Applications open for Family Pathways Scholarship

Established in 2020, the Family Pathways Scholarship seeks to amplify the voices of Black students through the possibilities of education.


North Branch — Applications are now open for the Family Pathways Scholarship for 2022.

Established in 2020, the Family Pathways Scholarship seeks to amplify the voices of Black students through the possibilities of education, according to a news release.

Inspired by national conversations on race and inclusion, as well as Family Pathways’ mission to affect positive social change, a local couple sought Family Pathways’ partnership in the Fall 2020 with a desire to fund a scholarship program for Black students living in east central Minnesota and western Wisconsin, the news release said.

Four students were awarded scholarships of $2,000 each in 2021, according to the news release.

The scholarship is open to Black and African American students who live or attend school in the Family Pathways service area (Chisago, Pine, Mille Lacs, Carlton, Isanti and Kanabec counties in Minnesota and the City of Forest Lake; as well as Polk County in Wisconsin). Applicants must be currently enrolled or will be enrolling in their first year of post-secondary school for the upcoming academic year, the news release said.


To apply, students must submit an application online at or by mail to the Family Pathways office in North Branch, the news release said. The application is meant to be as inclusive as possible, including an option to submit a video personal statement rather than a written one. The scholarship award decision will be made based on the personal statement and financial need.

Applications are open now and due April 15. The winner will be announced by May 1. For more information or to apply, visit or contact Jennifer Baker at .

This scholarship is funded entirely by private donations. To make a donation to the scholarship fund, go to and designate the donation for the Family Pathways Scholarship. Any non-designated donations or general donations to Family Pathways continue to fund our other essential programs and services.

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