Events & Programs


2015 Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Scholarship

Veterans’ Memorial Hall, a program of St. Louis County Historical Society, annually awards a scholarship in memory of Mike Colalillo, who was the last known surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipient in the state of Minnesota.  To learn more about Mike Colalillo’s military service, visit our website at 

The scholarship is funded by the Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Scholarship Fund, which is fiscally administered by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.  To make a donation to the scholarship fund, make your check payable to the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.  Please specify that the funds are designated for the Mike Colalillo Scholarship Fund, and mail to: Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, 222 East Superior Street, Suite 302, Duluth, MN, 55802.  Online donations may be made at

In 2015, a scholarship award of $1,000 will be given to one student.

In order to be eligible, applicants need to be:

  1. A full-time student who is enrolled in a higher education institution in St. Louis County, or
  2. A resident of St. Louis County, Minnesota who is a full-time student enrolled in a higher education institution outside of St. Louis County, Minnesota.

Scholarship applicants are required to submit a research paper on a topic relevant to veterans of St. Louis County, Minnesota.  It should be a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of ten (10) double-spaced pages in length, including listed sources. Research papers must include a bibliography and must follow the Chicago Manual of Style.

An example of a project would be a research paper on a historical event in St. Louis County, Minnesota, related to a conflict, a war, the homefront or a county veteran.  We encourage applicants to contact us for possible project ideas at 218.733.7583.

A minimum of one resource from the Albert J. Amatuzio Research Center must be referenced.  Staff members are available to assist researchers, by appointment: Monday – Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM.  Please call 218.733.7583 to make an appointment.  If you have specific research questions, you can email them to:

To view and print the application go to

Completed applications and research papers should be submitted to: Veterans’ Memorial Hall, 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, MN, 55802.  For further information, you may contact Executive Director JoAnne Coombe at or 218.733.7581.

All submitted research papers will become the property of Veterans’ Memorial Hall/St. Louis County Historical Society.  The 2015 application deadline is November 2, 2015.



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