Part of the Nena Amundson estate gift to Luther supports a competitive distinguished professorship, awarded biennially to a faculty member through evaluation of project proposals by a selection committee.
Special consideration is given to proposals that focus on health and wellness issues for women, as they were central to Amundson's career. A 1956 graduate of Luther, Amundson taught physical education and coached women’s athletics for more than 40 years, primarily at California Lutheran University, and was a pioneer in collegiate women’s sports programs.
The Amundson Award provides a faculty stipend of $5,000, a student stipend of $2,500, and $2,500 for the research project. The award is renewable up to one year.