Awards, Scholarships, and Age-Outs
Hats off to many fantastic participants who make MWCGC special.

Graduating members of the Midwest Colorguard Circuit

All graduating members of the MWCGC are encouraged to submit their application for one of the seven scholarships offered, including:

  • Midwest Color Guard Scholarship (2)
  • McCormicks' Scholarship
  • Al & Shea Memorial Scholarship
  • Cavaliers Scholarship
  • Felton Harlan Memorial Scholarship
  • Larry Bakko Memorial Scholarship
  • Dot Dahnke Memorial Scholarship

Please fill out the MWCGC Scholarship Application and submit three letters of recommendation to apply. We will announce once applications are accepted.


Age-Out Certificate

Unit Directors need to complete the Age Out Certificate Form for all graduating HS Seniors from a Scholastic guard, anyone aging out of an Independent RA/IA/IO unit, and/or 8th graders aging out of an Independent or Scholastic Cadet guard.


Age-Out Yearbook

All graduating members of the MWCGC performing at Championships are encouraged to fill out the Age Out Form to be included in the Yearbook. This includes:

  1. A graduating HS Senior from a Scholastic guard
  2. Anyone aging out of Independent RA/IA/IO unit
  3. 8th graders aging out of Independent or Scholastic Cadet guard

Important: Please remember the following guidelines when submitting your photos:

  1. We will not print photos with a photographer's watermark on them -- even if they indicate "ok for yearbook" because this refers to your HS yearbook, not our online yearbook and slideshow. It will not be used if you upload a photo with a photographer's watermark.
  2. Attach your electronic photo images directly to this form. This should be a jpg format photo and include your name and school name or Independent Unit Name within the name of the jpg file (example: JaneSmithJustinHighSchool.jpg).

Outstanding Rookie Award

The OUTSTANDING ROOKIE AWARD is presented to a first-year Marching Member, new to the winter guard activity, who exhibits outstanding growth of skills, understanding, and commitment to the responsibilities of membership and dedication to the winter guard activity. Those eligible include any marching member of any unit belonging to the Midwest Color Guard Circuit. The OUTSTANDING ROOKIE AWARD is presented annually at the MWCGC Championship Contest. Only Unit Directors may submit nominees.


Commander's Medallion Award

The Commander’s Medallion Award is for Outstanding Leadership to Unit, Director, and Community. The Commander’s Medallion is presented annually at the MWCGC Championship Contest. Only Unit Directors may submit nominees. Letters received after the deadline will not be considered by the scholarship committee.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Melissa Schlesinger at [email protected].