The $1,000,000 fund balance and the total amount raised for scholarships are more than simple benchmarks, according to Gedde. Since 1987, the foundation has granted more than $550,000 for special equipment, more than $115,000 in faculty grants and more than $1.24 million in 1,958 total scholarships.
"The funds raised have an immediate and direct impact on the lives and education of our students," says college President Dr. Patrick M. Johns. "Having a $1,000,000 fund balance will allow the foundation to impact even more lives in more profound ways."
Johns' words echo the mission of the foundation, which includes building relationships and raising funds to enrich students' lives as well as promoting awareness and understanding of the college and its educational, cultural and developmental value to the surrounding communities.
The Coon Rapids Foundation actively solicits scholarship funds through a variety of activities, including annual events such as a Golf Classic in the summer and Prairie Home Delights in the fall. Funds raised and provided by donations from organizations, businesses and individuals create scholarships that help keep post-secondary education affordable and accessible.
Scholarships vary in selection criteria, such as academic success, leadership skills, potential for success or the major field of study. Financial need may or may not be a consideration.
For more information about donating to the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus Foundation or the various scholarships, contact Institutional Advancement at 763-433-1130 or visit the foundation web page.