High school juniors can apply for townships scholarship

Applicants should submit a written essay using critical thinking on the topic of land use by May 1.


The Minnesota Association of Townships announces its 2021 scholarship program, which will award up to five $2,000 scholarships to high school juniors.

All students currently enrolled in 11 th grade and attending a Minnesota public, private or parochial school, or a home-study program, are eligible to apply for this program. Since its inception in 2001, the MAT scholarship program has had more than 2,000 submissions and 87 winners.

Applicants should submit a written essay using critical thinking on the topic of land use by May 1, 2021. Winners will be chosen by an independent panel of judges and will be notified by Sept. 1, 2021. They will also be invited to attend MAT’s annual conference in St. Cloud in September 2021.

For more information and application details, call the MAT offices at 1-800-228-0296 or visit .

“Townships are proud to offer the scholarship program and encourage as many high school juniors as possible to apply, whether they are from the largest cities or from smaller rural areas. We know the MAT scholarship program has made a real difference for our recipients in furthering their education. It is also an opportunity for learning about township government, which embody the values of 'grassroots government' where local citizens directly participate,” MAT Executive Director David Hann said in a news release.


There are approximately 914,174 township residents in 1,781 townships in Minnesota . Townships exist in every area of the state, including the metropolitan area.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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