Legacy Trust

Gift Amount

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 2021

Annual Scholarships

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

Giuseppe and Ellen (Woodard) Colletta Fund for International Studies
Ellen Woodard-Colletta ’82

Kenneth W. Ehler Scholarship
Kenneth Ehler

James S. and Judith L. Fogdall Nursing Scholarship
James ’64 and Judith (Larson) Fogdall ’65

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.

Amber Hill Anderson and Elaine Ottmers Hill Scholarship
Elaine (Ottmers) ’77 and Paul Hill

Alice Reuter Scholarship
Estate of Alice Reuter ’77

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.

Roger and Eleanor Ault Scholarship (**)
Roger ’63 and Eleanor (Roe) Ault ’64

Donald N. and Joan E. Bungum Scholarship
Donald ’53 and †Joan Bungum

Edith A. Copley Music Scholarship (*)
Edith Copley ’74

William and Judith Davis Scholarship
Judith (Ream) Davis ’62

Stanley and Violet Hagen Scholarship

William and Norma Hervey Study Abroad Scholarship (*)
Norma Hervey

Dr. Marilyn Wilcox Hines Memorial Scholarship
Christine Olsen '78, Leesa (Kania) Thorgaard '78, and Suzanne Woodrich '77

Jewel Theatre Arts Scholarship
Estate of Jewel Kintzinger

Kintzinger Family Rochester Semester Scholarship
Estate of Jewel Kintzinger

William and Carolyn Kobler Family Scholarship (*)
William ’70 and Carolyn (Peterson) Kobler ’70

Nan’s Scholarship
Melodie Hovland ’65

Shirley and Edgar Nelson Scholarship
Children of †Edgar '46 and †Shirley (Bird) Nelson ’47

Sandersfeld Endowed Scholarship
Elisabeth (Marvin) ’00 and Shane Sandersfeld

Wilke/Iverson Family Scholarship
†Mary JoAnn (Iverson) '55 and Thomas Wilke

Promise Scholarships

 Promise scholarships are to help close the gap in unmet financial need--allowing Luther to attract and recruit the most talented students.

Mary (Macal) and Stephen Knutson Promise Scholarship
Stephen ’81 and Mary (Macal) Knutson ’83

Applied Learning Funds

 Named Applied Learning Funds support applied learning and internship opportunities for students by providing funds to assist with transportation, meals, and housing. 

Sarah and Brian Clark Applied Learning Endowment (**)
Sarah (Rouse) ’05 and Brian Clark ’05

Dahlberg Applied Learning Fund
Gregory ’73 and Kathryn (Sorensen) Dahlberg ’73

Stephen and Susan Kraabel Applied Learning Endowment (**)
Stephen ’63 and Susan Kraabel

Laura Charlson Loberg Applied Learning Endowment (**)
Laura (Charlson) Loberg ’89

Alan D. Stoddard Applied Learning Endowment
Gregory Stoddard

Joy and John Wetzel Applied Learning Endowment (**)
John Wetzel

James N. and Jodi Palma Young Applied Learning Endowment (**)
James ’81 and Jodi (Palma) Young ’81


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

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.