Need $$ for college?
Modern Woodmen awards $450,000 each year in a scholarship competition open exclusively to member students. The scholarships help with the rising cost of higher education, while recognizing our young members’ hard work and volunteer service.
Each year, 198 graduating seniors win up to $10,000 for college. An independent panel of judges select 33 winners from each of six geographic regions (see below).
Track 1: Volunteer experience + academic achievement
Winners are chosen based on volunteer experience and academic achievement.
- 12 scholarships at $10,000 each.
- 12 scholarships at $7,500 each.
- 12 scholarships at $5,000 each.
- 12 scholarships at $2,500 each.
Track 2: Volunteer experience
Winners are chosen based on volunteer experience. Modern Woodmen awards 150 of these scholarships at $1,000 each.
Do I qualify?
To be eligible for the competition, you must:
- Be a high school senior, graduating between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31 of the year the scholarship is awarded.
- Be a Modern Woodmen member, covered by Modern Woodmen life insurance for at least two years as of Jan. 1 of your graduating year.*
- Have at least 40 hours of volunteer experience in the past two years.
- Have a minimum 3.5 GPA (for Track 1) or 2.5 GPA (for Track 2).
*The life insurance certificate must be on a premium-paying basis or must be paid-up according to the terms of the certificate, other than through use of the nonforfeiture option.
How to apply
Submit your application online at learnmore.scholarsapply.org/impact.
Applications open Nov. 1 each year and are due the first Monday in February. (View the application website for the specific date.) Winners will be announced in May.
Modern Woodmen divides the nation into six regions for purposes of this scholarship competition. Although the regions aren’t equal in geographic size, they have been carefully established so that the number of eligible students in each region is approximately equal. A total of 33 winners are selected from each region.
Region 1: Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia and areas outside the contiguous United States.
Region 2: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Region 3: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Ohio.
Region 4: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma.
Region 5: Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Region 6: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Subject to change, fraternal member programs are not part of the contract and may have specific eligibility requirements. Some programs are not available to all members. Log in to your online member account for complete details.
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