Returning Full-Time Students

Academic Persistence Award

- $1,000 award

- for a returning Vermilion student in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher). The scholarship will be awarded to a student who has persevered through unusual circumstances or unexpected hardships while pursuing their education. An application is not required.

Bob and Lil Cary Memorial Scholarship         

- $500 award

- for a student who will be new to Vermilion in the fall of 2018 or continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018, carrying a minimum of 12 credits, with a GPA of at least 2.5, and studying in one of the following fields: environmental studies, language studies, or journalism. Preference given to students of Native American heritage, however this is not a mandatory requirement and other applicants will be considered.

James Christensen SPLERT Academy Scholarship

- $500 award

- for a student who is already eligible to obtain an AA, AS, or AAS degree in a related field of study from Vermilion Community College and approved to enter the Seasonal Park Law Enforcement Ranger Training Academy (SPLERT). GPA of 3.0 or higher as well as hours of community service and participation in school activities will be highly considered in the application review. Successful applicants will be interviewed by members of the Advisory Board and/or graduates of the program. In addition to the Foundation’s scholarship application,

applicants must write and submit a 250 to 500-word essay on what compels you to this field of study and where you see yourself in ten years in this profession.

George Covich Memorial Scholarship         

- $500 award

- for a returning Vermilion accounting or business student who is in good academic standing and is active in community service and volunteer work.

Ely Branch, American Association of University Women (AAUW) Scholarship         

- $1,000 award

- for a returning part-time or full-time female non-traditional student enrolled/accepted in a degree program. Proof of college enrollment will be required. Financial need will be considered. Applicants must complete the VCC Foundation’s scholarship application and the AAUW Scholarship application that includes a short essay.

Ely Rotary Club William Mills Memorial Scholarship

- $750 award

- for a student who will be returning to Vermilion for their second year in the fall of 2018, is active in community service and volunteer work, and is involved in athletics.

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Scholarship         

- $1,000 award

- for a student who will be new to Vermilion in the fall of 2018 or continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018 studying environmental or wilderness coursework and whose philosophy is consistent with the mission of the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness: “to protect, preserve, and restore the wilderness character of the BWCAW and the Quetico-Superior ecosystem.”

Jason Henry Memorial Scholarship

- two $1,000 awards

- for students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who in the fall of 2018 are returning for their second year of Vermilion’s Wilderness and Park Management AAS Degree Program, the Natural Resource Technology AAS Degree Program, or the Fisheries and Wildlife Management AS Degree Program.  In addition to completing the VCC Foundation’s scholarship application form, students must write and submit a 600-word essay about their passion for wilderness and the outdoors and how they carry out that passion.

Bert Hoyer Memorial NRT Internship Scholarship         

- $250 award

- for a deserving student in Vermilion’s Natural Resource Technology program participating in an internship in the summer of 2018. An application is not required.

Mary Hutar Memorial Scholarship         

- $500 award

- for a male student with a good academic average who will be continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018 and is a graduate of Ely High School or Northeast Range High School (Babbitt/Tower).

IDEA Drilling LLC Scholarship                  

- $500 award

- for a student who will be new to Vermilion in the fall of 2018 or continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018, that has and maintains a minimum GPA of 3.0, and is majoring in geology or related field (such as geoscience, hydrology, soil science, natural resources, etc.). The student must demonstrate potential for success in their chosen field of study, be of good character with a record of good citizenship and school and/or community involvement, and show that their educational opportunities will be enhanced as a result of receiving this scholarship. In the scholarship application, students need to write about their education and career goals and how these goals will have a positive impact on society.

Everett Laitala Memorial Scholarship         

- two $750 awards

- for deserving students working to their potential who will be new to Vermilion in the fall of 2018 or continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018. Must be pursuing studies in the environmental sciences or related field, and show financial need.

Lake Country Power Les Beach Memorial Scholarship         

- $1,000 award

- for a student new to Vermilion in the fall of 2018 or continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and demonstrate a commitment to the community through active involvement in civic affairs or volunteerism in community organizations or programs that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of our region. The student or their parent/guardian must be an active member of Lake Country Power (that they receive electricity from the cooperative). The applicant must complete the VCC Foundation’s scholarship application and the Lake Country Power Scholarship application that includes a short essay.

Listening Point Foundation Scholarship

- $1,000 award

- for a student who will be continuing at Vermilion as a second-year student in the fall of 2018 and has a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. Special consideration will be given to students who plan to pursue careers in writing, natural resource education, environmental or natural resource fields. Applicants must complete the VCC Foundation’s scholarship application and submit a 750-word essay on one of the following subjects: the work of Sigurd Olson, the significance of Listening Point, or the meaning of wilderness to the writer. The writer must list source material for the essay. The writing will be evaluated on content, clarity, and editing. The use of personal experience and a guided tour of Listening Point are encouraged.

Living the Dream Scholarship

- $400 award

- for a student who will be new to Vermilion in the fall of 2018 or continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018, pursuing a degree in business with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Applicants must be actively involved in student activities and community service projects and have a strong passion for the outdoors.

Merle Lunceford Scholarship         

- two $500 awards

- one award for a female student who will be new to Vermilion in the fall of 2018 or continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018 and is involved in women’s basketball, in good academic standing, able to demonstrate teamwork and leadership, and working to potential. An application is not required.

- the second award for a male student who will be new to Vermilion in the fall of 2018 or continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018 and is involved in baseball, in good academic standing, able to demonstrate teamwork and leadership, and working to potential. An application is not required.

 Joseph and L. Patrick Markovich Scholarship

- $1,000 to $2,000 award with the number of awards to be determined

- for a student who will be new to Vermilion in the fall of 2018 or continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018, enrolled in Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice, Wildland/Wildlife Law Enforcement, or Seasonal Park Law Enforcement Ranger Training (SPLERT) and has incurred no drug citations. Preference will be given to students who are graduates of Ely High School or Northeast Range High School (Babbitt/Tower), however this is not a mandatory requirement and other applicants will be considered.

Harold and Nita Martin Scholarship

- $250 award

- for a deserving student with financial need returning to Vermilion in the fall of 2018. Must have a GPA of 2.8 or higher and be participating in college activities. Preference will be given to students who are graduates of the Cleveland, Ohio public schools. Other out of state students will also be considered.

Darlene McDonald Memorial Scholarship

- two $250 awards

- for new students entering Vermilion in the fall of 2018 or continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018 who are in good academic standing and participating in college activities.

Herb Moline Biology Scholarship                  

- $500 award

- for an outstanding student who will be returning to Vermilion for their second year in the fall of 2018 and is committed to the field of Biology, Biology Education, or the Medical Sciences (medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or medical research).

Natural Resources Education Group Scholarship

- $250 award

- for a deserving student returning to Vermilion in the fall of 2018 who is enrolled in the Natural Resource Technology AAS degree program. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be active in Vermilion’s Forestry/Wildlife Club. Two scholarship recommendation forms must be completed by program instructors showing verification of active club participation.

Erik Ness Memorial Scholarship         

- $500 award

- for a student who in the fall of 2018 will be enrolled in the second year of Vermilion’s Wilderness and Park Management AAS Degree Program, the Natural Resource Technology AAS Degree Program, or the Fisheries and Wildlife Management AS Degree Program.  The student must have a GPA of at least 3.0.  The student must complete the VCC Foundation’s scholarship application form and submit a 600-word essay describing his or her passion for the wilderness and the outdoors and how he or she acts upon it.  North Country Bowhunters Chapter of Safari Club International is a major sponsor of this scholarship fund.

Northshore Mining/Cliffs Natural Resources Scholarship         

- $250 award

- for a deserving student who will be new to Vermilion in the fall of 2018 or continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018 and is a graduate of Ely, Northeast Range (Babbitt/Tower), or Silver Bay High School.

Charles D. Novak Scholarship

- $1,000 award

- for a returning Vermilion student enrolled in the Liberal Arts and Sciences/Associate in Arts Degree program. Minimum GPA of 2.5 is required.

Barbara and Bill Rom Scholarship         

- $1,000 award

- for a deserving student who will be new to Vermilion in the fall of 2018 or continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018 who is majoring in the field of natural resource protection (Wilderness and Park Management, Outdoor Leadership, or Water Resources) and who writes the best paper on “Wilderness and Its Importance to Humanity.” Applicants must also complete the VCC Foundation’s scholarship application form.

Anne Rozman Scholarship

- $750 award

- for a deserving student who will be continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018 and is a graduate of Ely High School or Northeast Range High School (Babbitt/Tower).

Wayne Ruud Law Enforcement Scholarship         

- $750 award

- for a student entering their second year of Vermilion’s Law Enforcement program who is among the top of their class in core academics and displays outstanding future potential in law enforcement. No application is required.

Christy Skraba Scholarship         

- $500 award

- for a student continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018, whose major field of study is accounting or business, and who is active in the outdoors.

Michael S. and Janice Smith Scholarship         

- $1,500 award

- for a student who will be new to Vermilion in the fall of 2018 or continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018 and studying environmental or wilderness coursework leading to a career in one of those fields.

SOTA (Students Older Than Average) Scholarship                  

- $200 award

- for a student continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018 who is at least twenty-four years of age, or married, or has dependents of their own, or has completed military service. Applicants may be enrolled full-time or part-time and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Steger Environmental Science Award         

- $2,000

- for a student who will be new to Vermilion in the fall of 2018 or continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018, majoring in environmental sciences/studies, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and demonstrating financial need. Both scholarship recommendations must be completed by the applicant’s instructors. In the scholarship application, students need to write a short essay about their commitment to environmental issues.

Roger and Mary Jane Stubbins Scholarship

- $500 award

- for a deserving student who will be new to Vermilion in the fall of 2018 or continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018.

Supporters of the Vermilion Water Program Scholarship         

- $250 award

- for a student continuing in the fall of 2018 fulltime in Vermilion’s Water Resource Program who demonstrates initiative and a desire to learn. Priority will be given to students who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, actively participate in the Water Club, possess the same passion for water resources as the donors of this scholarship, and will consider donating to this scholarship fund once they graduate and become financially stable.

Sam Swanson Memorial Scholarship         

- $500 award

- for an Ely High School graduate new to Vermilion in the fall of 2018 or continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018 who has a current GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Twin City Iron Rangers Association Scholarship

- three $1,000 awards

- for students new to Vermilion in the fall of 2018 or continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018 who graduated from one of the Arrowhead region schools generally bounded by Grand Rapids, International Falls, Ely, Virginia, and Hibbing. The awards may go to full-time or part-time students. If part-time, preference will be given to single parents, or non-traditional students who have been away from school and returning to earn a degree. The awards are based on financial need and academic achievement.

Twin Metals Scholarship

- two $1,000 awards

- for returning Vermilion students enrolled in the Water Resources Program or Natural Resource Technology Program who are in good academic standing (2.0 GPA or higher), who demonstrate a strong work ethic and are working to their potential. Applicants must demonstrate that their educational opportunities will be enhanced as a result of receiving this scholarship.

VCC Advisory Board Scholarship         

- two $500 awards

- for students who will be continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018 and are enrolled full-time (12 or more credits). Selection based on GPA and involvement in campus and community activities.

VCC Faculty Scholarship         

- Number and amount of awards to be determined (typically six $500 awards)

- for outstanding Vermilion students who will be continuing their education. An application is not required.

VCC Foundation Scholarship

- four $500 awards

- for students continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018 who are working to their potential, receiving no other scholarships through the VCC Foundation, and who showed strong effort in the scholarship application process.

Vermilion Veterans Scholarship

- two $500 awards

- for students enrolled at Vermilion who have served in the U.S. military and/or spouses, parents, or children of persons who have served in the U.S. military. Preference will be given to those who served in the Middle Eastern theater of operations. Applicants must be in good academic standing. Incoming and returning Vermilion students are eligible to apply.

VFW Post 2717 Scholarship         

- $250 award

- for a student who is continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018 and is enrolled full-time (12 or more credits), a graduate of Ely High School (graduates of other high schools will be considered), an honorably discharged veteran, or has a parent or grandparent who is an honorably discharged veteran.  The applicant must complete the VCC Foundation’s scholarship application form and submit a 150 to 200-word essay on the topic “What I Think about Veteran’s Entitlements and Benefits.”

Gary A. Zaverl Memorial Scholarship         

- $500 award

- for a student who will be new to Vermilion in the fall of 2018 or continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5; advancing to a degree in business, accounting, or teaching; active in school activities; and involved in sports.

John E. and Lorraine Zupancich Memorial Scholarship         

- $500 award

- for a student who is continuing at Vermilion in the fall of 2018 involved in football, is in good academic standing, demonstrates leadership and teamwork, and works to the best of their ability.