Strive Scholarship Inc is a 501c(3) tax-exempt, non-profit group that provides Scholarships to students from White Bear Lake Area High School who are enrolled in the Strive Program and commit to improve their cumulative GPA over their Senior year.

Strive Scholarship Races for 2020 have been cancel.

Spirit of White Bear Lake 5K, 5 Mile has been canceled
Strive Scholarship Taco John's Run Baby Run Virtual 5K, 10K  (no in-person race).
Run between August 1, 2020 and August 15.  Email your time to us to be listed.
This race has gone virtual only (no T-shirt) for 2020.  
Virtual race $20.00 No t-shirt - click here (midwest Events).
Virtual Only - No T-shirt.
All of the proceeds of the race go to the Strive Scholarship Inc Fund which is a 501c(3) tax-exempt, non-profit entity.  


Run for the Apples,  (Canceled for 2020)

Jacobson's Pine Tree Apple Orchard

5K Run / Walk and 1/3 Mile Kids Fun Run
Saturday Oct 17, 2020
9:00 a.m. 5 Mile Run / Walk,  $35 on or before October 12, $45 Race Day
10:15 a.m. 1/3 Kid's Fun Run,  $10 on or before October 12, $15 Race Day
All at the Jacobson's Pine Tree Apple Orchard,

450 Apple Orchard Rd, White Bear Lake MN 55110

This beautiful course is on the trails through the orchard, strawberry fields, and pumpkin patch. The footing varies from gravel to pavement. Compete with some of the best runners in the Midwest or just enjoy walking the scenic countryside.

Contact Dale Grambush Race Directory 651 357-6109 with questions.


Strive Scholarship Kowalski's Strive 10 Miler & 5K. 

Sunday November 1, 2020 Noon start time. Canceled for 2020


Course is around White Bear Lake, Map My Run

This race course starts at Boatworks Commons (4459 Lake Ave S) and circles beautiful White Bear Lake. The course head south then east on South Shore Blvd, after running next to the lake and homes on the lake you enter Birchwood Village (hills), then Mahtomedi, Dellwood, White Bear Township.  The last few miles are near flat and on an asphalt path that starts at Ramsey County White Bear Lake Park, then through West Park as you follow Lake Ave through Matoska Park, and continue along Lake Ave with a beautiful view of the Lake. As you make the turn at Lake and Hwy 96 you will enter the commercial bay and then the finish.  The registration includes an event long sleeve T-Shirt

Awards will be given to the top male and female overall and the top 3 male and female in each group.

Contact Dale Grambush Race Directory 651 357-6109 with questions.

Race Proceeds - Strive Board Members are all Volunteers, members of the White Bear Rotary Club Volunteer their time.  Sponsors help pay for the costs (Advertisements, T-shirts, Insurance, Snacks, etc.).  Thank You for running in our race.


The Strive Scholarship program was started by Don Mooney of White Bear Lake, MN in 1987.  The program is now operated by the Strive Scholarship Corporation, a 501(c)(3) entity,  with generous financial and volunteer support from the White Bear Lake Rotary Club.  The program provides scholarships to students to attend Century College and books / tuition scholarship to other schools.  A Scholarship is awarded to the student whose participate in the Strive program and improves their grade point average the most in their senior year.  In recent years additional scholarship have been awarded to other students of the program who have improved their GPA.

The students are offered the opportunity to participate in Strive in the fall of their senior year.  The student signs an application and agrees to endeavor to improve their grades, maintain a C average or better in their classes, and have good attendance. Adult Strive volunteers (Rotary members from the White Bear Lake Rotary Club) meet with the students to monitor their progress, offer encouragement and support, and provide speakers from various occupations who address issues of concern to young adults in today‚Äôs society.
After the students submit their application, the Program provides them with a half day of instructional team building and the next month with strength finding instruction and text books.  Through out the year Rotary provides speakers who council the students on job finding and other life skills.
A recognition banquet is held in May where Strive students, their parents and families are invited to the banquet.  All participants are given a Certificate of Recognition and their accomplishments, activities, and future plans are announced to the audience.  The scholarship winner is also recognized at the all-school scholarships and awards ceremony.
Both the scholarships to Century College and the book scholarships are only paid when Strive receives proof of enrollment or, in the case of the book scholarships, proof that the student has incurred eligible expenses.
The Strive Scholarship Program raises money by hosting three races each year.  In April the Spirit of White Bear Lake 5 Mile, 5K, August Run Baby Run 5K, and in November the Strive 10 Miler, 5K.  All the races are open to people of all ages.  A registration fee is required of each participant.  A T-shirt is given to all race participants.  Business owners and Rotary club members help sponsor the race.  The name/logo of the business is placed on the back of the T-shirt as a listed sponsor of the event.  The White Bear Rotary Club helps with race day registration, road guards, water stops, and finish line duties.
In the past the White Bear Lake Rotary Foundation has given money to the Strive Foundation. The Rotary Club is very supportive of the Strive program and meets with the Strive Board on a regular basis. The funds of the two corporations have never been co-mingled.
Strive Scholarship Foundation has donated two separate $30,000.00 endowments to the Century College Foundation. These endowments were matched through the Century College Foundation for a total of two $60,000.00 scholarship endowments.  
For more information about the Strive Scholarship program in White Bear Lake, contact any of the following people:


Video about Strive


White Bear Lake Rotary Club Member

 Ken, Rob, Dale, and Eric

Email us @ with any questions

Link to a PDF file with some of the history and documents that were used to create the Strive program in White Bear Lake


Strive Scholarship Program Founder

Don Mooney