Britney Gandhi, Colfax, ND

Community-raised scholarships totaling $4.3 million

May 12, 2020 |

The I Am A Rural Teacher campaign is dedicated to sharing the voices & perspectives of America's rural teachers! Read below as North Dakota superintendent, Britney Gandhi, explains how the people of her community support the students.

I am the superintendent and Jr/Sr HS principal for Richland #44 School District in Colfax, North Dakota. We have 275 students in our district, PK-12. It is a wonderful place with an incredible amount of community support.

This level of community support was highlighted this week. We announced yesterday - April 24, 2020 - to our senior class (via Zoom) that all Richland HS graduates will receive a $10,000 scholarship. An extremely generous donation of $4.3 million was made by the late Darrel Hendrickson, a local farmer without children of his own. Darrel died in 2016 and left this significant amount of money in his will for Richland HS student scholarships. Due to the amount of the scholarship, we will be able to provide $10,000 scholarships for the next 30 years!

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