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The application program will be available again in January 2024. Please return then to view the updated Eligibility and Awards for the 2024-25 academic year!


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J.C. and L.A. Duke Scholarship Fund
Application status: Closed

The J.C. and L.A. Duke Scholarship Fund was established to assist children of 3M employees who plan to continue their education in college.

This 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 the J.C. and L.A. Duke Scholarship Fund must:

  • Be a dependent, as defined by 3M’s employee benefit plan*, of active, disabled, retired or deceased persons employed by 3M, U.S.A. for a minimum of two years prior to January 1 of the year in which the student graduates from high school.
    * Dependent children are defined as biological, stepchildren, a domestic partner’s child, or a legally adopted child living in the employee’s household or primarily supported by the employee and under the age of 26
  • Be graduating high school seniors who intend to enroll as full-time, first-year students at an accredited four-year degree-granting college or university in the United States.


The authorized distribution for awards will be determined annually by Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation based on the total amount available for distribution from the J.C. and L.A. Duke Scholarship Fund. If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award of up to $5,000.

Except for those attending United States military academies, awards may be renewed for up to three additional years. A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average must be maintained.

Awards are for undergraduate study and may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies only.

Recipients may receive only one award: the J.C. and L.A. Duke, or the 3M National Merit, or the 3M Vocational and College Scholarship.

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 educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation

Financial need will be considered. Recipients must demonstrate financial need to receive an award. The ability of the student’s family to contribute to the cost of education may not exceed the average cost of a public institution. In no instance does any officer or employee of Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation play a part in the selection. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


All applicants will be notified in mid-May.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation. Payment is made in 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.

    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.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than March 6, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time.

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

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