Legacy Trust

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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 900 scholarships that have been established at Luther.

The Legacy Trust Scholarship Program recognizes donors who have established annual or endowed scholarships. Scholarship donors are invited to the Legacy Trust Scholarship Luncheon event each year.

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.

Legacy Trust Scholarships

A full list of Legacy Trust scholarships can be found in our directory.

Established in Calendar Year 2020

Annual Scholarships

 Annual scholarships provide the opportunity for donors to make an immediate impact.

Professor John W. Kurtich Foundation Scholarship
The Professor John W. Kurtich Foundation for Study and Research

Ken and Alice Thomason Family Scholarship
Kathryn (Thomason) '77 and Michael Hoff

Legacy Scholarships

 Named endowed scholarships provide an enduring stream of scholarship support to assist current and future generations of Luther students, with a minimum commitment of $25,000.

Class of 1971 Scholarship **
Members of the Class of 1971

Class of 1986 Scholarship **
Members of the Class of 1986

Class of 1996 Scholarship **
Members of the Class of 1996

Bert M. and Mildred O. Dahl Scholarship
Estate of Bert and Mildred Dahl

Philip '98 and Lorelee Hood Scholarship *
Philip '98 and Lorelee Hood

Carolyn and James Nelson Scholarship
Carolyn (Nuttall) '62 and James Nelson

Vision Scholarships

  Named endowed scholarships provide an enduring stream of scholarship support to assist current and future generations of Luther students, with a minimum commitment of $50,000.

Black Alumni Association Scholarship
Perran Wetzel IV '79 and Loretta Dooley Wetzel '80, co-presidents of the Black Alumni Association, and Willie '84 and Denise Davismckennie '82, co-presidents of the Alumni Council, along with Sherry (Braun) Alcock '82, Barbara Fuller '72, Rufus '74 and Debra (Hopson) Glasper '73, Douglas '82 and Shelly Kintzinger, J. Robert '78 and Barbara Paulson, †Arne '80 and Ruth Sorenson, Jenifer K. Ward, and James '82 and Constance Whitesell, and through gifts from alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of Luther

Brenden/Wilson Scholarship
Debra Wilson '71 and Peggy Brenden '76

Fred Nyline Distinguished Award in Music
Matt '01 and Jaime (Rowe) Titus '00

(*) - deferred
(**) - in progress
(†) - deceased

 

During the 2020-2021 academic year, $6.2 million in donor-funded financial aid was distributed to nearly 900 students through awards ranging from $100 to $30,250.