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2016 Nominations for Scholarships and Awards

Link to On-line Nomination Form


  • You may nominate more than one student for each scholarship or award, but please submit a separate online form for each student you wish to nominate.
  • Please request residency qualification information, class status, and grade point average information from Jason Sullivan, Registrar, at (extension 272). For scholarships requiring financial need, contact Sandy Turnquist in financial aid to determine if nominee qualifies (extension 240).
  • Nomination deadline is February 28, 2016.

David Lauren Jokela Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Preference in awarding this scholarship is given to applicants of Finnish background from the Calumet area, although students from the four-county region (Keweenaw, Houghton, Baraga, and Ontonagon) will be eligible. The scholarship is awarded to a student in good academic standing who will be returning to Finlandia the next academic year. A primary criterion to be used in selecting a recipient of this scholarship will be his or her financial need. In addition, consideration should be given to the student's service to others, caring attitude and sisu. A student may receive this scholarship only once.

Kenneth and Lois Seaton Scholarship

The recipient of this award will be a continuing Finlandia junior or senior Copper Country resident, preferably female, who is in a Baccalaureate Degree program and demonstrates high personal and scholastic standards.  

Philip and Loret Ruppe Community Service Award

This award comes as a result of a gift from the Ruppe family to commemorate the service of former Congressman Phil Ruppe, a Houghton native, and his late wife, Loret Ruppe, who served as head of the Peace Corps and as Ambassador to Norway. The scholarship is awarded to two students (one male, one female) who are continuing students at Finlandia for their outstanding volunteer efforts and service to the college campus and the local community.

Sisu Award

Awarded to graduating students who have shown courage, fortitude, and perseverance to overcome hardship and achieve academic and personal success. 

Sampo Society

Membership in the Sampo Society is awarded to graduating students of baccalaureate and associate degree programs whose academic success is highest and most well-rounded. Recipients must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher and will have demonstrated leadership, commitment, achievement, initiative, and involvement in the cultural and intellectual life of campus and community.