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Frequently Asked Questions
Students of color who graduate from a Minnesota high school and will be attending an accredited Minnesota post-secondary school at full-time enrollment are eligible to apply.
Any accredited post-secondary educational institution in Minnesota, including state and private four-year universities, two-year community and technical colleges, and vocational schools.
Page Grants range from $1,000 to $2,500 per student annually. Grant amounts vary based on the type of post-secondary educational institution applicant attends. Some colleges provide matching funds. Check with your college to see if matching funds are available for you.
Payments are issued directly to the school in two installments (first half in the fall semester/second half in the spring semester). They are contingent upon submission of required forms and verification of full-time status enrollment.
Page Grants are given for one year at a time and are renewable. Students must reapply each year by May 1st.
Not all applicants will be selected as recipients. Selection priority is given to returning applicants who are renewing their grants, graduating high school seniors, and then all other applicants. New applicants are selected based on the quality of their essay, proposed Service to Children Project, and letters of recommendation. Returning applicants are selected based on their essay, a successful completion of required 50 hours of volunteer service, and progress in studies (i.e., ability to maintain full-time status).
Page Scholars may select their projects from a list of community organizations in Minnesota that past Page Scholars have volunteered with or select their own site that fulfills the following criteria:
- Volunteer project is based in Minnesota
- Volunteer project involves children in K–8th grade
- Volunteer project serves an academic purpose
- Volunteer project is completed during the year recipients are awarded the grant
The Foundation staff will provide you with an orientation to answer questions Page Scholars may have about service projects, a Community Partners Handbook, and a weekly email to Page Scholars containing information of current community organizations seeking volunteers. Ultimately students must take the initiative in selecting their organization and volunteer program and are held accountable for completing the 50 hours.
We encourage all Page Scholars to complete their Service to Children Project in the summer time. The Page Education Foundation follows the academic calendar and therefore students looking to volunteer in the summer must volunteer the summer prior to May 1 of the ensuing year.
For example: If awarded the grant for the 2015-2016 academic year, students must volunteer the summer of 2015 and NOT the summer of 2016. All volunteer hours must be completed by May 1, 2016 if you wish to renew your Page Grant again for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Students are notified in mid-June of their application’s status and will be contacted through the email address provided to us on the grant application. Students selected to be Page Scholars are invited to attend the Page Scholar Award Ceremony in late June and an Orientation in early August.
A postmark is an official mark stamped on a letter or other postal package giving the place, date and time of posting. It informs the Foundation of when you dropped your mail off at the post office. You do not do postmarks, the post office does. As long as your grant application has May 1 stamped on the front of the envelope by the post office, we will accept your grant application.
The Foundation does not track or notify applicants when application packets or documents are received. Applicants are encouraged to use the checklist provided (on page three of the Page Grant application and to pay for certified mail with tracking through postal services if receipt of delivery is a concern of theirs. Students will be notified of their application’s status in mid-June.
Our Page Grant online platform is through SurveyMonkey Apply and hosted with iWeb (an Internap company). SurveyMonkey is committed to upholding the highest levels of privacy and security on your behalf. Thousands of organizations worldwide trust SurveyMonkey to safeguard their data. iWeb’s enterprise-class data center connects our site to the world with redundant, multi-gigabit Internet links. Biometric access controls, constant surveillance, redundant power feeds and generators, fire suppression, and monitored climate control protect the data center physically. Intrusion prevention, anti-virus, and anti-malware tools safeguard the network and servers. Application firewalls and a reverse proxy provide added control. Their dedicated information security team also conducts weekly vulnerability scans to ensure timely system patching.
When you enter data and upload documents through our grant portal, the data and documents collected from you is not accessible to anyone other than the Page Education Foundation staff members and our team. SurveyMonkey encrypt data in backups and their database using 256-bit AES, and in transmission using TLS 1.2 with 2048-bit keys.
SurveyMonkey never store passwords in clear-text and require user passwords to meet specific length and complexity requirements. Single sign-on (SSO) simplifies logging in and streamlines account management. SurveyMonkey enable user federation via SAML 2.0, CAS, OAuth2, and their API.
SurveyMonkey employees have access to online grant sites, such as ours, through clearly defined roles and responsibilities. They update access controls on new hire, role change, or termination. Background checks on new members of staff are also performed as permitted by law.
If you have additional concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us at 612-332-0406.