Phillips Scholars Program
Years supporting the Fund: 51
The Phillips Scholars Program supports potential leaders with outstanding academic credentials who intend to dedicate a portion of their lives to community service. Five competitively selected Phillips Scholars are eligible to receive a $6,000 junior-year scholarship, a $4,000 summer award to support the development and implementation of a self-designed service project to address unmet needs in Minnesota communities, $500 for the project resource funding and a $6,000 senior-year scholarship contingent on the successful completion of the summer project.
Since 2016, the Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota invests in the creative and strategic genius of the North Minneapolis community in the spaces of economic development and education. North Minneapolis is a community with a rich set of histories, a wealth of knowledge, a deep commitment to the health of its community, and an eagerness to build suitable and positive change. The Phillips Scholars Program perpetuates the legacy of service to others reflected in the lives of Jay and Rose Phillips. Since the program began, 147 Phillips Scholars have been selected .
Jay Phillips was a peddler's son who came to the United States when he was 2½ years old. As a child he made 50 cents to one dollar a day selling 1¢ papers. He would use part of his earnings to buy bread for the poor he saw on the streets. Jay Phillips went on to become a prominent Minnesota businessman and community leader. Jay and his wife Rose began a tradition of philanthropy that his family and The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota continue.