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Oct. 4-Nov. 1: Scrabble for Scholarships Tournament

Join the Metropolitan State community for a Scrabble tournament organized by the Annual Fund Drive Committee, to support scholarships awarded through the University Foundation.

Join us from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. on one or all of these dates:

  • Oct. 4: Midway location, Room B
  • Oct. 11: Brooklyn Park location, room 215
  • Oct. 18: Minneapolis location, room M1400
  • Oct. 23: Saint Paul Campus, Founders Hall L119
  • Nov. 1 (championship): Saint Paul Campus, Saint John’s Hall L5

Register. Cost is $10 per entrant. Proceeds go to the Metropolitan State Annual Fund Drive for Student Scholarships.

Questions? Contact August Hoffman (august.hoffman@metrostate.edu) or Allen Bellas (allen.bellas@metrostate.edu).

Jason R. Carter Science Education Center dedicated with celebration

Jason Carter was a biochemistry student at Metropolitan State University who died of leukemia in May 2016. Metropolitan State reached the next step to honor Jason’s memory and dedicated the Jason R. Carter Science Education Center with a celebration and reception on Saturday, Sept. 9.

His parents, Diana and Robert Carter, and the Carter Family Foundation of Wayzata, Minn., worked with the University Foundation to provide a generous $2 million endowment through contributions in memory of Jason.

This endowment is the largest donation to Metropolitan State and is indicative of the growing support for the University’s important mission. It will be used to support university research and provide scholarships to students studying the natural sciences. The endowment establishes a lasting legacy for Jason at Metropolitan State and the University Foundation has already begun to award Carter scholarships to students, several of whom were present at the celebration.

University Foundation secures $100k challenge grant

The Metropolitan State University Foundation has been approved for a 2:1 challenge grant in the amount of $100,000 from the Katherine B. Andersen Fund for the university’s Metro Complete Scholarship Program. This means the Foundation receives the grant by raising $200,000 over a period of four years.

The challenge begins July 1, at which point any funds raised for the Metro Complete Scholarship Program will be applied to this grant challenge. To learn more or make a contribution, e-mail giftinquiries@metrostate.edu.

May 5: Estate Planning 101

Is simply writing checks to your favorite charities sufficient? Or would you like to set longer-term priorities for your giving? Join a discussion about retirement savings and estate planning with Robert W. Dietz, associate director at the Alliance Bernstein L.P. Wealth Planning and Analysis Group.

Estate Planning 101 is a free educational session sponsored by the Metropolitan State University Foundation where you will learn how goal-based, quantitative planning can be used to help meet personal and philanthropic goals.

Dietz will lead an informative discussion on strategies for managing the financial side of your charitable activities to help you reduce estate and income taxes while maximizing charitable and personal wealth, and use trusts to achieve legacy goals.

This session is 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, May 5, Student Center Room 101, Saint Paul Campus. RSVP to invitations@metrostate.edu by Thursday, April 28. Light refreshments will be available.

Apply now for Metropolitan State University Foundation scholarships

Scholarship applications and criteria are posted on the cost and aid page under “Scholarships.” Completed applications must be received by noon Friday, April 29. All award decisions will be made and all applicants notified of results by the fall semester payment deadline date.

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Foundation recognizes 2015 major gifts

Four large gifts were among the many received in calendar year 2015 by the Metropolitan State University Foundation in support of students and programs.

“We are so grateful for the substantial commitment of our donors,” says Deb Vos, Interim Executive Director of the Metropolitan State University Foundation. “Our donors believe in the university’s mission and, most importantly, believe in our students and know the impact that their gift will have on the lives of our students and our communities.”

More than 66 percent of Metropolitan State University students are eligible for financial aid, and the financial support provided by scholarships is critically important for many students to complete their education.

Metropolitan State University thanks these generous donors for their support and investment in the university and its students:

  • Sandy Burton established the inaugural scholarship endowment of $50,000 for students in the College of Individualized Studies (CIS), the largest college within the university and the first college that existed when the university was created. Sandy is the widow of John Burton, who was an award-winning faculty advisor at the university for nearly 25 years. John was well-known for his student-centered approach and was loved by many. Sandy wanted to honor John’s memory and continue to provide impact to Metropolitan State’s CIS students.
  • Sue Hammersmith and Al Uniacke donated $40,000 to establish the first recruitment scholarship endowment for students transferring into a science education curriculum at Metropolitan State. Sue Hammersmith was the university’s sixth president, having led the institution from 2008 – 2014. She elevated the university’s diversity efforts and is interested in supporting a scholarship that will encourage all community college students to complete their bachelor’s degree at Metropolitan State, but particularly those students from populations disadvantaged by historic racism. As the spouse of the former president, Al Uniacke was also deeply involved in the work of the university, supporting the presidency and was a member of two of the University Foundation’s scholarship awards committees, an effort which allowed him to interact with students and support their degree completion.
  • Roger and Nancy McCabe established a $50,000 inaugural endowment to support the emergency needs of Metropolitan State’s active duty military and veteran students. The McCabes have been generous supporters in the past, having also established endowments in support of students in nursing, social work, urban teacher program and law enforcement and criminal justice. They have a particular passion for the university’s military students, recognizing the courage and sacrifice these students make to maintain our freedom and the challenges they face as they reintegrate into society, particularly if they come to us immediately after combat duty.
  • Through their estate plans, Rob and Susan Shumer established the first endowment to support the growth and development of the Institute of Community Engagement and Scholarship. Susan was the previous director of the institute, and Rob and Susan continue to stay involved in the work of the institute. This gift is significant because it supports an area of the university that remains core to our mission of educating graduates as engaged citizens.

These significant gifts have contributed to the Foundation’s overall fundraising efforts, which experienced a positive increase in fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015) when the Foundation raised more than $685,000.

For more information on supporting Metropolitan State University, contact Interim Executive Director Deb Vos at deb.vos@metrostate.edu or call 651-793-1802; or Development Director Maureen Acosta at Maureen.acosta@metrostate.edu or call 651-793-1804; or visit the Foundation’s website.