Investing in education - Local businesses give tens of thousands of dollars for workforce education through the Community Foundation

March 12, 2018

 

The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation offers scholarships and educational grants to several area individuals every year.  “Whether you’re a young student coming directly out of high school, or a not-so-young aspiring student, the Community Foundation is a great place to begin the search for financial support,” says Chris Fulton, Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation Executive Director.  “We manage over 90 different scholarship funds for those seeking post-secondary four year degrees as well as those looking for two-year programs for certification in the trades.”  

 

Applications are open for any type of school or training from January 15 to March 15.  There is still time to go online to gracf.org and apply before the March 15 deadline.

 

Scholarships and grants are organized into categories, each with several funds available to students.

 

 

Excellence in Education
Scholarships offered in this area reflect the importance of connecting through strong academic standards in education. Through scholarships, these types of funds provide a significant resource to make a meaningful and lasting educational impact on the lives of individuals and our entire community.

 

Creating Opportunity
These scholarships support individuals and families in our community with bright goals and dreams.  The funds provide opportunities to deserving students who may have limited opportunities for other support to help them achieve their potential.

Workforce Support and Development
These awards focus on the importance of our local economy and workforce.  Providing scholarships that strengthen our current and future workforce is important to maintain a vibrant community that supports jobs and careers for individuals and families right here at home.

 

The Foundation’s largest workforce awards come from the Greater Itasca Area WORKFORCE READY.  Anyone interested in any type of education or training (2 years or less) who wants to live here, work here and stay here is eligible for this award.  The Foundation will be providing $75,000 for education and training this year.

 

The Foundation’s largest workforce awards come from the Greater Itasca Area WORKFORCE READY.  Anyone interested in any type of education or training (2 years or less) who wants to live here, work here and stay here is eligible for this award.  The Foundation will be providing $75,000 for education and training this year.

 

 

 

“I continue to express how fortunate our community is to have businesses that invest in our workforce,” states Sarah Copeland, Director of Grants and Programs at the Community Foundation.  “I don’t think people realize the investment and commitment that businesses make to our local community.

 

UPM Blandin, Northern Minnesota Builders’ Association (NMBA), Grand Itasca Foundation, NIE (Northern Industrial Erectors), MDI, and Industrial Lubricant have all partnered with the Community Foundation to provide significant education awards – many times paying for an entire program,” continues Copeland.

 

 

 

 

“Jerry and Cathie (Saxhaug) Anderson started this workforce education initiative several years ago and match our business partners’ investments by 2:1,” says Copeland.  “Again,” reiterates Copeland, “this is serious investment by serious people and organizations who really care about our local workforce.”  

 

If you or someone you know is interested in getting any type of education or training this next year, please submit an application by March 15.  

There are three applications – all online:

  1. High School Scholarship Application (for students graduating from high school, home school, and earning a GED this year)

  2. General Scholarship Application (for anyone who has already graduated from high school or earned a GED)

  3. Aviation Scholarship Application (for anyone interested in pursuing aviation study or flight hours)

In addition, the Community Foundation offers Junior Golf Scholarships.  The Junior Golf Scholarship Fund was established to support local youth (ages 10-18) who are interested in golf, but have a financial barrier or hardship that prevents them from obtaining a golf membership.  Applications are submitted online and can be accessed through the Scholarship page of this website.

 

All scholarships and educational awards from the Community Foundation are “free money”.  Scholarships do not need be repaid.  Local businesses and donors at the Community Foundation are interested in your success and know the importance of being as debt-free as possible.  Let us help you achieve your education and workforce goals.
 

 

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