Legacy Donors have contributed $25,000 or more to create a named scholarship that is awarded annually.

Bechtel Memorial Scholarships

Lillian Bechtel began teaching 11th grade world history at Fergus Falls High School in 1944 and is remembered as a caring teacher who had high expectations for her students. In 1966, two years before she retired, she was named Teacher of the Year in Fergus Falls and at the state level was honored as a Teacher of Excellence. Mrs. Bechtel had a special interest in exposing students to other cultures. Education was a passion shared by Mrs. Bechtel and her husband, Edward, who was principal at Fergus Falls High School until his retirement in 1970. She died in March 2003. This scholarship was created in the fall of 2003.


Conrad G. Blegstad Scholarship (Renewable)

Conrad G. Blegstad directed choirs for the Fergus Falls High School, First Lutheran Church and the Fergus Falls Orpheum Male Choir. He taught the accordion, gave music lessons and was an accomplished organ player and wrote and arranged music.  He strongly believed in education and was an inspiration to his students.  He encouraged students to pursue their dreams.  This scholarship is given in honor of Congrad G. Blegstad by his son, Thomas L. Blegstad and his wife Barbara J. McLane.  This scholarship is renewable providing recipients with a scholarship each year of their college education providing they meet set criteria. This scholarship was first awarded in 2013.


Henry and Elizabeth Cowles Memorial Scholarship (Renewable)

Lillian Henry Cowles and his wife, Elizabeth, moved to Fergus Falls in the late 1940s when he began work at Otter Tail Power Co. The couple remained in the community following Mr. Cowles' retirement. This scholarship is designated for a student pursuing a career in engineering and was awarded for the first time in 2008. This scholarship is renewable providing recipients with a scholarship each year of their college education providing they meet set criteria.


Eagles Aerie #2339 Scholarships

The Eagles Aerie #2339 established a scholarship in 1995 to assist a graduating senior with his or her post-secondary education. The organization has made ongoing donations since that year, and currently 3 scholarships are awarded each year.


Fergus Falls Educators Scholarship

In 2007, members of the Fergus Falls Education Association and fellow School District 544 educators created this scholarship with their share of the proceeds from a tobacco lawsuit settlement with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.


Charles B Hyslop Memorial Scholarship

Charles "Chuck" Hyslop (1952) had an insatiable desire to know. His depth of intellectual curiosity was matched only by his great love of people.  He spent his life giving of himself to friends, families and perfect strangers.  He was a passionate golfer who dedicated himself to teaching others the Great Game. While his kindness, warmth and wisdom are his legacy, the Charles B Hyslop Memorial Scholarship will go to an outgoing, intellectually curious FFHS graduate pursuing a university course in the social sciences, including history, political science, international relations or a related field.


Beverly Gerhardson Paulson Memorial Scholarship

Beverly Gerhardson Paulson, a Fergus Falls High School Class of 1948 graduate, and her husband, Lloyd Paulson, are charter donors to Fergus Falls Area Dollars for Scholars and have sponsored a scholarship each year since 1992. The Paulsons were instrumental in establishing a Dollars for Scholars program in Mr. Paulson's hometown of Parkers Prairie in west central Minnesota, and they wanted to do the same in Mrs. Paulson's hometown. Beverly's children, Robert Paulson and Corla Paulson established additional scholarships in 2010 in memory of their mother. The scholarships are designated for FFHS students pursuing a career in the field of education (1 scholarship) and the field of business (1 scholarship). The recipient must be a Fergus Falls High School student and is selected by the Dollars for Scholars criteria.


The Jim and Arlene Palmer Family Scholarships

Jim, Arlene and sons transferred to Fergus Falls in 1964 with Ziegler, Inc. of Minneapolis with whom Jim was employed for 42 years.  Their two sons, Scott and Gregg, both graduated from Fergus Falls High School, after which they each attained an Engineering degree from NDSU; therefore, this Scholarship is designated for a student pursuing a Civil or Mechanical Engineering degree.


Gene and Dorothy Porter Scholarship


Dr. Porter, a retired veterinarian, and Dorothy, a retired school nurse, were avid supporters of School District 544. Though Dr. Porter is now deceased, Dorothy remains a resident of Fergus Falls.


Sample Memorial

The Sample family established this scholarship in memory of Thomas H. and Alexander K. Sample. Thomas Sample was a Red River Valley farmer who valued education and understood community commitment to support area schools.

Along with the Dollars for Scholars criteria, this scholarship is awarded based on a combination of need and realization of academic potential. The Sample Memorial Scholarship was one of the initial Dollars for Scholars scholarships and has been awarded every year since 1992.


Dr. Frank Veden

Dr. Frank Veden was a dentist who practiced for many years in Fergus Falls. He loved the community and left his estate to fund a wide variety of projects that benefit Fergus Falls. He was also a staunch supporter of education, and the Veden Scholarship was created to support community youth as they pursue higher educational goals. The first scholarship was awarded in 1999.