Career Connections Fund
Internships and networking with Luther College alumni and friends are key to the Career Center's primary goals: to build enduring relationships with on- and off-campus constituents; to inspire curiosity about careers and help students explore how careers work, including next steps; and, to help students consider calling and vocation in exploring their careers. This endowment supports applied learning opportunities in the Career Center. It is envisioned this fund will be used at the discretion of the Director of the Career Center to support initiatives, such as: the Internship and Applied Learning Funding Program, the Faculty-Student-Alumni Mini Grant Program, and other applied learning opportunities.
Margaret A. Cargill Foundation Sustainability Internships
To advance the work of the Center for Sustainable Communities at Luther College, this endowed fund was established through a grant funded by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation to support sustainability internships for Luther students. The fund will function and support student interns in all four program areas of the center: community energy systems, wellness and sustainable foods initiative, environmental education outreach, and land stewardship. The fund supports qualified students to support either a summer or semester-based sustainability internship experience, and is open to any area/major of the college.
Lloyd and Mary Gravengaard Applied Learning Endowment
Established by Lloyd Gravengaard '65, this fund shall be awarded to fund internship and applied learning opportunities for qualified students majoring in accounting, economics, or business. Preference shall be given to students pursuing opportunities located more than 200 miles from either Decorah, Iowa or their home communities.
Gregg Family Applied Learning Fund
Established by Leon and Linda Gregg, this fund shall be awarded to fund internship and applied learning opportunities for qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance. Preference shall be opportunities focused on the environment and sustainability.
Have Family Applied Learning Endowment
Established by Ronald Have, this fund shall be awarded to fund internship and applied learning opportunities for qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance.
Dayton J. and Amy O. Henderson Applied Learning Endowment
Established by Dayton J. '79 and Amy O. Henderson to be used to fund internship and applied learning opportunities for qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance. (Deferred)
Margaret and Asmund Highum Internship Endowment
Established by Ann Highum and Jerry Freund in honor of Margaret and Asmund Highum, this fund provides internship support to qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance, to support either a summer or semester based internship experience. Awards may be in the form of a stipend for summer internships and/or can be utilized for travel or housing to support a semester program.
Internship in the Visual Arts Endowment
Established by Becky Franklin '05, supports students pursuing an internship in the visual arts, which may include but is not limited to studios, museums, galleries, art libraries, non-profit art resource organizations, art journals, restoration shops or art retail stores. Students should be enrolled in Art 380 - Internships, or a corresponding internship course.
Timothy Jones and Annie Cardelus Internship Endowment
Established by Timothy Jones and Annie Cardelus, this fund supports qualified students on a summer or a semester based internship experience. The award is open to any student of any major.
Ruth Kath Vocation Scholarship
Established in honor of the retirement of Ruth Kath, professor emerita of German, for her dedication to her students and her many years of service to Luther College. The scholarship shall be awarded to qualified students for experiences to explore their vocation. These experiences may include, but are not limited to: internships, summer courses, and experiential learning opportunities. Preference will be given to students seeking vocational experiences abroad in a German speaking country.
Luther College Rochester Semester Scholarship
Established as part of the Inspired.Empowered.Engaged. Strategic Plan 2018-2023, the Luther College Rochester Semester is a dynamic blend of courses and internships. This program is intended to take advantage of the exciting opportunities available a mere 65 miles to the north of Decorah. It provides a platform for students to engage in high-impact, career-related experiential learning. Drawing on the college’s expansive alumni base in the area, students will have unique access to immersive learning opportunities designed to help them discern their callings; acquire concrete, job-related experience; and facilitate career networking. The Luther College Rochester Semester Scholarship shall be awarded to qualified students with demonstrated financial need for financial assistance, taking part in the Rochester Semester program.
Marriott Success Award Fund
Established by The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation in honor of Marriott International CEO and Luther alumnus, Arne Sorenson '80, after completing his third term and final year of service on the Luther College Board of Regents. This fund will help to ensure recipients of the Morris A. Sorenson Family Scholarship have the necessary financial resources to fully engage with experiential learning (e.g., internship, service learning trip, collaborative research fellowship) and other high-impact experiences as part of their liberal arts education. It will also be used to fund textbooks, lab supplies or other necessities that may be out of reach for high-need students.
George and Carole Orness Applied Learning Endowment
Established by George '67 and Carole (Rust) Orness '69, this fund shall be awarded to fund internship and applied learning opportunities for qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance. This fund is meant to support students participating in semester or summer programs, and should not be used to support January-term programs. (Deferred Fund)
Duane B. and Denay S. Oyen Applied Learning Endowment
Established by Duane ’66 and Denay Oyen, this fund supports internship and applied learning opportunities for qualified students majoring in economics and business. (Deferred Fund)
Curtis Reiso Endowment for Alumni Relations and Career Services
Established by Curtis Reiso, alumnus class of 1954 and coordinator of music activities emeritus, in appreciation for the importance of engagement with alumni to support the career development and opportunities for current students, this fund supports the work of the Alumni Relations and Career Center programs. The spending shall be used for, but not limited to, the financial support of visiting alumni speakers in the classroom, trip expenses for students to network with alumni, and/or applied learning experience support for students with financial need. (Deferred Fund)
James Rhodes Internship Endowment
Established by gifts from friends and alumni to honor the forty-three year career of Jim Rhodes and his dedication to teaching students here on campus as well as his encouragement to study away or gain internship experience before graduation. This fund is intended to support those students studying in the Washington, D.C. based semester or programs, with preference given to those students with need for financial assistance. Further preference may be given to those students majoring in political science, but the award is open to students of all majors. Should the Washington, D.C. semester or program cease to exist, or if there are no qualified students, awards may be given to support off-campus internship experiences.
Rudolf-Whitters Global Opportunity Fund
Established by Joseph Whitters '80, in honor of Uwe Rudolf, professor emeritus of accounting and management, this fund supports global internship and applied learning opportunities for qualified students, of junior standing or higher, with demonstrated need for financial assistance. The award(s) are open to students of any major. While it is the preference of the donor for this fund to support global internship opportunities, it may also be used for global research or other experiential learning opportunities, when appropriate. Whereas the intent of this endowment is to support students in experiencing another country or culture, only internships or research projects conducted aborad will be eligible for funding
Ruth Steinmetz Intern Fellowships
Established through the estate of Ruth Steinmetz, in appreciation of Ruth's long term friendship with Luther connections: Maynard and Minerva Aaker, Frank and Marge Barth, and development staff members of the college. This fund supports internship and experiential learning opportunities for qualified students based upon financial need. Preference is given to students pursuing church-based and business internship opportunities.
Sathe Scholars Applied Learning Endowment
Robert and Dell Ann Sathe Scholars Endowments
Established by Robert ’68 and Dell Ann (Kappus) Sathe ’68, this fund is awarded to fund internship and applied learning opportunities for qualified underprivileged students (first-generation, low-income, etc.) with demonstrated need for financial assistance.
Vocation Greening Internship Endowment
Established in part through a grant from the Kinney-Lindstrom Foundation, the idea for the internships grew out of the well-attended Greening of Churches workshops held at Luther in 2007 and 2010 under the Lilly Endowment-funded Sense of Vocation program. This fund supports qualified students with sustainability background and interest in working under Luther College supervision to encourage and support churches in "greening" their congregations and churches through sustainable practices, assessments, and/or projects.
Vocational Ministry Applied Learning Endowment
Established through the generosity of friends and alumni, this endowment supports students seeking faith related internship and applied learning opportunities, with preference given to students in the pre-ministry program