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Giving Stories

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Pursuing Her Passion: Tatiana Soboleva

Tatiana SobolevaSenior Tatiana Soboleva has turned her scholarship money into powerful motivation to pursue her passion now and in the future.

“By receiving these scholarships, you feel so much responsibility for the outcome. It’s not like you’d do poorly in any of your courses, it’s just a responsibility that you feel toward your education.”
— Tatiana Soboleva



Still Helping Students Succeed: Richard Murray

Thanks to the generosity of Richard Murray and his family, Murray's legacy of helping students succeed lives on.

“A major gift like this helps us start providing support for students immediately. We know that Minnesota State Mankato has made a difference in many lives, and these scholarships will give a new generation the same opportunity.”
— Brian Jones, Director of Admissions



Scholarships Start Success: Haley Doran

Haley DoranRecent grad Haley Doran relied on her scholarship money to complete two majors and kill it on the volleyball court.

“Scholarship funds helped me do two majors at once instead of just one. [Without that], I wouldn’t have been able to do what I did at Minnesota State Mankato.”
—Haley Doran



Going Above and Beyond: Lina Wang

Lina WangLina Wang has been interested in science since she was a kid. She's made a career of her passion thanks to dedicated faculty and generous scholarship funding. 

“It is an honor to be a scholarship recipient. I hope future recipients will take away from the university as much as I have.”
—Lina Wang




Making Real-World Experience a Reality: Kyle Mullen

A grant for field research provides MS candidate Kyle Mullen with valuable experience outside the classroom.

“It’s kind of crazy to think someone gave this large award that allows for not just me but numerous students to do the same thing I did. I’d like to be able to do that myself one day.”
—Kyle Mullen




Encouraging Entrepreneurs: Craig Lloyd

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well at Minnesota State Mankato, thanks in part to alum Craig Lloyd.

“Not all entrepreneurs are great students (me included), so this was an opportunity for me to inspire an entrepreneurial spirit in others.”
—Craig Lloyd



Paying it Forward: Pam Fredrickson

Pam FredricksonA lifelong teacher creates a planned gift to help future teachers succeed.

“We think it’s just so important to help other people if you can, to pay it forward, give back, make a difference, however you want to say it. I just feel that if you can give back, you should.”
—Pam Fredrickson




Food and Fans: Paul and Sue Wilke

Mavericks basketball superfans Paul and Sue Wilke set up a scholarship fund to support the players and the team they love.

“When we were looking at things to do with our money, we decided we wanted to see our money work while we were still living and still young.”
—Paul Wilke



You Can Help, Too!

If you'd like to make a difference in the lives of Minnesota State Mankato students, an endowed scholarship through a bequest in your will is a great way to extend the support you offer today, forever. To learn more, contact Vice President of University Advancement Kent Stanley at 507-389-2021 or