PBYR Assists Service Member’s Family with College Planning

In July, 2018 Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon was able to track down valuable information for a family involved in college search.  There is a Department of Defense Yellow Ribbon Program for Colleges and significant cost savings are possible if families qualify for this program. This article discusses the program and the military family was appreciative that PBYR was able to promptly respond and help: https://www.military.com/education/gi-bill/the-yellow-ribbon-program-explained.html

The Yellow Ribbon program is designed to help students avoid up to 100% of their tuition.

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Money Smart Teen Essay Contest

The MN Council for Economic Education is hosting a Money Smart Teen Essay
Contest for youth in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area on disasters.
Participants are asked to  write a brief newspaper article describing the
potential devastating effects of a natural disaster on a family’s financial

Check out the essay information online:



Please share this opportunity across your networks.  The awards are fairly
substantial — $3000 first place scholarship & two $1000 runners up
scholarships. Deadline is approaching quickly – March 16.

Sara Croymans, MEd, AFC
Extension Educator & Extension Professor | extension.umn.edu
University of Minnesota Extension
Center for Family Development
46352 State Hwy. 329 Morris, MN 56267
croym001@umn.edu  | Office 320-589-1711 | Cell 320-226-6052

MDH Job and Grant Listings

Jobs and opportunities

Equity Coordinator Position open at the Minnesota Department of Human Services

Closing date February 26, 2018

The Equity Coordinator will provide guidance and support to division directors, managers, and staff in the Community Supports Administration (CSA) at the Minnesota Department of Human Services on equity-related issues and activities. This position will also be responsible for facilitating the CSA’s internal equity initiatives. With the support of the division directors, this person will coordinate with staff at all levels to assess equity and inclusion awareness/capacity, identify activities to build equity and inclusion, and implement those activities at all levels of the Administration. This position will work in partnership with the CSA Equity Committee to achieve alignment with the DHS Equity Policy. Equity is a key part of the CSA Strategic Plan and the Equity Coordinator will also play a role in supporting the work outlined in the Plan.

To learn more about this position and to apply please visit the State of Minnesota Job Posting site (Job ID # 19859)


Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP)

Deadline: March 15, 2018

Harold Amos was the first African-American to chair a department at Harvard Medical School. Honor his legacy and create yours.

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program believes the health care landscape requires diverse leadership. The program offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to increase the number of physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to increase the number of physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to:

  • Developing careers and achieving senior rank in academic medicine, dentistry, or nursing;
  • Fostering the development of succeeding classes of physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically disadvantaged backgrounds;
  • Improving the health of underserved populations; and/or
  • Working toward understanding and eliminating health disparities by achieving senior rank in academic medicine, dentistry, or nursing.

To learn more, please visit the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website.

Funding opportunities

Early Childhood Care and Education: Health Equity in Action Grant

Deadline April 10

Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation is offering the following grant opportunity: Early Childhood Care and Education: Health Equity in Action will provide grants of up to $100,000 each per year. Applicants can apply for one or two-year grants. A total of up to $1M will be available over two years.

Program details and eligibility criteria can be found in the funding guidelines.

Applications are due on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 4 p.m. Central Time, through the online application system.

To learn more visit the BCBS Foundation website

Nonprofit Capacity-Building Grants: Management Improvement Fund

No deadline

Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation and The Saint Paul Foundation have partnered to offer capacity-building grants to nonprofits across Minnesota through the Management Improvement Fund. Qualified nonprofits can apply for grants to support projects that strengthen organizations through strategic planning, program evaluation, governance, racial equity, financial planning and more. To learn more, visit the Saint Paul Foundation website.

Folds of Honor Scholarships

Folds of Honor Scholarships

WHO: Military Families
WHAT: Folds of Honor Scholarship Programs
WHEN: Open until March 31, 2017
WHERE: Folds of Honor website (see the attached document for more details)
WHY: Opportunity for military veteran-families to apply for scholarships opportunities
HOW: To apply, go to https://www.foldsofhonor.org/resources/scholarships/
Questions can be emailed to scholarships@foldsofhonor.org

FINAL FOH Impact Report 2016.pdf

Childrens Fund Application Checklist.pdf

Higher Education Application Checklist.pdf

Pain Free Patriots Program

pain-free-patriots-logo_dark-2-150x150Pain Free Patriots Program


What: Grant opportunity for Veterans dealing with chronic pain

Why: Pain Free Patriots changes lives by providing medical grants for elective treatment to help relieve chronic pain for military Veterans.

How: Contact our Veteran Advocate Chris Barber at 952-746-3174 or chris@painfreepatriots.org.

Website: Painfreepatriots.org

For more information on program: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2016/07/04/pain-free-patriots/ and see attached PDF flyer.


H&R Block Scholorship’s for Spouses and Wounded Warriors

H&R Block logoH&R Block, is offering scholarships for military spouses and Wounded Warriors to take the free income tax course. Registration is July through September, and classes beginning in September. Use coupon code C5A2B7. Please see the PDF’s below and for more information follow the link below or call the number:

www.hrblock.com/class or call 1-800-HRBLOCK (800-472-5625)

HRBlock Scholarship Flyer

HRBlock Information

Plymouth Lions Supports PBYR with a $4,000 Donation/Grant

Plymouth Lions logoIn June 2016, the Plymouth Lions continued their longstanding Support and Partnership with PBYR with a generous donation of $4,000.00. This money will assist service members, veterans and their families. This marks the fourth year in a row that the Plymouth Lions have financially supported PBYR.

** PBYR is very proud and appreciative of the Plymouth Lion’s continued support and trust!! We greatly appreciate all that they do to help make Plymouth the #1 city in the US!!


Wells Fargo Supports Veterans With $2 Million to Scholarship America

PBYR - wells fargo logoWells Fargo & Company has committed $2 million over the next four years to Scholarship America to develop and implement the Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program and the Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program. The needs-based scholarships and grants will help veterans and spouses of disabled veterans obtain education or training necessary to successfully integrate back into civilian life.

PBYR - scholarship america_logoScholarship America, the nation’s largest provider of post-secondary educational assistance programs, and Wells Fargo worked together on the application and selection process for the scholarship and emergency grants, using best practices of the highest quality post-secondary educational aid programs.

For additional information on the Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program you can visit http://www.scholarsapply.org/wellsfargoveterans .

.For additional information on the Wells Fargo Emergency Grant Program you can visit  http://www.scholarsapply.org/wellsfargoveteransemergency .