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    The Willmar Civic Scholarship Association is a non-profit organization that evolved from a meeting of the Education Committee of the Chamber of Commerce in 1958.  It was established for the sole purpose of rewarding academic excellence. The success of this program is due to the overwhelming generosity of local businesses, organizations, established memorials and individual community members. Their generosity directly benefits our graduates as they further their education.

    Thanks to generous donations, 75 awards for a total of $42,250 were presented at the 2015 Senior Awards Ceremony at Willmar High School. We proudly awarded $1,000 to the Class Valedictorian, $13,000 in Department Awards and $28,250 in Honors Awards.  Awards range from $500, $750 and $1000. 

    In addition, the David Rau Memorial Scholarship presented $500 scholarships to the outstanding male and female 9th grade students.

    On behalf of the many young people we have helped send off to pursue further education, we extend a heartfelt thank you to our contributors.  We look forward to continuing the mission of the Willmar Civic Scholarship Association established so many years ago.

     
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    If you, your family or your business would like to be a financial partner, please contact Deb Zinda Hanson at 320-235-7220 or

    deb.zindahanson@edmn.org 
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    The Willmar Civic Scholarship Association evolved from a meeting of the Education Committee of the Chamber of Commerce in 1958. Originators wished to publicly recognize academic excellence and show Willmar Senior High graduates that the community supported their achievements. Their intention  was to collect and channel money to deserving students as Willmar Civic Scholarships.

    In 2014, with the financial assistance from various community businesses, organizations, residents and established memorials, we were able to recognize 79 students, awarding $40,000 to college-bound young people.

    On behalf of the many young people we have helped send off to pursue further education, we extend a heartfelt thank you for your support. We look forward to continuing the mission of the Willmar Civic Scholarship Association established so many years ago.


     Our Mission

    The Willmar Civic Scholarship Association's purpose is to annually honor scholastic achievement by awarding scholarships to Willmar Senior High School students to be used for their post secondary education. 

     
     
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    Deb Zinda Hanson, Chair                Justin Bos, Vice Chair                 Deb Willis, Secretary        
      Willmar Area Chamber                   Peterson Funeral Home               Designed Environments                           
     
    Tom Deboer                         Carol Maursetter          Nancy Strand                   Shari Courtney
       Cash Wise Pharmacy          Educator                          Lake Region Bank           Edina Realty 
     
    Tommy Deboer                      Paul Schmitz                       Sharon Tollefson
       Willmar Senior High              Willmar Senior High           Willmar Public School