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The Robert E. Applebaum Scholarship Fund
Deadline to apply: February 11, 2020 11:59 pm CT

Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation established the Robert E. Applebaum Scholarship to assist undergraduate seniors, and graduate school students who plan to continue their education in college. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited public or private four-year college or university in Minnesota.

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age gender, disability or national origin.

Postmark Deadline: February 11, 2020

Applicants to the Robert E. Applebaum Scholarship Fund must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Plan to be a senior in college OR a graduate school student for the entire 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Plan to enroll in full time study at an accredited public or private four-year college or university in Minnesota for the entire 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

Awards

Are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. Up to 5 scholarships of up to $12,500 each will be awarded. The authorized distribution for awards is determined annually by the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, based on the total amount available for distribution from The Robert E. Applebaum Scholarship Fund.

Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • academic record
  • demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • honors
  • work experience
  • statement of goals and aspirations
  • unusual personal or family circumstances
  • an outside appraisal
  • Financial need as calculated by Scholarship America must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Notification

Applicants will be notified in late March. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation. Payments are made in equal installments in early August and mid-December. Checks are mailed to each recipient’s home address and are made payable to the school for the student.

Obligations

Recipients have no obligation to the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation. They are, however, required to notify Scholarship America of any changes in address, school enrollment, or other relevant information and to send a complete transcript when requested.

Revisions

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time including the termination of the program.

Privacy Policy

Participation in The Robert E. Applebaum Scholarship Fund program is voluntary. By submitting the The Robert E. Applebaum Scholarship Fund application, you are agreeing to share your financial and personal identifiable information with Scholarship America, a third party, which administers this program on behalf of the Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation

The scholarship application is confidential and will not be shared with Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation – except when needed for servicing purposes (e.g., confirmation of employment, to assist with eligibility, communication, etc.), or as required by law. Personally identifiable information (e.g. employee name, employee id, employee email, dependent child’s home address, email address, date of birth, etc.) will not be shared with another third-party except for servicing the scholarship (e.g. scholarship recipient checks or status of the scholarship recipient at their university, etc.).

The scholarship application becomes the property of Scholarship America. Non-recipient applications are maintained for one year and then destroyed. Scholarship recipient applications are maintained for the award period plus one additional year, and then destroyed.

Application Information

Interested students must complete the application and mail it along with a current, complete transcript of grades to Scholarship America postmarked no later than February 11, 2020. Grade reports are not acceptable. Online transcripts must display student name, school name, grade and credit hours earned for each course, and term in which each course was taken.

Applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt of their application. If an email is not received within three weeks, applicants may call Scholarship America to verify that their application has been received.

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. All information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by Scholarship America.

Application Instructions

Open the Printable Application Form (This will open in a new window)

Use the PDF fill-in-the-blank feature to complete the form:

  1. Save a copy of the form to your personal data storage device
  2. Type in your responses using the Tab key to move between fields
  3. You may save the file while in progress and return to complete or revise it later
  4. When finished, print the completed form

Applicants must print the page(s) of the application containing the Applicant Appraisal and Transcript Information sections and submit to the appropriate individuals for completion. These sections cannot be completed electronically.

Mail the completed application form (including the completed Appraisal and Transcript sections and any other required documents) to Scholarship America by the program’s application postmark deadline: February 11, 2020. The mailing address is on the application form.

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Instructions for Completing the Financial Data Section of the Application

The Financial Data section of the application should be completed by the parents, guardians, or by the applicant if independent. Independent is defined as one who is not claimed as a dependent by the parent/guardian for tax purposes. Information should be from a completed tax return or based on estimated information to be filed with the IRS.

  1. State of Residence is the state where the parents reside and pay state income tax.
  2. Adjusted Gross Income can be found on IRS Form 1040 and is gross income reduced by specific adjustments allowed by law.
  3. Total Federal Tax Paid includes the total amount of federal income tax to be paid as reported on IRS Form 1040. This is not the amount withheld from employee’s paychecks. (The amount withheld should be adjusted by any refund or additional taxes due.) Do not report state income tax.
  4. Total Income of parent(s) should be reported individually. Provide information for both natural parents, when possible. If the student resides with only one parent, financial information must be received from the employee or agent and from the parent who claims the child as a dependent for tax purposes. If a parent has remarried, the spouse’s information is required if the spouse is a legal guardian of the student, or claims the student as a dependent, or the student is included in the spouse’s benefit plan. If necessary, two Financial Data sections may be submitted by the student. A copy of the Financial Data section may be made in order for one to be completed by each parent.
  5. Untaxed Income and Benefits include any other income or benefits not included in the adjusted gross income figure. Do not include untaxed contributions to retirement plans.
  6. Medical and Dental Expenses include only those expenses not paid by insurance. Do not include premium payments.
  7. Total Cash, Checking, Savings, Cash Value of Stocks, etc., includes liquid assets that can be used for educational expenses. Do not include IRA, 401k, or other retirement plan funds.
  8. Total number of family members living in the household and primarily supported by the reported income may include:
    • the applicant
    • the applicant’s parents
    • other children living in the household
    • dependent college students living away from home
    • other people who live in the household and receive more than half of their support from the reported income
  9. Marital Status is the current status of the person from whom the financial information is submitted.
  10. Of the total number of family members on line 8, number of students attending college includes family members attending a two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school at least half-time. Include the applicant in this number. Do not include parents.

NOTE: Any exceptions to providing financial information as instructed above must be submitted to Scholarship America in writing.

Questions regarding the scholarship program should be addressed to:

The Robert E. Applebaum Scholarship Fund
Scholarship America
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082

Phone: 507-931-1682 and ask for the Robert E. Applebaum Scholarship Fund