The deadline for ExCel grant applications for Decorah students is rapidly approaching.

Students currently in grades 6 through 11 and enrolled in the Decorah schools are eligible to apply for ExCel grants. This includes students who are home-schooled but supervised by the DCS as well as students enrolled in St. Benedict School.

ExCel is a component of the Decorah Community School District Foundation, and awards financial assistance to students who are pursuing summer enrichment opportunities. Depending on funding availability, priority is given to students attending programs in academic and technical fields, followed by those in fine arts.

ExCel Endowment Fund grant applications are available online at the Decorah Community School District's website at decorah.k12.ia.us. Those wishing an application should click "District Information" or "Foundation" in the menu bar to access the form.

Completed applications must be returned to the Central Administrative Office on or before 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.

Awards will be announced by the end of the week, and notification will be sent by mail to all students who apply for ExCel funding. Questions may be directed to Peggy Beatty, ExCel committee chairperson, at 382-2574 or pjhbeatty@gmail.com.