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Colonial Dames Scholarship

Make a gift!The Colonial Dames Scholarship supports international students at the University of Minnesota who are in need of emergency assistance. The scholarship is supported by individual and organizational gifts from the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Minnesota. Over the 60+ years of the scholarship, more than $500,000 has been awarded to more than 800 students from 90 countries.


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History of the Scholarship

Josef Mestenhauser with international students in 1959The genesis of the Colonial Dames Scholarship began in 1951 after Mrs. Eleanor Pillsbury, then president of Minnesota’s Colonial Dames, returned from a trip to India. She felt that more needed to be done to support international exchanges and bring added cultural diversity to Minnesota. She approached the University of Minnesota and Dr. Josef Mestenhauser, who was in charge of the international student office at the time (pictured at right with international students in 1959).

They created a scholarship program that supports current international students at the University of Minnesota who are in need of emergency assistance. Many international students face financial hardships due to political strife, natural disasters, or family crises back home. The Colonial Dames Scholarship often is the difference that allows students to remain at the University and graduate.

From the beginning, the Dames saw the scholarship as part of their patriotic service mission. The funds were not considered a handout to students, but rather a form of person-to-person diplomacy that would improve mutual understanding between the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Much has changed since those first scholarships were offered in the 1950s. Some recipients came from countries that are now defunct (like Biafra) or have become independent and changed their names (Rhodesia/Zimbabwe). The international student population at the University has also increased greatly, from 350 students when the scholarship was created to more than 5,800 in 2013.

In 1996, Colonial Dame Marion Cross made a bequest of $100,000 to establish an endowment fund that has allowed the University to offer larger scholarships for a greater impact. To date, more than 800 students have received a Colonial Dames Scholarship.

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Alumni Profiles

Where are they now?

More than 800 students from 90 countries have received the Colonial Dames Scholarship over the last six decades. They have since scattered to all corners of the globe to share their knowledge and talents with the world. In this globalized and interconnected 21st century, our alumni are professionals who regularly travel abroad, collaborate across borders, and address global issues. They are an amazing and diverse group. Some have returned home, while others have found opportunities in the United States or another country. They are architects, academics, engineers, business leaders, and policy experts.

Profiles of some of the past recipients are listed here. We will continue to seek out more alumni and add their stories to our growing collection. If you are a past recipient, please contact Meaka Pitschka at meaka@umn.edu for information on how to include your profile here.

Erol Abiral, Turkey

Erol Abiral, Turkey
M.S., Civil Engineering ’61

While at the University of Minnesota, Erol Abiral served as chair of the Foreign Student Council. After graduation, he worked for the Minneapolis Housing and Development Authority before returning to Turkey to serve in the military and the Navy Corps of Engineers. Over the next two decades he opened a series of design firms, which worked on the Anatolian and Adana-Pozanti motorways, and four major factories in and around Istanbul. He later served as the chief estimator for the Istanbul Metro and Bosphorus Tube Tunnel Railroad Crossing. He retired in 2006. He has two children and three grandchildren.

Isoken Tito Aighewi, Nigeria

Isoken Tito Aighewi, Nigeria
Ph.D., Soil Science ’88

Dr. Isoken Tito Aighewi is an accomplished multidisciplinary scientist in environmental sciences, public health and safety, food and agriculture, and geographic information sciences. After earning his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Aighewi served as a research associate at Columbia University and an environmental scientist at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. He then returned to Nigeria to serve as chair of the Department of Soil Science at the University of Benin. While in Nigeria, Dr. Aighewi served as a consultant on many projects, including an evaluation of Nigeria’s petroleum special trust fund, construction of the Precious Royal Palm Hotel, and an environmental survey of the Niger Delta. Dr. Aighewi returned to the U.S. as a visiting lecturer and then as toxicology program coordinator at the University of Maryland. He currently serves as associate professor of environmental science/health at Benedict College and as visiting research scientist at Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, both in South Carolina. He also serves as president of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs. He has three children.

Ogechika Alozie, Nigeria

Ogechika Alozie, Nigeria
Master of Public Health, Epidemiology ’10

Dr. Ogechika Alozie completed an internship and residency at the Hennepin County Medical Center before earning his degree and completing an infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Minnesota. As a native of Nigeria, he has experience working in rural and urban hospitals, and treating patients with HIV and tuberculosis. He is currently director of HIV Clinical Services at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He has worked on a variety of research projects including tuberculosis testing in HIV patients and how certain HIV medications affect patients’ cardiovascular risk. Dr. Alozie believes that patient care is the most important part of HIV care. He says, “I look forward to truly being a compassionate caregiver to the patients we see.”

Gustavo Bernal Gómez, Ecuador

Gustavo Bernal Gómez, Ecuador
M.S. ’93 and Ph.D. ’01, Soil Science Microbiology

Dr. Gustavo Bernal Gómez is a research scientist with experience in the development and implementation of agricultural research projects related to beneficial soil microorganisms, their management, relationship with agricultural productivity, and environmental quality; and fundamental aspects of a system of good agricultural practices. His research has been related to increasing legume crop production and productivity. Currently, he is director of research of the National Association of Oil Palm Growers in Ecuador, which does interdisciplinary research in conjunction with national and foreign universities and oil palm smallholders of Ecuador. ANCUPA strives to generate alternative technologies to increase crop productivity and competitiveness.

"My stay in the United States during my studies at the University of Minnesota was truly fruitful, from the academic, professional, and social standpoint. I had the opportunity to interact with valuable people around the world, with some of whom I still have communication. From the family point of view, my wife improved her English and my children were enriched interculturally."

Thorunn Bjarnadottir, Iceland

Thorunn Bjarnadottir, Iceland
B.A., Journalism Professional Program ’89; M.A., Educational Policy & Administration ’97

Thorunn Bjarnadottir is director of intercultural education at the University of Minnesota’s International Student and Scholar Services. She is an experienced intercultural trainer who has worked with people from around the world to develop their cultural competency. She has designed a variety of cross-cultural leadership development programs and has always been involved in work that shows people from different cultures how to work together by leveraging their cultural differences. She grew up in Iceland, but has also lived and worked in Switzerland and, for 16 years, in the U.S.

Georgia Bizios, Greece

Georgia Bizios, Greece
Bachelor of Architecture ’71

After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Georgia Bizios earned a master’s of architecture from the University of Oregon. She began her academic career at Tulane University where she taught architecture for twelve years, then joined the architecture faculty at North Carolina State University in 1986. She has served as associate dean at NCSU and Tulane, and on local and national professional boards and committees. Professor Bizios is a registered architect, NCARB Certified, and a LEED Accredited Professional. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a Distinguished Professor of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Her teaching and research interests include residential design, affordable housing, sustainable and energy efficient design, user involvement in design, design principles and guidelines, and service learning.

Professor Bizios apprenticed with Elisabeth S. Close, at Close Architects in Minneapolis and has practiced architecture as a consultant to architectural firms and individual clients since 1976. In 1990, she established her firm, Bizios Architect, with a focus on residential architecture. She enjoys living in a house she designed 22 years ago. She is enthusiastic about teaching young professionals and continues to learn from her students, her clients, and her travels.

Nedret Tayyibe Butler, Turkey

Nedret Tayyibe Butler, Turkey
Bachelor of Architecture ’72

After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Nedret Tayyibe Butler earned a master’s of architecture degree in 1976 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a partner in the Istanbul-based architectural design firm M & N Butler Mimarlar and owner, designer, and developer of Sumahan on the Water, the conversion of an Ottoman “ispirto” factory into a small boutique hotel on the Bosphorus.

Nedret practiced at Hammel Green & Abrahamson in Minneapolis in the 1970s and taught architectural design at Iowa State University during the 1980s. She founded M & N Butler Mimarlar together with her husband Mark Butler (B.Arch ’72) in 1988. Together they have more than 40 years of experience working as planning and architectural design consultants to the public and private sectors in Istanbul, Turkey. Both she and her husband are strong supporters of the University of Minnesota, serving on alumni boards and volunteering their time with alumni and prospective student engagement.

Asli Calkivik, Turkey

Asli Calkivik, Turkey
Ph.D., Political Science ’10

Dr. Asli Calkivik is a faculty member in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Istanbul Technical University. As a graduate student, she was a MacArthur Scholar and a fellow at the University’s Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change. While in Minnesota, she was invested intellectually and personally in questions surrounding global inequalities and always felt privileged to work with professors and interact with fellows who cared deeply about global hierarchies and committed themselves, as scholars and as citizens, to dismantling structures of power. Working at the intersections of international relations and political theory, she continues to explore various forms of oppression and possibilities for resistance in contemporary global politics. Her recent works include critical investigations into the ways in which academic knowledge production reproduces international hierarchies as well as formulations of alternative ways of theorizing global politics beyond hegemonic frameworks.

"Graduate student life is no paradise. It is full of challenges—not only intellectually, but also challenges regarding the basics of life. I remember distinctly as I was applying for the Colonial Dames scholarship, I had less than $10 to live through the next two weeks. What I remember from that encounter is neither the desperateness I felt at the time nor the helplessness that one feels in such situations.. All I remember is the feeling of empowerment—I was amidst people who cared."

Joseph Man Chan, Hong Kong

Joseph Man Chan, Hong Kong
B.S., Soil Science ’74; Ph.D., Mass Communication ’86

Dr. Joseph Man Chan is chair professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he served as a former director. He was awarded the Changjiang Chair Professorship from the Ministry of Education, PRC, for which he was concurrently affiliated with the School of Journalism at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Dr. Chan has published extensively on international communication, political communication, and journalism studies in the form of books, journal articles, and book chapters.. He served as a president of the Chinese Communication Association; a visiting scholar at Harvard, Oxford, and UC Berkeley; and a member of the Hong Kong Broadcasting Authority. Serving on the editorial boards of five international journals, he is the founding chief editor of the Chinese journal Communication & Society.

Meriem Chida, Tunisia

Meriem Chida, Tunisia
B.S., agriculture and food business management ’00;
M.S., agriculture and applied economics ’05;
Ph.D., Design Housing and Apparel ’06

Dr. Meriem Chida is a professor at Indiana University in Apparel Merchandising & Interior Design. Her research is interdisciplinary in nature and explores environmental issues from a social, cultural, political, and economic perspective. Her interests include post-independence economic development policies in the Middle East and North Africa and their impact on the cultural and environmental capital of individuals and nations. Dr. Chida served as Strategic Planning Consultant to the Tunisian Minister of Culture and Heritage Preservation, as project adviser for the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, as well as to the National Geographic publication “Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride.” Recently, she served on the International Advisory Committee for the Berg Encyclopedia of Embroideries in the Arab World and the Centre of Textile Research in the Netherlands.

Yookun Cho, South Korea

Yookun Cho, South Korea
Ph.D., Computer Science ’78

Dr. Yookun Cho is a professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at Seoul National University in Korea and a member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea. His research interests include wireless sensors, operating operating system resilience, and system security. Dr. Cho served as a past president of the Korea Institute of Informational Scientists and Engineers.

Jawaid Elahi, Pakistan

Jawaid Elahi, Pakistan
Bachelor of Chemical Engineering ’75

While at the University, Jawaid Elahi served as president of the Minnesota International Student Association (MISA). After graduation, he and his wife Helen, whom he met at the University, lived in Pakistan for two years before returning to the U.S. to work in the oil industry in Texas. In 1984, he switched careers from engineering to money management with Prudential Securities, where he worked for 25 years. He was an avid poet and artist (see one of his paintings pictured at right). After his death in 2009, Jawaid’s wife Helen established a scholarship to support international students at the University of Minnesota.

Marco Espinosa-Vega, Mexico

Marco Espinosa-Vega, Mexico
M.A. ’83 and Ph.D. ’88, Economics

Dr. Marco Espinosa-Vega is a Deputy Division Chief for capacity development at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). His work experience at the IMF includes financial and macroeconomic sector issues for a number of countries, including Barbados, Chile, Japan, Qatar, Mexico, and South Africa. Dr. Espinosa-Vega’s economics research and policy work has been published in many professional journals. Prior to joining the IMF, he worked as a research economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He has also taught at several universities, including Dartmouth and Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

"Please convey to the Colonial Dames my greatest appreciation for their generous grant. It was a life saver!"

Jerald Garcia, Philippines

Jerald Garcia, Philippines
B.A., Psychology ’98; M.D. ’05

Dr. Jerald Garcia is an interventional pain specialist in Hawaii who is double board certified in pain management and anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology. After earning his bachelor’s and medical degrees at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Garcia trained in pain management and anesthesiology at University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland. He currently practices in an underserved community in Hawaii and is active in a program that encourages Filipino-American and other minority students to explore the field of medicine. He also visits disadvantaged communities in the Philippines once a year as part of a medical mission that provides free services to indigent patients. In his free time, Dr. Garcia enjoys the company of his wife, Christina (whom he met at the U of M) and their three children.

George K. George, India

George K. George, India
M.S., Architecture ’94

George K. George is a partner at Kliment Halsband Architects, New York, joining the firm in 1996. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Regional Engineering College in Trichy, India, before studying at the University of Minnesota. He was a professor of architecture at New York City College of Technology and currently serves on their advisory board. He is a member of the Information Technology Committee of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter.

Andrew Hoh, South Korea

Andrew Hoh, South Korea
Ph.D., Business Administration ’76

Before coming to the University of Minnesota, Dr. Andrew Hoh earned his master’s degree from Creighton University, and previously studied English Literature at Sogang Jesuit University in Seoul. Dr. Hoh is currently an associate professor of management at Creighton University’s College of Business. He is also a strategic planning and executive development consultant to various businesses. Dr. Hoh has earned several teaching awards for his work, including the Excellence in Teaching Award and Don Beck Teacher Award by Creighton College of Business, and the Robert F. Kennedy Teacher Award by the Creighton Student Board of Governors.

Rozina Karmaliani, Pakistan

Rozina Karmaliani, Pakistan
Master of Public Health ’94; M.S. ’97 and Ph.D., Nursing ’00

While at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Rozina Karmaliani was the General Secretary of the Pakistan International Student Association from 1992 to 1993. Currently, she holds dual appointments at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, as a faculty member in the Department of Community Health Sciences and School of Nursing and Midwifery. She is one of the youngest nursing professionals to reach the senior management level at the Aga Khan University School of Nursing and in Pakistan.

Before coming to Minnesota in 1988, Dr. Karmaliani established a community-led primary health care project at Baba Island of Karachi, which reached out to the squatter settlement population of 7,000 and focused on a community-university partnership for health and development. Her pioneering work helped to fuel the realization that female community health nurses had a leadership role to play in this area. Dr. Karmaliani’s publications and papers have influenced the field of nursing and addressed significant health issues in Pakistan and other developing countries. Her research interests include community health and wellbeing, mental health promotion, domestic violence, workplace violence, women empowerment, and child abuse.

In 2003, Dr. Karmaliani received the University of Minnesota’s Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals, which honors alumni, former students, and friends of the University who have distinguished themselves in their post-university work as leaders in their professional careers.

Hyun Ae Kim, South Korea

Hyun Ae Kim, South Korea
M.Ed., Early Childhood Education ’04

Hyun Ae Kim is currently pursuing a master of art in the Children, Youth, and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. She is particularly interested in equipping communities to serve children with special needs and their families. Hyun Ae worked previously as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher at Lily Lake Preschool in Stillwater, Minnesota, and at the University of Minnesota’s Child Care Center as a toddler program teacher. She served as a volunteer for the Korean Institute of Minnesota, teaching Korean descendants about their ethnic culture and language.

Helena Knörr, Spain

Helena Knörr, Spain
M.Ed. ’05 and Ph.D. ’06, Human Resource Development

Since graduating from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Helena Knörr has spent several years working in both Spain and the U.S. She currently holds the position of associate professor of organizational leadership at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. She started a new graduate program in organizational leadership, serving as the director from 2006 to 2007. Currently, she teaches courses in the M.B.A. and M.A. organizational leadership programs. Dr. Knörr is also a reviewer and editor for several peer-reviewed journals, and is author and co-author of various publications on women in business and ethical leadership.

Peter Kung, Hong Kong

Peter Kung, Hong Kong
B.S. ’72 and M.S. ’73, Electrical Engineering

After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Peter Kung earned an MBA from Concordia University. He now has 30 years of technical and management experience in technology, processing, and product development in several industries, including semiconductor, telecom, and photonics. The technology he helped develop at Motorola pioneered the manufacturing of the Pentium chip at Intel. Peter has founded at least five start-ups and is an inventor of several technologies for structural health monitoring and other processes. He is currently president of QPS Photronics in Quebec, Canada, and a corporate member of the Quebec Photonics Network.

"My goal in life is to create new opportunities and provide unique values. I like to solve very difficult problems, and make friends and have fun while doing so."

Kenneth Lau, Hong Kong

Kenneth Lau, Hong Kong
B.A., Economics ’68, and MBA, Finance ’70

After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Kenneth Lau went to work for local Minnesota companies including Burlington Northern, Dayton Hudson, and International Multifoods in the areas of finance and accounting. In the 1980s and 1990s he worked overseas in China and Hong Kong in financial management for companies such as Digital Equipment, American Standard, and T.I.W. Asia. Since retirement, Kenneth has returned and settled in the Twin Cities to be close to family and friends in the area.

Michael Byungnam Lee, South Korea

Michael Byungnam Lee, South Korea
Ph.D., Industrial Relations ’88

Dr. Michael Byungnam Lee’s success has spanned both the academic and professional worlds. As an assistant professor, Dr. Lee helped build the Beebe Institute at Georgia State University into the South’s best HR and industrial relations academic unit.

He also has had a distinguished professional career in Korea’s second largest corporation, LG Corporation. As president and CEO of LG’s corporate university, Dr. Lee helped significantly in the transformation of LG into a modern multinational corporation. He designed executive education programs for senior managers, helped to spread a five-day workweek throughout Korea, introduced an employee feedback program (the first of its kind in Korea), and introduced mental health programs to address high levels of stress.

In addition to his work transforming LG, Dr. Lee has been active at the national level in Korea. Among his many external roles, he is a member of the Presidential Commission on Industrial Relations Reform, policy adviser to the Ministry of Education, member of the National Labor Relations Commission, Vice Chairman of the Korean Academic Society of Business Administration, and executive board member of the Korean Association of Business Education Accreditation.

In 2003, Dr. Lee received the University of Minnesota’s Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals, which honors alumni, former students, and friends of the University who have distinguished themselves in their post-university work as leaders in their professional careers.

Laeeq Akbar Lodhi, Pakistan

Laeeq Akbar Lodhi, Pakistan
M.S. ’82 and Ph.D. ’87, Theriogenology

As a student at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Laeeq Akbar Lodhi volunteered as an international student program coordinator with the Minnesota International Center and was active in several student organizations including the Pakistan International Students Association and the Minnesota International Students Association. After graduation, he returned to Pakistan as a veterinarian before joining the faculty at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, in 1987. Dr. Lodhi’s research interests include livestock reproduction and development. He is currently dean of veterinary science and professor of theriogenology at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad in Pakistan.

Taekyong (Taek) Nam, South Korea

Taekyong (Taek) Nam, South Korea
M.S., Electrical Engineering ’99

Taek Nam is an electrical engineer in the area of application-specific integrated circuits at Apple in the San Francisco Bay area. He has also been an engineer at Envis, Intel, and Sun Microsystems.

Isaac Owolabi, Nigeria

Isaac Owolabi, Nigeria
Ph.D., Vocational Education ’88

Dr. Isaac Owolabi is a professor of business at Montreat College in North Carolina. He also serves as the Evangelism and outreach director, and minister, for Crossroads Assembly of Asheville Church. Dr. Owolabi has more than 25 years of teaching experience in higher education, particularly in marketing, consumer behavior, and e-commerce. He has served as both a professor and as a leader within academic administration. He is married with four children.

Marianallet Mendez, Venezuela

Marianallet Mendez, Venezuela
M.S. ’00 and Ph.D. ’06, Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication

Dr. Marianallet Mendez is an assistant teaching professor at Drexel University in the Department of English and Philosophy. Given her training as a rhetorician, technical writer, and intercultural communicator, her research interests combine aspects of all of them. One area of interest is the use of the mass media to secure, maintain, and enhance political power, specifically in Venezuelan presidential discourse. Another interest includes exploring the use of technology to enhance the classroom experience. Dr. Mendez’s interest in international technical communication includes issues of translation versus localization.

Patrick Mendis, Sri Lanka

Patrick Mendis, Sri Lanka
M.A., int’l development/foreign affairs ’86; Ph.D., geography/applied economics ’90

Dr. Patrick Mendis is an educator, diplomat, author, and executive in government service. He has served in the U.S. Department of State and in 2012 was appointed as a commissioner to the United States National Commission for UNESCO. Dr. Mendis is a distinguished senior fellow and an affiliate professor of public and international affairs at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. He also serves as an adjunct professor at GMU and a distinguished visiting professor of international relations at the Center for American Studies of the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (China).

Dr. Mendis has served as military professor in NATO and the Pacific Commands of the Pentagon and has lived in and traveled to more than 105 countries. He has also worked for the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy, the Minnesota House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the World Bank, and the United Nations. Dr. Mendis received the 2013 Alumnus of Notable Achievement (ANA) Award from the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts. He and his wife Cheryl Mendis (B.A .’94), who met as students at the University, have two children.
I am very grateful to the people of Minnesota and the remarkable University for helping me in my American journey to give back to my adopted country.

Cornelius B. Pratt, Nigeria

Cornelius B. Pratt, Nigeria
M.A. ’77 and Ph.D. ’81, International Mass Communications

Dr. Cornelius Pratt is a professor and chair of the Department of Strategic Communication at Temple University. He also teaches at Temple’s Japan Campus, and is an honorary visiting professor at Bingham University, New Karu, Nasarawa State, in Nigeria. Dr. Pratt is a consultant to the African Public Relations Association, and serves on the editorial review boards of six scholarly journals. His published research is impressive, from topics ranging from crisis communication to strategic campaigns, and on regions as diverse as Southeast Asia, Africa, and North America. Currently, Dr. Pratt’s research interests include international and strategic communication, ethics, public relations, and communication for national and regional development, particularly in emerging economies.

The timely, significant financial support I received from the Colonial Dames made possible the completion of my doctoral studies at the U of M. The Colonial Dames’s invaluable support at that time provided a much-needed foundation for my subsequent scholarly accomplishments.

60th Anniversary Celebration

On April 12, 2014, the University of Minnesota hosted a celebration in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Colonial Dames Scholarship.The event kicked off with a welcome and introduction by Meredith McQuaid, dean of international programs. Guests then attended "speed dating" sessions to learn about the University's 100-year history with China, current trends and developments in language learning and teaching, and information about the current international student population. A new video featuring the history of the Colonial Dames Scholarship was premiered. And the 2014 recipients of the scholarship spoke about the impact of the funding as well as their experience at the University of Minnesota.


Strengthen the legacy and future of the Colonial Dames Scholarship

Make a Gift

Annual gift—Respond to the annual solicitation from the Patriotic Services Committee, or make a gift online today using your credit card through the University of Minnesota's secure website.

Legacy gift—Like Marion Cross, include the Colonial Dames Scholarship in your estate plan. Use this simple bequest language: "I give, (the sum, percentage, or description of property) to the University of Minnesota Foundation, Minneapolis, MN, to benefit the Colonial Dames Scholarship." Capture your wishes using a letter of intent. For a copy contact Diane Young at 612-624-8819 or young054@umn.edu

Named endowed fund—Establish your own named endowed fund through an outright gift or a bequest further strengthening the legacy and future of the Colonial Dames Scholarship (minimum gift $25,000).

Questions? Contact Diane Young at 612-624-8819 or young054@umn.edu.

Gifts come in all shapes and sizes:

  • Make the Colonial Dames Scholarship a beneficiary of an insurance policy or IRA.
  • Establish a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust with the Colonial Dames Scholarship as the remainder interest.
  • For information contact Susan Hommes at the U of M Foundation, 612-624-8800 or shommes@umn.edu.