The Blandin Foundation works to strengthen rural communities in Minnesota, with special focus on the Grand Rapids area.
To that end, the foundation’s trustees have set aside $975,000 for the 2020-21 school year to be awarded through its Education Grants program, the foundation’s longest-running program.
Through the program, need-based grants of up to $4,500 per student will be awarded to local students who will graduate, or have graduated, from one of these Itasca County (MN) schools: Grand Rapids, Bigfork, Deer River, Hill City, Greenway, Nashwauk-Keewatin, Remer, Blackduck, Northome, Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig, and Northern Lights Community School, as well as home-schooled students who would have attended any of these schools.
To be eligible, students must be no more than 25 years old as of September 1, 2020, and be registered as a full-time student (12 credits per semester) at any accredited school in the United States. This can include trade schools, certificate programs, community, technical and tribal colleges, as well as four-year colleges and universities. (Graduate and doctoral students are not eligible.) Students also must make satisfactory academic progress toward their degree program, meaning they must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA or higher.
Blandin Foundation selects Education Grant recipients with the greatest unmet financial need as calculated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The foundation also considers other factors, such as total cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation and miscellaneous expenses), family income, and number of siblings also attending college.
The deadline to submit an application is March 1, 2020.
Application forms can be picked up at a local high school counseling office, be downloaded from the foundation’s website, or be requested from the foundation directly by emailing educationgrants@BlandinFoundation.org.
For more information, see the Blandin Foundation website.