The Wasie Scholarship Programs
Stanley L. Wasie was a Polish immigrant who overcame early adversity to achieve the entrepreneurial American dream; starting his own business and becoming a successful trucking pioneer. Although Stanley Wasie had a limited formal education ("I got my education in the school of hard knocks," he once said), he saw education as a key to the success of the Polish community in the neighborhood of his youth, northeast Minneapolis. Proud of his Polish heritage, he was aware that many young people of Polish descent were unable to afford a formal education.
In establishing The Wasie Foundation, Stan wanted to offer a "hand-up" to students who were talented and willing to work hard, but were held back by limited financial resources. He was aided by his lifelong friend Father Ladislaus Sledz, a priest in northeast Minneapolis, who became the Foundation's first president.
In 1968, three young men received the first Wasie scholarships to attend Blake School in Hopkins, the alma mater of Donald Wasie, Stan and Marie's son. From that small beginning, the scholarship programs have grown to enable hundreds of young people of Polish descent to pursue a quality education.