The Charles & Ellora Alliss Educational Foundation has awarded a grant in the amount of over $668,000 to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to provide need-based scholarships to students at the seven MnSCU state universities.
Winona State University received $108,400. Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $350 to $1,100 during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Charles Alliss was one of the first employees of 3M Company and eventually was named general superintendent of factory administration responsible for all 3M manufacturing. He and his wife Ellora created the foundation to provide opportunities for Minnesota's young people to attend college.
Since 1962, the foundation has distributed more than $100 million in scholarships to thousands of Minnesota students.