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Nathan Ersig ’98
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Legacy Trust

The Legacy Trust was established in 1986 in connection with the 125th anniversary of the college. The initial objective was to add at least $250,000 to Luther’s scholarship endowment fund each year.

Response to the program has been extraordinary over the years, with more than $110 million in cash and planned gifts raised. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Luther students—most of whom could not otherwise afford to be here—now benefit from more than 900 scholarships that have been established at Luther.

The Legacy Trust Scholarship Program recognizes donors who have established annual or endowed scholarships. Scholarship donors are invited to the Legacy Trust Scholarship Luncheon event each year.

As we look ahead, scholarship support remains critical as students search for ways to meet the rising costs of higher education. You can help ensure a quality education for our students by establishing a scholarship through the Legacy Trust program.

During the 2021-22 academic year, $7.2 million in donor-funded financial aid was distributed to nearly 900 students through awards ranging from $100 to $31,548.

Bryan Wendt '21, a music education major, is the recipient of the Robert and Amy Amunrud Scholarship Fund, the Michael and Betty Borge Scholarship, the Mrs. Robert C. Moen Music Scholarship, the James M. Stellmacher Scholarship, and the Arthur M. and Rose Wisness Music Scholarship. (05/06/2021, 2min)

Legacy Trust Scholarships

A full list of Legacy Trust scholarships can be found in our directory.

Established in Calendar Year 2021

Annual Scholarships

Annual scholarships provide the opportunity for donors to make an immediate impact.

  • Guiseppe and Ellen (Woodward) Colletta Fund for International Studies
    Ellen Woodward-Colletta ’82
  • Kenneth W. Ehler Scholarship
    Kenneth Ehler
  • James S. and Judith L. Fogdall Nursing Scholarship
    James ’64 and Judith (Larson) Fogdall ’65

Legacy Scholarships

Named endowed scholarships provide an enduring stream of scholarship support to assist current and future generations of Luther students, with a minimum commitment of $25,000.

  • Amber Hill Anderson and Elaine Ottmers Hill Scholarship
    Elaine (Ottmers) ’77 and Paul Hill
  • Alice Reuter Scholarship
    Estate of Alice Reuter ’77

Rachael Brolin '21, an accounting major, is the recipient of the Lucille Stansberry Rosholt Distinction in Accompanying and Collaborative Keyboard Performance Award and the William G. Seabold Scholarship. (05/06/2021; 1min)

Vision Scholarships

Named endowed scholarships provide an enduring stream of scholarship support to assist current and future generations of Luther students, with a minimum commitment of $50,000.

  • Roger and Eleanor Ault Scholarship (**)
    Roger ’63 and Eleanor (Roe) Ault ’64
  • Donald N. and Joan E. Bungum Scholarship
    Donald ’53 and Joan(***) Bungum
  • Edith A. Copley Music Scholarship (*)
    Edith Copley ’74
  • William and Judith Davis Scholarship
    Judith (Ream) Davis ’62
  • Stanley and Violet Hagen Scholarship
    Anonymous
  • William and Norma Hervey Study Abroad Scholarship (*)
    Norma Hervey
  • Dr. Marilyn Wilcox Hines Memorial Scholarship
    Christine Olsen ’78, Leesa (Kania) Thorgaard ’78, and Suzanne Woodrich ’77
  • Jewel Theatre Arts Scholarship
    Estate of Jewel Kintzinger
  • Kintzinger Family Rochester Semester Scholarship
    Estate of Jewel Kintzinger
  • William and Carolyn Kobler Family Scholarship (*)
    William ’70 and Carolyn (Peterson) Kobler ’70
  • Nan’s Scholarship
    Melodie Hovland ’65
  • Shirley and Edgar Nelson Scholarship
    Children of Edgar (***) ’46 and Shirley (***)(Bird) Nelson ’47
  • Sandersfeld Endowed Scholarship
    Elisabeth (Marvin) ’00 and Shane Sandersfeld
  • Wilke/Iverson Family Scholarship
    Mary JoAnn (***)(Iverson) ’55 and Thomas Wilke

Promise Scholarships

Promise scholarships are to help close the gap in unmet financial need – allowing Luther to attract and recruit the most talented students.

  • Mary (Macal) and Stephen Knutson Promise Scholarship
    Stephen ’81 and Mary (Macal) Knutson ’83

Samuel Zegler-Evans '24, a nursing major, is the recipient of the Sonja Carlsen Egenes Scholarship, the David and Camille Kundert Leadership Scholarship, the David and Ann Preus Scholarship, the Robert and Dell Ann Sathe Opportunity Scholarship, and the Ruth Steinmetz Scholarship. (05/06/2021, 1min)

Applied Learning Funds

Named Applied Learning Funds support applied learning and internship opportunities for students by providing funds to assist with transportation, meals, and housing.

  • Sarah and Brian Clark Applied Learning Endowment (**)
    Sarah (Rouse) ’05 and Brian Clark ’05
  • Dahlberg Applied Learning Fund
    Gregory ’73 and Kathryn (Sorensen) Dahlberg ’73
  • Stephen and Susan Kraabel Applied Learning Endowment (**)
    Stephen ’63 and Susan Kraabel
  • Laura Charlson Loberg Applied Learning Endowment (**)
    Laura (Charlson) Loberg ’89
  • Alan D. Stoddard Applied Learning Endowment
    Gregory Stoddard
  • Joy and John Wetzel Applied Learning Endowment (**)
    John Wetzel
  • James N. and Jodi Palma Young Applied Learning Endowment (**)
    James ’81 and Jodi (Palma) Young ’81

 

(*) – deferred
(**) – in progress
(***) – deceased

Contact Information

Nathan Ersig ’98
Senior Director of Development

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Phone: 563-387-1510

Contact Information

Rachel R. Vsetecka ’09
Director of Stewardship and Special Events

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Phone: 563-387-1286

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