Ciresi Walburn Foundation for Children Scholarship
The Ciresi Walburn Foundation for Children Scholarship is a two-year leadership development program for African-American men that involves career experiences, financial support and mentoring that will help the selected young men graduate ready to launch their post-baccalaureate careers. Twelve men enrolled at Augsburg University and St. Thomas University are Ciresi Walburn Scholars during their junior and senior years, from the summer of 2018 until they graduate in 2020.
Managed by the Minnesota Private College Fund, the program starts off with a 12-week leadership class that concludes with presentations of research findings for nonprofit clients they supported. Over the next two years their experiences include a paid summer internship, a retreat, a trip to a national leadership conference, regular cohort meetings, a writing course and networking sessions with prominent African-American businessmen. The program is facilitated by Dr. Abdul Omari, a local consultant and expert in leadership and mentoring.
“Our board feels strongly that a highly educated and inclusive workforce is essential to ensure Minnesota remains competitive globally,” said Michael V. Ciresi, president and chairman of the Ciresi Walburn Foundation for Children. “We were impressed by the Fund’s approach and decided to invest in their efforts to ensure African-American men build relationships, thrive on campus and have access to academic and career resources.”
The Ciresi Walburn Foundation for Children funded the new program with a $361,000 gift over two years.
The program is managed by the Minnesota Private College Fund. For more information contact Carolyn Jones, development director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-228-9061.