The Minnesota Association of Townships Scholarship Program is designed to heighten awareness among young people about Minnesota's Grassroots Township government. The program encourages every high school in the state of Minnesota to offer this opportunity for Juniors to participate in this scholarship program.
All students currently enrolled in the 11th grade and attending a Minnesota public, private, or parochial high school or a home study program and who plan to further their education at a college, university, or vocational school are eligible for this program. Student cannot be the child, stepchild, grandchild or step-grandchild, brother, stepbrother, sister or stepsister of a MAT director or staff member.
Applicants must complete an application form and submit it along with a written essay discussing this year's topic:
The title of the Minnesota Association of Township's 2019 Annual Conference is: The Sense of the Census: Rural Representation at Risk. The question is:
The 2020 Census is fast approaching. Census data is used for a variety of issues, but it must be used to determine the size of congressional and state legislative districts to ensure "one person, one vote." Over time, there has been a population shift from rural to urban centers. This shift has implications for transportation funding, land use planning, and education resources in townships. What policies can be adopted that will encourage economic development in rural communities ensuring robust representation at all levels of government?
Essays must be between 450 and 500 words, and must be typed with double spacing. Applicants should not name themselves, their school, their town or city, or their local officials in the essay.