Scholarship Program

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.

Scholarship Application & Information

FIVE total scholarships of $2000 each to be awarded!  

The Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT) is proud to offer a township scholarship program for high school Juniors in the state of Minnesota. Up to FIVE $2,000 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. 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.

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

2022 Essay Topic: Promoting Township Government.

The question is: “The Minnesota Association of Townships has the responsibility to promote public understanding of the heritage and future of Township Government and its role in the State and Federal systems. What are some ways that MAT could promote awareness of township government and inspire township residents and Boards to become involved?"

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.

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, 2022. Incomplete applications or applications postmarked after May 1 will not be accepted.

2022 Application Form

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 using critical thinking discussing this year’s topic.

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. 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. Winners will be notified in writing in August 2022 and will be invited to attend the MAT annual conference in September 2022 in St. Cloud, MN. Scholarship awards will be paid to the appropriate financial aid office upon receipt of verification of enrollment at a college, university, or technical school.

To help students with the essay question, here are some helpful links to articles and documents:

Links will be added soon

Scholarship Winners

Past Essay Topic:
Townships have a role in land use decisions including in part, agriculture, industry, housing, and landfills.  As solar panels and wind turbine blades age, the industry faces challenges for end of life destination other than landfills.  Increased promotion for solar panels and wind turbines has increased the need for ‘decommissioning’ policy requirements.
What are the environmental impacts that affect townships? What are your thoughts as to the sustainable solutions being considered to address this issue?

Brianna Joseph

Brianna Joseph

Township:
Fairmont
County:
Martin
Year:
2021
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Grace Klunder

Grace Klunder

Township:
Antrim
County:
Watonwan
Year:
2021
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Grace Marie Plotts

Grace Marie Plotts

Township:
County:
Hennepin
Year:
2021
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Jennie DeCaigny

Jennie DeCaigny

Township:
Atkinson
County:
Carlton
Year:
2021
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Lauryn Gravelle

Lauryn Gravelle

Township:
Wadena
County:
Wadena
Year:
2021
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