Ini's passion is to become a nurse. Serena wants to work in law enforcement. Steve hopes to be an advocate with a degree in public administration. Jing's dream is to be a professor. Higher education shapes the destiny of thousands of college students each year. The Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship Program supports dreams like these.
The program honors Nellie Stone Johnson, a long-time board member of the Minnesota State University System. The endowment is a permanent reminder of Nellie's contributions to civil rights, human rights, and the rights of work force cultural diversity initiative focuses on the recruitment, retention and graduation of greater numbers of students of color. Evidence has shown that the success of minority students in completing college is in direct correlation to the financial assistance that is available. Scholarships also reduce students' dependence on loans and debt burden. The Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship Program's scholarship monies come from private sources, including alumni, labor unions, company foundations, friends and other supporters.
Scholarships ranging from $1,200 for part time to $2,500 for full time are given each year to students who enroll in two year, undergraduate or graduate programs.
As we look forward to our annual dinner, we wanted to give an update on potential dinner scenarios for March 2021. Currently, our dinner is scheduled for March 11, 2021. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our desire to keep supporters and students as safe as possible, it is unlikely the dinner will go on as planned. Instead, the board anticipates moving towards either having a tented event outside or rescheduling the event sometime between May-July 2021. As we move forward, we will let everyone know of the final decision.
Please give generously! Thank you.