Hiawatha Academies received a significant gift of $300,000 from MN Comeback to support our growth. These funds will:

  • Equip new grade levels with furniture, materials and curriculum for third grade at Hiawatha Leadership Academy – Northrop and 10th grade at Hiawatha Collegiate High School (HCHS)
  • Help enroll 182 additional scholars above and beyond our current enrollment
  • Partially support our Network Support Team costs that cannot be covered by state and federal funding during our growth years
  • Aide in our recruitment of teachers and staff who will support two new grade levels

Government funding supports the daily operations of our schools, but it is not enough to open new schools and grade levels. Philanthropy is the driver of growth and expansion.

Our community and donors have taken notice of the academic results scholars have achieved. On this success, Ambar Cristina Hanson, senior director of community engagement, credits “high expectations, rigor and relevance, expanded learning time, and a keen focus on results and accountability.”

In the coming years, Hiawatha Academies will grow from four campuses to five and will serve more than 2,200 scholars.

MN Comeback’s gift to Hiawatha is part of a series of grants aimed at strengthening education across school sectors: district, charter and independent. Learn more on the MN Comeback website.