North Dakota State University has announced a $13.5 million gift from alumnus Harry D. McGovern ('66) to provide full-tuition scholarships in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The largest single gift in NDSU history will endow the Harry D. McGovern Scholarship program. Through the program, approximately fifty incoming freshmen each year will receive McGovern Scholarships that are renewable for four years, assuming satisfactory progress toward degree completion.
McGovern, who studied civil engineering and now lives in California, structured the gift to maximize its impact while leaving a legacy. "The gift's structure is such that Harry will enjoy the impact of having nearly fifty McGovern Scholars pursuing their educational dreams today, while his long-term plan is to permanently endow the scholarship for future generations," said John Glover, president and CEO of the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association.
"When [NDSU] president [Dean L.] Bresciani and I began talking about ways to make a difference for students, he impressed upon me the need to have a signature scholarship program that would attract young people to NDSU," said McGovern. "I wanted to make an impact on as many students as possible, particularly for students pursuing STEM degrees, and he said full-tuition scholarships could accomplish that."