Our Donors

Glenda Taylor

Glenda Taylor

Glenda Taylor established this scholarship in honor of her daughter, Terri and her mother, Lucille. Both Taylor, an advocate of ending domestic violence, and Lorenzen, who raised six children on a rural farm, represent the important contributions by women to...

Global Promise Foundation

Global Promise Foundation

Global Promise Foundation is a Minnesota non-profit organization formed in 2004 by Tom and Kelly Doering, whose mission is to help people of the world by offering gifts of mercy to cover basic needs and to foster opportunities for education and economic...

Grace Lundquist

Grace Lundquist

Grace Lundquist established this endowment to encourage women’s enrollment in the Gender and Women’s Studies curriculum beyond the introductory level. Grace believed the courses she took in the department empowered her and helped shape her self-perception. The...

Heather and Todd Ludwig

Heather and Todd Ludwig

Heather (an MNSU human resources alumnae) and her husband, Todd, have worked with managers and been managers in a variety of organizations for more than 25 years. They established this scholarship because they have a passion to help educate the next generation of...

Highland Hills Apartments

Highland Hills Apartments

Highland Hills Apartments . . . as close as you can get without living on campus.

Ione Howe Louk

Ione Howe Louk

Ione Howe Louk has been lovingly described by friends as “the little short woman with a passion for learning….” Ione returned to college later in life to continue her formal education. She attended Austin Community College and after her husband’s retirement from...

Jean Benson

Jean Benson

Jean Liebenstein

Jean Liebenstein

John Liebenstein received his Law Enforcement degree from Mankato State University in 1992. On May 3, 1996, John Liebenstein was killed in the line of duty. His widow Jean Liebenstein established the endowment in honor of her husband. She expressed that the gift was...

Jean Peterson

Jean Peterson

Jean Peterson served as Director of the Children’s House on the Minnesota State Mankato campus. She established this scholarship in 1993 in memory of her husband, E. Dale Peterson, after his sudden death in a car accident. E. Dale Peterson was a faculty member in...

Jennifer Pritchett

Jennifer Pritchett

Jennifer Pritchett is the owner of the Smitten Kitten, an award-winning adult toys store in the Twin Cities. Jennifer earned four degrees at Minnesota State Mankato, including a BS and an MS in Women’s Studies. Jennifer credits her educational experience at Minnesota...

Louise Penrod, Mitchell Thielges and Friends

Louise Penrod, Mitchell Thielges and Friends

Mindy’s mother Louise Penrod and Mindy’s husband Mitch Thielges established this scholarship in Mindy’s memory.

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Louis R. Nelson

Louis R. Nelson is a 1970 graduate of Minnesota State University Mankato with a BS in History and Political Science and also received his MA in History from Notre Dame. Lou has worked with individuals with disabilities most of his career and started LRN Associates...

Mary Barrett; Urban Studies Alumni and Friends

Mary Barrett; Urban Studies Alumni and Friends

Mary Elizabeth Barrett was born October 18, 1942 in Mountain Lake, MN to Harvey and Verona (Harder) Goossen. She graduated from Mountain Lake High-School and obtained her Master’s Degree from Mankato State. Mary was united in marriage to Robert Barrett in Mankato on...

McCormick Family

McCormick Family

The McCormick family has strong ties to Minnesota State University, with three siblings and mother being alumni, attending Minnesota State Mankato as non-traditional students. Returning to Minnesota State Mankato as a non-traditional student, Mark McCormick completed...

Minnesota Social Service Association (MSSA) - Region IX

Minnesota Social Service Association (MSSA) - Region IX

Minnesota Social Service Association (MSSA) is the oldest and largest professional human service organization in the state of Minnesota. Their mission is to provide leadership to enhance the lives of Minnesotans by supporting diversity, impacting public...

Pat Johnson

Pat Johnson

Pat Johnson (left) is part of a purple and gold tradition stretching back a century. She’s one of six family members from Freeborn, Minnesota to graduate from Minnesota State University, Mankato, including her mother, June Miller Johnson (right); her grandmother Lura...

Paul Brown and Winifred Mitchell

Paul Brown and Winifred Mitchell

Dr. Brown received his B.A. in Anthropology in 1970 from California State University, Northridge and his M.A. (1973) and Ph. D. (1978) in Anthropology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado. He completed a post-doc in medical anthropology in 1979-80 at...

Paul Mittelstadt

Paul Mittelstadt

Dr. Mittelstadt cites several life experiences influencing his commitment to support students: his mother’s belief in education although hers was interrupted in 8th grade by the Great Depression, his farm work ethic, the social and financial advantages of being a...

Perry and Barbara Wood

Perry and Barbara Wood

Perry Wood was a professor in urban and regional studies from 1976-2010, and he remains involved with the students and the department today. He has served the University and the community in many ways throughout his career and retirement. Perry served for more than...

Peter and Linda Dahm

Peter and Linda Dahm

Phyllis Rivard and Dick Rivard

Phyllis Rivard and Dick Rivard

Phyllis Rivard and Dick Rivard are the parent’s of Alan R. Rivard. Phyllis has remained active with the university serving as both the alumni and foundation board President.

Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Council

Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Council

The Mdewakanton, “those who were born of the waters,” have lived on Prairie Island for countless generations. Located in southeastern Minnesota along the wooded shores of the Mississippi and Vermillion Rivers, Prairie Island is a spiritual place for Dakota...

Raymond H. and Florence L. Sponberg

Raymond H. and Florence L. Sponberg

Raymond and Florence Sponberg were people committed to promoting world peace. Raymond received his bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus in 1937. He joined the United States Army Air Forces in 1942 and after his discharge in 1946 felt a strong urge to promote the...

Rebecca Larson

Rebecca Larson

Rebecca Larson was very close to her aunt, Dr. Jane Ann Roberts (pictured), and her aunt’s life partner Dr. Mardy Buck (a faculty member in the Department of Physical Education). Rebecca is especially grateful for the end-of-life care for both women provided by...

Robert M. Schmidt and Susan Jedlund

Robert M. Schmidt and Susan Jedlund

Robert D. Schmidt attended Mankato State College and graduated with honors in 1949, majoring in math and physics. Upon release from the service, he entered the then fledgling computer field. Bob later served as Vice Chairman of Control Data Corporation. Bob...

Roderick Olson

Roderick Olson

Roderick Olson is a native Minnesotan of Swedish Lutheran lineage. He attended school in Bangkok, Thailand during the Vietnam war and graduated from high school in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1972. Rod graduated with honors from Mankato State University in 1976. Rod is...

Roger Jorgenson

Roger Jorgenson

Roger Jorgenson is a 1962 graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a BA degree in Business Administration and Economics. The majority of his career was focused on health care finance. He retired in 2003 as Vice President Finance/Chief Financial Officer...

Shirley and Kaye Ochsner

Shirley and Kaye Ochsner

Social Studies Alumni and Friends

Social Studies Alumni and Friends

This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in Secondary Social Studies Education and is used to support study abroad in the year in which the scholarship is awarded. Preference is given to students who have excelled academically, have completed...

Social Studies Education Alumni and Friends

Social Studies Education Alumni and Friends

Students who have been accepted to the Social Studies Education Program and who have achieved exemplary global, U.S. diversity, civic and/or community service experience are eligible for these scholarships. Gifts from alumni and friends of the social studies...