Financial Aid

$16,000 total distributed over four years

Professional Support and Guidance

To help you navigate college every step of the way

College-to-Career Programs

Mentors, internships, and more to help you with your next step

Donor Partner Connections

Get to know the people who invest in your education

Program Overview

Founded in 1992 by Win Wallin, Pillsbury Executive and former Medtronic CEO, and his wife Maxine; Wallin Education Partners (Wallin EP) four-year program has evolved into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that currently partners with 62 different corporations, foundations and individuals; 53 high schools; and 54 colleges and universities. Currently, the program has over 790 scholars and 4,800 alumni.


Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduating senior (class of 2019) from a partner high school (list available online under Collaborative Partners)
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (unweighted)
  • Minimum 19 ACT (composite)
  • Enrolled in the fall of 2019 at a private or public nonprofit four-year college or university in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or any Historically Black College or University in the Nation. 
  • Have a family taxable income of $75,000 or less and low-to-moderate assets with financial need

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I automatically be disqualified if I do not meet the minimum financial requirement?

If your family taxable income is at or over $75,000, it will NOT automatically disqualify you from our review process. Instead, our office will request additional financial information after the submission of your application and it will be reviewed by our independent financial review committee.

How can I determine that I’m at or below the $75,000 taxable income requirement?

This information is reported on your 2017 tax return and not within the student aid report (SAR) generated on the FAFSA.

In the financial section of the application, it will specifically ask you for this information and provide instructions to where it is located on your 2017 tax return.

I am unable to submit the FAFSA student aid report (SAR).

The application will have an alternative financial form available to download under the request for the FAFSA student aid report.

Students who cannot upload the student aid report will be able to download, complete, and upload the alternative financial form as a replacement.

What does it mean to be a student attending a partner high school?

Wallin Education Partners works with 53 different high schools to promote and assist in administering our scholarship opportunity. Each high school in our network have gone through several qualifications to be a partner high school including but not limited to enrollment numbers, rigorous pedagogy, financial sustainability, and graduation outcomes. New high school partners are identified through referrals from donor partners and community partners. Students who attend our current partner high schools are able to apply.

The list of partner high schools is located under the collaborative partners section of the About page.

Should I work with my high school counselor when applying for this scholarship?

We strongly recommend that you work with your high school counselor or another trusted adult (e.g. mentor, College Possible coach, etc.) when applying for our scholarship program. Reports and other materials are sent to designated high school counselors and other nonprofit partners each year to ensure that they are well informed about our selection process.

If you would like to know your designated Wallin Education Partners high school representative; send us an e-mail to info@wallinpartners.org.

What can I do in advance to be considered for the Wallin Education Partners scholarship?

If you are a senior, there are several pre-application tasks that will need to be completed prior to applying for our scholarship program. You will also be requested to submit your Student Aid Report (SAR); therefore, you should complete your FAFSA as soon as possible. If you are unable to submit your SAR, you will need to complete the alternative financial form located in the application.

We will also collect your ACT and GPA directly from your high school; therefore, you will need to ensure that you are taking your exams and maintaining an excellent academic record.

You should start gathering information about your activities in and out of school, work, and awards you have received. Also, draft a list of scholarships and colleges you have applied to.

If you are a freshman, sophomore, or junior; you can start early! We strongly recommend that you work with your high school counselor, coach, mentor, career center, or other support networks to prepare for your college goals. It is never early to figure out what you may want to do as a career, what school you might want to attend, or what scholarships are available.

How are Scholars selected?

We have a holistic approach to reviewing candidates for Wallin Education Partners scholarships. Your academic achievements are only one part of our overall consideration. We look at other aspects of who you are including your intended college and major; participation in community service projects; leadership roles in your community, school, and family; what you share in your essay; and what your recommenders are saying about you.

When is the scholarship application available?

The 2019 application period opens on November 15, 2018 and will end on February 15, 2019. You can start an application in the system at any time between this period; however, it will need to be completed and submitted (including recommendation letters) by February 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

Am I able to apply if I am planning to receive a GED or High School Equivalency Diploma?

No, Wallin Education Partners only provides scholarships to high school seniors who receive their high school diploma from one of our partner schools and will enter college in the fall immediately following graduation.

My sibling is/was a Wallin Education Partner scholar, can I apply?

We do not have any limits on the number of family members who apply to our scholarship program; however, we do not give any preferential treatment to siblings/family members when making our selections.

Where can I find the application?

A link to our application will be on this page when the application period opens.


Contact Information

Taleya Hamilton, Senior Project Manager
Ellen Wolaner, Director of Finance and Operations
(952) 345-1920
info@wallinpartners.org