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 from the project resource funding and a $6,000 senior-year scholarship contingent on the successful completion of the summer project.
The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation supports programs that provide solutions in the areas of self-sufficiency, family strengthening, health care, education, independent living for people with disabilities and the elderly, good relations among people of all races and religions, and art as a vehicle to address social issues. The Phillips Scholars Program perpetuates the legacy of service to others reflected in the lives of Jay and Rose Phillips. Fifty-nine Phillips Scholars have been selected since the program began.
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 continue.