Robert B. and Sophia Whiteside Scholarship Fund

Fund Description

Robert B. and Sophia Whiteside Scholarship Fund was established in 1976 in memory of the pioneer Duluth lumberman and his wife, and later affiliated with the Community Foundation. This Fund awards scholarships to graduating seniors of Duluth high schools who give evidence of academic excellence, high character, demonstrated leadership, and promise of contributing to the betterment of society.

Application Instructions

High school seniors graduating in the top 10% of their class from schools (including home schools) in Duluth and who seek admission to any fully-accredited, degree granting, four year college or university may apply. Students should complete and submit the DSACF Common Application by the deadline day. A complete application will also include an academic transcript (including standardized test scores) and two recommendations.

Selection Criteria

The Robert B and Sophia Whiteside Scholarship Committee will select individual scholarship recipients. They will base their decision on the applicant’s academic record (including grade point average and standardized school aptitude exam), character and involvement in community and school activities.

Recipient Responsibilities

• The majority of communication between recipients and the scholarship administrators will take place via email or other appropriate technology. Recipients are required to have and regularly check their email and notify the Community Foundation of any changes to their contact information. 
• Recipients of DSACF scholarships are expected to acknowledge acceptance of the award promptly. This acknowledgment will take two forms, completion of an Acceptance Form provided by the Community Foundation and secondly, a thank you letter/card to the award's sponsor. The Community Foundation will provide names and addresses as needed. If unable to accept the scholarship, the committee should be given that information and a reason in a prompt manor. 
• Recipients must inform the DSACF of all other scholarship they are receiving. Total awards for any given semester can not exceed the stated cost for attendance at that institution.
• Recipients must complete enough credits to be recognized as a full-time student in each semester an award is made. Likewise, a satisfactory grade point average (different by scholarship) must be maintained. 
• If the student receives funds from the college due to non-completion of a term or not attending full time, these funds are to be returned to the DSACF. If the college requirements are not met, but there is no refund, the scholarship will be forfeited. 
• The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation hopes that recipients recognize and appreciate the contributions their award has made to their futures. It further anticipates that, in the years to come, recipients find some way to give back to the community that provided them with these opportunities.

Fund Story

The Whiteside Scholarship was established in memory of Robert and Sophia Whiteside by the will of their daughter Marion Whiteside Meining. Robert Whiteside was a pioneer Duluth lumberman and mining executive active in the formation of the city of Duluth.

Awards Given from Fund

Numerous scholarships (of about $6000/year), payable to the student alone, will be awarded each year. Generally, this annual award is divided into two installments--half for fall, half for spring--and is renewable for four years, assuming proper academic progress (GPA of 2.75 or greater in the first year and 3.0 or greater in subsequent years) and good character are maintained. Depending on the availability of funds, full-time summer school attendance may be awarded if sufficient credits are earned. 

2012 awards included:

$6000, David Anderson
$6000, Ellen Badger
$6000, Kaitlin Bagley
$6000, Cadence Bambenek
$6000, Joseph Barnes
$6000, Amelia Black
$6000, Sydoney Blackmore
$6000, Anna Bolgrien
$6000, Signe Braafladt
$6000, William Brakke
$6000, Claire Bransky
$6000, Joel Bransky
$6000, Mitchell Campbell
$6000, Madeline Carpenter
$6000, Katelyn Caskey
$6000, Breyen Coffin
$6000, Anthony Cotter
$6000, Trevor Cotter
$6000, Hannah Curwin
$6000, Clare Dougan
$6000, Nolan Dwyer
$3000, Blake Erickson
$6000, Daniel Erickson
$6000, Kaarin Evens
$6000, Laurel Eyer
$6000, Kai Fei
$6000, Andrew Florestano
$6000, Ella Fox
$6000, Jonathan Gessert
$6000, Berit Goodge
$6000, Aaron Grossman
$6000, Kali Gustafson
$6000, Laura Halvorsen
$6000, Delaney Hart
$6000, Benjamin Harvey
$6000, Katherine Harvey
$6000, Annie Harvieux
$6000, Narendra Hazareesingh
$6000, Alyssa Hess
$6000, Joseph Hodapp
$6000, Lydia Jacobs
$6000, Elizabeth Jacobson
$6000, Ethan Johnson
$6000, Christine Karas
$6000, Julia Klein
$6000, Claire Kleinschmidt
$6000, Nathaniel LaFond
$6000, Jacqueline LaLiberte
$6000, Brianna Lally
$6000, Kai Larsen
$6000, Bauer LeSavage
$6000, Jieming Liu
$6000, Yiming Liu
$6000, Monica Lorentz
$6000, Garrett Maron
$6000, Anna Menzel
$6000, Ethan Meyers
$6000, Benjamin Michalicek
$6000, Ean Mullins
$6000, Yuliya Nemykina
$6000, Peder Norr
$6000, Weston Norris
$6000, Keeley Norton
$6000, Paige Odegard
$6000, Acadia Osborne
$3000, Phoebe Pearson
$6000, Mathew Peterson
$6000, Mya Peterson
$6000, Anne Plachta
$6000, Joshua Plys
$1000, Sarah Plys
$6000, Claira Poirier
$6000, Chrisana Pokorny
$6000, Kelly Popham
$6000, Nicole Sannes
$6000, Mara Sauve
$6000, Patrick Sheedy
$6000, Sarah Spangenberg
$6000, Regina Sternberg
$6000, Sarah Stevens
$6000, Kyle Stupca
$6000, Isak Swanson
$6000, Stephen Sweeney
$6000, Lindsey Taylor
$6000, Jon Tiburzi
$6000, Alexander Van Loh
$6000, Anthony Vecchi
$6000, Joseph Vecchi
$6000, Risa Visina
$6000, Samuel Wattrus
$6000, Mary Kate Wheeler
$6000, Bailey Widstrom
$6000, Sophie Wilkowske
$6000, Amity Wipson
$6000, Max Wipson
$6000, David Zwak

$6000, David Anderson
$6000, Ellen Badger
$6000, Signe Braafladt
$6000, Anthony Cotter
$6000, Daniel Erickson
$6000, Laurel Eyer
$6000, Berit Goodge
$6000, Ann Harvieux
$6000, Alyssa Hess
$6000, Elizabeth Jacobson
$6000, Julia Klein
$6000, Nathaniel LaFond
$6000, Bauer LeSavage
$6000, Yiming Liu
$6000, Garett Maron
$6000, Mathew Peterson
$6000, Sarah Stevens
$6000, Jon Tiburzi
$6000, Joseph Vecchi
$6000, Samuel Wattrus

2011 awards included:
$300, Kristian Knuths
$3000, Blake Erickson
$4000, Anya Johnson
$6000, Benjamin Anderson
$6000, Kelia Axler
$6000, Kaitlin Bagley
$6000, Laura Bellamy
$6000, Amelia Black
$6000, Sydoney Blackmore
$6000, Anna Bolgrien
$6000, Hillary Boyce
$6000, John Brakke
$6000, William Brakke
$6000, Joel Bransky
$6000, Mitchell Campbell
$6000, Madeline Carpenter
$6000, Katelyn Caskey
$6000, Breyen Coffin
$6000, Richard Coffin
$6000, Trevor Cotter
$6000, Hannah Curwin
$6000, Amy Davis
$6000, Kalysta Davis
$6000, Chelsey Dorow
$6000, Clare Dougan
$6000, Nolan Dwyer
$6000, Kaarin Evens
$6000, Kai Fei
$6000, Andrew Florestano
$6000, Ella Fox
$6000, Dillon Friday
$6000, Scott Grindy
$6000, Aaron Grossman
$6000, Hannah Grune
$6000, Emily Haavik
$6000, Laura Halvorsen
$6000, Matthew Harold
$6000, Delaney Hart
$6000, Benjamin Harvey
$6000, Narend Hazareesingh
$6000, Brooke Higgins
$6000, Joseph Hodapp
$6000, Lydia Jacobs
$6000, Anastasia Johns
$6000, Ethan Johnson
$6000, Rachel Johnson
$6000, Mackenzie Kelly
$6000, Kelsey Klug
$6000, Sai Saneet Konda
$6000, Sneha Konda
$6000, Katie Kwon
$6000, Sophia LaFond
$6000, Jonathan Lanthier
$6000, Michael Lillegard
$6000, Jieming Liu
$6000, Monica Lorentz
$6000, Ellen Maddy
$6000, Anna Menzel
$6000, Ethan Meyers
$6000, Laura Moulton
$6000, Ean Mullins
$6000, Yuliya Nemykina
$6000, Weston Norris
$6000, Keeley Norton
$6000, Paige Odegard
$6000, Acadia Osborne
$6000, Phoebe Pearson
$6000, Liza Pierre
$6000, Anne Plachta
$6000, Sarah Plys
$6000, Chrisana Pokorny
$6000, Carson Powers
$6000, Luciana Ranelli
$6000, Prescott Robinson
$6000, Hans Sandholm
$6000, Karl Schuettler
$6000, Patrick Sheedy
$6000, Bailey Sill
$6000, Sarah Spangenberg
$6000, Paige Stein
$6000, Max Strand
$6000, Stephen Sweeney
$6000, Alena Tofte
$6000, Alexander Van Loh
$6000, Steve Van Overmeiren
$6000, Anthony Vecchi
$6000, Reuben Verdoljak
$6000, Risa Visina
$6000, Mary Wheeler
$6000, Alicia Widstrom
$6000, Amity Wipson
$6000, Max Wipson
$6000, Erik Zimmerman
$6000, David Zwak

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