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Contact Information

Mailing address:
CLC Foundation
501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401

Jana Shogren
Executive Director
Phone: 218-855-8129
Toll Free: 800-933-0346 ext. 8129

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Giving Opportunities

Thank you for your support of Central Lakes College students! From now until December 31st, we have three exciting ways for you to help build futures at CLC!


Scholarship & Program Funds
When you make a gift to our scholarship and program funds, you make a difference in the life of a student like Jennifer:

“I sincerely appreciate this scholarship, not only for the financial assistance but also for being recognized as a Veteran. As I begin my education to become a nurse, this will be very helpful in keeping me focused. I currently work as a surgical technologist and want to further my career in the surgery world. Thank you very much for helping me on the road to becoming a surgical nurse!”

Painting of Joe Plut

Joe Plut Scholarship Fund
Joseph Louis Plut, Jr (July 8, 1936 – January 17, 2019) grew up in Crosby, attended Franklin Grade School, and graduated as valedictorian of the Crosby-Ironton High School class of 1954. He then attended Saint John’s University in Collegeville, graduating in 1958 with a BA in English and a minor in Modern Languages.

After completing his undergraduate studies, he moved to New York City where he attended Columbia University and earned an MA in English. Upon returning to Crosby in 1964, Joe applied for a teaching position at Brainerd Community College (now Central Lakes College), where he began teaching English and Humanities in the fall of 1965. During his tenure, Joe taught thousands of students and became fondly known as the “Mad Hugger”. His popularity led to an appearance on the NBC TV show “REAL PEOPLE,” and an interview with “PEOPLE” Magazine. Joe enjoyed the theatre and appeared in the BCC/CLC productions of “Love Letters,” “Music Man,” “Tea House of the August Moon,” and “Barefoot in the Park.” He also loved to travel and led many educational trips to England. Joe retired from teaching at CLC in June of 2001. His scholarship fund is awarded to Central Lakes College students who wish to further their college careers in the liberal arts and demonstrate financial need.

dennis eastmanDennis Eastman Memorial Scholarship Fund
“Our dad was a coach for over 3o years, he believed that being involved in athletics provided students with the opportunity to gain skills that would help them to be successful in life. Whether it was about celebrating victories or working through adversity. He also believed it was important to create an environment where everyone felt like they belonged. I know that he would be proud that a part of his legacy is going towards providing athletes with the opportunity to continue to be a part of something special; to be a part of the Raider family.”
-Megan Ness (daughter)

Thank you for helping us Build Futures at Central Lakes College!

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