The Foundation administers a variety of scholarships using funds contributed by friends of the Foundation. The scholarships range in size from very modest to quite substantial. Some supporting contributions are one-time gifts, while others recur from year to year. In addition to the restricted contributions designated for scholarships, the Foundation sometimes draws on its general funds to support scholarships.
Click here to open a PDF file with Elmer Koch's reflections on his years of service to the Foundation, especially the Scholarship Committee.
As shown on page 5 of the 2019-20 Annual Report, the scholarships are a major item in terms of support for South High students.
Here are the 2019 and 2020 scholarship recipients.
Here's a short video from South High grad Madeleine Pemberton, recipient of a Faith Finnberg scholarship.
... and another by graduate Mose McLain, recipient of First Generation scholarship.
Varieties of scholarships
Many of contributions are simply for scholarships in general. Other scholarship contributions have a quite specific target audience. For example, in some cases the money can only be used for a scholarship for a student planning on going into teaching. Others have different degrees of restriction - perhaps only for a specific institution. In many cases, the money simply goes to promising students who need a hand. In addition, a portion of the scholarships are for technical programs, while others are for four-year schools. Some are even renewable, based on the recipient making reasonable progress.
How the Foundation awards the scholarships
The graduates who receive scholarships are selected by the Foundation's Scholarship Committee and the counselors at the school. (The Board does not formally approve the award of the the scholarships - that power has been given to the Scholarships Committee.) The committee reviews scholarship applications from graduating seniors, matching their qualifications against donor- and committee-defined criteria. The South High Counselors are advisors to this committee. Students are directed to establish contact with donors. Selections are made in the Spring of the year followed by a reception for student-scholars and donors. The committee verifies ongoing eligibility with students who receive multiple year grants.
For more information about contributing toward a scholarship, you can send an email to the Scholarship Committee Chair or send a letter to
South High Foundation
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Minneapolis MN 55407
The Mission of the Friends of South High Foundation: provide financial assistance and support for programs at South High School that directly enhance the students’ overall high school experience by enriching their academic, cultural and extracurricular experience; and to support and enhance their ability to further their education.