What makes an organization successful? Many things – but it begins with clarity of purpose, shared commitment to mission and an understanding of the ways to continually improve. Wallin Education Partners began with the idea to improve the lives of students and our society. Now, in its 26th year, we maintain an unwavering commitment to scholar success.
To enable college and career success for high-potential Minnesota students with financial need through scholarships, comprehensive advising support, and data-informed collaboration with our educational, business, and philanthropic partners.
To create a diverse, ever expanding community of scholars and educated citizens with the skills, leadership, and dedication needed to build a stronger tomorrow. Our work is informed by the recognition of demographic changes in our society, the need for equity, and considerations of our future workforce.
Wallin Education Partners is a separate 501(c)(3) organization with many donors who support its work. Our history begins with the vision of one family. Win Wallin spent 39 years as an executive at Pillsbury and ten years as CEO of Medtronic. In 1992 Win and his wife Maxine identified the cost of college as a barrier to access and in response they developed a scholarship for promising, lower income students. Starting at South High School, the program has expanded to 52 Minnesota high schools.
Early on, Win and Maxine realized that financial aid alone was not achieving the results they envisioned so the organization developed a comprehensive array of persistence services to increase the impact of their philanthropy. As a result, graduation rates increased and have risen to over 90% in recent years, making Wallin Education Partners one of the most effective college completion programs in the country.
From the efforts of one family, Wallin Education Partners has grown to include individual, family, foundation, and corporate donors who appreciate the high return of their investment in scholars. The Wallin family continues to support scholars and is joined by 61 donor partners who share the mission to make college graduation a reality for many students in our community.