Rush Lake Improvement Association

Grant Allen Scholarship Recipients:

Brooke Stangret,
Blaine H. S.

Kaylie Paitl, Braham H. S.

Connor TenNapel,
Braham H.S.
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Drew Reilly
, Braham H.S.
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Marissa Belau
, Rush City H.S.
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Sadie Kolke
, North Branch H.S.
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Taylor Mallinger
, Rush City H.S.

Cody Luebeck
, Braham H.S.
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Amy Carlson, Rush City H.S.
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Matthew Saari
, Rush City H.S.
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Rachel Piersdorf
, North Branch H.S.
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Grant Allen Scholarship

The $600 Grant Allen Scholarship is available to any student attending a post secondary school who can write an essay about what Rush Lake means to them. Application instructions are posted at area schools and on this website each winter. The recipients are listed below and linked to their essay.

The scholarship was initiated in 2006 in memory of Grant Allen Jestus. On May 24, 2003, five year old Grant drowned on West Rush Lake in a tragic boating accident in which he was not wearing a life jacket and fell, un-noticed, out of his father’s boat. The tragedy resulted in the State’s Grant Allen Law requiring children under age 10 to wear a life jacket. Our gratitude to Grant’s mom Kimberly, her daughter Stephanie, and Kim’s parents Allen and Nancy Johnson for continuing to be supportive of the scholarship in many ways, including contributing funds to the initial RLIA donation. In fact, it is important to note that in 2010 Nancy and Allen made an additional donation amounting to five years worth of awards to the scholarship fund to ensure that it would be awarded through the year that Grant would have graduated from high school.

Contributions to the fund are encouraged and greatly appreciated. If you would like to contribute, your tax-deductible donation can either be mailed to the RLIA or be made in person at any membership meeting. 100% of every dollar received goes directly into the scholarship fund account.

Deadline for the 2019 scholarship application is postmarked by March 18, 2019. To download the Grant Allen Scholarship Details and Application, CLICK HERE