Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Scholarship Fund

Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Clayton Jackson McGhie Scholarship Fund helps students in the Duluth-Superior area who write an essay or make another kind of creative submission demonstrating their contribution to and/or understanding of race relations in the community. 

Interested students should contact the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Committee by visiting their website. Applications are available there, under the”Resources” tab. In addition to content and quality of the essay or other creative submission, the committee will judge applicants based on the level and commitment of their community through service and involvement. 

Responding to the tragic 1920 lynching in Duluth of three African American men, local residents in 2000 created the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Committee and the First Street memorial. Realizing that education was a key to ensuring that such a tragedy would never recur, the committee created the scholarship, which was first awarded in 2005.

Scholarship Grant Range

  • $1,500 for one year


Application timeline

  • This scholarship is available on the Clayton Jackson McGhie Website: Link Here


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.

Barnum Secondary School, Cloquet Senior High School, Carlton Secondary School, Cromwell-Wright Secondary School, Fond Du Lac Ojibwe School, Lincoln Secondary School, Wrenshall Secondary School, Moose Lake High School, Northwestern High School, Solon Springs School, Superior Senior High School, Area Learning Center, Duluth Denfeld High School, Duluth East High School, East Range Academy, Floodwood Secondary School, Harbor City International School, Hermantown Senior High School, Proctor Senior High School

 (Add Marshall, Lakeview and Homeschooling)