Foundation awards 14 more scholarships; committed student funds reach $284,000
BLOOMINGTON, Minn., July 26, 2012—"Van driver killed in fiery collision," read the headline in the Nov. 24, 2010, St. Cloud Times.
The step-daughter of the killed driver, a high school senior aspiring to a Master's Degree and a future in architecture, recently was awarded a $5,000 Pat Johnson Honorary Scholarship for the 2012-13 school year by the SFM Foundation Board. Johnson is a past president and CEO of SFM.
The Foundation received 41 applications this year, a record high, according to Foundation officials. The board in May approved 14 scholarships totaling $28,500—also record highs.
This year's awards bring the total number of higher education scholarships awardedby the Foundation in its first four years to 44. Scholarships are awarded to children of parents killed or seriously injured on the job. Recipients are awarded up to $5,000 per school year for up to five years of schooling.
The $28,500 in new funds for the 2012-13 school year brings to $72,000 the total amount of scholarships for students planning to attend school this fall. Including the school years ahead for these students brings to more than $284,000 the total amount committed by the Foundation in its first four years.
Scholarships are awarded regardless of the workers' compensation insurer involved in the parent's work injury. The 44 scholarships awarded so far involve claims handled by 27 different insurers and self-insurers.
'Confidence to excel'
"It gives us confidence to excel," he said. "When I look at the success I had in college, I feel like it's because of the scholarship I received."
The golfing fundraiser, held in June in Woodbury, Minn., was a solid success and will enable the Foundation to continue to help more high school students continue their educations, Foundation officials said.
The Foundation, which welcomes corporate and individual contributions throughout the year, is planning a special fundraising opportunity in November.
For more, see www.sfm-foundation.org.