The Edward and Stephen Bialas Scholarship, established by Rev. Jeanette (Bialas) '74 and Rev. Jonathan Strandjord '74, shall be awarded to qualified first-year students who can show evidence of need for financial assistance. Preference shall be given to students from Wisconsin or Illinois with demonstrated academic ability and an interest in history or political science.
The Edward W. Dosh '70 Memorial Scholarship, established in memory of Edward W. Dosh '70, to be awarded to qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance. Preference should be given to students majoring in History or Political Science.
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 Richard C. Hefte '53 Memorial Scholarship, established by the Chief Justice Roger L. Dell Charitable Trust in honor of Richard Hefte '53, shall be awarded to qualified students who have graduated from a high school located in Otter Tail County, Minnesota. Preference shall be given to students with strong academic performance and to students participating in music programs, preparing for careers in medicine or law. Richard C. Hefte was a native of Caledonia, Minnesota. He practiced law in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, from 1958-1993, when he was appointed to the Workers Compensation Court of Appeals by Governor Arne Carlson. Richard served as judge of that court until his retirement in 1999.
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 Scott D. Leith Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Scott D. Leith '86 (1963-1997), husband, son, brother, and a friend to many. Scott graduated from Luther College in 1986 with a double major in business management and political science. He was an active member of the track and cross country teams, and continued a lifelong involvement in running, bicycling, cross country skiing, and physical conditioning. This fund was established through contributions from many of Scott's friends, his employer, Jan Sport Inc., and his family, wife Judy Parker-Leith, and his parents, Donald and Joyce Leith. The scholarship shall be awarded to qualified returning students from Wisconsin who can show evidence of need for financial assistance and who are majoring in business management or political science.
The Jim Nussle Leadership Scholarship, established by Jim '83 and Karen Nussle, shall be awarded to qualified students with demonstrated need for financial assistance majoring in political science. Preference shall be given to students who demonstrate leadership qualities and a commitment to public service. Jim Nussle served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1991 to 2007, was the Republican nominee for the 2006 Iowa gubernatorial election, and was the director of the Office of Management and Budget from 2007 to 2009.
The Robert L. Rosholt Scholarship in Political Science, established by Robert Rosholt '51, shall be awarded to qualified students who can show evidence of need for financial assistance with preference given to students majoring in political science.