Dear ABF Community,
Our spring grants are out! On May 11, we had the pleasure of telling 140 girls across Minnesota that they received an Ann Bancroft Foundation Grant. These grantees come from 24 counties and represent every grade from Kindergarten to 12th. The plans for each grant are as unique, exciting, and wide-ranging as the grantees themselves. From basketball to publishing, from STEM to dance, from travel to language learning, the activities range over 19 categories.
Every grantee has a unique and amazing story. 18-year-old Cloie wants to use her grant to make a cookbook. She is a baker and entrepreneur, selling her creations at a local farmers market since age 14. Cloie plans to name her cookbook "Gather: The Foods that Made Me." In her own words, she wants to "share my story of how my family's love for food and gathering around tables planted a seed dream that was watered and nourished with dedication, commitment, and hard work.
33% of this cycle's grantees come from Greater MN, outside of the 6-county metro area. One of these recipients is 16-year-old Jorja from Rochester. With her grant, Jorja plans to fund her program Youth In Law, which connects high school students with mentors at the Olmsted County Government Center. Jorja says "I want to ensure that all communities have access to mentorship and hands-on experiences in public service careers, which are often only accessible through personal connections." She has dreamed of being a lawyer since childhood and wants others to experience the mentorship that helped her nurture those dreams.
Congratulations to every one of the talented, inspiring Spring 2023 grant recipients. We at ABF are so excited to see what you dream of next.