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Recognizing students opening doors to education

Chevy Gambill, Grand Rapids High School student with Blandin Foundation grants officer Linda Gibeau

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More than 60 years ago, Charles Blandin gave two students – both women – scholarships to continue their education. A self-taught man, he knew education was one key to these students’ strong futures.

We are honored to stand again this year with 344 Itasca students, each dedicated to their educational dream – at community, technical or tribal college, a university, college or certificate program. Among them, 92 high school seniors receiving their first Blandin Foundation Education Grant.

More than a half-dozen staff and trustees participated in area schools’ award programs to announce the names of 1 to more than 50 students at each school. Every ceremony reminds us just how vibrant rural communities are! It’s powerful to see the passion students have for their educational goals – and that communities have for their young people.

Hats off to those seniors! All the best to you – and all our Education Grant recipients – as you embark on this journey. Your future is wide open!

Visit our website for information about the Education Grants program and to read stories about how Education Grants have made a difference for other Itasca area students.

Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are available October 1.

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