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The Youth First Scholarship Fund was founded in 2016 by Jim and Lisa Steffen, owners of Trott Brook Financial. The fund supports post-secondary education endeavors for youth involved in Youth First Community of Promise programs.

Applications are accepted April 1st through May 15th of each year. Funds may only be used to finance post-secondary education. This includes admission and other associated expenses (books, supplies, etc.) for the following types of institutions: universities, colleges (including community and technical colleges), and trade schools. 


All youth who apply must have regularly participated in Youth First programs for at least one school year to be eligible for a scholarship. Regular participation is defined as a minimum attendance of four times per month during the academic school year.

Youth must submit all of the application materials listed below to be considered for a scholarship.

  1. 500-1000 word essay detailing your post-secondary education plan/goals, how this scholarship will help achieve those plans, and your history/experience with Youth First Community of Promise.

  2. Two letters of recommendation. They can be from a teacher, school official, Youth First staff member, or other adult who has worked closely with you throughout high school. 



Scholarship applications are completed virtually and must be submitted by May 15th at 11:59 pm CST. Once you've submitted your application, a Youth First staff member will review your submission and contact you with any follow-up questions and next steps. Scholarship awardees will be informed of their award by June 1st. 


Ready to apply for Youth First's Scholarship Program? Click the link below to submit your application. If you have any questions about the application requirements or process, reach out to our team at or 763-421-8530!


Scholarships will vary based on available funds. Youth are encouraged to provide as much detail as possible about their post-secondary plans so that an appropriate award can be determined. 



Applications are reviewed by Youth First throughout the application period. Scholarships are awarded based on demonstrated need and availability of funds. Youth will be notified of the decision, in writing, within one month’s time of submitting a completed application. Incomplete applications will be returned to the youth without review.



Funds will be distributed directly to the institution that the youth will be attending. Funds will not be distributed until enrollment is confirmed. Proof of enrollment (letter from the institution or a tuition bill) must be submitted at least one month before payment is due. Youth are responsible for ensuring that Youth First has the correct payment information or payment may be delayed. 

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