Robert B. and Sophia Whiteside Scholarship Fund

The Robert B. and Sophia Whiteside Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to graduating seniors of Duluth high schools who show academic excellence, high character, leadership and promise to contribute to their communities. 

Marion Whiteside Meining established the scholarship in memory of her parents, Robert and Sophia Whiteside. Robert Whiteside was a pioneer Duluth lumberman and mining executive active in forming the City of Duluth.


  • Applicants must be high school seniors graduating from Duluth schools (including home schools)
  • Show high academic performance. Each school will identify students who qualify. Counselors will provide students with an application code.   
  • Seeking admission to an accredited, degree-granting, four-year college or university. Applicants also must provide a transcript including fall grades.
  • Demonstrate good character. 


Scholarship Grant Range

$5,000 a year up to 4 years ($20,000 total) 


Application timeline

  • Students who qualify will receive an application code from their counselors.
  • Under the scholarship portal students should use the application code in the “Apply” section. 


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.

Duluth Denfeld, Duluth East, Marshall School, Harbor City International, Area Learning Center, Home School