Established on 10.05.1977 by Mrs. Oswald Daellenbach and Dr. Larry Daellenbach and family
Ozzie was Clay County Agricultural Extension Agent. After taking time off as a farm laborer, he was 21 years old when he graduated from high school. Then, at the height of the Depression in the 1930s, he worked his way through college at the University of Minnesota. With his degree, he taught vocational agriculture in Ulen, MN, before transitioning to be a County Agent. Besides his work with and teaching of all aspects of agriculture, he was a consummate amateur photographer, doing, for example, the photographic reproductions for all of Hiram Drache’s first books. After Marie graduated from her high school setting, she actually then taught for a short time at the school. In later life, she assisted in grade school libraries in Moorhead, MN, where she loved working with young students. Both Ozzie and Marie were passionate supporters of education and Concordia College, and they instilled a life-long love of education in their children. Son Dennis and daughter Leanne Axt graduated from Concordia. Son Dr. Lawrence retired as Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse, and Dr. Dennis retired as Director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library.
Given the family’s roots in the Red River Valley and their devotion to education, scholarship recipients could come from the local area and have a focus on training in education and teaching. Selection, of course, would be further based on scholastic achievement and financial need as defined by the Office of Financial Aid.
The Ozzie and Marie Daellenbach Endowed Scholarship is awarded by the Office of Financial Aid. Selection is based on financial need, scholastic achievement, and character. Preference is given to students from Clay and Norman counties, in Minnesota.