Our Donors

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Clayton Fossum Memorial- Auto Body

Clayton was a beloved member of the Willmar community for 70+ years. He co-owned and operated the West Central Wheel and Body shop in Willmar. for more than 40 years before retiring in 1988. Customers fondly recall a welcoming atmosphere, great service, a cup of...

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Computer Aid Drafting & Design

This scholarship award is funded by donations from current and former Drafting faculty and is awarded to students enrolled in the Drafting program.


Custom Products

Since 1962, Custom Products has been producing custom cabs, ROPs and operator protection for the off-highway industry. Founded on a respect for working men and women and the belief in their need for protection from nature’s elements and on-the-job hazards. The...

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Danielson Nursing

Established in 1991, through a series of gifts from brothers, Leonard Danielson and Willard Danielson. They were so impressed by the nursing care they received over the years, the Danielson’s were moved to help others pursue their interest in nursing. This endowment...

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Don Lindgren Memorial

Don was a former college employee who worked for the Maintenance Department. This scholarship was established by co-workers, friends and family in his honor, and goes to students employed as a work study students for the college’s Maintenance Department.


Don Rinke Scholarship

Don was a former counselor at the college and upon his retirement, he established this scholarship. Students must exhibit initiative and enthusiam in meeting their academic goals. This award alternates each year between Liberal Arts and technical students.

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Duke Thiele Memorial

Duke owned and operated Thiele Studio in Glencoe until 1971, when he moved to Willmar and established the Photography program at Willmar Vo Tech. He served as chair of the department until his retirement in 1991. He received craftsman and master’s degrees in...

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Ed & Clara Gesch Memorial

In 1996, Edward and Clara of Willmar established an endowed scholarship fund to support Ridgewater College students. Eligible students can be enrolled in any program on the Willmar campus.

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Education & English Scholarship

Funded by Ridgewater instructors for students enrolled in a Liberal Arts program on the Hutchinson campus with an intent to transfer to a 4-year degree in Education or English.

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E.J. Quinn Memorial

Established in honor of former Photography instructor; is awarded to a student enrolled in the Professional Photography program.

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Elaine & D.J. Black Memorial

Elaine was a loving wife, mother, and homemaker who also worked for a time as a nurse. She was active in her community church as a member of the PTA, AFS Committee, American Legion Post 96 Auxiliary, General Federated Women’s Club (GFWC), and McLeod County Republican...

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Electrician Staff

This scholarship is funded by past and current instructors and goes to students enrolled in the Electrician program.

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Estelle Kettner Memorial

Estelle was an instructor at Willmar Tech College from 1961 until her retirement in 1990, at which time she provided a savings certificate to the Foundation with earnings to be used for student activities and scholarships. This scholarship is for students enrolled in...

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Foot Lake Four Health Care

The Foot Lake 4 Walk /Run is one of the premier events that takes place during Willmar Fests. It is designed to provide fun for all age groups and levels of participation. From 1996-2006, Rice Health Foundation donated a portion of funds raised from the event to...

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Frederick A. Kovall

The Frederick A. Kovall Memorial Scholarship was established from memorial gifts made by the family and friends of Frederick A. Kovall. Fred was an employee with MN DOT for over 41 years, retiring in 1999 as the District #8 Maintenance Supervisor. Fred served for 11...

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Freshman Scholarship

The freshman Scholarship is for incoming first time students enrolling at Ridgewater. The scholarships are funded by donations to the General Scholarship fund.

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Gene Haas Machine Tool

The Gene Haas Foundation is a private foundation committed to manufacturing education and providing support for local communities; the Foundation offers scholarships to high schools, community colleges, and special educational programs that help build skills within...

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Grainger Tools for Tomorrow

Grainger, the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products helps local businesses and organizations keep their facilities running. Since 2006, the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program has helped technical education students...

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Harry Molenaar Memorial

Harry was a farmer who had a passion for education. His family takes pride in awarding this scholarship to an Agriculture student.

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Health Information Tech/ Medical Coding Specialist (HIT/ MCS)

This scholarship was established by faculty and is given to a HIT/ MCS student each year.


Helen Hoidal

Helen (Bernie’s wife), helped run the family businesses while raising four children. Helen played a huge role in encouraging her kids to pursue their educational dreams: two are teachers, one a nurse, and one a chemist. When Bernie’s scholarship was created, the...

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Helen S. Hatlelid Memorial

Helen was a 1948 graduate of the U of M with a Public Health Nursing degree. She worked as a public health nurse for over 26 years and was a member of the American Nursing Ass’n for 30 years; serving on district, state, and national committees. This scholarship was...

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Heritage Bank N.A.

Heritage Bank started over 45 years ago with a few tiny banks in Minnesota and Iowa. With its strong commitment to local communities Heritage Bank has grown to $400 million in assets. One way Heritage Bank gives back to it’s community is through scholarships, which...

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Hutchinson BPO Does

Affiliated with the Elks Lodge #2427 of Hutchinson, the B.P.O. Does have been supporting scholarships at Ridgewater College for more than 20 years. This scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a Nursing career.

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Hutchinson Health Care Foundation

Founded in 1984, the HHCF has been dedicated to facilitating community support and financial donations for high quality health care programs and services in Hutchinson and the surrounding area. Awarded to Ridgewater students enrolled in a Health Care program.

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Hutchinson Liberal Arts

Funded by donations from Liberal Arts faculty, this scholarship goes to students enrolled in the Liberal Arts program seeking an AA degree and who intend to transfer to a 4-year college or university.

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James Albrecht Memorial

James was a student at Ridgewater studying Automotive Technology when he passed away in an automobile accident in 2011. His family and friends established an endowment fund in his memory through an annual “Circle of Friends” golf tournament. The scholarship is for...

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James Black Memorial

James was a Ridgewater College counselor on the Hutchinson campus for many years. Jim passed away in a tractor accident shortly after his retirement. The scholarship was established by his family and friends and is for a Hutchinson Campus student.

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Jan Dahl Memorial

Jan received her Cosmetology license from Willmar Technical College in 1975; she later became an instructor in the program and also worked for Peterson Brothers Funeral Home as a cosmetologist. Jan loved being with family and friends and enjoyed gardening,...

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Jared Johnson Memorial

Established in 2005 by Jared’s parents to honor him. He graduated from Ridgewater’s Law Enforcement program in 1999. Jared was about to begin the Mortuary Science program at the U of M when, at age 24, he drowned while saving the life of a young woman in the Baptism...