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Ida C. Koran Student Aid Program
Application status: Closed

The Ida C. Koran Student Aid Program was established to assist dependent children of Ecolab Inc. employees and retirees with tuition and other postsecondary educational expenses for study at a vocational, trade or technical school, community college or university.

The scholarship program, funded by the Ida C. Koran Trust, is independently administered by Scholarship America, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America‚Äôs evaluation team.

Applicants to the Ida C. Koran Student Aid Program must:

  • A dependent* child of an employee of Ecolab Inc. or an Ecolab subsidiary, including International, with at least one (1) year of continuous full- or part-time service as of April 20, 2024. This includes a dependent of a disabled employee who is qualified for disability benefits; or
  • A dependent child of an Ecolab retiree, as classified by Ecolab’s Human Resources department; or
  • A dependent child of an employee working in business operations acquired by Ecolab Inc. or an Ecolab subsidiary with at least one (1) year of continuous full- or part-time service; and
  • High school seniors or final year upper secondary students, current undergraduates or a graduate from high school/upper secondary school planning to enroll full-time in an accredited vocational, trade or technical school, community college or university for the entire 2024-2025 academic year.
  • Due to it being a conflict of interest, students chosen as recipients, that are employees of U.S. Bank or Elavon, are not eligible to receive the loan portion of the award.
  • The student is the applicant. Application information, including contact information, should be that of the student unless otherwise noted.

*Dependent children are defined as natural and legally adopted children or stepchildren living in the employee’s household or primarily supported by the employee.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation.

Once recipients are identified using the above criteria, financial need is then assessed to determine the amount of each award. Recipients must demonstrate financial need to receive an award.

Applications of students attending a community college or a vocational-technical school to earn a certificate or license for a specific trade/occupation will be evaluated in separate application pools.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires the Ida Koran Trust to grant financial assistance to a maximum of 25% of the applicant pool (one student out of every four who apply). The more applications the Ida C. Koran Student Aid Program for Children of Ecolab Inc. Employees receives, the more awards we are able to provide.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of Ecolab or the Ida C. Koran Trust participate in selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


Applicants will be notified by email in mid to late May. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. All non-recipients may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.


Award recipients are required to supply current official transcripts and financial information, when requested, and to notify Scholarship America of any changes in address, school enrollment, or other relevant information.

Scholarship recipients are under no obligation to Ida C. Koran Trust or Ecolab Inc. Loan recipients are under no obligation to Ecolab Inc. but are obligated to repay the loan principal and related interest to the Ida C. Koran Trust according to the terms of the loans.


Awards will be disbursed each academic year (as specified below) for as long as the student remains eligible, up to a maximum of four academic years. Award recipients will be required to demonstrate continuing eligibility each academic year (including full-time enrollment in an eligible institution and satisfactory academic performance) in order to receive disbursements. Awards may be used for undergraduate education expenses only.

Awards to persons who are residents of countries other than the United States and awards to residents of Puerto Rico will be scholarships.

Awards to residents of the United States will be combinations of scholarships and loans. Recipients may choose to accept or decline the loan. If the loan is declined, recipients may still receive the scholarship. Loans do not accrue interest for as long as the recipient is enrolled as a full-time student in an eligible institution and for twelve months thereafter, and no loan payments are due during that time. Interest begins to accrue and monthly payments of principal and interest begin twelve months after the recipient is not enrolled full-time as a student. All loans will be originated and serviced by Aspire Resources, Inc. The table below shows the number of years over which the loan will be repaid, depending on the total amount of the loan outstanding:

Total Loan Amount
Not more than $1,000
Not more than $2,000
Not more than $3,000
Not more than $4,000
More than $4,000
Repayment Term (years)

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

  1. 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.
  2. Upper secondary school diploma or certificate, if earned (International applicants only).
  3. Results of examinations (International applicants only).
  4. English translations for any non-English documents.

If you are a U.S. student providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those test scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload an official copy of those test scores separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than February 26, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time.

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

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