Bob Pratt Scholarship Fund Receives $25,000 Donation

On Saturday, April 23, the Bob Pratt Scholarship Fund hosted a cribbage tournament to raise money at the Birch Terrace Supper Club in Grand Marais. “It was great that the Birch closed its dining room that day to accommodate us,” said Tim Pratt, one of Bob’s sons.

The Scholarship Fund was created by the Pratt family and Bob’s longtime friend on the Cook County Higher Education Board, Doug Bruce.

The tournament saw more than 50 people participate and raised over $700 according to Bob’s wife Bev. “This was the inaugural of what we hope will be an annual event,” Bev said.

After the tournament concluded, the Pratts found out that a donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, made a $25,000 donation to the fund. They were, in their words, blown away by the generosity of this anonymous donor.

The fund was established under the auspices of Cook County Higher Education (CCHE) in Grand Marais to provide a scholarship that will help people start, develop, and gain new skills valuable for the applicant, local employers, and Cook County. Also, it is to honor the memory of a good man.

Bob grew up in Grand Marais and graduated from Cook County High School. According to his family, Bob was always looking out for the little guy and he always worked to eliminate roadblocks to help people succeed.

The late Bob Pratt

After a career in education in various locations around the country, the Pratts returned to the North Shore to be home in their retirement. Bob and Bev met at the Colvill Townhall, still standing and in use along the Kadunce River, while still in high school. Both were active in the broader community, but their residence is back in Colvill.

Bob was born in St. Paul, MN in 1938. He grew up in Grand Marais. He and Bev married after high school graduation in 1956. After high school, he worked in construction, commercial fishing, and driving trucks. His love of trucking never left him.

Bob went on to attend and graduate from UMD, becoming a teacher in Hermantown. He earned a graduate degree at Arizona State University and worked as a school counselor in Tacoma, WA. He received his Ph. D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut.

Bob died on January 24, 2020.

Scholarship application information can be had at the CCHE website or by phone at 218-387-3411. Beneficiaries of the funds must be Cook County residents.

Donations to the Bob Pratt Skills, Trades and Technology Scholarship Fund can be mailed to CCHE, PO Box 57, Grand Marais, MN 55604


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