Mike Colalillo Scholarship of Honor

Mike Colalillo graduated from Denfeld High School in 1944. One year later, while serving in World War II, Colalillo went above and beyond the call of duty leading his men on an attack against enemy forces in Germany.

In the face of savage artillery, machinegun fire, and almost certain death, he was committed to protecting others on the battlefield, and our freedoms here at home. President Truman presented Colalillo the Medal of Honor on December 18, 1945.

Sadly, Mike passed away on December 30th, 2011 at the age of 86. He will be missed by the his community and country.




Emma Haugen is studying Early Childhood Education at Minnesota State University-Moorshead


 Hunter Onnen is studying Nursing at Lake Superior College


Jenna Unden is studying Nursing at St. Scholastic a


Johanna Marciniak is studying nursing at St. Scholastic College



Benjamin Rouse is studying Law Enforcement at Foud du lac Tribal and Community College



Peggy Campbell is studying Nursing at the University of Minnesota



Christopher Stolan enlisted in the United States Air Force.  He is being presented the Scholarship of Honor medal from Denfeld High School's Ellie Martin.



Jacob Albiston enlisted in the United States Air Force.



Travis Magdzas with Denfeld High School’s Activities Director, Tom Pearson. Travis entered into the field of Criminal Justice.



Katrina Engebretson majored in Elementary Education. 



Allison Kaldahl pursued a career as a Fire Fighter.  She is pictured here next to a tribute for Mike Colalillo.



The 3rd annual Mike Colalillo Scholarship of Honor was awarded to Frank J. Miller. Frank pursued a career in law enforcement.



The 2007 Mike Colalillo Scholarship of Honor was awarded to Rachel Moe. Rachel is pursued career in teaching or nursing.



The first PFC Mike Colalillo Scholarship of Honor was awarded to Nicole Opland in May 2006. Nicole pursued a career in education.  She is pictured here with Mike Colalillo (r) and his son, Al at the scholarship presentation.



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