"Luther has absolutely become my home. Here I have met incredible professors who take interest in my academics and my life—professors who will sit and talk with me about Shakespeare for hours, professors who encourage me to pursue what I love because they know that it matters. As a member of the women's soccer and track and field teams, I have a dozen coaches who pour time into me, who give me weird nicknames, and who grow my athletic ability and my character. As a member of the Sunday night Focus Drama Team, I get to share the love of Christ and make my friends fall out of their chairs laughing. Life is good here at Luther; Luther is a special place. It was a special place when my grandfather was here, and when my mom and aunts played volleyball, and when my uncles played soccer and ran track, and it's a special place now as I make it my home. I am so thankful for those who have helped to make this beautiful valley my home, and my fellow students' home."
Hanna Dodd '21
Recipient of the Class of 1964 Scholarship
Student scholarship support remains one of the most important, and ever-present, institutional needs. Making a Luther education affordable is essential for recruiting students, and scholarship assistance is often the deciding factor. Nearly 100 percent of our students receive financial aid, and 75 percent work on campus and in our community to meet their college costs. In 2016–17, Luther provided nearly $50 million in student aid from college funds, with approximately 12 percent of that total aid being donor-funded through endowed and annual scholarships. With additional donor support, we seek to grow this percentage, enabling the college’s general operating budget to be allocated for other priorities supporting the student learning experience.
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 800 scholarships that have been established at Luther. 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.