Diversity and Student Success

Gift Amount
$

The Admissions Special Opportunity Endowed Scholarship, to be awarded to qualified students in order to meet a higher percentage of demonstrated need for financial assistance, with preference given to students with excellent academic or leadership qualities, and to students that bring diversity to Luther College from areas that include, but are not limited to, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Racine, Kansas City, Waterloo, Des Moines, and Omaha.

The Beverly Anderson First Generation American Scholarship, established by Beverly (Stark) '85 Anderson, shall be awarded to qualified students who demonstrated need for financial assistance, and to honor Beverly's mother who immigrated to the United States, preference will be given to those who are first generation American students.

The H. George and Jutta F. Anderson Scholarship, established by Luther College Regents in recognition of Dr. H. George Anderson's leadership as president of Luther College from 1982 to 1995, to be awarded to students with financial need, with preference given to students who contribute diversity to the Luther College student body. 

The James A. and Ruth L. Anderson Scholarship, established by Ruth L. Anderson '50, to be awarded to qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance who are the first in their family to attend college.

The Steven Mark Anderson Memorial Scholarship, established in memory of Rev. Steven Mark Anderson '85 by his parents, Lloyd and Mary, shall be awarded to students who are sophomores, juniors or seniors with a first preference to those students who qualify for the Student Support Services (SSS) program at Luther College. 

The Babine-Kleene Scholarship, established by Barbara (Kleene) '72 and Rev. Daniel Babine, along with Phyllis and Kermit Kleene (in memoriam), shall be awarded to deserving first-generation students who wish to study abroad during their junior or senior years. The scholarship is open to students from all disciplines, with preference given to those pursuing degrees in any helping profession, i.e. teaching, theology/religion, medicine, etc.

The George O. Bachelder and Orchard Mdzonga Endowed Scholarship, established by Michael '81 and Rhonda Hicks, shall be awarded to first-year U.S. student(s) of African American decent who shows need of financial assistance and qualifies for a Federal Pell grant or other similar federal assistance. This award shall be made in addition to other need-based assistance the student may receive from Luther.

The Barbara Bahe Endowed Scholarship Fund, established by friends, colleagues, and former students of Barbara Bahe, in appreciation of Barbara, for her life of devotion and dedication to Luther College, where she taught for over thirty years. The scholarship shall be awarded to a native-speaking German student from a university in Germany, Austria, or German-speaking Switzerland to attend Luther College, or to a Luther student to study in a German-speaking country.

The Margaret Baird Scholarship, established by Margaret Baird '87, shall be awarded to qualified students who are sophomores, juniors or seniors, with a first preference to those students who qualify for the Student Support Services (or similar) program at Luther College.

The Boulanger-Turner Family Scholarship, established by Cathy (Turner) '69 and Jay Boulanger, shall be awarded to qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance. First preference shall be given to first-generation immigrant students, with second preference given to first-generation students.

The John F. Crawford Scholarship, established by John Crawford '60, shall be awarded to qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance, with first preference given to students with disabilities.

The Cultural and Racial Diversity Scholarship, established by the faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of Luther to provide financial assistance to qualified Asian American, African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American students who are citizens of the United States.

The Willie and Denise Davismckennie Scholarship, established by Doug Kintzinger '82 and Rachel (Kintzinger) Harpham '90, shall be awarded to qualified students from the inner city of Chicago or the Bahamas who can show evidence of financial need and a strong work ethic, and who contribute to the diversity of Luther's student body.

The Deere & Company Scholarship for Business and Accounting, established by the John Deere Foundation, shall be awarded to qualified American minority students who are interested in business and/or accounting and can show evidence of need for financial assistance. In years when no American minority student qualifies, the scholarship will be awarded to any deserving student demonstrating high financial need.

The Drews Brandt Family Scholarship, established by Ruth Drews '76 in honor of the influence Luther has had on the five generations of the Brandt and Drews Family, shall be awarded to students with demonstrated financial need in good academic standing, with preference given to students of diverse ethnic backgrounds from urban (or any) areas who otherwise might not have the opportunity to attend a private liberal arts college.

The Tanya Marie Enstad Memorial Scholarship, established by her parents, O. L. and Segrid Enstad, awarded with preference given to assist any disabled or disadvantaged students, or to students interested in music.

The Anne L. Ersig Scholarship in Nursing, established by Nathan '98 and Anne Ersig, shall be awarded to qualified students with a demonstrated need for financial assistance who have been accepted into the nursing program. First preference shall be given to students in the TRIO Achievement Program (or similar student support program), and/or to underprivileged students (first-generation, low-income, diverse or underrepresented backgrounds, etc.).

The Evenstad Family Scholarship in Education, established by Kenton H. Evenstad '57 and John H. Evenstad '88, shall be awarded to qualified junior or senior students planning to enter the field of education, with a demonstrated need for financial assistance. Preference should be given to students from low-income families, pursuing a career in math or science education.

The Farwell Endowed Scholarship honors Luther's sixth President and his wife, E.D. and Helen Farwell. Recipients must be National Merit Scholars or high ability minority or Native American students.

The Greg '77 and Vickie Fields African American Student Scholarship, established by Greg '77 and Vickie Fields, shall be awarded to qualified African-American students with demonstrated need for financial assistance.

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 Jan and Tim Fleming Endowed Scholarship, established by Janet (Strube) '67 and Tim Fleming '67, shall be awarded to qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance, with preference given to minority students.

The A. Kenneth and Ercyle White Frey Scholarship, established by Phyllis Frey, shall be awarded to a qualified student who is a committed Christian and who can show evidence of need for financial assistance. Preference is given to a scholastically average student from a foreign country who has faced adversity and hardship.

The Friends of International Students Scholarship, established by alumni and friends of the college interested in supporting the diversity of Luther's student body, shall be awarded to international students with significant financial need.

The Alma Everlyn Gray Study Abroad Scholarship, established by Phyllis Gray '73, shall be awarded to qualified, high-need U.S. students eligible for the college's diversity scholarship to assist with the opportunity to participate in study-abroad programs.

The Charlotte B. Schilling Grue Scholarship, established by Mary Ellen (Grue) '52 and Vernon C. Iverson '50 in recognition of Charlotte (Schilling) Grue '47 25 years of dedicated service in the Luther College Health Service, and her special challenge as a non-traditional Luther student who attained her degree in 1947 at the age of forty-four. The scholarship shall be awarded to students with demonstrated need for financial assistance, with preference given to older non-traditional students.

The August A. Halverson Scholarship, established through the estate of August A. Halverson, shall be awarded to qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance who are the first member in their family to attend college. In alternate years, to students who are pre-ministry (seminary bound only), or if there are no candidates, students majoring in environmental studies. August Halverson ended his formal schooling in the 6th grade, but convinced to use his mechanical skill working for several companies which created machinery to harvest agricultural products. His business management acumen took him to Europe to build large factories which fabricated the machinery. He was described as the man who put the "international" in the International Harvester Company.

The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund, established by the Hearst Foundation, shall be awarded to qualified minority students with demonstrated need for financial assistance.

The Heggen Family Scholarship, established by Rev. Alan '58 and Joanne (Hamberg) Heggen '59 in memory of Tjeran and Mae Heggen and in honor of Stella (Moklebust) Heggen, shall be awarded to qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance. Preference shall be given to pre-seminary students, and if none available, to minority students.

The Abner A. and Lola M. Hendrickson Scholarship, established by Abner '26 and Lola Hendrickson to commemorate Abner's career in public education, especially his administration of programs for students with physical disabilities, shall be awarded to qualified students with physical disabilities that have a demonstrated need for financial assistance.

The Hervey Endowed Scholarship, established by Dr. Norma Hervey, professor emerita of history, and her husband William, in honor of their children and former students of Dr. Hervey's. The scholarship is awarded 50% to entering international students with demonstrated need for financial assistance based on academic achievement, and 50% to students studying abroad, based on academic achievement and then on demonstrated need for financial assistance.

The Engebret Nelson (Sebo) Hong Scholarship, established by Anna Hong in memory of her father who graduated in 1871, shall be awarded to qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance, with preference given to students who are residents of Norway who desire to prepare themselves for careers in teaching, government service, business, social services, performing arts, law or medicine.

The Jeff and Ellen Hoover Current Scholarship, established by Jeff '69 and Ellen Hoover, shall be awarded to qualified African students with demonstrated need for financial assistance. Preference shall be given to students from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The International Student Women's Current Scholarship, established by Richard Simon Hanson, professor emeritus of religion, with the understanding that the cost for the educational opportunities of international students can be prohibitive. The awards shall be given as additional scholarship support above and beyond the normal financial assistance, with preference given to female international students.

The Timothy R. Jacobsen '89 and Reuben Pacheco Current Scholarship, established by Timothy Jacobsen '89 and Reuben Pacheco, shall be awarded to qualified students with a demonstrated need for financial assistance who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

The Orville and Kathleen Johnson Current Scholarship, established by Orv and Kathy Johnson, shall be awarded to qualified international students who can show evidence of need for financial assistance. Preference shall be given to married students.

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 Blanche Y. Kangas Scholarship, established by Blanche Kangas, shall be awarded to qualified students with a demonstrated need for financial assistance and who qualify for Federal Pell grants or other similar Federal assistance. This award shall be made in addition to other need-based aid. First preference shall be given to students who are in handbell choir or incoming first-year students who will be in handbell choir, with second preference given to junior or senior bass clarinetists who are members of the Luther College Concert Band.

The Kraabel Family Scholarship, established by A. Thomas '56 and Janice Kraabel to honor Anton T. and Mary Kraabel. Between 1903 and 1918, A.T. Kraabel served the state of North Dakota as state representative, then senator, then lieutenant governor. The scholarship shall be awarded to qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance with preference given first to students from North Dakota, and then to students who are in the first generation of their family to attend college.

The Loven-Zeman Scholarship, established by Juanita (Zeman) '56 and Russell Loven '58 in memory of Betty M. (Zeman) Peterson Schneider, CE'57, shall be awarded to qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance, with preference to students from Jackson County, Wisconsin, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Clayton Counties in Iowa, non-traditional students, and students majoring in education.

The Lawrence and Betty Lubben Scholarship, established by Robert '69, David '74, and Gary Lubben '76 in honor of their parents for the many sacrifices made to enable them to be the first generation of their families to attend college. The scholarship shall be awarded to qualified students who can show evidence of need for financial assistance, with preference given to students who represent the first generation to attend college.

The Paul R. and Miri K. Mattson Scholarship, established by Paul '81 and Miri (Peterson) Mattson '81, shall be awarded to qualified students from Hosanna Lutheran Church in Rochester, Minnesota, without regard to financial need. If none, preference shall be given to international students who can show evidence of financial need.

The Ruth Mostrom Scholarship for International Students, established by Ruth Mostrom, professor emerita of Latin. Mostrom was one of the college's first female faculty and administrators, serving as registrar and teaching Greek and Latin among other positions, from 1950-1981. The scholarship shall be awarded to qualified international students with demonstrated need for financial assistance.

The Sylvia Gift Nabukeera Scholarship, established by friends of Sylvia Gift Nabukeera '10, who passed away in 2011 in Uganda. Sylvia’s life was an incredible journey, overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Before Luther, Sylvia attended Mahindra United World College of India. At Luther she was involved in the Black Student Union, Diversity Center, Gospel Choir, BTQ (Beta Theta Omega: Women's Leadership Organization) and Student Senate. She planned to pursue further education and was committed to working in Uganda in a non-profit organization to help children facing hardships similar to her own childhood. The scholarship shall be awarded to African women pursuing their undergraduate education at Luther College.

The Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission Scholarship, established by the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission, shall be awarded to qualified students who are graduates of the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission School in Rock Point, Arizona. If no students are available, preference will be given to other Navajo or Native American students.

The Connie Jolstad Nelson Scholarship, established by Connie (Jolstad) Nelson '60, shall be awarded to one (1) qualified student with demonstrated need for financial assistance. Preference will be given to a first-generation college student.

The Nervig-Ziemer Family Scholarship, established by Rolfe '70 and Mary (Ziemer) Nervig '70, shall be awarded to qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance. Consideration will be given to minority students and students who are majoring in sociology or social work.

The Karl H. and Anna B. Nordgaard Endowed Nursing Scholarship, established by Karl Nordgaard '25, the first director of admissions for Luther College in memory of his wife, Anna, a nurse by profession. The scholarship shall be awarded to qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance majoring in nursing. Preference shall be given to minority and/or non-traditional students.

The Ruth and Lynn Paulson Academic Opportunity Scholarship, established by Lynn '76 and Ruth (Hanna) Paulson '78, shall be awarded to qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance, facing financial challenges that threaten to keep them from achieving an undergraduate degree. The recipient(s) must be in good academic standing.

The Wayne C. Paulson Memorial Scholarship, established by Martha (Hovde) Paulson '64 in memory of her husband Wayne Paulson '65, shall be awarded to qualified students who can show evidence of need for financial assistance. Preference shall be given to minority students or students majoring in sociology.

The Reckling-Chossek Scholarship, established by Walt '68 and Aleta (Reckling) Chossek '69, shall be awarded to qualified students with preference given to African-American students or students from Tanzania.

The Jacob and Tina Sand Memorial Scholarship, established by Oliver Sand '27, shall be awarded to qualified international students with demonstrated need for financial assistance.

The Sathe Scholars Opportunity Scholarship, part of the Robert and Dell Ann Sathe Scholars Endowments, established by Robert '68 and Dell Ann (Kappus) Sathe '68, shall be awarded to qualified underprivileged students (first-generation, low-income, etc.) with demonstrated need for financial assistance, and is meant to be awarded to an incoming student and renewed each year the student is in attendance. This Access and Opportunity scholarship provides full- or partial-need scholarship support to offset the average Luther-funded scholarship award, assisting in institutional budget relief.

The Sathe Scholars Promise Scholarship, part of the Robert and Dell Ann Sathe Scholars Endowments, established by Robert '68 and Dell Ann (Kappus) Sathe '68, shall be awarded to qualified underprivileged students with demonstrated need for financial assistance, specifically to cover unmet financial need, and is meant to be awarded to an incoming student and renewed each year the student is in attendance.

The Sathe Scholars Study Abroad Scholarship, part of the Robert and Dell Ann Sathe Scholars Endowments, established by Robert '68 and Dell Ann (Kappus) Sathe '68, shall be awarded to qualified underprivileged students (first-generation, low-income, etc.) with demonstrated need for financial assistance to be used for a study-abroad experience.

The Steven B. Schaver Spanish Studies Scholarship, established by Steven Schaver '76, shall be awarded based on: sixty percent (60%) of the annual spending allowance will support accepted and enrolled Latino/Hispanic students who are low-income and/or first generation that demonstrate academic potential for success; and, forty percent (40%) of the annual spending allowance will support students who study abroad to build Spanish language skills.

The Judith Schroeder '69 and Robert Suarez Scholarship, established by Judith Schroeder '69, shall be awarded to qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance, with preference given to female and minority students majoring in history and/or international studies.

The Richard L. and Margaretha Sheppard Scholarship, established by Stephen '71 and Katie (Kvale) Sheppard '71, shall be awarded to qualified Asian-American students who can show evidence of need for financial assistance. If none, it shall be awarded to any qualified students who can show evidence of need for financial assistance.

The Anjela Shutts and Peter Kitundu Scholarship, established by Anjela Shutts '93 and Peter Kitundu, shall be awarded to qualified first generation students with demonstrated need for financial assistance.

The Sodexo Meal Plan Award, established by Sodexo, shall be awarded to qualified international students enrolled full time who: are living on campus in housing that requires a board plan; are working for Sodexo Dining Services on average, a minimum of 6 hours per week; and, have continuous employment with Sodexo Dining Services throughout the semester in the Cafeteria, Catering, Marty's, Nordic Brew, Oneota Market, and/or Sunnyside. 

The Helen A. Strand Scholarship, established by Marilyn Bohl '56 in honor of the work and dedication of Dr. Strand as a member of the education department faculty, shall be awarded with the intention to build and support a diverse student population with preference given to students who show evidence of need for financial assistance. Additional, but not primary, preference shall be given to students from Coachella High School, Coachella, California.

The Grace and Arthur Wangaard First Generation Student Scholarship, established by Susan Tjornehoj '76 and David Wangaard, shall be awarded to first generation immigrant, African American, or Native American students who come from families who have not benefited from the rich liberal arts experience at Luther College.

The Joanne Elsa Kunde Wilken Scholarship, established by Karen (Wilken) Braun '85 in honor of JoAnne Elsa Kunde Wilken who was the first generation in her family to attend college, shall be awarded to qualified first-generation female students with demonstrated need for financial assistance.

The Thomas G. and Betty E. Wilkens Scholarship, established through the estate of Tom '58 and Betty Wilkens, shall be awarded to qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance who are the first generation in their family to attend college.

The Xie Family Scholarship for Global Experience, established by Enwei Xie '94, shall be awarded to qualified international students with demonstrated need for financial assistance, and/or, to qualified students wishing to study abroad.

The Xie Scholarship for Math, established by Enwei Xie '94 and Lynn Tonglao, shall be awarded to qualified international students, underrepresented minorities (African American, Native American, Hispanic), and women who intend to major in mathematics, and who have a proven track record of excellence in this field of study.