Daniel Neus Innovation Scholarship 

Daniel Neus was a graduate of St. Charles Borromeo and a 1984 graduate of Totino-Grace High School. He was interested in everything from football, basketball, computers, skydiving, entrepreneurship, and more. 
While attending Totino-Grace, Dan received an award from 3M for being an innovative thinker. He moved on to study engineering and business at the University of Minnesota, paying his tuition by working at the Minnesota Daily. He received his BS in Business from tthe University of Minnesota in 1988.
Using his knowledge of computers, Dan helped transition his family’s engraving business, Merit Badge, into the digital age. For years Merit Badge had bought printing from Jiffy Print. When the owner retired, Dan saw an opportunity and put his programming skills to use. As he mastered the printing trade, he found much joy in running Jiffy Print. His next idea was to start his own software company. He drew up a plan and applied for a certificate of incorporation, ready to embark on the next phase of his life. That phase, however, would not come to pass.
Dan was fatally shot in 1996 and his family mourns his life taken too soon. With this scholarship, the Neus family wishes to honor Dan and his innovative approach to his studies and work.

This scholarship will be awarded to one incoming 9th grade student at Totino-Grace.

Scholarship Deadline: Submissions accepted until awarded.

Recipient requirements:

  • Student must be innovative/creative. 
  • Student must be involved in school activities.
  • Student must be interested in at least one of the following subjects: engineering, industrial arts, business, art, or computer science.  
  • Student must be enrolled at Totino-Grace within two weeks of scholarship notification. 

Scholarship amount: $2,500

Renewable if recipient remains in good academic and behavioral standing as determined by Totino-Grace Administration.  

Please complete all required applicant information.

Student Namerequired
First Name
Last Name
What innovative areas of study is the student interested in?required
Example: archery, football, ceramics, theatre, etc.
Parent/Guardian Namerequired
First Name
Last Name
Would you like to add a second parent/guardian?required
Second Parent/Guardianrequired
First Name
Last Name
Essay questions to be completed by the student/applicant and meet the minimum requirements. Anything less than required will not be considered. 
Example: define innovation and how it is important to you.
Student: I affirm that the information contained in this application is true and accurate and the essay questions were completed by me. required

Parent or Guardian Statement

  • I affirm that the information contained in this application is true and accurate, and that the essay questions were completed by the student applicant.
  • I understand that all documents and application information will be shared only with the scholarship committee; the information shared with the committee will be kept confidential.
  • I understand that these awards are funded through a scholarship administered by Totino-Grace High School and can only be used if the student enrolls into the Totino-Grace Class of 2028.
I agree to the above statements. required


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