Coughlan Companies Inc., a parent company of Capstone Publishers and Mankato Kasota Stone Inc., announces a new scholarship program to assist full-time college students. Starting next year, the company will offer up to 16 scholarship awards of $2,500 each to qualified applicants.

Eligible students must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in a first- or second-year program at an eligible institution. Students majoring in the following areas of study are invited to apply: preschool education, elementary education, library science, English language and literature, or design.

Review the full scholarship guidelines and download an application. Applications will be accepted beginning Jan. 11, 2010, and must be postmarked by March 1, 2010. Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America, will oversee the application an award process.

Coughlan Companies, whose history began in 1883 when T.R. Coughlan founded a stone business in Mankato, has a long history of philanthropy. The late Thomas P. Coughlan ’38, named “Mr. Tommy” as a St. Thomas senior, Distinguished Alumnus in 1977 and member of the St. Thomas Board of Trustees, was among the company’s third-generation of leaders. The recently razed Coughlan Field House at St. Thomas was named to honor the family.