GREATER DENFELD SCHOLARSHIPS
The Greater Denfeld Foundation was established in 1971 with an original goal of raising $250,000 for scholarships for Denfeld Students. By 2001 it had assets of $175,000. That was the year longtime Denfeld teacher and 1925 graduate, Marie Saltwick, bequeathed $2.7 million to the foundation, to fund the first renewable scholarship. In 2006, Mr. Armond Hauge, a 1946 graduate, died and left Denfeld $3.2 million to start another renewable scholarship fund. All told, The Greater Denfeld Foundation now has assets of over $8 million, with more than $2 million awarded to Denfeld students to date. The Greater Denfeld Foundation Awards are one-time awards given out during Honors Night each spring. The number, amount and criteria for each award are as follows:
Greater Denfeld Foundation Awards (4 @ $2500): Awards given to students who exemplify the “Spirit of a Denfeld Hunter” with a combination of good academics, contributions to school, and respect of the student body and the faculty. This is the highest honor to the “best of the best”.
Greater Denfeld Foundation Linda Soderstrom Service Award (1 @ $1000): Award given to a student who has demonstrated outstanding service to school and/or the community.
Greater Denfeld Foundation Mark Overland Performing Arts Award (1 @ $1000): Award given to a student excelling in and pursuing a music/performing arts degree.
Greater Denfeld Foundation STEM Award (1 @ $1000): Award given to a student who demonstrates a strong aptitude for science, technology, engineering, or math.
Greater Denfeld Foundation BEA Award (1 @ $1000): Award given to a student who will be pursuing a Business, Economics or Accounting degree.
Greater Denfeld Foundation Health Science Award (1 @ $1000): Award given to a student who will be pursuing a degree in a health-related field.
Greater Denfeld Foundation Trades Award (1 @ $1000): Award given to a student pursuing a degree in (but not limited to) a building-, industrial-, or mechanical-related trade career.
Other awards managed by the Greater Denfeld Foundation:
Cannon Scholarship (1 @ $1250): Award given to an athlete who works hard in school and other aspects of life.
G. Del Daedo Leadership Awards (2 @ $1000): Awards given to students who demonstrate a combination of leadership, good academics, contributions to school, and respect of the student body and the faculty.
Greater Denfeld Foundation Americo “Mertz” Mortorelli Scholarship (1 @ $1000): Award given to a male or female athlete who has participated in four years of high school athletics and is of good standing. The recipient must attend a 4-year college or university.
Kreager/Ackerman Scholarship (1 @ $1000): Award given to a girl attending college in Minnesota who is in the top 10%, exhibits strong leadership and is involved in vocal music, student government, and sports.
Richard Jukich Scholarship (1 @ $700): Award given to a student who demonstrates a combination of good academics, contributions to school, has the respect of the student body and the faculty, and who intends to pursue a degree in education.
Scholarships available to Denfeld Seniors that are NOT managed by the Greater Denfeld Foundation, but are chosen by the selection committee along with the above scholarships:
Gustafson (1 @ $800): Is awarded in even years to a student from Duluth Denfeld High School with a minimum 3.4 GPA who is planning to attend UMD, CSS or LSC.
Tessier/Waltman (2 @ $500): Awarded to female students who have lettered in two varsity sports; preference is given to softball players.
Gernander (2 @ $1000): One male and one female student who demonstrate good character and who are deserving of recognition for combined athletic and academic accomplishments.
Application Date: A completed application is due to by 11:59 P.M. on January 15. Late applications will not be considered.
Who May Apply: Graduating seniors from Denfeld High School.
Where can be used: Any accredited college or university, vocational college or community college.
Academic Criteria: Applicants must have demonstrated seriousness of academic purpose, with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
In addition to the completed application, two recommendations (from a teacher, advisor, counselor or administrator) and an interview are required. A transcript will be requested from school by the scholarship administrator.
Determination of Awards: The studentís academic record, standardized test scores, participation in extracurricular activities, community service, and/or employment, recommendations, and seriousness of purpose will all be considered. The Greater Denfeld Selection Committee will select individual scholarship recipients.