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Make An Impact® Scholarships Program
Application status: Closed

Modern Woodmen of America has established a scholarship program to assist Modern Woodmen members who are current high school seniors planning to continue their education in college.

The program is 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’s evaluation team.

Applicants to both Track 1 and Track 2 of the Make An Impact® Scholarships competition must:

  • Have held a Modern Woodmen life insurance certificate since Jan. 1, 2022. (The certificate must be on a premium-paying basis or must be paid-up according to the terms of the certificate, other than through use of the nonforfeiture option.)
  • Be high school seniors who will graduate between January 1 and August 31 of the year the scholarship is awarded.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the entire 2024-2025 academic year.
  • Have a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer experience in the previous two years.
  • Authorize release of application information to Modern Woodmen.
  • For Track 1 awards: Have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • For Track 2 awards: Have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

The program consists of two award recipient tracks. (Scholarship America will determine in which track the recipient is placed.) Authorized distributions for new awards will be as follows :

  • 12 scholarships at $10,000 (Track 1)
  • 12 scholarships at $ 7,500 (Track 1)
  • 12 scholarships at $ 5,000 (Track 1)
  • 12 scholarships at $ 2,500 (Track 1)
  • 150 scholarships at $ 1,000 (Track 2)

All recipients must agree to allow Modern Woodmen to use their name and photo for promotional purposes, including social media. Additionally, once notified they have been selected as a recipient, Track 1 recipients must also agree to submit a video (up to two minutes in length) describing how they make an impact through volunteering and/or how volunteering has made an impact on their lives. Such videos will be used by Modern Woodmen for promotional purposes, including social media. Track 1 and Track 2 recipients must agree to submit a photo of themselves. If a Track 1 recipient does not submit a video within the allotted acceptance timeframe, they will be disqualified from receiving an award and an alternate recipient will be chosen.

Awards are one-time only and not renewable.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.


All applicants will be notified of the decision in April.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Modern Woodmen. In early August, Scholarship America will mail one payment to each recipient. The payment is made out to the recipient’s educational institution listed on the application.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

Track 1:

  • Consideration of academic performance.
  • Volunteer experience and and essay describing the impact of your volunteerism.
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities.
  • Work experience.
  • Statement of career and educational goals and objectives.

An equal number of recipients will be chosen from each of six geographic regions.

Financial need will not be considered.

Students not selected to receive a Track 1 award will be considered for a Track 2 award.

Track 2:

Track 2 recipients will be selected by Scholarship America based on the level of volunteer service over the past two years, measured by hours.

An equal number of recipients will be chosen from each of six geographic regions.

Financial need will not be considered.

Modern Woodmen reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time, including termination of the program.

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

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

NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those 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.

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

Questions? Contact us:

Phone: 507-931-0720 (ask for the Make An Impact® Scholarships Program)

Modern Woodmen of America has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!
Use your permanent email address during registration – not your high school email address.