The Page Education Foundation has been closely monitoring COVID-19. We are following recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and local government to decrease the risk of exposure to the virus. Our goal is to keep our Page Scholars, staff, and supporters safe and healthy.
In keeping with those recommendations, we are taking the following steps:
- Effective March 23, 2020, all our staff will be working from home or other remote locations. We will make decisions on when to reopen our office based on the guidance of organizations listed above and our local government.
- Like everybody else, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the lives of Page Scholars upside down. That fact notwithstanding, their educational journey has never been more important. As colleges and universities transition their classrooms online, not all students have equal access to a computer and laptop from home. This digital divide affects an overwhelming number of students from low-income families and students of color. These students make up a large portion of our class of Page Scholars. In partnership with ECMC Foundation and Best Buy we are providing free laptops to our Page Scholars who have the greatest technology need during this crisis.
- We are reducing the number of service hours Page Scholars need in order to renew the Page Grant. Mandated school closures and social distancing has it made it challenging for our Scholars to complete their 50 hours of service to children by May 1, 2020. We are working with them this year and renewing their 2020 Page Grant by having them submit any total number of volunteer hours they have completed as of March 16, 2020 regardless of whether 50 hours have been met. Page Scholars also have access now to submit their Service to Children Evaluation forms electronically via an upload link on our website.
- The 2020 Page Grant application is still open until May 1st for Minnesota students of color who are in need of financial support to help them cover the cost of their post-secondary education. The process to apply is simple and the application is available online! See the full eligibility list and submission requirements here at https://pagegrant.smapply.org.
We are postponing the 2020 Justice Alan Page Elimination of Bias CLE Seminar until the fall. We are currently working with our presenters and our venue to select a new date. Event sponsors will be updated via email.
Help us continue our commitment to Minnesota’s youth and future leaders by doing the following:
- Maintain your event 2020 sponsorship of the Justice Alan Page Elimination of Bias CLE Seminar, Doggie Walk, and All Star Gala, or convert your sponsorship or ticket purchase into a charitable gift.
- Help us continue our commitment to creating hope through education and service. Make a donation today. Work around diversity and inclusion is as important now as it has ever been. In times of crisis, we must ensure that the voices of historically marginalized groups are not dulled. We cannot lose sight of the reality that inequities exist. Access to education and investing in Minnesota students of color is essential to our social and economic bounce back. With nearly half of Page Scholars pursuing studies in the medical field (20 percent) and in science and technology (28 percent), Page Scholars are the future doctors, nurses, scientists, and leaders we need. *Did you know that under the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act taxpayers are allowed an “above-the-line” deduction for charitable donations of up to $300. Click here to learn more.
- Share an inspirational note with our 2020 graduating class of Page Scholars. Many colleges and universities have cancelled their May commencement ceremonies due to the coronavirus. Our Scholars would appreciate any encouraging words of support from you. Share your note here.
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Please stay healthy and be safe.