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Grants to Itasca County, Minnesota High School Students
and Graduates for College and Training Programs

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Blandin Foundation

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $4,500 to Itasca County, Minnesota high school students and high school graduates for tuition assistance at a post-high school institution. Funding is intended to support students under 25 years old who are pursuing an undergraduate degree or certificate in an accredited program in a university, college (including technical, tribal, or community college), certificate program, or online program anywhere in the country. Eligible applicants include high school graduates of Bigfork, Blackduck, Bug O Nay Ge Shig, Deer River, Grand Rapids, Greenway, Hill City, Nashwauk-Keewatin, Northland (Remer), Northome, and Northern Lights Community School, or a homeschooled student who would have graduated from one of these schools.

Blandin Foundation Education Grants 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 they are not at the top of the class, an athlete, or on the yearbook staff. Homeschooled students who would have graduated from one these schools also are eligible. Funding is for every Itasca area student who wants a better future - to get the training they need for the future they want. Funds are intended to help students “fill the gap” between the cost of their chosen school, and the amount they or their family can afford to pay.

Application is open to individuals under age 25. These grants fund up to a bachelor’s degree. Grantees can go to any accredited program anywhere in the United States – including online. This includes certificate programs, community colleges, tribal colleges, technical colleges, colleges and universities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182388

Estimated Size of Grant:

Education Grants are in the amount of $1,000 to $4,500 each year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You can apply if you are:

- Under age 25 as of September 1, 2019.
- A high school graduate of: Bigfork, Blackduck, Bug O Nay Ge Shig, Deer River, Grand Rapids, Greenway, Hill City, Nashwauk-Keewatin, Northland (Remer), Northome, Northern Lights Community School.
- A homeschooled student who would have graduated from one of these schools.
- Enrolled at any accredited educational institution in the U.S.
- Registered as a full-time student (12 credits per semester or quarter). Part-time students (6-11 credits per semester or quarter) are considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Making progress (GPA 2.0 or higher) toward your degree/certificate.

Graduate or doctorate degree studies are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

The Deadline for 2019-20 applications is March 1, 2019. Your complete application is due on this date. The Foundation may consider extensions on occasion.

Awards will be made in late April 2019.

Applications are to be submitted online, or by mail or delivery to the Blandin Foundation office. A Financial Aid Information Release Form is to be completed and submitted, in addition. Just like the online form, you can provide the rest of the items that complete your application later.

You will need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. This form helps determine your financial need. (See for forms.) Once your FAFSA is processed, you will get access to your federal Student Aid Report (SAR). Send your SAR to Blandin Foundation.

Your Education Grant application is complete when Blandin Foundation has these documents:

- Application form
- Financial Aid Information Release Form
- Student Aid Report (results from FAFSA)
- 2017 federal tax returns (student and parent(s))

You must reapply every year. Awards are not automatically renewed each year.

For attendance at Itasca Community College, do not complete the regular Blandin Foundation application. Instead, please apply for a Blandin Foundation Education Grant directly through ICC by following this two-step process:

1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at and list ICC’s school code – #002356. This allows ICC to receive your results. Follow up on any additional paperwork from ICC related to your application, if requested.
2. Complete the ICC Blandin Foundation Education Grant application at by March 1. Once you have completed both steps, ICC can calculate your eligibility for an Education Grant. (Funds are limited, so please apply early.)

(For more information, visit ICC’s financial aid webpage at or call their ICC Student Services Office.)

Unusual Circumstances - Additional Supporting Documents Needed:

Are there unusual circumstances that have a direct impact on your financial need? Has your family experienced a drop in income in recent months due to loss of employment, divorce or death? Has your family experienced high out-of-pocket medical costs during the past year? Part-time scholarships (6-11 credits) are also available to applicants with unusual circumstances, such as illness, courses not offered during a specific semester/quarter or work-related issues. Therefore, if you plan to be enrolled part-time, or have experienced other unusual circumstances, additional paperwork must be completed and returned to the Blandin Foundation. Please contact Diana Daigle at the Foundation. Your situation will be taken into consideration when award decisions are made during April/early May.

It is important that you keep the Foundation informed of any change of plans during or after the application process, such as different school, change of address, marital status, etc.. To inform the Foundation of any change, or to request help, please call Diana Daigle at the Foundation office.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For the online eligibility quiz and application:

Diana Daigle, Administrative Assistant - Grants
(218) 326-0523

Blandin Foundation
100 North Pokegama Avenue
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Toll-free: 877-882-2257

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Itasca County Area