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    Contributions to FACF support the mission and activities of M State - Fergus Falls Campus. Your tax-deductible gift shapes the future of the college by supporting students, programs and services.


Ann and Buzz Lundeen (center) greet scholarship recipients Astri Bjornlie and Chala Yussuf during the November 2013 FACF Scholarship Reception.

Ann and Buzz Lundeen (center) greet scholarship recipients Astri Bjornlie and Chala Yussuf during the November 2013 FACF Scholarship Reception.

 

Welcome

Fergus Area College Foundation, a charitable organization, exists to provide financial resources and advocacy for the development and advancement of the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

Its vision is to help M State be the leading two-year public college foundation in the Upper Midwest. It will do this through development of donations, scholarships, gifts and advocacy of the Fergus Falls campus.

Foundation bylaws permit the establishment of scholarships, special purpose scholarships for students who excel in particular program areas and special purpose gifts for the general development and improvement of the college, the faculty and the facilities.

Pam Phillips, in Spartan Blue, signs the Pam Phillips Spartan Spirit Scholarship agreement with FACF Treasurer Brian Boss and Vice President Gail Childs.  Pam, a long-time M State employee, established this scholarship in January 2014 in memory of her parents, Bob and Lucille Phillips.  Thank you for your generous gift, Pam!

Pam Phillips, in Spartan Blue, signs the Pam Phillips Spartan Spirit Scholarship agreement with FACF Treasurer Brian Boss and Vice President Gail Childs. Pam, a long-time M State employee, established this scholarship in January 2014 in memory of her parents, Bob and Lucille Phillips. Thank you for your generous gift, Pam!

 

A Vision Begins

The Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce's "Committee of 100" organized and worked to bring a two-year college to Fergus Falls in 1960. Many of the college founders took the next steps to incorporate a nonprofit to support the college's mission in 1963. Subsequently, Foundation board members went door-to-door in downtown Fergus Falls to tell the community about our college and their plans to organize the Foundation.

 

The Vision Continues

In 2013-14, this good work continues. Today's Foundation Board of Directors tells our story and shapes our vision in support of the Fergus Falls campus of M State.

We've been extraordinarily fortunate in receiving continued scholarship support for our students through local individuals and businesses. In July of 2013 we were honored to receive a gift of $20,000 from Allen Bakke to establish the Allen and Sharon Bakke Scholarship.

Fergus Area College Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Mary Beth Hagen Wedum Scholarship Endowment with a $98,000 gift from the J. A. Wedum Foundation. This fund will support scholarships for single mothers who attend the Fergus Falls campus of M State and is given in memory of Mary Beth Hagen Wedum, a founder and board member of the J.A. Wedum Foundation. Mary Beth Hagen Wedum attended Fergus Falls Junior College in the mid-1960s. This scholarship in her name is designated to encourage single mothers with demonstrated financial need to pursue an education at M State - Fergus Falls Campus.

In April 2014, Mildred M.Miller of Fergus Falls established the Dana L.Miller Scholarship in memory of her son, Dana, a 1971 graduate of the college.

 

Sharing the Vision

A member of the board of directors once called the Foundation "an affair of the heart." This is so right. Our relationships with our donors and our community keep us going through tough decisions, goals, fundraising calls, challenges and celebrations. Those very relationships are the most joyful aspect of our work, and we are always delighted to work with prospective donors in realizing their dreams.

As we revel in our successes and pursue our dreams for the future of our college, we will do as we always have. We will keep our feet firmly on the ground and support the Fergus Falls campus. Thank you to our community of supporters for helping to bring our dreams to life.

Last modified: March 15th, 2011 at 12:57pm