St. Paul, MN – Wallin Education Partners surprised 30 students from four high schools with the news that they had been awarded a Wallin Scholarship!
Today, Wallin is announcing its largest class ever, with 361 four-year scholars from 70+ high schools and over $8 million in support.
Each scholar will receive up to $16,000 over four years, advising, and access to support.
The surprises took place in Blaine High School, Johnson High School, Owatonna High School, and Richfield High School.
88% of this year’s class are students of color, 74% are first-generation, and 100% have demonstrated financial need.
“Each student motivates and inspires us. Our scholars are creating a more equitable Minnesota, one that we desire and that they deserve,” said Susan Basil King, EdD, President & CEO of Wallin Education Partners.
To see the full surprise video or to meet our newest Wallin Scholars, please visit www.wallinscholars.org.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It is with gratitude for the opportunity to lead that I am announcing my departure from Wallin Education Partners this fall.
I joined Wallin in the summer of 2013 and over the past decade I have been privileged to lead a wonderful organization through a time of challenge and opportunity. Our community of scholars, trustees, donors, and staff came together to create opportunities for students from low-income backgrounds to succeed in college. This has been an amazing and rewarding experience for all of us. My own efforts have been enhanced by the talent that surrounds me and I am grateful to many who helped me be an effective leader.
The need for our program that focuses on student success and equity in our community has never been more important, and Wallin Education Partners is ready to expand its impact. We are excited about our goal to double the number of students we serve and create a truly exceptional experience that each and every scholar deserves. The board of trustees has hired the firm of Cohen Taylor to assist in the search for the next leader for Wallin. The process will begin this month and I am confident that Wallin Education Partners future is very, very bright.
Finally, thank you for your support, advocacy and friendship – I have wonderful memories that I will cherish for a lifetime.
Susan Basil King, EdD
President & CEO
“As I reflect on Susan’s leadership, we are incredibly grateful for what she has achieved. Susan’s steady and innovative leadership during the past ten years has positioned Wallin for even greater success in the future. In 2013 Wallin awarded scholarships to 117 students, this year we will award scholarships to over 515. The continued graduation rates of four-year scholars (90%) make Wallin one of the most effective scholarships in the country. Collaborating with key donors, Susan directed the expansion of programs in Austin, Granite Falls, and Owatonna. She created new pathways to meet the needs of students and employers including community college students, career specific scholarships in health care and construction, and a new initiative to create a pipeline for students attending HBCUs. On behalf of our Wallin trustees, staff and our entire community, thank you, Susan for your remarkable leadership, and the tremendous, long-lasting impact you have had on our community.”
Chair, Board of Trustee
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – (Mar. 15, 2023) HealthPartners and Wallin Education Partners today announced the launch of the HealthPartners Pathway, a college-to-career scholarship that provides students with financial aid, ongoing support and a path to a full-time job.
The HealthPartners Pathway is designed to serve high school seniors pursuing a two-year degree from a partner college who intend to seek a full-time position with HealthPartners upon graduation. Twenty HealthPartners Scholars will receive up to $6,000 over two years in financial aid, individualized advising and expanded access to career experiences. Students have the opportunity to work part-time at HealthPartners while in college and receive a full-time paid internship.
“HealthPartners and Wallin Education Partners are teaming for this innovative and career-focused path that supports an incredible pool of talented young adults and showcases careers in health care,” Toweya Brown-Ochs, the HealthPartners director of diversity, equity and inclusion, said. “This is a great opportunity for students interested in health care and as organizations find new ways to address workforce shortages.”
Students must graduate from a Twin Cities partner high school with a minimum 2.0 grade-point average, demonstrate financial need, plan to start college full time in fall 2023 with a degree in the health care field and be interested in working at HealthPartners.
“We are very excited to partner with a great organization like HealthPartners to create a unique scholarship to meet the growing and urgent need for skilled, diverse individuals who will enter careers in health care,” Susan Basil King, EdD, president and CEO of Wallin Education Partners, said. “We are confident that this unique scholarship, with essential support and early access to potential employment, will be transformative for HealthPartners, students and our community.”