Scholarships and Recognition Programs
Scholarship programs provide money for students to attend college or technical training after high school. Programs coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) will be posted to this page when they are open for application. Check out our links to find out more about scholarship opportunities outside of MDE.

Recognition programs shine a light on students and educators doing great things in the classroom, as well as innovative and successful schools and programs. Watch this page for announcements as we promote the great work being done in Minnesota education!

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is a new undergraduate scholarship program available to high-performing high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, up to 40 students will become Jack Kent Cooke Scholars and have access to funding for up to four years for undergraduate studies.

Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation (MAEF) School Spotlight Awards
The purpose of the award is to identify schools that have demonstrated excellence in one of three areas. Awardees will receive recognition on both a statewide and local level, as well as a certificate of recognition signed by the MAEF Board Chair and the Commissioner of Education. Schools interested in applying in multiple categories should complete a separate application for each category. Materials for the 2014 award cycle will be available later this school year.