Blandin Foundation celebrates Itasca area students as they step into their future

Bigfork High School – It was a wonderful experience. The kids were ecstatic and grateful. There’s no better feeling!

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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

This is the best part of Blandin! -- Brian Niclason, Board Chair
This is the best part of Blandin! — Brian Nicklason, Board Chair

 

Greenway High School

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Proud to represent the Blandin Foundation at my alma mater — Janet Borth, Director of Administrative Services

 

Deer River High School

Last night truly touched my heart. I was nearly knocked off the stage by the kids all coming at me with open arms. It was the best night ever!
Last night truly touched my heart. I was nearly knocked off the stage by the kids all coming at me with open arms. It was the best night ever! — Melissa Johnson, Receptionist/Administrative Assistant