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Funds for scholarships are awarded to students based on criteria established by the Board of Trustees. The criteria includes academic performance, school and community activities, work experience, career goals, references and the student's personal situation.

Moorhead High School graduating seniors should complete the MAEF Moorhead High Graduating Senior Scholarship Form in SPUDS Landing. Graduates of Moorhead High School who are enrolled in post-secondary schools should complete the MAEF Post-secondary Scholarship Form. The applications include the financial form necessary for scholarships based on need.

Students can apply for all scholarships through a single online application. Applications are scored anonymously by the Distribution Awards Committee using a point merit system.

Current seniors can find the link to the online and paper applications in SPUDS Landing. For post-secondary students, please use the Post-secondary Scholarship Application.

Since 1991, MAEF has awarded $1,529,885 to 1,685 Moorhead High graduates.

1991 -- $1,100 to 5 students
1992 -- $10,000 to 26 students
1999 -- $48,000 to 77 students
2006 -- $75,100 to 87 students
2010 -- $92,750 to 67 students
2011 -- $83,850 to 57 students
2012 -- $92,200 to 65 students

The Moorhead Area Education Foundation sponsors an annual Spud Scholars Phonathon to raise money for scholarships. Moorhead High School students secure pledges and MAEF Board members and supporters assist with mailing and record-keeping. Community support ensures the success of the annual phonathon.

Phonathon Results

1992 -- $8,685
1996 -- $16,725
1999 -- $20,946
2003 -- $22,052
2006 -- $24,036
2010 -- $22,960
2011 -- $24,068
2012 -- $20,270

Many scholarships are given directly by the Foundation. Others are sponsored by individuals, families, businesses and organizations in the community. Sponsors include:

Al and Pat Swedberg Education Scholarship
Barbara Arneson Bielfeldt/Robert Bielfeldt Memorial
Bell State Bank of Moorhead
Bev Paulson Memorial Scholarship
Coborn's Inc.- Cashwise
Dan and Denise Paulson Family Scholarship
Donald Hoberg Memorial
Dr. Ames, Orthodontist Scholarships
Ellen Hopkins Elementary School
Judge James E. Garrity Memorial
Kay Hoberg Memorial
Kurt Gigstad Memorial Scholarship
Lloyd and Beverly Paulson Honorary
Lloyd Paulson Vocational
Loren Buslee Memorial
Lynne Kovash Memorial Scholarship
MAEF "Teacher of the Year"
Marlene Deist Memorial Scholarship
Marlene T. Olson Memorial Scholarship
McLarnen-Horn Scholarship
MHS Spuds Hall of Honor Scholarships
Moorhead Area Education Foundation
Moorhead Kiwanis
Moorhead Midday-Central Lions Club - Lyle & Grace Clark Honorary
Moorhead Rotary
Moorhead Spuds Booster
Moorhead VFW
Muscatell Auto
Nicole Anne Blilie Memorial Scholarship
Northwestern Bank
Phil and Adeline Seljevold Memorial Scholarship
Pitsenbarger Family Need-based Scholarships
Pitsenbarger Family Scholarships for Merit
Resiliency Scholarship
Roberta & Donald Lontz Memorial Scholarship
Roger Pitsenbarger Memorial Scholarship
Ron and Carolyn Gadberry Scholarship
Scheels Foundation-Bev Paulson Memorial Scholarship
Scheels Hardware & Sports
Shirley Lontz Memorial Scholarship
Vikingland Kiwanis: Ruth Utke Memorial
Vogel Law Firm
West Acres Development Scholarship

Moorhead Area Education Foundation has formed an alumni group for past scholarship winners. Members pay an annual $15 and receive the newsletter and other membership mailings.