Phil Shykes Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Phil Shykes Memorial Scholarship Fund provides a scholarship to a graduating senior of Hermantown High School for use at any two- or four-year college or university. 

Phil Shykes, a longtime resident of Duluth, was a respected businessman who established and built Miller Mall Auto Parts Inc. He recognized the importance of higher education and had a strong commitment to providing financial assistance to those in need to pursue a trade or a career.


  • Applicants must have a GPA of at least 2.5. 
  • Applicants should demonstrate any financial need and community involvement along with their college and career goals. 
  • Senior at Hermantown High School


Scholarship Grant Range

$2,000 for one year


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.