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Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Scholarship 2020

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The St. Louis County Historical Society is excited to announce the Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Scholarship is now accepting applications! This year we have extended the opportunity to high school seniors as well as college students.

Mr. Colalillo was the last known surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipient in the State of Minnesota. He was born and raised in St. Louis County, and he dropped out of school when his mother died so he could help support the family. Following the war, Mr. Colalillo raised three children in Duluth, Minnesota. To learn about his military service, please visit the Veterans Memorial Hall website.

Scholarship applicants are required to submit a research paper on a topic relevant to veterans of St. Louis County, Minnesota. The paper must: • Be a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of ten (10) double-spaced pages in length • Address a historical event in St. Louis County, Minnesota, related to a conflict, a war or the home front; OR tell the story of a county veteran • Include at least one source from the Albert J. Amatuzio Research Center, located in the St. Louis County Depot Building, 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth • Include a bibliography

High school seniors and college students with a physical connection to St. Louis County, Minnesota, are encouraged to apply for the Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Scholarship. The application deadline is Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. Application form and instructions can be found here.

For more information please contact Jay Hagen at


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