The Blandin Foundation in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, is accepting applications from Itasca-area students for its Blandin Foundation Education Grant. The Education Grant program is the foundation's longest-running program, dating to 1956 and Blandin founder Charles K. Blandin. Since then, more than 18,000 area youth have received grants totaling over $26 million.
For the 2018-19 academic school year, the foundation will award need-based grants of up $4,500 to local students who are on track to graduate or have graduated from one of these high schools: Grand Rapids, Bigfork, Deer River, Hill City, Greenway, Nashwauk-Keewatin, Remer, Blackduck, Northome, Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig, and the Northern Lights Community School, as well as home-schooled students who would have attended any of these schools.
The 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.
To be eligible, students must be under the age of 25 as of September 1, 2018, and be registered as a full-time student (12 credits per semester) at any accredited postsecondary institution in the United States. This can include certificate programs, community, technical and tribal colleges, as well as four-year colleges and universities. (Graduate and doctoral students are not eligible.) Students must make satisfactory academic progress toward their degree program, meaning they maintain at least a 2.0 GPA or higher.
See the Blandin Foundation for complete program guidelines and application instructions.