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Eagan Foundation awards $136,450 in scholarships to local graduating high school seniors

On April 19th the Eagan Foundation awarded scholarships to 116 outstanding Eagan-area graduating high school seniors. The recipients received their awards from Eagan’s Mayor Mike Maguire at a 7:00 pm ceremony and dessert social in the Eagan High School Commons.

This year’s $136,450 in scholarships pushes the Foundation well past $2 million in total giving since its inception in 1991. “Helping match the goodwill of Eagan donors with the sincere gratitude of worthy scholarship recipients is a great honor for our organization” says Executive Director Jamie Hopkins. Thanks to generous donors, the Foundation has come far since 1991, when it offered its first round of scholarships totaling $4,350. Sixty donors representing area businesses, school organizations, family foundations, and nonprofits make these scholarships possible.

Foundation Board Chair Barb Haagenstad comments that there was some initial anxiety regarding scholarship donations in light of the new tax laws and their potential impact on philanthropic giving. Some scholarship donors did withdraw this year, citing dip in donations to their organizations. The result was 2019 being the first year since 2011 for which the total amount of scholarship donations declined from the previous year. However, thanks to some donors increasing the size of their scholarships and three new donors, the dip was not as much as feared. This year also saw the largest scholarship in Eagan Foundation history – a $5,000 scholarship offered by the Northstar Youth Club to Morgan Hamernik in honor of her extraordinary community service. Thanks to these increases, the Eagan Foundation’s average scholarship was $1,176 – the highest average since inception.

Extra honor was placed this year on the Foundation’s four memorial scholarships: Carter Weber Memorial, Matt Thuente Memorial, Pat O’Keefe, and the Maggie Elliott “Living the Mission” Scholarship which honors EHS volleyball players that show a high level of community service. Hopkins continues, “as all scholarships are selected in a blind process, learning that EHS student Elise Elliott received the scholarship named in honor of her deceased older sister Maggie was an especially tender moment.”  The thirteen students receiving these scholarships will surely make the families of Pat, Matt, Maggie, and Carter proud. If you’re interested in starting a scholarship in honor of a loved one or to honor anyone special in your life, please reach out to jamie.hopkins@eaganfoundation.org or call 651-243-1198.

 See the names of recipients and donors here.

None of our good work happens without you. Here are 8 easy ways you can support the Eagan Foundation!

  • Donate to the Eagan Foundation here.
  • Purchase $20 Minnesota Vikings Pregame Tickets here for select games. $5 per ticket benefits the Eagan Foundation.
  • Purchase Twins Tickets here at select games for Eagan Foundation Night at Target Field! $4 per ticket benefits the Eagan Foundation.
  • Purchase Eagan Foundation Clothing at The Locker Room: Hundreds of kinds of clothing with the Foundation logo to choose from. They donate a percentage of the sales back to the Foundation. Learn more here.
  • Estate Planning The Foundation created a Legacy fund a few years ago, seeded with $50,000. We hope to grow it as an endowment so that the interest will fund grants and scholarships.  If you are planning your estate, please consider including the Foundation. Learn
  • more here.
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