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Alliss Educational Foundation Awards $668,145 Scholarship Grant to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Minnesota State Mankato to receive $218,492.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities News Release, 3-12-2014

ST. PAUL, Minn., March 12, 2014 - The Charles & Ellora Alliss Educational Foundation has awarded a grant in the amount of $668,145 to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to provide need-based scholarships to students at the seven MnSCU state universities.

“MnSCU colleges and universities currently serve over 100,000 low-income students, more than all other providers of higher education in Minnesota combined,” said Chancellor Steven Rosenstone. “This grant will help ensure that their education is affordable and that they can complete their degrees in a timely fashion. We deeply appreciate this generous grant.”

“The legacy of Charles and Ellora Alliss lives on in the achievement of Minnesota students who strive to better themselves and their communities through the benefits of education,” said Sarah Godfrey, Vice President of the U.S. Bank Charitable Services Group. “By making it possible for these students to further their education, we hope to contribute to their success and help secure their contributions to Minnesota communities.”

The state universities that received awards are:

  • Bemidji State University $50,503
  • Metropolitan State University $41,431
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato $218,492
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead $73,189
  • St. Cloud State University $141,305
  • Southwest Minnesota State University $34,825
  • Winona State University $108,400

Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $350 to $1,100 during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Charles Alliss was one of the first employees of 3M Company and eventually was named general superintendent of factory administration responsible for all 3M manufacturing. He and his wife Ellora created the foundation to provide opportunities for Minnesota’s young people to attend college. Since 1962, the foundation has distributed more than $100 million in scholarships to thousands of Minnesota students.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system includes 24 two-year community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving more than 430,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system of its kind in the United States.

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