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Morris First-Year Student Scholarships—No application required

Josephine L. Merriam Scholarship
You must be admitted to the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) as first-year student to be considered for this scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to first-year male students who demonstrate financial need as determined by UMM Financial Aid Office criteria. No application is required.
William W. Stout Scholarship
You must be admitted to the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) as first-year student to be considered for this scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to first-year female students who demonstrate financial need as determined by UMM Financial Aid Office criteria. No application is required.

Music Scholarship—Application required

Clyde Johnson Music Scholarship

Clyde Johnson Music Scholarships honor Clyde Johnson, professor emeritus of music, who served UMM from 1961 until 1999. The scholarships are awarded to talented University of Minnesota, Morris music majors to completely cover the fees for one year of weekly private, individual music lessons in the student’s major performance area (instrumental or voice).

The University of Minnesota, Morris will be hosting a Music Scholarship Day in February for students planning to enter college as music majors. During the event, students will have an on-campus audition with music faculty. Awards will be given based on the music faculty’s evaluation of a student’s audition as well as a brief discussion of musical background and goals. This scholarship is awarded by the Music Discipline.

The Office of Admissions will be in contact about the event with admitted students who have listed themselves as music majors. If you are interested in applying for the scholarship but unable to attend the event, please contact the Office of Admissions by April 1.

Morris Donor-Funded Scholarships

The following scholarships are available by submitting the Application for Admission and Competitive Scholarships by December 15.

2010 Promise of the Prairie Scholarship
This historical scholarship was created through the generosity of alumni and friends to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the University of Minnesota, Morris and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the West Central School of Agriculture and Experiment Station. Gifts are still being accepted for this scholarship. By making a gift to this scholarship, donors can receive a DVD copy of the documentary Promise of the Prairie: Education in Three Acts, a film that explores three very different educational institutions that have all made their home on the Morris campus. The scholarship is awarded to first year students with academic promise and financial need, and may be renewed for three years.
Annette Seppanen and Curt Nelson Scholarship
The Annette Seppanen ’82 and Curt Nelson ’83 Scholarship is awarded to outstanding entering first-year students on the basis of academic merit.
Bank of the West Scholarship
The Morris branch of Bank of the West gives this scholarship to a first-year student with academic merit from the bank’s service area.
Beta Sigma Psi/Chi Phi Scholarship
The Beta Sigma Psi/Chi Phi Scholarship was established by alumni from two former UMM fraternities. The Beta Sigma Psi fraternity was on campus from 1968 to 1985, the Chi Phi fraternity from 1985 to 1990. Both groups were Christian-based and members were involved in a number of community and campus volunteer activities. Based on academic merit, the scholarship is awarded to first-year men.
Bridgford Orvis Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Betty Bridgford Orvis and husband Robert Orvis, Sr. in memory of Betty’s parents, Roy and May Bridgford. Roy was an instructor in agronomy and soils at the University of Minnesota, West Central School of Agriculture from 1918 to 1956. This scholarship is awarded based on academic merit.
The Carol and Peter Person Scholarship
Peter and Carol are both members of UMM’s Class of ’73. Carol graduated with majors in English and History. Peter obtained a degree in Biology. In 1978, Carol graduated from William Mitchell College of Law and Peter graduated from the U of M medical school. Peter obtained his M.B.A. in Health Care Administration from St. Thomas University. Carol practiced law in Duluth for 14 years and then served as a judge of district court for ten years. Peter practiced medicine at the Duluth Clinic and served as President from 1995–97. In 1997, Peter became CEO of SMDC, a partnership between St. Mary’s Medical Center of Duluth and the Duluth Clinic, and CEO of Essentia when it was formed in 2004. Essentia is a heath system headquartered in Duluth which includes St. Mary’s Medical Center, the Duluth Clinic and more than 50 facilities in eight states. Peter and Carol wanted to make scholarship monies available to students showing academic promise but in need of financial support. Peter is grateful that his college education was financed by his Great Aunt, Meta Petersen, RN. Carol would never have been able to afford college had it not been for scholarships, grants, and work study programs she received from UMM and the State of Minnesota. It’s with a sense of gratitude that Peter and Carol established this scholarship.
Carol Pederson Meyer Scholarship in Honor of Hans and Alyce Pederson
Established in 2004 by Carol Pederson Meyer (WCSA ’60) in honor of her parents, Hans and Alyce Pederson, this scholarship provides financial assistance to full-time students who are descendants of UMM or WCSA alumni or students who are from rural locations of Minnesota. If recipients’ academic standings remain satisfactory, the scholarship may be renewable for up to four years. Meyer credits her parents, Hans and Alyce Pederson, with the vision to insure their children received a high quality education and created this scholarship to honor their memories and to honor the educational future of her own grandchildren.
Curtis H. Larson Memorial Scholarship
Curtis Larson ’64, who graduated with high distinction in economics, served as student speaker at UMM’s first commencement. Originally from Wendell, Curtis died in an accident while serving with the Peace Corps in Ecuador. The scholarship is given based on academic merit.
D. F. Bud Rentz Memorial Scholarship
Bud Rentz was a philanthropist, lobbyist, community leader and a great supporter of the University of Minnesota, Morris. As a member of the West Central Educational Development Association, the citizens lobby group instrumental in founding the UMM campus in 1959, he worked hard to bring UMM to the Morris community and to keep it here. Bud, Colleen, and all seven of their children have been Presidents Club members since 1984. He was a firm believer in UMM and its high educational standards, having graduated from UMM himself in 1993 with a degree in small business and economics. Many of his children and grandchildren also attended, and graduated, from UMM. Altogether the Rentz family spans three generations of alumni at UMM. In 1996, during the University-wide capital campaign known as Campaign Minnesota, Bud volunteered to co-chair the committee assigned to cover the west central region of Minnesota. Bud served proudly and faithfully in his role as co-chair up until the time of his death in 2002.
Donald H. and Carol Conner Vogt Scholarship
Gratitude for meaningful college experiences, successful careers, and the gift of family inspired Don ’68 and Carol Vogt ’70 to reflect on the significant impact that the UMM had on their lives.
On the occasion of Don’s retirement from Cargill, they created this scholarship to mark a new chapter in their lives and as a way to “give-back.” It is their hope that the scholarship will help young, aspiring students reach the fulfillment in life that they have been able to achieve. The scholarship supports new freshmen and transfer students, who show academic promise. It may be renewed for three additional years pending satisfactory academic progress toward an undergraduate degree at UMM.
Douglas and Marion Payne Rural Students Scholarship
Douglas Payne, a 1954 graduate of the University of Minnesota West Central School of Agriculture, and Marion Payne, a 1954 graduate of Benson High School, established this scholarship in 2004 in honor of the 50th anniversaries of their high school graduations. The scholarship supports new and transferring students from throughout greater Minnesota and the upper Midwest regardless of financial need. Preference is given to students who wish to live and work in rural communities throughout the state, and to Minnesota students from agricultural and/or rural backgrounds. The scholarship may be renewed provided the recipient remains in good academic standing.
Dr. S.R. Maxeiner, Jr. and Patricia Maxeiner Scholarship
Dr. and Patricia Maxeiner both graduated from the University of Minnesota on the Twin Cities campus. Dr. Maxeiner is a published author of poetry, fiction, and plays. He began writing in his retirement after practicing surgery for over 30 years. They created this scholarship in 2009 to support new students who demonstrate an interest in creative writing, such as editing the high school paper, entering contests, writing stories or poems, etc. The scholarship may be renewed up to three times for a student who demonstrates continuing growth and development in creative writing.
Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Scholarship
This scholarship is given by Edward and Helen Jane Morrison, longtime residents of Morris, who were instrumental in the establishment of UMM. The scholarship is awarded to first-year students with preference given to students from small towns or rural areas in Minnesota, and North and South Dakota. The scholarship is renewable if recipients maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Elmer and Viola Nelson Scholarship
The Elmer and Viola Nelson Scholarship was established by Glenn Nelson and his wife, Margaret Dewar, in honor of Glenn’s mother, Viola, and in memory of his father, Elmer. Elmer graduated in 1928 from the University of Minnesota, West Central School of Agriculture, a boarding high school that made its home on the Morris campus until 1963. The scholarship is awarded to students from west central Minnesota.
Erma Erickson Memorial Scholarship
George Erickson established this scholarship in memory of his wife, Erma, who passed away in 1999. George graduated in 1953 from the University of Minnesota West Central School of Agriculture, a boarding high school that made its home on the Morris campus until 1963. He and Erma married in 1957 and raised four children. In 1968, they moved to Northfield, where George continued to live until the time of his death in February 2010. An endowed scholarship, the Erma Erickson Memorial Scholarship supports new full-time students, including transfer students, who show academic promise. It may be renewed for three additional years with satisfactory academic progress.
Frank W. Veden Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Frank Veden. Frank graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1936 with a doctor of dental surgery degree and established a dental practice in Fergus Falls. Following his death in 1996, a trust created during his lifetime began giving assets from his estate to organizations Dr. Veden supported during his lifetime. The scholarship provides support to students from Otter Tail County with first preference given to those from Fergus Falls. Selection is based on scholastic achievement.
James and Bertha Togeas Chemistry Scholarship
The James and Bertha Togeas Chemistry Scholarship support full-time students who show academic promise. Preference is given to exemplary chemistry students who demonstrate one or more of these characteristics: success in the classroom, an outstanding record of research or scholarly work, an outstanding record of service, an outstanding work ethic, or have succeeded against the odds.
James and Mei-Ying Hoppie Scholarship
The James & Mei-Ying Hoppie Scholarship is awarded to new students majoring within the Science and Math disciplines at Morris, and may be renewed for up to three additional years. Preference is given to students with a heritage or ancestry in East Asia or Southeast Asia, including international students from that region. After completing two years at Morris, this scholarship may follow recipients to the Institute of Technology on the Twin Cities campus to pursue a degree in science, mathematics, or engineering.
Kay Keskinen Scholarship
Originally from New York Mills, Kay graduated from UMM in 1970 with a major in math and minors in physics and psychology. In 1972, after attending graduate school for math, she was hired to design and build administrative systems for the University of Idaho in Moscow where she worked for the next 31 years. There she was the first female systems analyst, first female database administrator, and first female management information systems manager. She also taught in the Computer Science Department when they were short-handed, and designed and taught a 15-hour adult enrichment computer class in the Continuing Education division. This scholarship is intended to provide support for women who, historically, have faced obstacles in non-traditional fields. Kay, along with her three siblings, also endowed the Keskinen Family Scholarship at UMM in memory of their parents.
Keskinen Family Scholarship
The Keskinen Family Scholarship was created by Kay, John, Susan, and Kathleen Keskinen, who attended UMM in the 1960’s and 1970’s, in honor of their parents, Lila and Ervin Keskinen. It provides support for full-time students at UMM. Preference is given to students from the New York Mills area, Otter Tail County, or the Wadena area. It may be renewed assuming satisfactory academic standing.
Khan Achievement Scholarship
The Khan Achievement Scholarship, established by Arnie and Melanie Khan in memory of Arnie’s father, Iftikhar Khan, professor emeritus of English, supports UMM’s mission to attract and retain students of high quality and unlimited potential. It is awarded to first-year students who are in the top five percent of their high school class and place in the top 20 percent nationally on college entrance exams. It may be renewed for an additional three years provided the recipient maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.
Loren W. Carr Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of her father by Stephanie Carr ’94 and husband David Valdovinos, and members of the Morris community, this scholarship honors the late Loren Carr, longtime Morris area and west central Minnesota business and community leader. The scholarship provides financial assistance to civic-minded students who have demonstrated solid leadership skills and are committed to using and enhancing those skills at UMM and in the surrounding community. It is awarded to first-year students who show academic promise based on academic merit and demonstrated leadership and community service. It may be renewed for an additional three years provided the recipient maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and continues to serve as a leader and volunteer at UMM and in the community.
Mark C. Sticha Endowed Scholarship
Established by Mark Sticha ’75 in honor of his parents, longtime Clarissa area farmers Milo and LaVerne Sticha, this scholarship is awarded to students from Todd County, who are enrolled full time, with preference to first-year students from a working farm.
Mark C. Sticha Matching Scholarship
Mark graduated from UMM in 1975 with triple majors in political science, sociology, and economics. Originally from Clarissa, MN, Mark believes that the liberal arts education he received at UMM helped prepare him to achieve his career goals. A strong supporter of UMM, he hopes that by establishing the Mark C. Sticha Scholarship Fund, students from Todd County will be encouraged to attend and ultimately graduate from UMM.
Morris Scholarship Endowment—Promise of Tomorrow Scholarship
The Morris Scholarship Endowment—Promise of Tomorrow Scholarship supports full-time students who demonstrate talent, motivation, academic success, and promise.
Otter Tail Power Company Scholarship
The Otter Tail Power Company Scholarship is awarded to first-year students whose families are served by Otter Tail Power Company based on academic merit. Otter Tail Power Company has been an important part of the Morris community for many years and a longtime supporter of UMM.
Patrick McGinnis Family Scholarship
Patrick McGinnis was a UMM English professor from 1961 until the time of his death in 1966. He left behind a wife, Barbara, and their five children, Catherine, Clare, Mara, Colin and Timothy. Thanks to a scholarship, Barbara went on to earn a master of library science degree in 1969. She then worked as a reference librarian at UMM until her retirement in 1995. Barbara and the McGinnis children established the Patrick McGinnis Family Scholarship as a reflection of their deep belief in making educational opportunities available to students. The scholarship provides support for full-time students at UMM. Preference is given to students who intend to major in one of the sciences. A plus factor is given to female students. It may be renewed assuming satisfactory academic standing.
Randall J. Kopitzke Scholarship
Randall J. Kopitzke ’72, a history and speech communication major, was a member of the Phi Mu Delta fraternity’s Gamma Epsilon Chapter, which was active on campus from 1964 until 1973. Many Phi Mu Delta alumni, including Kopitzke, continue to be energetic, active supporters of UMM. This scholarship supports first-year students from rural areas who intend to graduate from UMM.
Robert and Diane Peterson Promise of Tomorrow Scholarship
Robert and Diane (Femrite) Peterson, both from the west central region of Minnesota, met at UMM while dissecting fetal pigs during a biology course. Bob was a UMM scholarship recipient and the first in his family to attend college. He received his PhD degree from the Twin Cities campus. Diane graduated from the Twin Cities campus as well, with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. They presently live in Austin, Texas, where Bob is a chaired professor in business and associate vice president for research at The University of Texas at Austin. The Peterson’s established this scholarship in 2010 to assist students who are majoring or interested in majoring in science, technology, pre-engineering, or mathematics. Preference is given to students from Minnesota. The scholarship may be renewed for three years pending satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree.
Robert (Bob) A. Menzhuber Scholarship
This scholarship was created by Mike and Barb Menzhuber to honor the memory of Bob Menzhuber ’76, Mike’s brother, a high school art teacher who dedicated his life to inspiring others to explore and engage in art. It provides financial assistance to full-time UMM students who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and who aspire to study studio art.
Robert James Riley Memorial Scholarship
Robert James Riley was a 1955 graduate of the University of Minnesota, West Central School of Agriculture. He worked on many UMM campus construction projects, including contributing his time and securing the donation of construction equipment to provide landscaping for the WCSA Alumni Garden. The scholarship was established by his wife, Judy, with a generous contribution from two of his brothers, Joe Riley and John Riley. The scholarship provides financial support to new full-time UMM students who show academic promise. Preference is given to students interested in the sciences and the social sciences who graduate from high schools located in the five counties surrounding Morris. It may be renewed for up to four years if recipients maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0, and are enrolled full-time.
Romilly Jean Cassida Memorial Scholarship
Romilly Jean (Wilson) Cassida graduated from Hancock High School in 1962 as salutatorian of her class. She was awarded several scholarships and continued her education at UMM, graduating with distinction in 1966 with majors in studio art and psychology. She had a long successful career with Prudential, moving all over the country and working her way up to vice president. Upon retirement in 1998, she built her dream home on Whidbey Island in Washington State, where she resided until her passing in December, 2006. An artist and sculptor, Rom was widely read and enjoyed lively discussions, landscaping, gardening, interesting travels and working on her home. The scholarship is given to new students, including transfer students, who show academic promise and are enrolled full-time at UMM. It may be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, and academic books. It may be renewed for three additional years pending satisfactory academic progress.
Shirley Stewart Skoog Scholarship
As a non-traditional “older than average” student, Shirley commuted to UMM from Ortonville where, in addition to being a full time student, she was a teacher, wife, and mother of teen-age children. Shirley particularly enjoyed writing and drama classes. She graduated from UMM in 1970 with a major in elementary education and only a few credits away from a minor in theater. Believing good teaching is itself a performing art, Shirley devoted her career to teaching and spent over 30 years in the classroom. She continues to be a lifelong teacher and learner, as well as a writer, singer, artist, actor, master gardener, and philanthropist. This scholarship is for students in the performing arts, be it in a classroom or on a stage.
Stacy Polzin McIntyre Memorial Scholarship
Parents Deborah and Arland Polzin and husband Scott McIntyre established an endowed scholarship in Stacy Polzin McIntyre’s memory. A three-year Cougar volleyball starter, Stacy graduated in 1994 with majors in psychology and liberal arts for human services. She received a graduate degree in social services management from Western Maryland College in Westminster and worked at the Kennedy Krieger Center at Johns Hopkins University working with children and adolescents with brain disorders. She died in 2001. The scholarship is awarded to first-year students, preferably women, with a minimum high school GPA of 3.0, who have been active in community, school, and church activities. It is renewable for an additional three years if recipients maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Ted Uehling Endowed Scholarship
Former students, friends, and family of the late Ted Uehling, professor of philosophy, established this scholarship to honor Ted’s extensive contributions to UMM and the impact he made on many students’ lives. The scholarship is awarded to full-time students, chosen on merit, with preference to entering or enrolled African American students majoring or intending to major in philosophy.
UMM Alumni Association First-Year Academic Scholarship
Many UMM alumni make contributions to the Scholarship Fund through Alumni Annual Giving. Through their collective efforts, they have made it possible for first-year students to receive scholarships based on academic merit.
UMM Alumni Association Herb Croom Endowed Scholarship
Herb Croom was an assistant professor and principal at the University of Minnesota, West Central School of Agriculture from 1943 to 1960. With the establishment of the collegiate program on the Morris campus, he became director of student services at UMM and then director of placement and coordinator of alumni relations. The scholarship was initially established by friends and family members at the time of his death in 1973. In 1995 the UMM Alumni Association provided funds to fully endow the scholarship. Eligible students are direct descendants of UMM or WCSA alumni.
West Central School of Agriculture Class of 1956 Scholarship
The West Central School of Agriculture (WCSA) Class of ’56 Scholarship was established by Professor Emeritus Peter Torvik in appreciation for the education that he and fellow classmates received at the WCSA. Thanks to outstanding academic programs, a vast array of experiences, increased independence, and greater responsibility, graduates of the WCSA were well prepared for whatever path their lives followed. This scholarship is awarded to new freshmen students showing academic promise. Preference is given to students from a rural or small town background in the region formerly served by WCSA, primarily west central and southwestern Minnesota and the eastern Dakotas. It may be renewed for three additional years pending satisfactory academic progress toward an undergraduate degree at UMM.

Morris Donor-Funded Scholarships—No application required

Clayton A. and Eleanor P. Gay Scholarship
This scholarship honoring Clayton A. Gay and Eleanor P. Gay was established by the Gay family, including their sons, James C. Gay, Woodbury, and Robert F. Gay ’68, Lexington, South Carolina. Clayton and Eleanor were members of the West Central Educational Development Association which lobbied the Minnesota State Legislature for the establishment of a University of Minnesota campus in Morris in the late 1950s. The scholarship provides financial assistance to students from Stevens County and adjacent counties.
Emilie Gieske Scholarship for Students of Grant or Stevens County
The Emilie Gieske Scholarship for Students of Grant or Stevens County was established in honor of Emilie Gieske’s many years of residence in Herman, where she was born and raised, and in Morris, where she made her home with late husband Millard Gieske, a UMM political science professor. The scholarship is awarded to first-year students from Grant County or Stevens County with preference given to students from Grant County.
Helen and Carl Iverson Memorial Scholarship
Carl Iverson, a Minnesota State Senator and Representative, was instrumental in the establishment of the State College System, UMM and the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. He and wife Helen believed that rural youth should have access to quality educational programs. They established a charitable trust directing that a portion of their estate be used to provide scholarships for students from Ottertail County and Grant County. Co-trustees are Brian Wing, Lorraine Rylander, and Lon Rylander of Ashby.
Joseph P. Gandrud Endowed Scholarship
Bob Gandrud ’65 and wife Nancy established this scholarship in honor of Bob’s father, the late Joseph Gandrud, a longtime Glenwood area farmer. Recipients are Minnewaska Area High School graduates.

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Morris Donor-Funded Scholarships—Application required

Gertrude Gaffney Hanlon Memorial Scholarship
Established in 1993, this scholarship provides financial assistance to students at UMM, preferably women of Irish heritage. Funds are provided from the estate of Dorothy Hanlon, the daughter of Gertrude Gaffney Hanlon. Dorothy Hanlon was a teacher and administrator with the Bureau of Indian Affairs for many years.
John Vo Memorial Scholarship
John Minh Dung Vo was an active member of the UMM Dance Ensemble, Swing Club, and Art Club until his death in 1999. He would have graduated in 2000 with majors in computer science, English, and studio art. The scholarship, created by John’s family and friends and the UMM Dance Ensemble, is awarded to fifth-year or sixth-year students pursuing multiple majors, at least one of which is in the fine arts.
Karyn Nielson Memorial Scholarship
Gregg ’70 and Judy Nielson ’72 established this scholarship in memory of their daughter, Karyn, a UMM legacy student who died in 1993 as the result of a horse-riding accident. The scholarship is awarded to students who share Karyn’s passion for community service, church activities, and volunteerism.
Phi Mu Delta Scholarship
UMM Phi Mu Delta alumni endowed this scholarship in 2004. It is awarded to juniors or seniors who demonstrate Phi Mu Delta’s “Three S Philosophy” of service, scholarship, and social contributions. Preference is given to legacy students whose parents or grandparents attended UMM or the University of Minnesota, West Central School of Agriculture.

Morris Donor-Funded Scholarships—No application required

All students are automatically considered for these scholarships based on established criteria.

Alice Weickert Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to UMM students demonstrating character, leadership, and academic achievement. Alice Weickert was a longtime Morris elementary school principal. Following her death, her husband, the late Harold Weickert, a dentist in Wheaton, established the scholarship in her memory.
Annie Hagen Memorial Scholarship
The Annie Hagen Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a fourth-year UMM student who demonstrates the qualities that Annie possessed. Preference is given to women. The recipient should demonstrate a high level of concern for others and be active in UMM events, especially in intramural sports. Annie Hagen made an incredibly positive and unforgettable impact on everyone she met. Her friends remember Annie being there whenever needed with a smile and caring hand. Annie died in a car accident June 16, 2000, a year before her graduation from UMM. She played varsity softball and intramural sports, and was active in Big Friend/Little Friend.
Arnie Henjum Education Scholarship
Dr. Arnold and Irene Henjum established the Arnie Henjum Education Scholarship for secondary education students who demonstrate excellence in education, a deep commitment to the practices of teaching and the study of learning, and outstanding potential to contribute to the field of education. Dr. Henjum, a professor of education at UMM from 1964 until 1992, made innumerable contributions to public education in Minnesota and upheld the values of excellence throughout his exemplary career.
Beverley Wartman Munson Scholarship
Beverley Wartman Munson was a 1967 UMM elementary education alumna. The scholarship was established in 1999 by sister Judy Wartman Schmidt Blair ’73 and husband Michael Blair in Beverley’s memory. Recipients are elementary education majors.
Boost Scholarship
The Boost Scholarship is awarded to new or returning full-time students with a preference given to those registered with the Office of Disability Services. Previous recipients may re-apply for the scholarship and receive funding for a total of up to four years.
Brun Scholarship for Environmental Studies
Shaped by her experiences at UMM, Maria Brun ’08 believes that as we make our decisions we must consider our role in and impact on the environment. By helping talented students obtain an education that combines environmental topics with a liberal arts education, Maria believes the next generation will be prepared to shape a more environmentally responsible future, from the household, to corporate America, to policy making. In this spirit Maria created this scholarship to support students who have demonstrated academic excellence in their first year and who are committed to an Environmental Studies major, as well as to attract and retain potential and current environmental studies majors at UMM.
Carrie Wickstom Scholarship
A scholarship Carrie Wickstrom received while attending the University of Minnesota West Central School of Agriculture made it possible for her to complete her high school education in 1929 and to go on to college. Carrie taught for 30 years in Ulen and Montevideo. Based on academic merit, recipients are students pursuing education licensure with preference given to those intending to teach at the elementary level.
CenterPoint Energy Scholarship
Based on academic merit, this scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student who is a U. S. citizen majoring in computer science or pre-engineering. Preference is given to a student of color. CenterPoint Energy is a natural gas and electric corporation.
Dian and Andy Lopez Scholarship
Established in 1994 by Dian and Andy Lopez, members of the UMM computer science faculty, this scholarship is awarded to third-year computer science majors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference is given to students from underrepresented groups in computer science such as women, American students of color, or international students of color.
Dorothybelle and Edward Kaufman Appleton Scholarship
Recipients of this scholarship, established by Dorothybelle and Edward Kaufman of Appleton, Minnesota, must have a permanent home residence within the boundaries of School District #784 and have completed a minimum of 50 credits with a GPA of 3.50. They must intend to complete their degree at UMM and be full-time students.
Dr. Clara B. Riveland Endowed Scholarship
Dr. Clara Riveland received a degree in English from UMM in 1965. She earned a master of arts and a doctorate in speech communication and taught at St. Cloud State University, Lea College, and St. John’s University. The scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior speech communication major demonstrating exemplary practice in the field and strong commitment to theoretical perspectives. Preference is given to students from New Effington, Rosholt, or Claire City, South Dakota.
Edna Snee Rodgers Memorial Scholarship
The family of longtime faculty members C. Frederick Farrell, Jr. and the late Edith Rodgers Farrell established this scholarship in memory of Edith’s mother, Edna Snee Rodgers. This scholarship is awarded to those who are making a transition back to college or beginning college for the first time later in life. Preference is given to women.
Edward and Patricia LaFave Scholarship
Edward and Patricia LaFave, longtime Morris residents, were instrumental in the establishment of UMM. Their scholarship provides support to students who show academic promise. Preference is given to nontraditional students who may not have been able to attend college right after high school or who have been away from college for several years.
Ernest Kemble Scholarship
Established in 2010 by Dr. Ernest & Cathryn Kemble, this scholarship is for students who are juniors or seniors at UMM. Dr. Kemble taught psychology at Morris from 1966 until his retirement in 1992. Cathy graduated from UMM in 1982 with a degree in elementary education, and then went on to enjoy a career in that field until her retirement in 1995. By establishing this scholarship, the Kemble family hopes to financially support students as they pursue their educational goals.
Estelle Lee Scholarship
UMM received this scholarship through the estate of Estelle Lundring Lee, longtime Morris resident and friend of the UMM campus. The scholarship assists those planning to teach in elementary, secondary, or higher education in obtaining a multi-cultural experience in a setting outside of our state’s borders. It covers the course fee charged for students who go outside the 60-mile service area for student teaching. It is intended to encourage students to complete their student teaching in a community which is unfamiliar to them.
Florence Eystad Gahm Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is given in Florence Eystad Gahm’s memory by husband Wilbur Gahm. Florence was a passionate advocate for education and a member of the West Central Educational Development Association, the grassroots organization that lobbied for UMM’s establishment in the late 1950s. In the early 1960s, she taught remedial noncredit English for UMM students who did not qualify for freshman composition. Recipients are junior English majors who plan to teach secondary education or at the college level.
Fosgate Theatre Scholarship
George Fosgate, professor emeritus of theatre, retired from UMM in 1995 after 32 years of teaching speech and theatre arts. He and wife Pat live near Portland, Oregon, where George continues to work as an actor performing in theatre, television, movies, and industrial video productions. This scholarship is designed to encourage and reward returning UMM theatre majors.
Hansen Memorial Scholarship
The Hansen Memorial Scholarship Award was established by the family of Daisy Hansen, who taught violin and string methods at UMM and played in the UMM orchestra for many years.

The Hansen Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to two students according to the following criteria:
  • Music major standing;
  • Outstanding academic performance in music courses required for the Music Major, especially the Music Theory and Music History sequences;
  • Outstanding ability in applied music performance or composition;
  • Overall academic excellence, including an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
Students who wish to apply for this scholarship should submit the following materials to the Music Discipline Coordinator:
  • A letter of application for the scholarship award addressing the above criteria;
  • A current transcript;
  • Sample performance programs are suggested, although not required.
The award will be distributed in 2 equal parts over the two semesters of the following year as part of the recipient’s financial aid package. The donors’ intent is that the Scholarship Award will be used to enhance the recipient’s education in Music at UMM.
Harold P. and Leona E. Classen Family Scholarship
Leona was a member of the UMM education faculty from 1970 until her retirement in 1985. She began her career as an educator in 1939 at a country school in Lac Qui Parle County and taught in elementary schools in Windom, New Ulm, Cincinnati, Fargo, and Chokio, where she also served as principal. The scholarship is awarded for a student’s junior year following acceptance into the elementary education program and may be renewed for the student’s senior year assuming satisfactory academic standing. Preference is given to students from Pope, Douglas, Big Stone, Traverse, Grant, Swift, Stevens, Kandiyohi and Lac Qui Parle counties in Minnesota.
International Students Scholarships Fund
Established by the late Thomas B. McRoberts, former Director of Continuing Education, Regional Programs and Summer Session at UMM, this scholarship is intended for degree-seeking International students who have enrolled, completed, and paid for four semesters as a full-time student, and whose cumulative grade point average is at least 3.0. Tom graduated from UMM in 1968 with a major in history, and went on to earn a Master’s Degree, also in history, from the University of Orgeon, Eugene. He then returned to UMM where he spent the next 34 years working tirelessly to expand learning opportunities for students. Among his many accomplishments and contributions was the development of the Center for International Programs. This scholarship is a reflection of Tom’s passion for helping to broaden the horizons and unlock the world for the students whose ambitions he helped to fuel.
James Van Alstine Geology and Environmental Sciences Scholarship
This scholarship was established upon Jim’s retirement from UMM in the spring of 2009. When Jim arrived in Morris in 1974 there was no official geology major. Instead students earned a geology degree as an “option two” or a designed major. With the late Clemens “Johnny” Brauer, professor of geology, Jim was instrumental in developing the curriculum that led to the implementation of the official major. Additionally, in the 1980s in cooperation with the South Dakota School of Mines, Jim developed the field camp experience that provides majors with a real world geology opportunity. In this hands-on environment Morris students successfully compete with students from colleges around the country. Field camp remains a favorite memory of many geology alumni.
John Q. Imholte Scholarship
The John Q. Imholte Scholarship was established in 1990 on the occasion of Jack Imholte’s retirement as UMM’s chancellor after 21 years. He was a member of the original faculty when UMM was established in 1960. The scholarship is awarded to students who have completed 60 credits of course work and has demonstrated outstanding academic ability.
Leroy Welfare Scholarship
Leroy Welfare attended the University of Minnesota West Central School of Agriculture and was a Morris-area farmer interested in politics and conservation. He was active in the Farm Bureau and helped organize the Stevens County Seed Co-op and Morris Co-op Elevator Association. The scholarship was established by granddaughter and UMM alumna Judy Wartman Schmidt Blair ’73. Recipients are political science majors with a preference to students interested in conservation issues.
Linda Carlson Hoxtell Memorial Scholarship
Established in memory of Linda Hoxtell ’70, UMM biology major, by husband Lyle ’70, in conjunction with the UMM Alumni Association, this scholarship is awarded to full-time junior or senior students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference is given to English majors, as Linda was a poet.
Linda Freeman Scholarship
Linda Freeman ’86 completed a UMM degree while working full time, participating in community activities, and raising two daughters. She established the scholarship for students majoring in English. Preference is given to nontraditional students.
Mary Jo Kwako Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the friends and family of the late Mary Jo Kwako, a UMM student from 1965 to 1968. Recipients are UMM students who demonstrate academic merit.
McCree/Kaufman Scholarships
These awards are given by Dr. and Mrs. Edward Kaufman, Appleton, in memory of their parents: the A. Amos McCree Scholarship to a student majoring in mathematics; the Andrew J. Kaufman Scholarship to a student majoring in the natural sciences; the Kate McCoy Kaufman Scholarship to a student majoring in elementary education; and the Alice Mills McCree Scholarship to a theatre arts major. Students must demonstrate academic excellence and potential in the field.
Morrison Scholarships
These scholarships are given by Edward and Helen Jane Morrison, longtime residents of Morris, who were instrumental in the establishment of UMM.

The J. C. Morrison Scholarship is given in memory of Ed’s father, owner-publisher of the Morris Sun and the Morris Tribune from 1898 to 1954, to students majoring in English.

The Edna Murphy Morrison Scholarship Award was established by the Morrison family and is an academic scholarship for a music major. The funds will be placed in the recipient's financial aid package.

The Edna Murphy Morrison Scholarship will be awarded according to the following criteria:
  • Music major standing at the 3rd or 4th year level, will be attending UMM the following year;
  • Overall GPA minimum of 3.5;
  • Music GPA of at least 3.5;
  • Outstanding ability in applied music performance or composition.
Students who wish to apply for this scholarship should submit the following materials to the Music Discipline Coordinator:
  • A letter of application for the scholarship award addressing the above criteria;
  • An up-to date transcript;
  • Sample performance programs.
The award will be distributed in 2 equal parts over the two semesters of the following year as part of the recipient’s financial aid package.
Nathan Goldberg Scholarship for Community Service
The Nathan Goldberg Scholarship for Community Service provides two years of tuition assistance to students entering their junior year and planning to graduate from UMM. They must demonstrate a record of community service activities. Preference is given to students from underrepresented groups. The scholarship was established by Sam and Nancy Schuman to honor the memory of Nathan Goldberg, an Army Air Corps pilot who was the first person from Morris to lose his life in World War II. Sam Schuman served as UMM’s chancellor from 1998 until 2006.
Nathaniel E. Williams Memorial Scholarship
Given in memory of Nathaniel Williams, this scholarship is awarded to new full-time students with a preference given to those registered with the Office of Disability Services. Special consideration is given to students interested in fishing, nature, and the outdoors, Nathaniel’s passions. It is renewable up to a total of four years if recipients continue to use disability services and remain in good academic standing.
Robert DeWall Scholarship
Originally from Appleton, Minnesota, Robert “Bob” DeWall was a long time Morris resident and business man, who along with his wife, Marian, avidly supported UMM. Bob was one of the original founding members of the West Central Educational Development Association, who, in the 1950s, convinced the Regents of the University of Minnesota to establish a campus in Morris. The DeWall’s were close friends with several early leaders of UMM including Bob Gay, Allen Edson, and Dr. Fred W. Behmler. Many of the DeWall’s five children attended UMM as students. In addition to attending countless sporting events at UMM, Bob’s hobbies included gardening and collecting civil war journals and papers. This scholarship, established by Bob & Marion’s son, Craig, provides support for history majors at UMM.
Russel M. and Margaret M. Fischer Scholarship
Margie & Russ Fischer created their scholarship to support UMM, an institution they view as an important asset to the region and to the education of area students. Russ was a valued adviser to Chancellor Dave Johnson in the mid- to late-1990’s on UMM’s Chancellor Advisory Council. Margie & Russ both grew up in New York, graduated from SUNY, and Russ holds a master’s degree from NYU. Since his retirement as an insurance executive, both Margie & Russ continue to serve through various volunteer activities in their home communities of Milbank and Minneapolis. They also enjoy travel and attending UMM events. The Russel and Margaret Fischer Scholarship is awarded to a UMM junior or senior, based on their academic achievement, financial need, and related university activities (theater, the arts, music, sports, educational clubs and societies, student government, or anything beyond the classroom that adds to the student’s personal growth and positively contributes to overall campus life).
Sara Eidsvold Hendrickson and Jon Hendrickson Scholarships
These scholarships are provided by Jim and Anne Eidsvold of Alexandria in honor of their daughter and son-in-law. One scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in English and the other to a student majoring in business/management. Jim’s parents, the late Lyman and Julie Eidsvold, provided help and encouragement in the early days of UMM. Jim and Anne continue that tradition along with their children—Sara Eidsvold Hendrickson and husband Jon Hendrickson, and Philip Eidsvold—a third generation of UMM supporters from the Eidsvold family.
Seventh District Minnesota Federation of Women’s Clubs Scholarship
Started in 1895, this organization was a means of educating women of several communities in various topics from literature, history, and travel, to science, drama, and music. The group was also active in social issues. A local group, now called the Students Club of Morris, continues to discuss current topics of interest and is involved in community affairs. The scholarship is awarded to deserving UMM students who are residents of the Seventh Congressional District.
Sun M. Kahng Memorial Scholarship
The family of Sun M. Kahng, professor of economics and management, established this scholarship to honor his memory and to celebrate his many years as a scholar and teacher at UMM. The Sun M. Kahng Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a returning economics or management junior or senior who demonstrates outstanding scholarship, serves as an officer or actively participates in the UMM Economics and Management Club, and has made a significant contribution to the discipline or Social Science Division.
Theodore S. and Tone H. Long Scholarship
Ted Long taught English at the University of Minnesota West Central School of Agriculture from 1925 to 1960 and at UMM from 1960 to 1969. Tone taught WCSA home economics from 1927 to 1937. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit and motivation.
University Association—Lucy Imholte Scholarship
This scholarship is presented to full-time sophomores from the Morris area who have demonstrated scholastic achievement during their first year at UMM. Lucy Imholte, former president of the University Association, was active in a number of community organizations including the Morris Public Library and the Stevens County Historical Society. Her husband, Jack Imholte, professor emeritus of history, served as UMM’s chancellor for 21 years.
William R. King Scholarship
William King received a UMM bachelor of arts in elementary education in 1973. He is president of the Minnesota Council on Foundations and has a history of extensive community involvement with nonprofit organizations. His scholarship is awarded to seniors, with a minimum 3.0 GPA, planning to teach elementary education in rural Minnesota. Preference is given to students of color.
William Stewart Scholarship
This scholarship was established to honor Bill Stewart, director of the UMM Minority Student Program from 1973 to 1998 (now the Multi-Ethnic Student Program). It provides financial assistance to students who may have grown up under hardship and show academic promise. In keeping with Bill’s special interest, preference is given to students of color majoring in the sciences or mathematics and/or those intending to pursue graduate degrees.

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Morris Donor-Funded Scholarship—Application Required

The following scholarship is available by submitting the Application for Admission and Competitive Scholarships by December 15.

Donald H. and Carol Conner Vogt Scholarship
Gratitude for meaningful college experiences, successful careers, and the gift of family inspired Don '68 and Carol Vogt '70 to reflect on the significant impact that the UMM had on their lives. On the occasion of Don's retirement from Cargill, they created this scholarship to mark a new chapter in their lives and as a way to "give-back." It is their hope that the scholarship will help young, aspiring students reach the fulfillment in life that they have been able to achieve. The scholarship supports new freshmen and transfer students, who show academic promise. It may be renewed for three additional years pending satisfactory academic progress toward an undergraduate degree at UMM.



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