A Tradition of Educational Promise
Winston R. Wallin strongly believed in the promise of education to transform lives and communities. He and his wife Maxine were both from families of modest means and both received college scholarships. Mr. Wallin may not have been able to attend the University of Minnesota if not for the GI Bill—the largest scholarship program in the history of our country. Mrs. Wallin attended Macalester College and the University of Minnesota.
In the years that followed, Mr. Wallin worked his way up to the presidency of Pillsbury and later led Medtronic through a period of remarkable growth as its CEO. Mrs. Wallin became a librarian at the University of Minnesota and a medical research librarian while the family lived in Utah. Both also became engaged civic leaders.
In 1992, the Wallins started a scholarship program at South High School in Minneapolis to provide “promising futures” for highly capable students from low- and moderate-income families. Recognizing a broader need, the Wallins later extended their program to graduates from Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Anoka-Hennepin, and several other north metro public high schools.
Referring to the program as his most important legacy, Mr. Wallin made generous provisions prior to his death in 2010 to ensure its further growth and success. The Wallin family strongly affirms its intention to make the legacy a lasting one. Wallin Education Partners is currently embarking on an ambitious plan envisioned by Mr. Wallin to expand the number of donor partners, scholarships, and participating high schools.