Scholarship month in Coon Rapids

Mayor Tim Howe has proclaimed April community scholarship month and encouraged businesses, institutions, organizations and residents to support the Coon Rapids Community Scholarship Association’s (CRCSA) annual fund drive to provide scholarships to graduating Coon Rapids High School seniors.

Mayor Tim Howe (left) reads a proclamation declaring April as community scholarship month in Coon Rapids. Receiving the proclamation was Nick Braschayko, a member of the Coon Rapids Community Scholarship Association Board of Directors.

Mayor Tim Howe (left) reads a proclamation declaring April as community scholarship month in Coon Rapids. Receiving the proclamation was Nick Braschayko, a member of the Coon Rapids Community Scholarship Association Board of Directors.

“I encourage people in the area, not just in Coon Rapids, to consider scholarship donations to CRCSA,” Howe said as he presented the proclamation to Nick Braschayko, CRCSA representative.

According to the proclamation, the CRHS class of 2012 was presented with 140 scholarships totaling $136,800 and since it was formed in 1966, the CRCSA has presented $2,960,730 in scholarship dollars to 4,829 students.

The CRCSA will exceed the $3 million mark in scholarship fund-raising this year, Braschayko said.

But while 140 students were awarded scholarships last year, there have been 189 applications this year, he said.

“Our need is even greater,” said Braschayko, who was wearing a T-shirt from a Coon Rapids Middle School program titled “Mission Possible.”

“Any help that can be given will be much appreciated.”

Scholarships are awarded to students who will be attending four- or two-year colleges, according to Braschayko.

Donations are tax deductible, he said.

To donate or for more information, contact Braschayko at 763-427-3036, Bruce Frank at 763-755-5550 or Howard Helgen at 763-717-4811.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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