A new scholarship is available in Cook County for high school seniors pursuing a liberal arts degree.
The Daniel Patrick Riley Memorial Scholarship, which is administered by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, will be awarded to high school seniors who attend Cook County High School and are in the top 25 percent of their class.
The one-time scholarship award is $1,500 and can be used at any college. The Cook County Community Fund Advisory Board, which is an affiliate of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, will review the applications and make a recommendation for the award. The scholarship was created by Riley’s wife Sue.
Dan Riley was a North Dakota native born in 1923. He pursued a journalism degree at the University of North Dakota. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he trained to become a fighter pilot and then served in the South Pacific. At the conclusion of World War II, Riley continued piloting and was employed as a captain for Hawaiian Airlines, retiring after 37 years of flying.
Upon retirement, Dan and Sue left Hawaii to be close to family in Detroit Lakes. They also built a home in Grand Marais. Following Dan’s passing in 2006, Sue wanted to do something to keep his legacy alive. She eventually decided on a scholarship fund through the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.
This is the second year in a row a scholarship was specifically set-up for seniors along the North Shore. Last year, the Charlotte Ulland Scholarship Fund for Girls was established. This scholarship provides two, $1,000 scholarships to young women attending Two Harbors, William Kelley and Cook County High School. Students interested in applying for these and other scholarships should contact the Cook County High School Guidance counselor for more information.
The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations and to individuals for scholarships and provides leadership on important community initiatives in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.
Since its inception in 1983, they have distributed over $33 million and Regional affiliates of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation include the Two Harbors Area Fund, the Apostle Islands Area Community Fund, the Cook County Community Fund, the Hermantown Community Fund and the Eveleth Area Community Foundation.