Committed Financial Aid

up to $4,000/year 
for four years

Professional Advisors

help you navigate college every step 
of the way

College to Career Programming

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

Donor Partner Connections

get to know the people who invest in 
your education

Scholarship Minimum Requirements:

  • Be a graduating high school senior (class of 2018) at one of our partner high schools
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (unweighted)
  • Minimum 19 ACT (composite)
  • Have applied and intend to attend a private/public not-for-profit four-year college in MN, IA, SD, ND, or WI or any Historically Black College or University in the Nation immediately after high school (no gap year)
  • Have a family taxable income of $75,000 or less, low-to-moderate assets, and have financial need with regard to financial aid (Please see the FAQs below for further information about this requirement).   

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 2016 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 2016 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 52 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

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.

You will also be requested to submit information about your ACT and GPA; 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 2018 application period opens in November and will end on February 15, 2018. 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, 2018 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 access the application?

A link to our application will be under the “Application Instructions” tab. Select the redirect at the top of the page and it will take you to the instructions and the link to the system that administers our application.

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