Spencer Stoltz, the 2015 Harris Scholarship winner.

Spencer Stoltz, the 2015 Harris Scholarship winner.

High school seniors from Eden Prairie who have promoted human rights and fostered diversity and an inclusive community spirit are invited to apply for the 2016 Dr. Jean L. Harris Scholarship Award.

Presented by the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, the Harris Scholarship is named in honor of Dr. Jean Harris, Eden Prairie mayor from 1996-2001. She was Eden Prairie’s first female mayor and first African-American mayor, and one of her many accomplishments while in office was community adoption of the Eden Prairie Manifesto, a statement of Eden Prairie’s dedication to upholding freedom, dignity, and security regardless of one’s religious affiliation, race, ethnic heritage, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, or economic status.

One high school graduating senior who resides in Eden Prairie and who plans to pursue post-secondary education will be selected to receive the $1,500 scholarship, which is to be used toward tuition or fees. Last year’s winner was Spencer Stoltz.

Applications submitted electronically are being accepted by the Eden Prairie Community Foundation until 4 p.m. on Feb. 19. The scholarship award will be announced at the organization’s “EP Gives” event on April 30.

The application is available for download on Scribd, and also can be found at the Career Resource Center at Eden Prairie High School.

Or, contact Mark Weber at the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, (952) 949-8499 or mweber@epcommunityfoundation.org.

The Eden Prairie Community Foundation has been changing lives and filling unmet needs in Eden Prairie for nearly 35 years, through its grant program and campaigns such as “EP Gives 10,000.”


You can still contribute to our GTMD campaign

You can still contributed to the Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s “Give to the Max Day” campaign.


Generous donors helped us collect the Leadership Challenge Match provided by the EPCF Board of Directors, but you can make our impact on Eden Prairie even greater by contributing to the Community Foundation through GiveMN. org.

You can also make a contribution through the “One-Time Donation” page on this website.

Thank-you for help the Eden Prairie Community Foundation change lives and fill unmet needs in EP.


Prairie Brewfest attendance is up

Prairie Brewfest, the craft-beer event for a community that doesn’t have its own brewery, was held Sept. 12, and the attendance was up nearly 25 percent.

Approximately 370 paying guests enjoyed sampling craft beer from 14 brewers. They also snacked on hamburgers donated by Culver’s, listened to music from Dave Lindahl and Wondercure, and played bean-bag toss while enjoying temperatures in the high 60s.

The Eden Prairie Community Foundation uses the proceeds from Prairie Brewfest for its programs and operation. The latest success allows the Community Foundation to continue to fulfill unmet needs in Eden Prairie, something it has been doing since 1981.

Our brewers this year were Bauhaus Brew Labs, Big Wood Brewery, Blue Moon Brewing Co., Brau Brothers Brewing Co., Crispin Hard Cider Company, Indeed Brewing Co., Lake Monster Brewing Company, Left Hand Brewing Company, Leinenkugel’s, LTD Brewing Co., Lucid Brewing, Mankato Brewery, Surly Brewing Co., and Third Street Brewhouse.

A big thank-you goes out to our sponsors for 2015 Prairie Brewfest: Kraus-Anderson Realty Company, Tavern 4 & 5, Star Bank – Eden Prairie, J.A. Price Agency, Grootwassink Real Estate, Liberty Property Trust, Xcel Energy, and Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq. In-kind sponsors in addition to Culver’s were Eden Prairie Liquor and SouthWest Transit.

David Lindahl chaired the event.


You can still donate to our Century Giving campaign

The Eden Prairie Community Foundation has begun its annual “Century Giving” campaign, a way to support the organization and its work without attending a gala social event.


This is a mid-year campaign the Community Foundation has held every year since 1997, and one that helps fund its broad range of work – not only the well-known annual granting program but also its work on a new Youth Initiative, its philanthropy through donor-advised and designated funds, its collaboration with other non-profits, and its work to provide community leadership.

The organization asks Eden Prairie households to consider sustaining EPCF’s work with a contribution of at least $100 – thus the reference to “century.” Other giving levels include Patron Givers ($1,000 to $4,999) and Benefactor Givers ($5,000 or more).

Those who have supported the Community Foundation in the past are receiving a newsletter and remittance envelope that can be used to mail a donation to EPCF. Donations can also be made online with a credit card, using this website. Go to our “Donation Page” and indicate you are making a Century Giving donation.


EPCF launches its youth initiative

Young people – and making them better citizens of the world – is a new priority of the Community Foundation. It has launched a “youth initiative,” and identified two early projects: long-term funding for the CounterAct program that police officers present to Eden Prairie fifth-graders, and PROP scholarship dollars so youth can participate in sports, theater, swimming lessons, and other after-school activities.

You can read about the Community Foundation’s youth initiatives and how they came to be in this Eden Prairie News story.

CounterAct and PROP’s after-school youth scholarships are existing and proven programs that need more funding support from the community. The Eden Prairie Community Foundation is rallying residents and businesses to meet this need, and fund these programs long-term so they continue to mold our young people.

You can help by using our “Donate” page on this website to make a contribution to this effort. Thank you!


The Eden Prairie Foundation Celebrates 34 Years of Giving in 2015.