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Bemidji State athletics welcoming donors for Impact Scholarships

BSU’s new giving initiative is geared toward “Impact Scholarships” for Beaver programs. Donors can designate their contribution to the Bemidji State team of their choice, or to Beaver Pride to meet the greatest needs of BSU athletics.

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Bemidji State fans cheer during the second quarter against Winona State on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, at Chet Anderson Stadium.
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BEMIDJI -- Bemidji State athletics is seeking the community’s involvement to provide for its student-athletes.

BSU’s new giving initiative is geared toward “Impact Scholarships” for Beaver programs. Donors can designate their contribution to the Bemidji State team of their choice, or to Beaver Pride to meet the greatest needs of BSU athletics.

Donors can create a named scholarship by pledging $1,000 or more per year for three years. All the money goes directly to the designated recipient, and the donation is tax deductible.

Groups of people can also combine together and split the cost of an Impact Scholarship, so long that they meet the minimum pledge of $1,000 per year.

“The effect of these scholarships is directly in the name,” BSU athletic director Britt Lauritsen said in a statement. “Often, these gifts can mean the difference in making a competitive offer in real time. The more strides we can make to increase immediately available, impactful funds for scholarships, the more competitive we can be in our incredibly fierce conferences.”

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According to an Impact Scholarship brochure, Bemidji State ranks last among the 16 NSIC schools in available scholarship funds.

When a donor creates a scholarship, they will receive a shirt and recognition on social media.

“(The) BSU Athletic Impact Scholarship program is a great economical opportunity to make a huge impact,” donor Doug Leif said in a statement. “It is incredible how much $2.73 a day can make such a meaningful difference and create such a life-changing experience for our student-athletes.”

To make a pledge or for more information, contact Jesse Katz, BSU’s Director of Annual Giving in athletics, at 218-755-2827 or jesse.katz@bemidjistate.edu.

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