Mankato resident Abdi Sabrie has received a 2018 Bush Fellowship, one of 24 people selected by the Bush Foundation.

Sabrie is a Mankato School Board member and also serves as an advisor for the TRIO program at South Central College. In conjunction with the recognition, he will receive up to 100-thousand dollars over the next one to two years to help drive efforts to diversify school boards, teachers and staff as demographics change in Minnesota.

ISD77 Superintendent Sheri Allen has worked with Sabrie since 2015 and says he also plans to use the money towards education.

Abdi Sabrie.

“He has been accepted at MSU for educational leadership for his masters as well. A total of 751 people applied for the Bush Fellowship and 24 fellows were selected and he is one of them.”

Sabrie is also the co-founder and former director of the African Family and Education Center in the Mankato area. He also co-founded and serves on the board of the Mankato Islamic Center.

Sabrie has lived in the U.S. since 1982 and moved to the Mankato area in 2009, where three of his children are currently attending college and the other four are enrolled in the public school district.