Named Funds

Current Foundation Named Funds


Brad Board Award for Excellence in Elementary Education

Named for former Deephaven and Minnewashta principal Bradley G. Board, this monetary award for a Minnetonka elementary education teacher or professional staff is given every May.
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Nick Duff Multicultural Fund
This fund was established in 1997 by the Duff family after the death of Nick Duff, in recognition of Nick's career and deep commitment to multicultural studies. Nick was a social studies teacher at Minnetonka from 1947-1988 and served as a trustee of the Minnetonka Foundation from 1990-1995. The fund was initially established from memorials to Nick Duff and from an estate gift designated in Mr. Duff's will. The fund now benefits from contributions from his family and donors interested in advancing multicultural studies in Minnetonka.
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International Studies Fund
Established by an anonymous donor, this scholarship fund alleviates travel expenses for students in the International Studies Program (ISP) at Minnetonka High School with demonstrated financial need. Applications are approved by the International Studies faculty and awarded twice each school year, in advance of ISP trips abroad.
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Lovett Summer Writing Scholarship
Dr. Michael Lovett, former Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, was instrumental in planning and establishing The Writing Center at Minnetonka High School. This scholarship helps students pursue individual writing opportunities in the summer.

Minnetonka Alumni Association (MAA) Fine Arts Endowment Fund
The Minnetonka Alumni Association funds extraordinary opportunities for Minnetonka teachers and students in the visual, performing and literary arts. Implemented by the foundation's annual teacher grant process, funds are given every April.
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Navigators Fund
Established by the WD Radichel Foundation, this fund sponsors the testing and analysis of the grade 5 Navigator students (exceptionally gifted students with IQs of 140 and above) to provide a more detailed profile of the highly gifted learner. The goal is to continue meeting the needs of these high-performing students as they move into middle school.

Charlie Parnell Memorial Fund
Named for Charlie Parnell, a Minnetonka parent and volunteer who passed away at the untimely age of 40. Charlie's family established this memorial fund to honor a district teacher or staff person who touches the life of a special needs student in a positive way. This monetary award is given every May.
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Sundem Family Scholarship
The Sundem Family Scholarship Fund was established to honor the Minnetonka teachers of Gary Sundem, Gail Sundem Noller and Gwen Sundem Jansen. Gary Sundem was recognized as one of the Minnetonka Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners in 2015, which prompted the establishment of this scholarship fund. One college scholarship will be awarded each May to a Minnetonka High School senior.

Sundem Family Scholarship Winners
2017- Patrick Brady
2016- Mario Bertogliat

VANTAGE Scholarship Fund
This fund provides scholarships to students enrolled in the VANTAGE Advanced Professional Studies program at Minnetonka High School. Scholarships historically have been for graduating seniors to assist with college expenses or for students' summer entrepreneurship efforts.
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Youth Citizenship Endowment Fund
Established by retired superintendent Dr. Donald Draayer, this fund supports or creates opportunities for youth service, citizenship and leadership development. Implemented by the foundation's annual teacher grant process, funds are given every April.
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Minnetonka Public Schools Foundation



Establishing a Named Fund with the Foundation
The foundation is the fiscal agent for several named funds. Establishing a named fund, with a suggested initial investment of $5,000 or more, is personalized way to make a direct and lasting impact on Minnetonka schools.

Please contact Melissa Streit for information on how to establish a named fund with the Minnetonka Public Schools Foundation.

The foundation retains 10% of new named fund proceeds to cover fund administration and management. The named fund's purpose and grant making process require foundation board approval.