CSF surpasses $1 million for scholarship giving

Non-profit organization now in 39th year

Cliff Buchan
News Editor

One million bucks. That’s a lot of money.

But that’s the total that the non-profit Forest Lake Area Community Scholarship Foundation has raised and donated in forms of student scholarships since its founding in 1973.

With scholarship awards to be announced again this spring, it is projected to be another banner year, said CSF Board President Lee Sinna. “We’re going to be aggressive,” he said, announcing that the 2012 scholarship goal is $90,000.

In 2011, the CSF awarded $68,000 in scholarships to 130 students — 100 graduates from the 100th graduating class at Forest Lake High School and 30 former graduates who are still in college or some form of post-secondary education program.

The foundation exists solely on donations from individuals, community organizations, area businesses and foundations established by residents of the community. The CSF provides scholarship help to any students living within the boundaries of School District 831. They need not be students of the local high school.

The program also makes available grant dollars for any school district resident who wishes to improve his or her education and meets CSF qualification guidelines.

Heading into the 2012 funding year, CSF needed just under $20,000 in donations to reach the $1 million plateau for giving during its 39 years.

2012 Drives

In addition to its regular capital fund-raising drive, CSF is also planning other major fund-raising events. They include:

•The annual retail collection drive with the help of numerous area business which have placed jars and containers where donations of any amount can be made. The fund-drive kicks off on Wednesday, March 21 and will continue through Wednesday, April 11 at retail locations throughout the school district.

•A Wednesday, June 6 concert featuring the Glenn Miller Orchestra at Forest Lake High School. Ticket information will be announced soon.

•The annual Pat Cheyene CSF Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Forest Hills Golf Club. The date is new and later in the year.

Scholarship applications are due this month. CSF members will use April and May to process and review applications for determination of awards that will be announced at the annual Forest Lake High School activities Awards Night Program, Monday, June 4 in the high school auditorium.

Tax deductible contributions to the 2012 scholarship drive can be sent to CSF in care of First State Bank of Wyoming, P.O. Box 308, Wyoming, MN 55092.

More information about CSF can also be found on its newly designed web page at http://www.flacsf.org. The new page was made possible through a matching grant program offered by Wells Fargo.

For the first time, the CSF is able to receive online donations through a safe and secure web link that is found on the new page. Students applying for scholarships may also do so online for the first time.