Awards

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The Dorothy M. Ansett Scholarship, established by Betty (Ansett) Witte and Lois Ansett in honor of Dorothy Ansett, great-grandmother to Benjamin Kratchmer '10 and Angela Kratchmer '13. The scholarship shall support two students, who by audition and selection by the Conductor of the Luther College Symphony Orchestra, have been named principal player of cello and principal player of second violin, in the symphony. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit alone. In any given year that the spending allowance exceeds the stated amount for two awards above, additional merit based scholarships may be awarded to deserving symphony orchestra players.

The Frank R. Barth Prize in the Department of Economics and Business, established by Frank '40 and Marjorie (Hove) Barth '42, to be awarded to acknowledge academic performance and/or future potential to students majoring in economics, accounting, and management.

The Marjorie V.Barth Prize in the Department of Art, established by Frank '40 and Marjorie (Hove) Barth '42, to be awarded to acknowledge academic performance and/or future potential to students majoring in art.

The Bentdahl Award for Excellence in Nursing, established by Ann Bentdahl '85 and Roger Smith, shall be awarded to nursing students of junior or senior standing, who wish to pursue a January or June nursing internship in the Twin Cities area, with preference given to students who carry out their internship within the Allina Health system. A maximum of ten awards will be made per academic year.

The Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos Prize for Opera Performance, established in celebration of the two generations of Luther College graduates in the Brudos family, including Alan R. Brudos '55, Eric C. Brudos '85, and Ginger (Felland) Brudos '85, is awarded each year to the outstanding opera performance student for use in his or her senior year. A committee selected by senior voice faculty shall determine the winner based upon quality of performance and promise. Each year, the Brudos Opera will perform the Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos Recital during which members of the Brudos family may publicly award the prize.

The E-Club Entrepreneurial Leadership Prize, established by members and friends of the Entrepreneurship Club, shall be awarded to qualified students who have shown strong leadership as members of the Entrepreneurship Club (E-Club) at Luther College, and will be awarded in addition to the student's regular financial aid package.

The Henrik and Marcia Engebretson Endowed Scholarship, established by Henrik '57 and Marcia (Borreson) Engebretson '58 in honor of their children Erik '82, Kari '84, and Maren '91, and shall serve to endow the Erik, Kari, and Maren Engebretson Chair for Principal Horn in the Luther College Symphony Orchestra. The recipient will be chosen through a process of auditions under the guidance of the conductor of the orchestra.

The Daryl and Audrey Erdman Prize for Entrepreneurship, established by Daryl '61 and Audrey (Pederson) Erdman '61, shall be awarded to students who have demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurial skills through their personal endeavors to start up and to manage their own business during their student years at Luther College.

The Douglas L. Esse '71 Award in Political Science and Religion, established by Ann (Furman) Esse '71, shall be given in alternating years to a junior or senior political science or religion major. The faculty in each respective department will identify excellent papers over an academic year from sophomore through junior majors for review by the department. The respective department will select a student(s) paper deemed exemplary in its scholarship and the award shall be given in the ensuing academic year.

The Olga Fischer-Proehl International Studies Scholarship, established by Jutta F. Anderson in honor of Olga Fischer-Proehl, a German business woman of great strength, courage, and perseverance who accepted an extraordinary challenge when her husband suddenly died during early post WWII years and when there were three children under twelve to be raised. She decided to continue running the foundry, Uerdinger Metallwerke Wilhelm Fischer, which the couple had started in the late thirties. She did so successfully for the next three decades. The scholarship shall be awarded to a woman student majoring in International Studies (for use during the junior or senior year). The scholarship shall be used to offset the additional tuition and fees incurred as a result of a semester abroad immersion experience required of all International Studies majors. This scholarship is intended to support an outstanding International Studies major who demonstrates intellectual curiosity, cultural sensitivity, maturity, and an eagerness to explore connections among an increasingly interconnected world.

The Ida M. and Olaf J. Fosso Prize in American History, established by Doyle R. Fosso in honor of his parents, Olaf '30 and Ida Fosso, shall be awarded each year to the best student essay on any topic in American History.

The Dr. Ronald and Carole Fox Music Scholarship, established by Dr. Ron Fox, professor emeritus of music, and his wife Carole, shall serve to endow the Dr. Ronald and Carole Fox Chair for Principal Trumpet in the Luther College Symphony Orchestra, and be awarded to the student who, by audition, is selected to serve as the principal player of the trumpet selection in the symphony orchestra.

The Richard C. and Joann M. Hemp Family Prize for Orchestra Performance, established by Richard '64 and Joann (Harr) Hemp '65, shall be awarded annually, through an audition process, to rising seniors who are members of the Luther College Symphony Orchestra.

The Helen (Hoff) James Music Scholarship, established by Helen (Hoff) James '65 and Betty Hoff '60, shall serve to endow the Helen (Hoff) James Chair for Principal Bassoon in the Luther College Symphony Orchestra, and be awarded to the student who, by audition, is selected to serve as the principal player of the bassoon section in the symphony orchestra.

The Guy Johnson and John J. Hancock Music Scholarship, established by Guy Johnson, shall be awarded to students holding the following positions in the Luther College Symphony Orchestra, without regard to financial need: 1st chair, principal First Violin; 2nd chair, First Violin; 1st chair, principal Second Violin; 1st chair, principal Viola; 1st chair, principal Cello; 1st chair, principal String Bass. The awards are meant to be distributed evenly, and recipients must be participating in Luther College chamber music.

The Karen Julesberg Scholarship, established by Karen Julesberg '60, shall be awarded to qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance who qualify for the Student Support Services (SSS) or TRIO Achievement Programs, or similar, designed to assist students as they adjust to the academic, personal, and social demands of college.

The Edward A. Kaschins Endowed Scholarship in Economics, Accounting, or Management, established by Elizabeth Kaschins in honor and memory of Edward A. Kaschins (1939-2017), professor emeritus of economics. The scholarship shall be awarded to a junior majoring in one of the disciplines in the department of economics, accounting and management. The award may be renewable for the student's senior year upon evidence of continuing academic success, commitment to the discipline, and the ability to complete the major. A new recipient will normally be selected every two years. The department faculty will select a student who presents an exemplary academic record in all coursework, evidence of active engagement in campus life, with consideration of financial need.

The Don Kemp Memorial Social Work Scholarship, established by the Kemp family in recognition of the contributions of Don Kemp, director of the social work program from 1978-1997 and to honor Don's memory as husband, father, teacher, and social justice activist before his untimely death on March 4, 2003. The scholarship shall be awarded to a social work major who best embodies the mission and objectives of the social work program with personal qualities of commitment, initiative, and service. The recipient is chosen by the faculty of the social work program.

The Kerry Knodle Scholarship for Percussion, established by Kerry Knodle '72, shall serve to endow the Kerry Knodle Chair for Principal Percussion in the Luther College Symphony Orchestra, and be awarded to the student who, by audition, is selected to serve as the principal player of the percussion section in the symphony orchestra.

The Stephen E. and Susan L. Kraabel Actuarial Award, established by Stephen '63 and Susan Kraabel, and Timothy Kraabel '88, shall be awarded to students who have successfully passed an actuarial exam, sponsored by the Society of Actuaries or the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries, or a similar organization.

The Krahn Family Student Life Service Award, established by Roger '68 and Laurie Krahn, shall be awarded to a sophomore or junior who has demonstrated a strong contribution to campus life in a way that embraces the spirit and mission of Luther College. Students are selected through a nomination process.

The Kuh Family "Positively Luther" Award, established by George Kuh '68, regent emeritus, Warren Kuh '74, and Kristian Kuh '97, shall be given each year to a student whose character, leadership, and participation in co-curricular and other educationally purposeful activities enhance the quality of campus life. This award is managed through an application process.

The Brianne Lee Spanish Scholarship, established by family and friends to honor Brianne Lee '78, who died of cancer during her first year of graduate studies in Spanish at Marquette University. In keeping with Brianne's excellence as a student and her leadership in the Spanish program, the recipient of the award will be determined by the following criteria and in consultation with all permanent faculty in the Spanish section of the department of modern languages: (1) the recipient must be a senior majoring in Spanish with solid evidence that completion of the major is imminent; (2) the student recipient must show academic excellence by having a minimum overall GPA, as well as a Spanish GPA, of 3.5; (3) the recipient will have shown a strong degree of commitment to the Spanish program as evidenced by participation in some of its many extracurricular and service opportunities; (4) the recipient will have indicated future career goals that will incorporate the use of Spanish and knowledge of Hispanic cultures; and (5) the student will be expected to participate in Spanish department activities during their senior year by registering for a class or the senior project, or through some other academic contribution as determined in conjunction with the faculty.

The David O. Lomen Award in Mathematics, established by Constance Lomen and Catherine Lomen-Hoerth to honor the memory of David O. Lomen '59, shall be awarded to a full-time junior or senior mathematics major, in excellent academic standing as determined by the mathematics faculty with consideration given to a student's character and involvement in the Luther community.

The Melin International Studies Scholarship, established by John '70 and Barbara Melin and Bennett Melin, shall be awarded to one student, with or without demonstrated financial need, majoring in International Studies, to manage and meet expenses related to tuition, travel, room and board, and living expenses while abroad. The members of the International Studies Board shall select one recipient, by application and interview, annually. It is the donors' intent and primary preference that the selected student recipient will study for a full year, a semester, or a semester and a summer, in a non-European nation or a developing nation, with further preference given for the Sub-Saharan African nations, such as Namibia.

The Melin-Brownell International Studies Scholarship, established by John '70 and Barbara Melin and Bennett Melin, shall be awarded to one student, with or without demonstrated financial need, majoring in International Studies, to manage and meet expenses related to tuition, travel, room and board, and living expenses while abroad. The members of the International Studies Board shall select one recipient, by application and interview, annually. It is the donors' intent and primary preference that the selected student recipient will study for a full year, a semester, or a semester and a summer, in a non-European nation or a developing nation, with further preference given for the Sub-Saharan African nations, such as Namibia.

The Andrea Nelson and Kathryn Nelson Endowed Scholarship, established by David T. '49 and Betty (Rikansrud) Nelson '57 in honor of their daughters Andrea '81 and Kathryn '83, and shall serve to endow the Andrea Nelson and Kathryn Nelson Chair for principal viola in the Luther College Symphony Orchestra. The recipient will be chosen through a process of auditions under the guidance of the conductor of the orchestra.

The Karl H. and Anna B. Nordgaard Memorial Nursing Award, established by Karlyn (Nordgaard) '55 and John Cross in honor of Karl '25 and Anna Nordgaard, shall be awarded to a senior nursing student who has demonstrated high standards of excellence in nursing studies and has a demonstrated need for financial assistance.

The Emery O. Nordness Memorial Award for Business, established by Alan R. '55 and Sally J. Brudos in appreciation of Emery O. Nordness '32, for his loving wisdom as a music and band teacher in Viroqua, Wisconsin. As a teacher, he provided undergirding support and encouragement to students with respect to the abilities and interests of the whole person. In the case of the donor, he saw beyond his interest and excellence in music by encouraging him to pursue his business talents and aptitude, while nurturing his musical interests as an avocation. The award shall be given annually to one outstanding senior majoring in accounting, business, economics, or management. The student is chosen based upon academic merit and promise for the future, with preference given to a student who has demonstrated and maintains an active interest, and participation in, the arts.

The Anna (Kemp) and Russell Norris Endowed Scholarship, established by Don and Jane Kemp in honor of the marriage of their daughter, Anna Mary Amanda to Russell Joseph Norris, and shall serve to endow the Anna (Kemp) and Russell Norris Chair for Principal Oboe in the Luther College Symphony Orchestra. The recipient will be chosen through a process of auditions under the guidance of the conductor of the orchestra.

The Timothy and Sandra Peter Music Leadership Award, established by alumni, parents, and friends in celebration of the dedicated teaching and choral conducting careers of Timothy '86 and Sandra Peter, especially the profound influence they have had on the first-year student experience at Luther College. The scholarship shall be awarded to two first-year students, one member from each of the first-year choral ensembles (Aurora and Norsemen) with a one-time financial benefit for their sophomore year respectfully. Recipients shall be selected by the directors in partnership with the music department chair. Recipients shall be selected not only for their musicianship, but also for their personal leadership, commitment to ensemble, and their mutual respect for colleagues. Recipients may be music or non-music majors, shall be in good academic standing, and need not qualify for financial assistance.

The Lucille Stansberry Rosholt Distinction in Accompanying and Collaborative Keyboard Performance Award, established by Robert Rosholt '51, shall be awarded by competitive audition to sophomore or junior students based on: technical command of repertoire, musicality, excellence in ensemble, ability to inspire and work well with colleagues, and work ethic. A panel of judges will make the final selection.

The Uwe Rudolf and Karen Braun Outstanding Accounting Scholar Award, established by Karen (Wilken) Braun '85 in honor of Uwe Rudolf, professor emeritus of accounting and management, shall be awarded to an outstanding accounting major, for use during their senior year, based on the following criteria: the student/s will be selected by a committee of full-time accounting faculty; the student/s must be an accounting major completing their junior year of study; and, the faculty committee will consider the students dedication to learning, scholarship in coursework, work ethic and character.

The Audrey (Hanson) Sorlien and Marilyn (Sorlien) Skatrud Scholarship for Flute, established by Susan Sorlien '73 and Kara (Skatrud) Baylor '92 in recognition of Luther College's powerful tradition of music scholarship and performance, to honor the role the flute has played in the extended Sorlien family, and to honor their mothers who were both flute players--Audrey (Hanson) Sorlien '49 and Marilyn (Sorlien) Skatrud '58. The scholarship endows the Audrey (Hanson) Sorlien and Marilyn (Sorlien) Skatrud Chair for Flute in the Luther College Symphony Orchestra and the Luther College Concert Band, and is awarded to the student who, by audition, is selected to serve as the principal player of the flute section, rotating between the concert band and the symphony orchestra each year.

The Genevieve E. Stelberg Award, established through the estate of Genevieve Stelberg, shall be awarded to students selected on the basis of participation in co-curricular activities rather than on high academic achievement or extreme financial need.

The Jim and Wendy Stevens Award in Biology, established by Wendy (Tessman) '69 and Jim Stevens, shall be awarded to qualified junior or senior students, majoring in biology, without regard to financial need. Students must show strong academic potential, strong work ethic, and have demonstrated exceptional competency and capability as a biology lab assistant.

The Ryan Stroschein Computer Science Scholarship, established by Ryan Stroschein '99, shall be awarded to an outstanding junior majoring in computer science. The scholarship recognizes well-rounded students, excelling in the computer science field, as well as extra-curricular activities or study within other departments. Secondary consideration is given based on financial need.

The Bennett A. and E. Oneida Talle Memorial Award for Business, established through the estate of Bennett and Oneida Talle, shall be awarded to qualified juniors or seniors majoring in the area of business, economics, management, and accounting, and who demonstrate outstanding academic ability.

The Edward O. Thorland Memorial Prize in Computer Science, established by the Thorland family, former students and friends, to be given to outstanding junior computer science majors. Dr. Thorland '64, became the computer center director in 1970 and was largely responsible for the establishment of the computer science major in 1975.

The Karl, Lillian, and Henrietta Torgerson Endowed Scholarship, established by Karl '36 and Lillian (Madland) Torgerson '65 and Henrietta Torgerson '39, in memory of Katherine M. Torgerson, Luther College carillonneur from 1977-1985, and to commemorate the family relationship with Luther since its founding. The scholarship serves to endow the Torgerson Concertmaster in the Luther College Symphony Orchestra (first violin) and the Luther College Concert Band (first clarinet). The recipients will be chosen through a process of auditions under the guidance of the conductors of the orchestra and the concert band.

The Dorothy (Bonnell) and Russell Ziemer Scholarship, established by Jane, Don, and Anna Kemp, in honor of Dorothy (Bonnell) and Russell Ziemer, aunt and uncle and also godparents to Jane Kemp. The scholarship also recognizes Dorothy Ziemer's parents, Anna and Benjamin Bonnell, in whose home Ben frequently played the trombone. The scholarship endows the Dorothy (Bonnell) and Russell Ziemer Chair for principal trombone in the Luther College Symphony Orchestra. The recipient will be chosen through a process of auditions under the guidance of the conductor of the orchestra.