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  1. New Carlson Centennial Scholars Program benefits women and underrepresented students

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    The University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management has established a new $50 million scholarship fund that will provide increased support for women and underrepresented students, creating about $2.25 million in scholarships annually.

    Named in honor of the school’s centennial, the Carlson Centennial Scholars Program will award recurring, renewable scholarships to at least 75 students each year. Eligible students will be selected by the Carlson School based on a variety of factors, including academic merit, diversity and financial need. Students in the Centennial Scholars Program will also receive specialized programming and a stipend to help cover the cost of the Carlson School’s study-abroad requirement.

    The relationship between the Carlson Family Foundation and the University of Minnesota has spanned four generations of the Carlson family, and we remain committed to our belief that the success of the University is closely intertwined with the success of all Minnesotans. The Carlson Family Foundation is proud to support the Centennial Scholars Program, which will carry forward our mission of elevating the University and providing opportunities for its best and brightest students.

    Learn more about the Carlson Centennial Scholars Program.

  2. New park projects reconnect North Minneapolis Community to the riverfront

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    The Minneapolis Parks Foundation and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board recently announced the completion of the 26th Avenue North Overlook in North Minneapolis, the first new riverfront park space in the area since 2007. The Overlook is just one of a series of upcoming park projects aimed at reconnecting north and northeast Minneapolis communities to the Mississippi River through increased green space and riverfront access.

    North Minneapolis has been cut off from the riverfront ever since the construction of Interstate 94 in the 1970s. The 26th Avenue North Overlook marks the first step toward changing this. Located on the waterfront in the Hawthorne neighborhood, the Overlook is an oval platform built around a 35-foot light pole or beacon that can be lit up in multiple colors. A steel railing surrounds the platform, featuring an original design by youth artists and Environmental Design Studio apprentices from local arts center Juxtaposition Arts.

    Next up on the list of planned park projects in the area are the Water Works redevelopment of Mill Ruins Park and a trail connecting the Overlook to Ole Olson Park and to the park space included in the Upper Harbor Terminal redevelopment.

    The Carlson Family Foundation is proud to be one of many organizations funding this series of park projects, which underscore our commitment to encouraging and supporting the vibrancy of our Twin Cities communities.

    Learn more about the Overlook and upcoming park projects in North Minneapolis.

  3. Investigating sexual exploitation among Minnesota high school students

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    Every three years, the University of Minnesota conducts the Minnesota Student Survey, a statewide survey of high school students meant to help us better understand youth behaviors. In addition to questions about positive youth behaviors, such as connection to family, school and community, the survey includes questions about risk-taking behaviors, such as the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

    Associate Professor Lauren Martin answering questions about the survey results.

    For the first time in 2019, with the support of the Carlson Family Foundation, the Minnesota Student Survey asked about sexual exploitation and found that 1.4% of survey respondents had traded sex for money, food, drugs, a place to stay or something else.

    As a next step, the Foundation is funding the Minnesota Youth Sex Trading (MYST) project through the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. This research project will help providers better understand and serve LGBTQ+ youth, cisgender boys and other critical populations who engage in transactional sex. By exploring risk and protective factors and incorporating youth voices, the project will help researchers identify new strategies to promote wellness and prevent sex trading.

    Learn more about this groundbreaking study.