From the Inver Grove Heights Scholarship Program

Although a former member of our program has included her titles from her time with our program on her social media profiles, she is no longer affiliated with the Inver Grove Heights Scholarship Program. Her comments on recent social media posts do not reflect the mission and the values of our organization.

Covid-19 Important Update

Due to concerns surrounding Covid-19, the Inver Grove Heights Scholarship Program Board of Directors regrets to announce that we will suspend our candidacy program for those seeking to become our next class of Inver Grove Heights royalty until 2021. In addition, we will be cancelling our coronation program scheduled for September 2020.

This was a very difficult decision for our board, but we felt it was in the best interest in order to keep everyone safe. We have asked our current 2020 royalty to stay on for the next year and we are grateful that this have accepted this role.

We look forward to resuming regular activities as soon as we can and encourage potential candidates for 2021-2022 to apply on our website,

Thank you for your understanding,

Rochelle VanKempen
President, Inver Grove Heights Scholarship Program

Junior Miss Second Service Project.

For my second service project, I picked making Get Well cards and cards of Encouragement for the residents at Augustana Health Care, Apple Valley.  This place is special to me because my great-grandpa lives there. During this hard time with the Coronavirus, many of the residents get lonely and start to go into a depression so I decided to help out. With the help of so many people, we were able to make 410 cards. We made enough cards to give every resident in the facility a card such as the Transitional Care Center, Nursing Home Floors and Assisted Living Center. I wanted to thank everyone that helped put in all of the work in those cards so that the residents could have a brighter day.
-2020 Junior Miss Inver Grove Heights



Junior Miss Service Project

For my first service project, I did Corey’s Closet. Corey’s Closet is an organization created by one of our board members Michele Fox. This organization is to help teenagers and families with necessities that they need such as toiletries, clothes, etc. Corey’s closet is located at Simley High School. I chose to reach out and help this program because I can’t imagine what it’s like going out with things that you need and I think that it is important that people reach out and help organizations such as Corey’s Closet.
I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the donations and those who helped make my service project possible. I hope that all of the items that were donated help many people in need.
-2020 Junior Miss Inver Grove Heights 


Miss Princess 2nd Service Project

For my second service project as the 2020 Miss Inver Grove Heights Princess, I decided I wanted to give back to the animals in the community. I started my project by reaching out to friends and family and asking them if they would be willing to donate any cat or dog supplies. I was very grateful to receive many donations from so many wonderful people. Thank you so much if you helped contribute to this project. Next, I decided that I wanted to handmake dog toys to donate as well. With the help of my mom, I ended up handmaking almost 100 dog toys to donate as well. These dog toys were made out of fleece that I had leftover from my last service project where I made tie blankets for children’s hospital. This fleece was also donated to me by friends and family. Once I had all of my supplies together I dropped off the supplies at Last Hope which is an animal organization that is located in Farmington. This organization helps to supply dog and cat items to people in the surrounding areas. On top of this, they also help get dogs and cats into foster homes until they can be adopted out. I am so grateful that I got to work with such an amazing organization on this project and I am also so grateful that I had the help of so many friends and family members to complete this project.

2020 Miss Inver Grove Heights Princess


Leap Year Event

On Saturday, February 29th my royal sisters and I participated in the Inver Grove Heights Scholarship Programs Leap Year bowling event.  It was a lot of fun. There was bowling, a silent auction, and a taco feed. It was fun spending time with all of the girls from different royalty programs. Thank you to everyone from the community, neighboring communities, other royalty programs, and the past royalty and their families for coming out and supporting our program!

2020 Little Miss Inver Grove Heights


Little Miss Service Project

For my first service project, I chose to collect donations for Secondhand Hounds Animal Rescue. Secondhand Hounds Rescue, fosters and finds forever homes for dogs and cats. This project was special to me because that’s where we got our dog, Millie. For a little more than a month I collected new and gently used dog/cat supplies. I reached out to family, friends, and our community for donations. I am thankful for the amount of support I received from everyone. Thanks to all of the support I was able to donate so much stuff for the animals! 

2020 Little Miss 


Queen’s Weekend – St. Paul Winter Carnival

For the kickoff of St. Paul Winter Carnival, I was fortunate to represent Inver Grove Heights at Queen’s Weekend. During this four day event, we had 97 ambassadors visiting from all over Minnesota and Wisconsin! We had a full weekend that included saying farewell to the 2019 Winter Carnival Royal Family at their coronation and meeting the wonderful 2020 Royal Family. We played around at the science museum, met the Vulcan crews from the past years, created our own paintings, and attended the Grande Day Parade!

This was a very memorable weekend full of a lot of smiles, minimal sleep, and various snacks! My two favorite parts of this entire weekend would be being able to see and hug my Inver Grove Heights royal family at the coronation and being able to walk the parade and interact with the excited crowd!

2020 Miss Inver Grove Heights

Princess’s Dance

On February 7th, my royal sisters and I attended the Princess’s Dance at the Inver Grove Heights Community Center. We had dinner, played games and did crafts before the dance started. We also got our photos taken in the photo booth and so did all our Dads. The DJ played some slow songs and all the girls got to dance with their dads. At the end we took a picture with all the little princesses.

2020 Junior Princess

Sponsor Visit: Caring Hearts of Minnesota

On January 21, 2020, I dropped off the rest of the items for my first community service project. My community service project was where you can donate pretty much anything to Caring Hearts of Minnesota, and they will give it away for free to people that need it.

My target was to get to 500 items and we collected more than 700 items! The organization that I went to was in Farmington. I meet with a lady named Fran who was more than happy to receive all the stuff that I collected. I just want to say thank you to all my friends and family that helped my reach my goal. I’m so happy to know that I am helping people in need.

2020 Junior Princess