Blandin Foundation celebrates Itasca area students as they step into their future
In 1956, Charles Blandin gave two students scholarships to continue their education. Since then, the $23 million in scholarships the Foundation has awarded to more than 15,000 Itasca area students exemplifies his enduring commitment to expanding educational opportunities for local residents.
Sixty one years after those first awards, Blandin Foundation staff and board members are recognizing and celebrating 96 outgoing seniors at Itasca-area high schools in a new way — by attending scholarship nights.
The experience made an impact on staff and students alike. Below are photos from the events, coupled with staff and board reactions.
Thank you to area schools for inviting us to participate and to the inspiring young people whose successes are sure to keep our rural Minnesota communities vibrant!
Grand Rapids High School
Greenway High School
Deer River High School