Scholarship that Focuses on Creating Community Leaders is Expanding

With generous funding from the Edson and Margaret Larson Foundation, Concordia College is pleased to announce it is expanding the Larson Scholars program.

Since 2014, scholarships have been awarded to students in the Offutt School of Business (OSB). Now, a cohort of students in the Sanford Heimarck School of Health Professions (SHSHP) will be benefiting from the Larson program, with scholarships of up to $10,000.

“We are thrilled about this program expansion,” said Dr. Gwen Wagstrom Halaas, dean of the SHSHP. “Empowering the next generation of healthcare professionals as leaders is not just an investment in their future, but in the health and well-being of our communities.”

The Edson and Margaret Larson Foundation supports organizations focusing on developing skill sets for emerging leaders to positively impact the State of North Dakota and the Red River Valley. Twenty-one out of 30 Larson scholar graduates were working in North Dakota or the Red River Valley region of Minnesota. All are employed in business-related careers or attending graduate school in business fields.

Logan Garcia '23 in Ireland for a Breakaway business course.

Scholarship recipient Logan Garcia ’23 of Moorhead, says he is learning how to network and be a community leader. He says he’s grateful for the flexibility to take college trips, such as the Business-Commerce Abroad spring break course in Ireland.  

“Being a Larson Scholar is truly one of the most rewarding experiences I have had at Concordia,” Garcia said.

For Cole O’Connell ’23 of Moorhead, the support has allowed him to focus on schoolwork and extracurricular activities as well as plan for his future.

“Being a Larson Scholar entails a lot more than success in the classroom,” O’Connell said. “It’s about being responsibly engaged in the community.”

And that is the goal — for both the college and the foundation.

Students interested in applying for the scholarship can learn more by contacting Dean Christopher Mason in the OSB or Dean Gwen Wagstrom Halaas in the SHSHP.

In 2021, Concordia announced a new vision for the future with the naming of the Sanford Heimarck School of Health Professions. Read that story.