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Mary J. Page Community-University Partnerships Fund

Mary J. Page

Mary J. Page (1934-2013) was a voice for rural Minnesota. As a commissioner for Renville County and Mayor of Olivia in southwest Minnesota, as a Regent for the University of Minnesota, and in many dozens of other leadership roles in the community and in the state, she carried the concerns of outside-the-metro Minnesota to important policy making circles.

Mary helped to create, and then served on, the founding board of the West Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (WCRSDP) from 1999-2007, and gave statewide leadership to the Partnerships until 2009. Mary provided foundational ideals that formed the citizen-driven aspects of RSDP and left a lasting imprint on the program.

Members of the Page family have founded this endowment and have pledged additional matching support for gifts to honor Mary's commitment to rural communities and RSDP.

The fund supports University of Minnesota students working on community-based sustainability projects in Greater Minnesota. Funding for students is administered through the U of M's Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. Greater Minnesota communities and organizations can find information on applying to have a student work on their project at Deadlines are March 15 for Summer Semester assistance, June 30 for Fall Semester assistance, and October 30 for Spring Semester assistance. U of M students apply for CAP projects through the U of M Employment website. In the Spring of 2015, the fund's first grant was used for research in commercializing hazelnuts, an environmentally friendly and potentially high value crop for Minnesota farmers. For summer 2015, the fund is supporting Greater Minnesota Rising , a project to help attract and retain young professionals in 14 Central and Western counties.

On May 21, 2014, RSDP, Extension and the Page family held a kickoff for the fund. View a video from the event.

We remain close to reaching a challenge grant provided by Mary's daughter, Marcia Page! Your contribution can help us to reach that challenge.

Donate to the Mary J. Page Fund

RSDP connects communities with the resources of the University of Minnesota to drive sustainability in Greater Minnesota, and is part of University of Minnesota Extension.

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