Alumni and Friends

Planned Giving

She'll Never Stop Having an Impact

In 1978, Elsie Kalionen '37 sent in her first gift to St. Cloud State—a contribution of $20 to support the Harvey Waugh Memorial Scholarship. In the years to follow, she would send in an annual gift from time to time. No one suspected that she would leave a gift in her will that would help students for years to come.

A fourth-grade teacher in the Wayzata public schools for 28 years, Elsie lived in a small apartment in Minneapolis, Minn., for 37 years. The only child of an immigrant family, she came to St. Cloud State by way of Annandale, where she lived on the farm with her parents.

Elsie was last on campus in 1987 for her 50th reunion. It was at this time that she began to consider naming St. Cloud State in her will. We first learned of Elsie's desire to leave a legacy gift in 1997, which led to several conversations about what she would like her future gift to accomplish. Elsie passed away in August 2010, but her love for education will never stop having an impact at St. Cloud State. She lived frugally and saved and invested her money. Through a bequest in her will, Elsie was able to make a much larger gift than what she was able to contribute annually. Her gift was used to establish an endowed scholarship that will support students studying to become teachers.

Make Your Own Impact
If you are interested in establishing a scholarship—today or in the future through your will—we can walk you through your next steps. Contact Bob Beumer at 320-308-3716 or rfbeumer@stcloudstate.edu today.

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