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Local Ties Influence Establishment of $40,000 Scholarship Endowment at the U of M, Crookston by Cyril and Frances (Stauning) Carpenter
November 14, 2006

Contact: Corby Kemmer, director of development, 218-281-8434 (; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

CROOKSTON, MN (November 14, 2006) – For Cyril and Frances (Stauning) Carpenter of Bloomington, Minn., ties to the area influenced their decision to establish a $40,000 scholarship endowment at the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC). The Stauning Carpenter Scholarship Fund is the latest in the U of M Presidential Scholarship Match (PSM) program at the Crookston campus. The program was created to encourage new gifts, and taking advantage of the program doubles the impact of newly endowed scholarships as payout is matched by the University of Minnesota on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
The Carpenter’s gift creates an endowment to support new students enrolling at UMC who show academic promise. Frances (Stauning) Carpenter was raised on a farm in Scandia Township in Polk County. The Staunings, including three bothers and a sister, farmed for more than 80 years beginning in 1925. The original Stauning farm is still in operation today. Frances went on to attend Moorhead State Technical College from 1946-48 where she pursued a degree in elementary education. This scholarship endowment fund leaves a lasting legacy by the Carpenters that will benefit students for generations to come.
“The wonderful generosity of Cy and Fran (Stauning) Carpenter will provide many benefits and assistance for UMC students for decades,” Corby Kemmer director of development & alumni relations said. "It has been a pleasure meeting with Cy and Fran and working with them on this most generous gift to UMC; I'm proud to call them my friends and I thank them for their continued support.”
The PSM program demonstrates the University of Minnesota commitment to providing support to students. Other gifts may be contributed to the fund by the Carpenter's or their family members at any time. If you are interested in learning more about scholarship giving or the PSM program, contact Corby Kemmer at 218-281-8434 or via e-mail at
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