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Lake Superior College Foundation to Award over $30,000 in Workforce Development Scholarships

The Minnesota Legislature has provided funding for dozens of $2,500 scholarships at all of the 30 community and technical colleges of Minnesota State in the high-demand fields of:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • Health Care Services
  • Information Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Transportation


  • Enrolled in high-demand occupation within eligible program
  • Student must be enrolled in at least 9 credits per term; maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher, and must be a Minnesota resident
  • Annual award typically broken down into two payments of $1,250 per semester, for two semesters. Eligible returning students may reapply and receive continued funding up to $7,500 maximum, over three years
  • Preference for students in financial need, that demonstrate how, if awarded, this scholarship would help support their educational and career goals

Current and prospective students interested in applying for the scholarship can apply through midnight on Friday, June 12. For more information and to apply, please visit

The mission of the Lake Superior College Foundation is to support Lake Superior College by cultivating community relationships and philanthropic support that will advance educational opportunities for students, staff, and community. The LSC Foundation awards over $400,000 in student support annually. For more information on the Workforce Development Scholarships, or any scholarships through LSC Foundation, as well as how to contribute to the Foundation please contact Daniel Fanning at (218) 733-6945,, email the foundation, and/or visit

Lake Superior College Foundation Introduces the Chief John Raaflaub Memorial Firefighting Scholarship

The Lake Superior College Foundation has announced the launch of a new scholarship, the Chief John Raaflaub Memorial Firefighting Scholarship, intended to help support future firefighters who wish to remain in the Superior/Douglas County area and through hard work and diligence have the same opportunity John did to be successful in the well-paying, stable and respected line of work.   

John Raaflaub was born, raised and educated, in Superior, Wisconsin. He only experienced a brief hiatus from the community to serve in the US Army and then returned to Superior to raise his family.  It was then he was hired onto the Superior Fire Department, where he built his career, and eventually retired as Fire Chief.

“Chief John Raaflaub was a very generous man and would be thrilled to know this scholarship is being established,” said Steve Panger, retired Fire Chief for the City of Superior, WI. “John would especially be pleased to know the funds will support aspiring firefighters from his community. On behalf of the Raaflaub family, it is an honor to be able to help keep this scholarship available to support firefighters well into the future.”

LSC Foundation will award up to two $5,000 scholarships annually each spring, to be applied to fall semester. Eligible students must be in or planning to enter the firefighting program at Lake Superior College, in good academic standing, and be residents of Douglas County, WI. Preference will be given to graduates of Superior High School.

“The Lake Superior College Foundation is honored to partner with the Raaflaub family to offer this generous scholarship for those in or entering the firefighting program at Lake Superior College,” said Dan Fanning, Vice President of Advancement and External Relations at Lake Superior College and Executive Director of the LSC Foundation. “The generosity of the Raaflaub Family, as well as the community, will help LSC and the LSC Foundation recruit and support future firefighters in LSC’s program and in the Superior community.”

Lake Superior College Foundation Awards nearly $150,000 in Spring Scholarships

The Lake Superior College Foundation awarded nearly $150,000 in scholarships this spring, for students returning to LSC Fall Semester 2020. The entire application process is online and only requires applicants to setup an account in the AwardSpring system. Foundation scholarships are available to both current and incoming students in good standing, and will be awarded to students enrolled at LSC in Fall Semester 2020.

While we award some scholarships throughout the year, this is the largest one-time scholarship application process and distribution.

LSC Foundation Scholarship Funds

To assist applicants, scholarship funds are listed below according to principal categories. Please keep in mind that some scholarships could be relevant to multiple categories, while some are general and others are program specific. This is not necessarily a comprehensive list. Please complete the application to learn which scholarships you may be eligible to receive. Please contact the LSC Foundation directly at or (218) 733-7707 with any questions.

The availability of scholarships may vary annually depending on available funding and other factors. Several of the available scholarships are listed below:

Student Development
Student Senate
LSC Alumni
Harold P. Erickson Part-Time
Mary Koski (Transfer Intent)
Patricia and Edward Nelson Northern Waters (Nature)
Future Trust
Virtual Campus (Online Student)
Amy and Paul Bugge Charitable Foundation (Nursing and Building Trades)

David and Beverly Wickstrom
Hunt Family

Mason DeRosier Firefighting
Integrated Manufacturing
Lois Johns Welding
Welding Career Kit
Genesis – Welding
Jeff Widness HMI – Commercial and Residential Wiring, Electronics
Civil Engineering Technology
Machine Tool Toolbox
Construction Specifications Institute
Moline Machinery – Welding
Worldwide Machining & Welding
H&H Lumber
AMFA Legacy Toolbox Scholarship (Integrated Manufacturing)
Chief John Raaflaub Memorial Firefighting

Odin Langsjoen Dental Hygiene
Dental Hygiene Instructor Recognition
Kim Chapman Rad Tech
Linda Silanpa Nursing
Physical Therapy Clinic
Deanna Mortinsen Practical Nursing
St. Luke’s Health Careers
St. Luke’s Nurses Alumni
Diane Gilbey Nursing
Respiratory Therapy SAT
Medical Lab Technician
Don and Marlis Runnberg
Vinod Gupta (Allied Health/Engineering)

Computer Programming
Maurices Women in Business
Tom Hill Memorial (Business)

Art Pulford Sociology
International Education – Study Abroad
Joan Abrams Memorial

Returning Star Adult Learner
Robert Erickson
International Students

Joe Gomer Professional Pilot
Godfrey Memorial Automotive
AASP – Special Auto
Geoffrey Foster Trucking
Rick Kobus Automotive
Advanced Aviation
Flora Oveson (Professional Pilot, Female)

Joe Bothwell Memorial
Student Life
Nelson Presidential Leadership
Phi Theta Kappa Members

Duluth Denfeld
Duluth East
Harbor City
Lakeview Christian Academy
Two Harbors