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If you are interested in learning more about how to establish a scholarship fund and you would like to discuss the process, please call (877) 253-4380.

Set Up A Scholarship

CommunityGiving is proud to administer more than 60 scholarship funds established by individuals, clubs, corporations and associations across Minnesota. They, like you, see the value in assisting area students in continuing their education at a 2- or 4-year college or technical or trade school.

In fiscal year 2015-16, $298,934 in scholarships were administered through either CommunityGiving or schools through the generosity of people like you.

To set up a scholarship, staff is available by phone 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at: (320) 257-9715, (877) 253-4380 or anytime by emailing

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– Ben Franklin

SetTING A Scholarship UP

You can set up a scholarship to benefit students from a particular high school or who will attend a particular post-secondary institution.

We can help you set up a scholarship directly through a school to establish the selection process and criteria for your scholarship. Partnering with schools helps CommunityGiving minimize administrative costs and get more scholarship dollars out to students.

In order to best facilitate your wishes, the scholarship program should set forth identifiable minimum eligibility requirements that are related to the purpose of the scholarship. We’ll help you determine enough criteria to secure a targeted pool of applicants without unduly limiting the pool of applications.

To meet IRS standards, scholarship funds should:

  • be competitive on a defined basis;
  • apply to a broad applicant pool; and,
  • not be controlled by the donor.

Check out a few scholarship examples here.

How To Get Started

Scholarship funds are established with a simple letter of agreement between yourself and CommunityGiving.

To set up a new scholarship, our minimum fund size is $20,000 with an annual 5% payout of one $1,000 scholarship.

Before meeting with CommunityGiving staff, you may want to give some consideration to the following items:

  • name of scholarship, amount and number of scholarships;
  • what high school, college or university will select scholarship recipients;
  • will recipients be high school seniors, current college students or either;
  • are recipients required to attend a certain school or a school in a specific location;
  • will recipients have to demonstrate financial need;
  • will students need to be undergraduate, graduate or either;
  • are there preference areas (geographic, career aspirations, etc.); and,
  • will the scholarship be renewable.

To set up a scholarship, staff is available by phone 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at: (320) 257-9715, (877) 253-4380 or anytime by emailing