Losing parents to untimely deaths in their youth, both Al and Cathy Annexstad experienced the power of mentoring as their communities and their families rallied around them in their formative years. Al was raised by a loving single mother who deeply appreciated how caring adults in her community reached out to Al and his siblings to help guide them on the right path in life. Likewise, Cathy benefited immensely from the encouragement and nurturing she received as a teenager from family, friends, and neighbors following the untimely death of her mother. Indeed, Al and Cathy gained a deep, personal understanding and appreciation for how caring adults can impact a young person’s life. Perhaps more importantly, they came to understand in a very personal way how a young person’s life can be impacted by hardship.
Sensing a special opportunity to help young people who have endured extraordinary challenges in life, Al and Cathy established the Annexstad Family Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to provide college scholarships to deserving young people who, in their words, have “bright minds, big dreams, and little means to make those dreams come true.”
The mission of the Leaders for Tomorrow scholarship program is to reach out to exceptionally bright and accomplished students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have overcome extraordinary hardship in their young lives and who have little or no means to pay for college. Partnering with some of the nation’s best colleges and universities, it is our belief that from this special group of students will one day come some of America’s outstanding leaders in their chosen fields.
The Annexstad family has created a lasting legacy that will significantly alter the lives of many young people.