|UND Foundation receives $5 million gift|
The UND Foundation is honored by the generosity of alumna Louise (Sutton) Ferguson, ..’37. Before passing away last spring, Louise bequeathed $5 million to the UND Foundation through her living trust. It was Louise’s wish that the money be used to fund high achiever scholarships to eligible students who are enrolled at UND.
“Louise’s legacy will live on for generations to come through The Louise S. Ferguson Memorial Scholarship Endowment. Thanks to her gift, The University of North Dakota has an incredible opportunity to attract the best and brightest students,” said Tim O’Keefe, executive vice president and CEO of the UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation.
After attending UND for a short time, Louise ventured to Los Angeles, where she met and married Bill Ferguson, a real estate manager for the Atlantic Richfield Oil Company. When Bill passed away in 1978, Louise moved to San Diego and became active in many community affairs, as well as manager of her own investments.
Louise, who grew up in Grand Forks, possessed a deep-rooted love for North Dakotans and the University. Because of this, she began planning her everlasting gift to the UND Foundation many years ago.
UND President Charles Kupchella stated, “Adele and I had the good fortune to get to know Louise during the last years of her life and she was an inspiration to us both in terms of her zest for life and her love of the University and its people. I am grateful for her gift, which provides a perpetual benefit to the University and its students.
The first annual Louise S. Ferguson Scholarship will be awarded this fall.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, email@example.com, 777-3621