Award Scholarships

The Foundation honors the work of a former Eden Prairie mayor, Dr. Jean Harris, with a scholarship based on students' dedication to the principles of human rights, diversity, and inclusion.

Scholarship is a Nod to Human Rights, Diversity, Inclusion

Caroline Frischmon accepts the 2016 Dr. Jean L. Harris Scholarship.

Caroline Frischmon accepts the 2016 Dr. Jean L. Harris Scholarship.

Sending Eden Prairie youth out into the world with a strong foundation in human rights, diversity, and inclusion is an admirable goal. The Eden Prairie Community Foundation works to accomplish that goal through the Dr. Jean L. Harris Scholarship.

This scholarship — awarded annually to a high school senior in Eden Prairie who has promoted human rights, diversity, and an inclusive community spirit — is named in honor of Dr. Jean Harris, the mayor of Eden Prairie from 1996 to 2001.

Harris 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. This is 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.

Scholarship Criteria

One high school graduating senior who resides in Eden Prairie and who plans to pursue post-secondary education is selected annually by the Foundation’s Grant Committee to receive the $1,500 scholarship, which is to be used toward tuition or fees. The 2014 winner was Sienna Ramos, the 2015 winner was Spencer Stoltz, and the 2016 winner was Caroline Frischmon.

Application Process

Applications are typically taken starting in December, and until about the third week in February. The award is made at the Foundation’s spring gala, EP Gives. For more information, contact Executive Director Mark Weber at or call (952) 949-8499.

Or, review the latest scholarship application:

Application for 2017 Dr. Jean L. Harris Scholarship (PDF)

“The Jean Harris Scholarship helped make MIT more affordable for me and my family. Because of this scholarship, I was able to focus on academics, activities, and settling into college without needing to get a job during my first semester. Thank you, Eden Prairie Community Foundation!” – Sienna Ramos, EPHS, class of 2014, MIT, class of 2018


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Eden Prairie Community Foundation

OUR MISSION: Enriching our community through philanthropy, collaboration and leadership.

OUR VISION: Enhancing the quality of life for all who live and work in our community.


Eden Prairie Community
8080 Mitchell Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

(952) 949-8499


Eden Prairie Community Foundation