Sandbulte Family Higher Education Endowment Fund

Sandbulte Family Higher Education Endowment Fund

The fund supports science, engineering and business programs and faculty at the College of St. Scholastica, the University of Minnesota Duluth and Lake Superior College.  

Robert D. Putnam and his book, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis,” has inspired and challenged the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. The foundation also has learned from children, youth and families in Duluth and Superior through community listening sessions as well as input from nonprofit leaders. As a result of this inspiration, challenge and learning, the Sandbulte Family Higher Education Endowment Fund is interested in proposals that address the growing Opportunity Gap, as defined by Putnam.

The following are representative but not exclusive examples of projects in science, engineering and business:

  • Greater linking of the worlds of work and education, with early exposure to work internships and apprenticeships
  • Making higher education institutions easier to navigate and from which to graduate
  • Creating programs to surround skill-building and education with family-like cultures of support that provide students with safety, respect and guidance
  • Creating smooth transitions between high school and higher education
  • Rethinking college or university programs to meet needs of inadequately prepared high school graduates

Major capital projects and athletic programs are not eligible for application.

To be eligible to apply for funding, an organization must be one of the following organizations:

  • The College of St. Scholastica
  • Lake Superior College
  • The University of Minnesota Duluth

Grant range
Grants generally range from $5,000 to $6,000


Application timeline

Spring 2024 Grant Cycle

  • Application available January 2, 2024 – March 1, 2024 at 5 pm
  • Grant begin date: June 1, or later.
  • If awarded, funds would be available in June. Notifications will be emailed at the end of May.