Provide an Outstanding Collegiate Experience

Scholarships

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Note: "The experience I had here at Minnesota was life-changing. I cannot accurately express through words how exceptional my time here was, and how grateful I am to those who made this possible. I was blessed and fortunate enough to be challenged daily in the classroom, to compete at the highest level athletically, and to be immersed in a community that invested in my personal and professional success. The U has changed my life, and had it not been for the scholarship I received, none of this would have been possible."

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Lasting Legacy
of Support
Scholarships


Annually, Gopher Athletics raises $13 million to support the 324.4 scholarships offered to Gopher Student Athletes each year. Personal investment in scholarships is instrumental in ensuring the Gopher Athletics ability to cover the ever increasing cost of tuition and fees so that student athletes can focus on excelling academically, athletically and socially.

Scholarships

Scholarship Seating

When you purchase tickets in our scholarship seating areas it provides critical funding to create a complete collegiate experience for our Gopher student-athletes. Scholarship seating includes the prime seating locations for football, men’s hockey, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and volleyball. By purchasing these tickets you also provide a contribution, where the funds go directly to support student-athletes. Your investments help us to tackle our ever growing student-athlete support costs which have grown dramatically in recent years with new NCAA rules allowing us to provide more than ever to our student-athletes.

Endowment Scholarship Funds

Endowments are a lasting legacy of support for Gopher student-athletes. The initial investment is preserved as principal and the interest produced by this investment is used to support Gopher student-athlete scholarship costs, notably tuition assistance, textbooks, and room and board. Endowed scholarships are long-term investments in the University of Minnesota and our student-athletes. They provide essential financial support for students year after year, generation after generation. Because an endowed scholarship lives in perpetuity, it provides a meaningful way for supporters to leave a lasting legacy — in their name or the name of a loved one — in support of Gopher Athletics. An endowment fund can be opened with an initial investment of $50,000. A fully endowed scholarship at $750,000 covers the educational costs for one student-athlete.

How an Endowed Scholarship Works

When a supporter establishes an endowed scholarship, the contributed funds are held and managed by the University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF) and invested by UMF Investment Advisors (UMFIA), a nonprofit subsidiary of the foundation. The investment and spending policies for the endowment are set to achieve maximum impact for the long-term and ensure that gifts are used according to supporters’ wishes. Our long-term goal is to fully endow all of our scholarships, creating a sustainable system where your investments in scholarships can provide an outstanding collegiate experience for generations of Gophers. Currently, endowments cover only about eight percent of our annual scholarship investment.

Endowed Scholarship Levels


Legacy

$750,000+
The Legacy level endows a full athletic scholarship

Gold

$300,000 - $749,999
The Gold level endows half of an athletic scholarship

Maroon

$50,000 - $299,999
The Maroon level endows a portion of an athletic scholarship

An example of how an endowed scholarship works:


$300,000

COMMITMENT FROM SUPPORTER*

x 6.0%

RATE OF RETURN (hypothetical)

$18,000

INVESTMENT RETURN

$13,500

Amount made available for scholarship**

$4,500

Amount reinvested into principal

UMFIA's investment goal is to achieve an annualized return of 5% in excess of inflation. The return is intended to cover the spending rate as well as the administrative fee (currently 1%) to ensure permanent endowment value.

* A minimum gift of $50,000 is required to establish an athletic endowed scholarship.

** A portion of each endowed fund's value, currently 4.5% of the fund's average market value over the previous 20 quarters, is made available each year to support the fund's designated program.

2020-21 Scholarship Recipients

Gopher Athletics is proud to present this year's scholarship recipients. Thank you to our generous donors and supporters whose contributions continue to change the lives of our student-athletes through endowed scholarships.

You can also view the list organized by scholarship name.

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Zack Raabe Bill Crumley Scholarship
Jack Wassel Britt & Anne Marie Rogers/Pinky McNamara Scholarship
Chase Stanke Calvin Griffith Scholarship
J.P. Massey Dale O. Fredell Memorial Scholarship
Patrick Fredrickson David J. Weiner Scholarship
Ryan Duffy Denny Neagle Scholarship
Ronnie Sweeny Denny Zacho Scholarship
Josh Culliver Dianne & William Ficenko Scholarship
Sam Ireland Dick Siebert Scholarship
Nolan Burchill Edward & Karayn Cunnington Scholarship
Bubba Horton Gene & Ann Sobczyk Baseball Scholarship
Thomas Knauss Paul Brown Scholarship
Drew Hmielewski Paul Giel Scholarship
Riley Swenson Paul Giel Scholarship
Drew Stahl Paul Molitor Scholarship
Andrew Wilhite Richard P. Burke Endowed Scholarship

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Liam Robbins Bart Osborn Scholarship
Marcus Carr Bill & Judy Walter Scholarship
Isaiah Ihnen Charles & Joyce Gauck Family Scholarship
Tre' Williams Charlie & Kathy Cunningham Scholarship
Jarvis Omersa Gerald M. Mitchell Family Scholarship
Gabe Kalscheur Jim & Sharon Sawyer Scholarship
Eric Curry John Crinklaw Men's Basketball Scholarship
Martice Mitchell Men's Basketball 50's Decade Scholarship
Sam Freeman Pat Aafedt Scholarship
Both Gach Paul & Michelle Koch Family Scholarship
Jamal Mashburn, Jr Robert & Lynne Cunningham Scholarship
Brandon Johnson Tim & Judy Cronen Men's Basketball Scholarship
David Mutaf  Tom & Bea Zwiers Scholarship

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Justice Ross Betsy Ross Mitchell Scholarship
Gadiva Hubbard Bill & Kay McReavy Scholarship
Erin Hedman Janel McCarville Women's Basketball Scholarship
Alexia Smith Jill Vecoli Scholarship
Grace Cumming Kelly Roysland/FBC Scholarship
Klarke Sconiers Lindsay Whalen/FBC Scholarship
Caroline Strande Luella M. Anderson Scholarship
Jasmine Powell Marie J. Nelson Scholarship Carol Ann Shudlick Smith/FBC Scholarship"
Kadi Sissoko Peter Thomas Beniares Scholarship
Laura Bagwell Katalinich Sandra K. Peterson Scholarship Tim & Judy Cronen Women's Basketball Scholarship
Kayla Mershon Simon & Karen Zeller Scholarship
Sara Scalia  Terry McFarland & Cathy Mahowald Scholarship

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Jason Williamson Al Schrader Family Scholarship
Blaise Andries Bernie Bierman Scholarship
JJ Guedet Bierbaum Family Scholarship
Demetrius Douglas Bill & Kay McReavy/Brandon Hall Memorial Scholarship
Daniel Faalele Billy Bye Scholarship
Jalen Logan-Redding Bobby Bell Scholarship
Mariano Sori-Marin Cal Stoll Scholarship
Seth Green Chorske Family Scholarship
Mark Crawford Clark & Margaret Gibb Scholarship
Jah Joyner Clark & Margaret Gibb Scholarship
Mohamed Ibrahim Clayton Tonnemaker Scholarship
Bryce Williams Dana W. & Laura M. Buska Scholarship
Terell Smith David A. LaVine Scholarship
Austin Henderson Delores Hill Scholarship
John Michael Schmitz Frederick & Susan Kaiser Scholarship
Zack Annexstad George “Butch” Nash Scholarship
Josh Aune Gerald M. Mitchell Family Scholarship
Brady Weeks Harold & Jean Grossman Scholarship
Lucas Finnessy Harold John Flaig Memorial Athletics Scholarship
Treyson Potts Janet & Ed Widseth Scholarship
Logan Richter Jay Mega Family Scholarship
Cody Lindenberg John A. Billman Scholarship
Daniel Jackson Joseph Durda Family Scholarship
Chris Autman-Bell Katharine L. Heneman Scholarship
Jacob Clark Katharine L. Heneman Scholarship
Justus Harris King-Ellison & Brown Family Scholarship
Victor Pless Lee & Louise Sundet Scholarship
Danny Striggow Lee & Louise Sundet Scholarship
Noah Hickcox Marvin & Betty Borman Scholarship
Michael Lantz Murray Warmath Scholarship
Jordan Howden Nancy & John Lindahl Scholarship
Miles Fleming Paul and Joyce Ramseth Football Scholarship
Boye Mafe Phillip J. McElroy Scholarship
Brevyn Spann-Ford Richard "Pinky" McNamara Scholarship
Tanner Morgan Rodney S. Wallace Scholarship
Jake Paulson Roger & Carolyn Bettin Scholarship 
Tyler Nubin Sandy Stephens Scholarship 
Nathan Boe Slipka Foundation Scholarship
Thomas Rush Steve Craine Football Scholarship
Cole Kramer Tom Moe Family Scholarship
Braelen Oliver Touchdown Club Scholarship

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Angus Flanagan Harvey & Carol Ann Mackay Scholarship
Harrison Arnold Holiday Companies Athletic Scholarship
Connor Glynn Les Bolstad Scholarship
Will Grevlos Michael Capstick Scholarship
Harry Plowman-Ollington Rudy Luther Scholarship
Lincoln Johnson Tom Lehman Scholarship

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Emma Carpenter Harvey & Carol Ann Mackay Scholarship
Grace Curran Kristine Kay Hasse Women's Golf Scholarship
Jessica Lee Michael Capstick Scholarship
Kira Wolf Neil Croonquist Scholarship
Grace Kellar Tom Zeller Memorial Scholarship
Joanne Free Warner/McNamara Scholarship
Annabelle Ackroyd Women’s Golf Scholarship

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Russell Johnson Aramark Scholarship
Ben Eyles Fred Roethlisberger Scholarship
Danny Yoon Norman Goldetsky Family Scholarship
David Pochinka Ralph A. Piper Scholarship
Mike Moran Richard Ames Memorial Scholarship
Colton Dee Spirit of Cooke Hall Scholarship
Shane Wiskus Wolfenson Scholarship for Gymnasts

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Mallory LeNeave Alumnae Leadership Scholarship
Ali Sonier Always Dreaming Scholarship Inspired by Frank Kara
Lexi Montgomery Ekman Gymnastics Scholarship
Lexy Ramler Kathleen C. Ridder Scholarship
Halle Remlinger Meg Stephenson Women's Gymnastics Scholarship
Alex Kara Paul Brown Scholarship
Tiarre Sales Ross & Bridget Levin Family Scholarship 
Ona Loper Sophia Beniares Scholarship

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Bryce Brodzinski Andrea & Ken Hjelm Scholarship
Sampo Ranta Bruce Telander Scholarship
Ben Meyers Donald M. Clark Scholarship
Jackson LaCombe Doug Jones Family Scholarship
Sammy Walker Doug Woog Scholarship
Jared Moe Dr. & Mrs. Clifford Phibbs & Family Scholarship
Ryan Johnson Fosten & Beverly Boyle Family Scholarship
Jaxson Nelson Frank & Adeline Pond Scholarship
Scott Reedy Glen Sonmor Scholarship
Sam Rossini Herb Brooks Scholarship
Brannon McManus John Mayasich Hockey Scholarship
Ben Brinkman Louis V. Nanne Scholarship
Robbie Stucker Michael J. & Kathryn Hurley Scholarship
Jack LaFontaine Michael Nanne Scholarship
Jonny Sorenson Mikey Clayton Memorial Scholarship
Nathan Burke Pat Whitcomb & Patty Napier Scholarship
Blake McLaughlin Preston D. & Alice C. Higgins Scholarship
Jack Perbix Walter Bush Scholarship

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Olivia Knowles Carrolyn I. Anderson Scholarship
Taylor Wente Doug Jones Family Scholarship
Taylor Heise Gus and Pepitsa Sarlis Women's Hockey Scholarship
Grace Zumwinkle Hricko - Hjelm Scholarship
Emily Oden Kathleen & Robert Ridder Scholarship
Makayla Pahl Mike & Diane Quinn Scholarship
Madeline Wethington Peggy MacInnis Bye Scholarship 
Gracie Ostertag Power Play Club Scholarship
Amy Potomak Thomas R. Seha Women's Hockey Scholarship
Emily Brown Tracy Johnson Kraling Scholarship

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Melissa Wiebke Bergmann Kroll Memorial Scholarship
Kat Hetico Cheryl Wick Scholarship
Gabby Mullally Leone Margaret Milnichuk Scholarship
Lindsay Eliasen WIA Scholarship

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Athena Kuehn Brian Mark & RBC Tile & Stone Scholarship
Celina Nummerdor Deborah R. Olson Scholarship
Katie Duong Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Scholarship
Alana Dressely Olga B. Hart Educational Scholarship
Makenzie Langdok Tracy Johnson Kraling Scholarship

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Ellee Jensen Eloise M. Jaeger Scholarship
Amber Fiser Gordon R. Johnson Scholarship
MaKenna Partain Les Novak Scholarship
Katie Kemmetmueller Louise Herou Sanders Scholarship
Sydney Strelow Merv & Melissa Larson Scholarship
Emily Hansen Regina Sullivan Scholarship
Natalie DenHartog Tedd Moellman Softball Scholarship

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Leah Kasner Saunders Family Scholarship
Benjamin Harrington Tom & Diane Lentz Goldy Scholarship
Francisco Vazquez Sanchez Tom & Diane Lentz Goldy Scholarship
Macie Rodriguez Wendy & Tom Bergseth Cheerleading Scholarship

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Tom Donker Dennis Dale Scholarship
Tim Sates Dr. William Heusner Scholarship
Gavin Olson Jim & Penny Langland Swimming Scholarship
Duncan Lester Lifetouch Scholarship
Max McHugh Men's Swimming & Diving Scholarship
Eitan Yudashkin Stanley G. Wadman Scholarship

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Sarah Bacon Dorothy L. Sheppard Scholarship
Pyper Doo Dorothy L. Sheppard Scholarship
Emma Lezer Dorothy L. Sheppard Scholarship
Kate Sullivan Dorothy L. Sheppard Scholarship
Maggie Summit Dorothy L. Sheppard Scholarship
Joy Zhu Dorothy L. Sheppard Scholarship
Patricia Van Law Jean & Jenny Shaughnessy Scholarship
Jordan McGinty Jean Freeman Scholarship
Kelli McCarthy John & Lorelei Bergman Swimming & Diving Scholarship
Abbey Erwin Nicky Fjeran Scholarship

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Siim Troost Bob McNamara & Len Shope Scholarship
Daniel Martin Bob McNamara Scholarship
Jackson Allen Dr. Richard Lindstrom, Tom Lowe & Pinky McNamara Scholarship
Vlad Lobak Marv Wolfenson & Harvey Ratner Scholarship
Bodin Zarkovic Tom Nelson Scholarship

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Juliet Zhang Annette McNamara & Carol Skanse Scholarship
River Hart Chris Voelz Scholarship
Ekin Ercetin James Annenberg La Vea Tennis Scholarship
Lucia De Santa Ana Margaret Chutich & Penny Wheeler Scholarship for Women's Sports
Rachel Hanford Virginia & Nicholas Puzak Scholarship in Honor of Catherine Puzak

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Dawson LaRance Al Tappe Scholarship
Kaleb Siekmeier Andy & Gail Bunge Scholarship
Khalid Hussein Bob Bjorklund Scholarship
Kion Benjamin Dick Kilty & Roy Griak Scholarship
Jordan MacIntosh Dick Kilty & Roy Griak Scholarship
Luke Pingel Dr. Cheryl Bailey & Daniel Humes Scholarship
Noah Cvetnic G. Bart Bontems Track & Field Scholarship
Ekhardt Van der Watt Gale M. & Arlene E. Johnson Track & Field Scholarship
Phillipe Barnett Irwin A. & Robert D. Goodman Track & Field Scholarship
Hunter Lucas Ivars & Gloria Kauls Scholarship
Jack Manderscheid J.H. Valentine Scholarship
Owen Hoeft James E. Richard Scholarship
Kostas Zaltos Jim Nielsen Scholarship
Kyle Atkinson Mike & Shari Rogalski Scholarship
Elliott Davis Randy & Bonnie Jones Scholarship
Declan Dahlberg Robert & Betty VanTassel Scholarship
Ben Psicihulis Tom & Mary Harding Family Scholarship
Alec Basten Wally Trevis Men's Cross Country & Track Scholarship

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Julia Hayes Arvid Hansen Scholarship
Sophie Schmitz Gary & Suzy Wilson "Zone of Discipline" Scholarship
Devia Brown Irwin A. & Robert D. Goodman Track & Field Scholarship
McKenzie Duwenhoegger Jack A. Johnson Track & Field Scholarship
Bethany Hasz Peggy Cayemberg Akerman Scholarship
Jayla Campbell Randy & Bonnie Jones Scholarship
Samantha Spencer Rebecca Fettig Siekmeier Track & Field Scholarship
Megan Hasz Rocky Racette Memorial Scholarship
Tess Keyzers Ruth & Steve Silianoff Scholarship
Natalie Windels Sandra Abraham Scholarship
Janielle Josephs Tracy Chestnut Scholarship

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Shea Rubright Brigadier General Dennis & Pam Schulstad Scholarship
Adanna Rollins Charline & Red McCombs Scholarship
Taylor Landfair Dave & Peggy Lucas Scholarship
Stephanie Samedy Dawn & Steve Willoughby Women's Volleyball Scholarship
Bayley McMenimen Gary & Mary Lou Rooney Scholarship
Melani Shaffmaster Harold & Barb Shudlick Scholarship
Airi Miyabe Joel & Lois Maturi Scholarship
CC McGraw Marina Beniares Antoniou Volleyball Scholarship
Regan Pittman Mike Hebert Scholarship

Recipient 2020-21

Endowed Scholarship Name

Andrew Sparks GABADE Scholarship
Bailee O'Reilly Mike & Diane Quinn Scholarship
Patrick McKee Olga B. Hart Educational Scholarship
Jake Bergeland Verne Gagne Scholarship
Cael Carlson Wrestling Endowment Fund