Anderson Niskanen Scholarship Fund

Anderson Niskanen Scholarship Fund

The Anderson Niskanen Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance for graduating seniors from Duluth public high schools who are in financial need for post-secondary education at the University of Minnesota Duluth or the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Suama Niskanen Anderson established the fund in 1998 as a memorial to her husband, Elmer Anderson, and her sister, Saima Niskanen. The Andersons were longtime residents of St. Louis County.


  • Graduate of: Duluth Denfeld; Duluth East; Harbor City International School; Duluth Area Learning Center

  • Must Attend: University of Minnesota Twin Cities or University of Minnesota Duluth

  • Demonstrate Financial Need: Financial Need Priority consideration will be given to students in financial need who demonstrate such need for tuition assistance. 

  • GPA: 2.5 or higher 

  • Demonstrate Leadership 


Scholarship Grant Range

  • $2,000 per year, up to 4 years ($8,000 total) 

Application timeline

  • This scholarship is part of the Universal Application: December 1 – February 15 

  • ONE Universal Application: Create a profile in the scholarship portal. Fill out the first page of the universal application to filter through all of the scholarships you qualify for. 

Award Details

  • This scholarship may be used for expenses of post-secondary education at any accredited college, university or technical/ vocational school

  • Award Payments will be mailed directly to the school/ university 

    • Fall Payments are mailed July 15-30

    • Spring Payments are mailed December 15-30

  • Transferring Schools: Please contact DSACF if you plan on transferring schools. Transferring schools does not automatically transfer your scholarship. If a transfer occurs after scholarship money has been disbursed it may take up to 90 days to reprocess the scholarship payment. 

Tax information

DSACF encourages scholarship recipients to seek tax advice regarding scholarships. According to the IRS: Scholarships, fellowship grants, and other grants are tax-free if you meet the following conditions:

  • You’re a candidate for a degree at an educational institution that maintains a regular faculty and curriculum and normally has a regularly enrolled body of students in attendance at the place where it carries on its educational activities; and

  • The amounts you receive are used to pay for tuition and fees required for enrollment or attendance at the educational institution, or for fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for courses at the educational institution.

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