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Sterbenz-Ryan Education Foundation Fund
Deadline to apply: April 18, 2023 3:00 pm CT

The Sterbenz-Ryan Education Fund has established a scholarship program to high school graduates or current undergraduates from Minnesota or Wisconsin who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.

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. Awards for this scholarship are granted to eligible recipients without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin.

Applicants to the Sterbenz-Ryan Education Foundation Fund must:

  • Be high school seniors, high school graduates or current postsecondary undergraduates residing in Minnesota or Wisconsin
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year
  • Have a grade point average range of 2.5 to 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent

Only the first 400 completed applications received will be considered.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $15,000 award for those attending four-year schools or a $5,000 award for those attending two-year colleges or vocational programs. Up to 44 awards will be granted. Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.


All applicants will be notified in late May.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of the Sterbenz-Ryan Education Fund. Payment is made in August.

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

Financial need will be considered. Recipients will be selected from a pool of qualified applicants with consideration given to those who demonstrate the greatest need. Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of the Sterbenz-Ryan Education Fund play a part in the selection. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

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 a copy of your test score report(s) 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.

Sterbenz-Ryan Education Foundation Fund has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!