In 1988, as he was being inducted into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame, Alan Page--Minnesota's first African-American Supreme Court Justice--had an inspiration which launched the Page Education Foundation: Invite promising students of color to continue their education, ask them to mentor young children of color, and they will accept.
For over thirty years, we have encouraged 7,000 Minnesota students of color to pursue their dreams of post-secondary education by providing them with $15 million in grants. In turn, these exceptional young people have given 471,145 service hours to positively influence 48,146 younger students' futures in 325 community organizations and schools across Minnesota. Overall, 63% of Page Scholars will graduate from their respective program in 5 years or less.
In 2016, the Page Education Foundation received the Minnesota Council of Nonprofit's Anti-Racism Award. Our organization's model was also praised by former President Bill Clinton as the best example of passing on a gift. In his book, Giving, he shares "The Page Education Foundation is as dedicated and hard-nosed as its founder's approach to football and the court. Students don't "take the money and run". As Page Scholars, they are required to return to their communities and mentor younger children on the importance of education. Alan Page doesn't just want to help people; he wants to empower them to help themselves."
Our mission is to create heroes through education and service by encouraging Minnesota's students of color to pursue post-secondary education. We accomplish this by granting financial assistance to students of color (African American, American Indian, Asian American and Hispanic/Latino) in higher education and by fostering positive attitudes toward literacy and learning among younger school-age children of color through community service. Through our work, we promote their educational success, personal responsibility, and untapped potential to become vital contributors in their communities. Our vision is to close the academic racial achievement gap in education.