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Education Grants

How to apply for funds to take your education further.

Three Blandin Foundation programs exemplify Charles Blandin’s commitment to further the education and work skills of local residents who demonstrate financial need.

Blandin Foundation Education Grants

Education Grants – $1,000 to $5,000 per student each year – are for every student of high schools in the Itasca County area and Hill City, Remer, Blackduck, Northome and Bug O Nay Ge Shig schools, even if you’re not in the top of your class. Homeschooled students who would have graduated from one these schools also are eligible.

You can apply if you are under age 25 and plan to pursue certificate programs, community technical or tribal college, and colleges or universities anywhere in the United States. These grants fund up to a bachelor’s degree. Graduate or doctorate degree studies are not eligible.

2021-22 Applications

Deadline extended to APRIL 30, 2021.

How to Apply


Start an application

You’ll find instructions for each step of the process.
You don’t need to do the entire application at once.
You can save your work, log out and return when you have information to add.
Be sure to keep your login information handy so you don’t have to create a duplicate application.

Login to your existing application

Use your login information to pick up where you left off.
Add any information you need to.
Be sure to hit “Submit” when your application is complete.
We will contact you if we have questions about any part of your application.


Can’t get online?

  1. Download and print out this PDF application packet.
  2. Fill out the Application and Financial Aid Information Release forms. Drop it off or mail to us: 100 N Pokegama Ave., Grand Rapids MN 55744.
  3. OR you may complete this fillable PDF instead. Once it’s filled out and signed, you have 3 options for returning it: 1) print it out and drop it off at our office, address above. 2) Mail it in, using the same address. 3) Scan it, attach it to an email and send to:
  4. You can provide the rest of the items that complete your application later.

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Grants team members are available to answer your questions. Call 218-326-0523 or email

More Information

Itasca Community College Scholarships

If you are attending ICC, you apply for a Blandin Foundation scholarship directly through ICC. Visit ICC’s website for more information about grants available to students and for the ICC Blandin Foundation application.

Adult Scholarships

Available for full-time and part-time study for lower-income individuals who have a commitment to remain in the Itasca County area. Students who plan to attend Itasca Community College (ICC) apply there directly. Students who plan to attend an institution other than ICC apply to Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency.

Adult Scholarships at Work

Bob Hildreth

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Recent News


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September 29, 2020

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Contact Us

Your feedback strengthens our grantmaking. Contact us to share your thoughts. You may also subscribe to our mailing list, or contact the following Grants team members.

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