Established on 10.26.2017 by L. MeRoy '55 and Carol Lillehaugen
Concordia College has been a part of my life since I was a small child growing up on a farm in Eastern, North Dakota. My parents, Michael and Marie Lillehaugen, were strong supporters of Concordia. In 1955, my Dad became one of the founding members of the C-400 Club which brought together 400 donors, each donating $1,000.00, to fund the construction of the Carl B. Ylvisaker Library. My wife, Carol, and I have also supported the C-400 Club through the years, and although she did not attend Concordia, she was familiar with the school before we were married.
Four of my older siblings graduated from Concordia, and I am one of three siblings who attended but did not graduate from Concordia. After my first two years, I transferred to the University of North Dakota to pursue an engineering degree, as regrettably, Concordia did not offer this program. While I did not graduate from Concordia College with the Class of 1955, I feel a special attachment to this group of graduates.
Three of our four children and two grandsons have proudly graduated from Concordia College, and a third grandson is currently attending.
Carol and I have always been strong supporters of church-affiliated colleges. We recognize that the cost of higher education has increased to the point that many qualified students who would like to attend, simply cannot afford to do so. By establishing this scholarship fund, we hope to help one (or more students) each year attend a liberal arts college of the church which will prepare them for a bright future.
The L. MeRoy and Carol J. Lillehaugen Endowed Scholarship be awarded by the Office of Financial Aid to students in their junior or senior academic years. Selection will be based on scholastic achievement and financial need.