To provide college scholarships to deserving young people who, in our words, have “bright minds, big dreams, and little means to make those dreams come true.”
The Annexstads believe that true happiness comes when we share life’s bounty with those who need a helping hand. “Education,” Al says, “is the great equalizer. While there are no guarantees for any of us, a first rate education is the surest path to realizing the opportunities that life has to offer.”
The Annexstad Family Foundation was established in 2000 with the mission of providing college scholarships to deserving young people who have overcome challenging circumstances in their young lives. The scholarship programs focus on helping these students continue on paths to productive citizenship, something many would otherwise have a much more difficult time attaining.
In 2012, after supporting over 175 students over the course of 12 years, the Annexstad Family Foundation raised the bar significantly in their effort to position higher education as a catalyst for positive change. They launched the Leaders for Tomorrow national scholarship program as a forthright investment in the nation’s future. In the years ahead the program will represent the primary focus of the Foundation’s mission. In this latter effort the Annexstad Family Foundation has partnered with over 63 of our nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities to help exceptionally promising students from extraordinarily challenging backgrounds lay the foundation for careers of remarkable achievement and contribution to America.
To date, over 1,000 Annexstad scholars have received college scholarships that will help assure that they earn an undergraduate degree as free from debt as possible. And most notably, the Annexstad Family Foundation proudly points to a nearly 92 percent graduation rate among scholarship recipients, an extraordinary achievement when one considers that the overwhelming majority of Annexstad scholars are first generation college students. Today, Annexstad graduates are successfully pursuing careers in several critical fields, including medicine, business, science, engineering and law.