The Blandin Foundation, committed to building up rural Minnesota communities and the Grand Rapids area in particular, has announced scholarships of up to $4,000 for Itasca County, Minnesota students who are pursuing higher education in the 2013-14 school year. To be eligible, students must be no older than 25 as of September 1, 2013, registered as a full-time student at an accredited trade school at a 2-year or 4-year college or university, and must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress (with a minimum 2.0 GPA) toward their degree program. Students must attend or have attended a high school in Bigfork, Bug-o-Nay-ge-Shig, Greenway, Grand Rapids, DeerRiver, Blackduck, Northern Lights Community, HillCity, Northome, Remer, or Nashwauk-Keewatin, though home schooled students in the greater ItascaCounty area are also eligible to apply.
For more information, please see the news release posted on the Blandin Foundation Web site. The deadline for applications is May 1.
Founded in 1937 to support lifelong arts learning opportunities and serving 1.2 million students every year, the National Guild for Community Arts Education is making grant funds for programming partnerships during the 2013-14 school year. Through the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program, matching grants of up to $20,000 are available for qualifying projects that demonstrate the best practices in effective arts education partnerships, serve significant numbers of public school students throughout the school day, provide high quality arts learning experiences in line with local, state, or national standards, and exhibits joint design and execution of professional development, curricula, programming, and evaluation.
Eligible organizations must be full members of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and in good standing. Organizations must be recognized as 501(c)(3) tax exempt. Nonmember organizations should submit a membership application and first-year dues payments at a minimum of one week prior to submitting a grant application.
Eligible programs must provide students with a minimum of 20 sessions of arts instruction sequentially and a minimum of 10 sessions per semester. All sessions must be conducted by professional teaching artists and must serve a minimum of 100 students. Priority will be given to programs that provide arts instruction at least once a week for at least 10 weeks per semester.
For application forms, complete eligibility information, and instructions for joining an online orientation event taking place on April 22 regarding this opportunity, please see the program page here. Applications are due May 16.