The 877 Scholarship Foundation is based in District 877, but is governed and operated as an independent nonprofit.* Our purpose is to invest in education, our community and the future by providing academic scholarships to students of the 877 School District, including the areas of Buffalo, Hanover and Montrose.

OUR HISTORY: In 1957, the Buffalo Hospital Auxiliary established a scholarship, later named the J.J. Catlin Fund. By 1986, fourteen separate donor groups had created similar funds and it was agreed upon by representatives of the business, farming, church, family and professional sectors of Independent School District 877 to build a permanent fund for future scholarships. Our current aim is to continue this giving model and multiply the funds available for years to come.



EDUCATIONAL FUNDS: Specific funds are established by donors or money raised through fundraisers and non-specified donations are applied to a general fund.

PROGRAMS FUNDED: Awards are made to graduating High School Seniors who plan to continue their educational path in colleges, universities or technical institutes.

SELECTION CRITERIA: Scholarships are awarded in recognition of students’ academic performance as well as contributions to the school and the community. Seniors submit information detailing their activities and career plans in an application form distributed by the Senior High counseling staff. The Scholarship Selection Committee meets in April and May to review the applications and determine award recipients.

WAYS TO GIVE: Visit our GIVING page for detailed information.



Hayley: "Thank you for awarding me a scholarship, I really admire your foundation for your selflessness to help out so many high school students to achieve their dreams…I want to thank you for being that helping hand in making my dreams come true."

Anika: "Thank you for awarding this scholarship to help with my tuition next year.  I am extremely thankful for this money because it will help me pursue my dream of becoming a forensic scientist."

Helaina: "I really appreciate your support…I am grateful to have been a part of a school district that is so dedicated to the future of its students."

Katie: "…Thank you for providing scholarships. The amount of joy, relief and thankfulness you have given me is overwhelming.  Your Foundation is helping shape so many students' lives in a positive manner, you are absolutely making a difference!"

Leif: "Thank you for selecting me as a recipient…I am extremely grateful for all of the support that I have received from the district and the community."

Kaeli: "I am so lucky to come from a district that truly cares and am so blessed to have graduated from Buffalo High School.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart."


*The 877 Scholarship Foundation is a nonprofit corporation registered under Section 501(C3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the 877 Endowment are tax exempt and may be deducted from federal income, estate and gift taxes. Membership in the 877 Scholarship Foundation includes anyone who supports its goal and makes a minimal donation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, age, national origin, ethnicity, physical ability, or military obligations. Policy decisions are made by the volunteer Board of Directors.