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Donor Highlight: Nielson Donates 10 Laptops to MMSEA

Each fall, we welcome new students to the Minds Matter Seattle Chapter (MMSEA) with open arms. Like other chapters, ours is built on the support of mentees, volunteers, and the greater Seattle community. Although the faces in our group evolve each school year, one thing about our community remains the same – the desire to…

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Minds Matter Students Receive Exciting News about Early Successes  

New York – NY – April 7, 2016 — Minds Matter students in chapters across the country have already received exciting news about scholarships and acceptances to competitive colleges and universities. Minds Matter students have received acceptance into some of our nation’s Most Competitive schools, as rated by Barron’s, including seven of eight Ivy League…

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Minds Matter Seattle to Graduate its First Class of Seniors

New York, NY – April 6, 2016 – This June, Minds Matter Seattle will graduate its first class of students, many of whom have already received acceptance letters to prestigious universities. One student has been accepted to Princeton University, securing a loan-free financial aid package. Other students have been accepted to New York University, UCLA,…

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Minds Matter Adds Thirteenth Chapter in Detroit

New York, NY – April 4, 2016 — Minds Matter, a national non-profit organization serving accomplished high school students from low-income families, approved the addition of a 13th chapter in Detroit, Michigan. The Detroit chapter will begin serving students in Fall 2016 and received a generous grant for seed funding from The Taubman Foundation. The…

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Minds Matter Washington D.C. Sends Students to Prestigious Summer Programs  

New York, NY – March 30, 2016 – Minds Matter Washington, D.C. is sending its first class of students to summer programs this year. Several students have already gained acceptance to prestigious programs at Harvard Medical School via the National Student Leadership Conference, Cornell and Carnegie Mellon. Minds Matter is an intensive three-year academic and…

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Minds Matter Interviewed for Nonprofit Voice

Minds Matter’s Executive Director Ellen Magnis spoke with 103.9’s The Nonprofit Voice about Minds Matter and her own experiences as a first-generation college graduate. We were honored for the opportunity to highlight the important work that Minds Matter is doing to serve accomplished students from low-income families. Click to listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of…

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Huffington Post: Grow, Grow

This piece was written by Executive Director Ellen Magnis for Huffington Post During this season of gratitude, I have been thinking about those who have helped shape my life in significant ways. I have had the benefit of many wise teachers. When I think back to my teenage years to some of my earliest mentors,…

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Huffington Post: Opportunity Doesn’t Knock for All

This piece was written by Executive Director Ellen Magnis for Huffington Post My son, Nick, is a college freshman, and he is embracing this opportunity with gusto. He, like so many young adults, is thoughtful, open to ideas and cares deeply about making a difference in the world. The norm and expectation established early in…

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Ellen Magnis Joins Minds Matter as New Executive Director

New York, NY – September 1, 2015 — Ellen Magnis will take the helm at Minds Matter as the organization’s new Executive Director in the national office beginning in late September 2015. Magnis joins Minds Matter after an almost eight year tenure at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC). Magnis, who was second in charge…

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