ExCel Endowment Fund grant applications are available online at the Decorah Community School District's website at decorah.k12.ia.us for students in grades 6-11.

Click the "Foundation" link (Decorah Community School District Foundation) on the home page or click the "scholarships" link under the district info heading, to the second entry listed under "our programs" to access the application.

This year students will have the capability of completing their applications on their computer, but will need to print it off to obtain the required signatures before turning it in to the District's central office.

ExCel is an arm of the Decorah Community School District Foundation, and awards grants to students who are pursuing summer opportunities. Depending on funding availability, priority is given to students attending programs in academic and technical fields, followed by those in fine arts. Students currently in grades 6 through 11 and enrolled in the Decorah schools are eligible.

More than usual

This includes students who are homeschooled but supervised by the DCS and students enrolled in St. Benedict Elementary School. Thanks to a donation from the Marion E. Jerome Foundation, this summer the ExCel committee will be able to help fund a greater than usual number of applicants.

Students are encouraged to "think outside the box" and look for academic and technical programs they think would be interesting and challenging to them.

Students in grades 6-11 are invited to view the program criteria and application online.

April 30 deadline

Completed applications must be returned to the central administrative office by Tuesday, April 30, and awards will be announced by the end of the week.

Questions may be directed to Peggy Beatty at 382-2574 or by e-mail at pjhbeatty@gmail.com.

Anyone interested in making a donation to the ExCel fund should also contact Beatty.