Main header image

The application program will be available again in January. Please return then to view the updated Eligibility and Awards for the 2022 academic year! If you are an applicant who would like to discover more scholarship opportunities you might qualify for, please continue to the Scholarship America Hub and sign up!


George D. Bateman Memorial Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

About George D. Bateman

Mr. Bateman grew up in southern Indiana and received a diploma from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. His teaching career brought him to Gilbert, Minnesota, where he met his wife, Bernice (“Barnie”). In 1945 they moved to International Falls with their two sons (David and Robert) where he continued his teaching career at Falls High School with a social studies curriculum until his retirement. He and his wife continued to live in the local area through the rest of their lives, and had expressed the desire to give something back to the community they so much enjoyed.


About The Program

This scholarship program has been established to assist graduating seniors of Falls High School (FHS) in International Falls, Minnesota, who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs. Renewable scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

This 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, gender, disability, or national origin.

Applicants to the George D. Bateman Memorial Scholarship Program must:

  • Be a graduating senior in good standing from Falls High School (FHS) in International Falls, Minnesota, and demonstrate qualities of sound character and strong work ethic.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year or two-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.
  • Plan to pursue a degree in the fields of education (teaching), technology (math, science/physics/chemistry, engineering, biotech, information/communications, environmental, etc.), or healthcare (pre-med, nursing, EMT, etc. ) or the vocational-technical study of trades (plumbing, welding, electrician, electronics, etc.).


Awards are renewable up to one additional year or until an associate’s degree is earned or up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first, on the basis of satisfactory academic performance (maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent) and continued progress toward a degree in the chosen area of study.

• $5,000 annually for a student pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a four-year school
• $2,500 annually for a student pursuing an associate’s degree or certificate at a vocational-technical or two-year school

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal.

Financial need is not considered.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


Applicants will be notified in April. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of The George D. Bateman Memorial Scholarship Program. Payment is made in one installment in early August.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than March 4, 2021 3:00 pm.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

The George D. Bateman Memorial Scholarship Program has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you the Scholarship America Student Hub!