scholarships are open to junior, senior, and post-graduate level students, with declared majors and enrolled at accredited Wisconsin universities or colleges. Annually WCSWMA provides up to two scholarships of $2,000 each. Scholarships may be used to offset the cost of credit courses, books, laboratory supplies, computer supplies, electronic devices and living expenses. To learn more about WCSWMA contact any member of the Scholarship Committee: Director Gerard Neuser, Director Meleesa JohnsonPat O’Brien.

Wisconsin Garden Club Federation Scholarship
This award is for students who have a 3.0 GPA and are studying horticulture, landscaping, environmental sciences, conservation, forestry, or similar fields of study. The scholarship is up to $1,000. The application is due by February 1 and can be found on the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation website.

Wisconsin Laboratory Association
This $1,000 award is for students pursuing careers in non-medical laboratory related fields. Applicants must be current college students with a 3.0 GPA who have completed at least one semester of college. The annual deadline for this scholarship is May 1. The application for this scholarship can be accessed on the Wisconsin Laboratory Association’s website.

For Minnesota Students

Duluth Superior Community Foundation
The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation offers over 50 scholarships to students from across the region. Learn more.

Forest History Scholarship
Available to any full-time undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree at a college in Wisconsin, Michigan, or Minnesota. To apply, students must submit an essay on any aspect of forest conservation history of the Lake States. The application can be found at the Forest History Association of Wisconsin website.

Horatio Alger Minnesota Scholarships
The Horatio Alger Association provides dozens of $4,000 scholarships to students in the state of Minnesota who are pursuing higher education. Students can be pursuing any field but must demonstrate financial need, must be involved in co-curricular and community activities, must have a minimum GPA of 2.0, and must reside in either Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, or Washington counties. Learn more.

Izaak Walton League (Minnesota Division)
The Minnesota Division of the Izaak Walton League awards a scholarship of not more than $1000.00 per year to assist undergraduates who enter or continue in an education program leading to career in conservation of our natural resources and environmental protection.  We also have a special scholarship for those whose focus it Environmental Education (Ruth M. Saari Memorial Izaak Walton League Scholarship). The deadline for applying is May 15, 2016. Learn more.

For Illinois Students

Community Foundation Scholarships
The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois provides scholarships to graduating senior students who are residents of Winnebago County and have a 2.75 or higher GPA. The deadline is March 1. Learn more.

Horatio Alger Illinois Scholarships
The Horatio Alger Association provides $5,000 scholarships to Illinois high school seniors who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree and have at least a 2.0 GPA. Applicants must demonstrate critical financial need. Learn more.

Illinois Landscape Contractors Association Scholarships
The Illinois Landscape Contractors Association offers scholarships to Illinois students who are enrolled full-time in a college in Illinois or bordering state. The student must be working towards a degree in horticulture or a related field. Applications are due March 7. Learn more.

Native American Scholarships

Other Scholarships

Much of your research will involve using the internet. It is important to be careful when reviewing information online. Northland recommends that you do not use any fee-based service to look for private scholarships.

Below are several scholarship search engines that are free: