In 31 years, 7,000 Page Scholars
$15 million in Page Grants
Page Scholars from 128 different MN High Schools
Page Scholars attending over 104 colleges and universities Statewide
325 schools and community sites impacted across Minnesota
48,146 children mentored by Page Scholars since 1988
471,145 service hours performed by Page Scholars since 1988
30 years of Creating Heroes Through Education and Service
It is an honor to have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. But as I have said on a number of occasions in the past, I’m never quite sure that I am worthy of such recognition.
When I look at the list of the Medal’s previous recipients, I ask myself, how did my name come to be included with icons of the civil rights movement like Rosa Parks or people like Dr. Robert Coles who spent his life documenting the effects of poverty on children? I conclude the honor is not really about me.
It is about the things that Diane and I have believed in and fought for during our lives. It is about creating educational opportunity for all children. It is about trying to create equal justice under law, a promise that we, as a nation have not always kept.
It is about trying to be people of good character: being honest, telling the truth, saying what we mean and meaning what we say, treating others with respect and respecting ourselves all while trying to figure out the difference between right and wrong and then doing what is right.
It is about understanding that truth and honesty are inextricably intertwined with trust and that without trust we, as a people, have nothing.
It is about trying to fight invidious discrimination in all of its forms and treating people fairly, without regard to their immutable characteristics. It is about creating hope and opportunity for a better tomorrow for everyone.
It is also about leading an intentional life.
Diane Sims Page, our beloved co-founder, mentor and friend, passed away September 29, 2018. Diane worked tirelessly for more than three decades to create hope and opportunity for students of color. To honor her visionary leadership, we have established the Diane Page Legacy Fund at the Page Education Foundation. Contributions to the fund will ensure that the Foundation can continue its deep commitment to helping Minnesota youth of color pursue post-secondary education. Make a donation today!
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