[size=18px]Foundation will honor 590 grant recipients[/size]

June 26, 2006

On Tuesday, June 27th, the Page Education Foundation will honor 590 grant recipients at the William Mitchell College of Law Auditorium in St. Paul. The ceremony will be hosted by Alan Page and Diane Sims Page and will feature KSTP News Anchor Vineeta Sawkar as the keynote speaker. The ceremony will begin at 2:00pm.

After he chose the principal of an inner-city school in Minneapolis as his presenter during his 1988 NFL Hall of Fame induction, the importance former Vikings great Alan Page placed on education became apparent. Later on that same year, he established the Page Education Foundation as part of his continuing commitment to the education of young people of color. The Page Education Foundation addresses educational needs and challenges faced by students of color in Minnesota. Students are selected to be Page Scholars based on their commitment to education and their willingness to serve children in their communities. The Page Scholar Recognition Ceremony celebrates both the achievements of past Page Scholars and the potential of new ones.

Since 1988, the Page Education Foundation has awarded more than 5,600 grants to over 2,600 Minnesota students of color who attend post-secondary schools in the state. Nearly $4,500,000 has been granted to help students attending post-secondary schools in Minnesota.

Page Grants range from $1,000 to $2,000 per year, and are renewable. In return for this financial assistance, Page Scholars must complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service each academic year. These college students serve as tutors, mentors and role models to K - 8th grade children of color, to encourage them to value learning and education, and to begin to see post-secondary education as an option for themselves. Since 1989, Page Scholars have given an estimated 180,000 hours of service to children across the state of Minnesota. This year, there are 570 Page Scholars attending 56 different colleges.

The impact of the Page Education Foundation has grown dramatically since its beginning. The number of Page Scholars has grown from ten the first year, to 570 in 2006. Page Scholars have studied at 76 different post-secondary schools across Minnesota and over eighty have attended or are currently attending graduate schools - including law school and medical school. In fifteen years, Page Scholars have volunteered in nearly 600 community organizations and have given 165,000 hours of service.

The Page Foundation stresses the influence college-aged students can have on young children.

"These college students send the message to young ones that education is important, at a time when they are still impressionable, before they make the decision about which path they will take in life," says Page.

Page played for the Minnesota Vikings from 1967-1978 and was a member of the "Purple People Eaters". He was the first defensive player to be awarded the NFL Most Valuable Player award. He and former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor remain the only defensive players to be so honored. After finishing his NFL career, Page went on to a distinguished legal career, culminating in his election as an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court 1992. He was re-elected in 1998.

For more information, please call the Page Education Foundation: (612) 332-0406.

You can also visit the Page Education Foundation's website at:
http://www.page-ed.org/home.html

The Foundation is a non-profit organization run by a volunteer advisory board. Grants are generated from and supported entirely by private donations.

Foundation honors 590 recipients