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Hennepin-University Partnership Receives W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award

April 21, 2016
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By Colin Calvert

The Hennepin-University Partnership was one of four university programs to receive the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award this year.

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC), with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, came together to recognize the collaborative work of four-year public universities and communities. The Community-University Engagement Awards Program recognizes colleges and universities that have designed their learning and engagement missions to be more involved with their communities. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Awards are given to the winner of each of four regional competitions and are presented annually.

The Hennepin-University Partnership was recognized for its work in supporting increased collaboration between the University of Minnesota and Hennepin County. The resulting collaborations have generated support for research at the University, connected faculty with Hennepin County staff to work on real-world problems, and given students the opportunity for hands-on experience through internships and capstone projects.

“The Hennepin-University Partnership is worthy of recognition because this innovation in connecting local government and academia creates a model that can be employed by other jurisdictions across the country.  The HUP not only facilitates effective public policy making, but has also been highly productive to date. With more than 144 connections initiated under the umbrella of the Partnership, the value to the larger community is evident and the HUP will continue to be an invaluable resource for both institutions,” said Jan Callison, Hennepin County commissioner.

Congratulations to the Hennepin-University Partnership on receiving this important award on behalf of the University of Minnesota.

Colin Calvert is graduate assistant with Hennepin-University Partnership and a Masters of Public Health candidate in Community Health Promotion at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.