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Applications for scholarships are due Jan. 15

The clock is ticking to turn in scholarship applications for the major funds in the Duluth area. Applications for the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, the Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Memorial Fund and the Walter and Anna Soneson Scho...

The clock is ticking to turn in scholarship applications for the major funds in the Duluth area. Applications for the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, the Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Memorial Fund and the Walter and Anna Soneson Scholarship Fund are due Jan. 15.

Students can cover a lot of ground even if they apply only through the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, which serves as a one-stop shop for 41 different local scholarship funds, according to director Brenda Sproat.

The foundation has one common application for all of the funds, which range from $1,000 nonrenewable to $5,000 renewable for four years

The Alworth awards students $4,500 a year renewable for five years. The Soneson fund awards $2,500 renewable for four years.

Most scholarships are based on academic performance and/or financial need, Sproat said, but there are a few that are based on less-stringent criteria.

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Patty Salo Downs, the executive director of the Alworth Foundation, encourages everyone to apply for something. If students don't meet criteria for local scholarships, she said they can probably find a state or national scholarship that would be a match.

"Students often don't think they are of the right caliber, so they don't even bother applying. But if you don't ask you don't receive," Salo Downs said. "Don't discount the possibility that you could be a winner."

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