Monthly Archives: December 2014

Board hosts chancellor search listening meetings

Board faculty advisor Eric Murphy speaks to the crowd while Board member Grant Shaft sand Board staff advisor Janice Hoffarth look on.

Board faculty advisor Eric Murphy speaks to the crowd while Board member Grant Shaft sand Board staff advisor Janice Hoffarth look on at the UND listening session.

The State Board of Higher Education held listening meetings this month at each North Dakota University System campus. At least one Board member facilitated each meeting, and opened up the floor for suggestions of characteristics needed for the next chancellor of the university system. Comments came from students, faculty, staff, legislators and community members. A sampling of the characteristics mentioned is listed below.

  • Collaborative leadership style
  • Consensus builder
  • Strong communication skills
  • Humility
  • Midwestern values
  • Visionary leader, promote innovation
  • Bridge-builder to the state legislature
  • Background in higher education leadership
Students, faculty, staff and administrators gathered for the listening session at NDSCS.

Students, faculty, staff and administrators gathered for the listening session at NDSCS.

The final profile is scheduled to be posted online January 15. After the applications have been received, the Board will meet approximately four times to determine top candidates and conduct interviews. The finalists will then be interviewed on May 14.

The Board has also enlisted an advisory committee comprised of leaders from across the state to help guide the selection process. The advisory committee includes:

  • Russ McDonald, President, United Tribes Technical College
  • James Shea, President, University of Mary
  • Kirsten Baesler, Superintendent, Department of Public Instruction
  • Jon Backes, Attorney, McGee, Hankia & Backes, PC
  • Terry Olson, Executive Director, Williston State College Foundation
  • Bruce Dolezal, Regional President, American Bank Center
  • Perry Miller, Owner, Miller, Perry & Denise-Lochmor Apartments
  • Andy Peterson, President & CEO, North Dakota Chamber of Commerce
  • Dean Bresciani, President, North Dakota State University
  • Robert Kelley, President, University of North Dakota
  • Dave Clark, Interim President, Bismarck State College
  • Steve Shirley, President, Minot State University
  • Larry Skogen, Interim Chancellor, North Dakota University System

    Board member Kathleen Neset is surrounded by stakeholders at the listening meeting at WSC.

    Board member Kathleen Neset is surrounded by stakeholders at the listening meeting at WSC.

The advisory committee members will provide input on the qualifications and the candidates throughout the process. However, only the Board will vote to determine the top candidates.

Interim Chancellor Larry C. Skogen has served in this position since June 2013. In accordance with his contract, he will return to his position as president of Bismarck State College this summer.

New admissions standards approved by SBHE

At their November 20 meeting, the Board approved new admissions standards for NDUS institutions. The updated standards are the result of months of work by an admissions standards task force and thorough discussion by Board members.

The standards are geared toward helping students find the institution that is the right fit for them academically, and are part of an overall goal to help those students succeed once they are admitted.

The standards include three elements: grade-point average, ACT score and core course requirements. The chart below is a breakdown of the current standards versus the newly approved admissions standards for the first two elements. These new standards will go into effect by Fall 2016.

Institution Current Standards New Standards for Fall 2016 
Community Colleges
Bismarck State College Open Enrollment Open Enrollment
Dakota College at Bottineau Open Enrollment Open Enrollment
Lake Region State College Open Enrollment Open Enrollment
North Dakota State College of Science Open Enrollment Open Enrollment
Williston State College Open Enrollment Open Enrollment
Regional Universities
Dickinson State University GPA: 2.0
ACT: 18
GPA: 2.0
ACT: 18
Mayville State University GPA: 2.0
ACT: No Minimum
GPA: 2.0
ACT: 18
Minot State University GPA: 3.25
ACT: 22
GPA: 2.75
ACT: 21
Valley City State University GPA: 2.0
ACT: No Minimum
GPA: 2.0
ACT: 18
Research Universities
North Dakota State University GPA: 2.5
ACT: 21
GPA: 2.75
ACT: 22
University of North Dakota GPA: 2.5
ACT: 21
GPA: 2.75
ACT: 22

The third element of the admissions standards is core courses. Currently, students are required to complete 13 core courses in high school to be eligible for admission to a 4-year regional or research university. For admission to the research universities, that requirement will increase to 14 core courses in Fall 2017 with full implementation at 15 core courses in Fall 2018.

More communication about these standards will be shared with stakeholders throughout the next year.

Study: University System Economic Impact Rises to $4.8 Billion


The economic impact of the North Dakota University System and its students on the state is on the rise. It now stands at an estimated $4.8 billion for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, compared to $3.7 billion in FY 2009, according to the most recent NDUS Economic Impact report.

This is the result of $1.7 billion in student spending and NDUS expenditures, coupled with secondary economic impacts. On a statewide level, the impact of NDUS resulted in $1.4 billion in additional retail trade activity and $1.7 billion in economy-wide personal income, generating $64.3 million in sales and use tax and $26 million in income tax revenues.

“These findings confirm the strategic connection between a strong university system and a strong economy,” said Kirsten Diederich, chair of the State Board of Higher Education. “By investing in our students, the North Dakota taxpayers are also investing in our economy – boosting business activity, expanding research opportunities, and supporting job growth.”

According to the report, the levels of business activity resulting from student spending and NDUS expenditures would support 10,760 full-time equivalent jobs in 2013.

NDUS receives funding through general fund appropriations, as well as other revenue sources like grants, contracts and donations. In 2013, non-general fund expenditures made up 68 percent of total spending. The authors concluded that the state’s colleges and universities are able to leverage $2.14 from external sources for every dollar of state appropriated funds. Much of those non-appropriated funds come from outside sources, and could be considered new money to the state of North Dakota.

“Business in North Dakota is growing at breakneck speed,” said Larry C. Skogen, interim chancellor of the North Dakota University System. “With a projected population increase of 20 percent by 2020 and 120,000 projected job openings, the majority of which will require postsecondary education, it is crucial that we seize this opportunity to educate North Dakotans and recruit out-of-state students to fill our workforce needs.”

In October, the State Board of Higher Education approved its 2015-2020 strategic plan – The NDUS Edge. “The plan outlines the path to fulfilling workforce needs and giving our students the edge they need to compete in the ever-changing business community,” said Diederich. “Through partnerships with business and industry, as well as increasing efficiencies throughout the system, we are able to be good stewards of our funds while taking advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities our current economy is presenting.”

Key measures of the NDUS economic impact in FY 2013 include:

  • Direct economic impacts (expenditures) of $1.3 billion, of which $873 million were expenditures from non-general fund sources. This direct impact created a gross business volume of $3.8 billion, which included $923 million in retail trade activity and $1.5 billion in economy-wide personal income.
  • Student living expenses were estimated at $415 million and were in addition to institution spending. Increased business activity generated by student spending was estimated at $1 billion, which included $467 million in retail trade activity and $250 million of economy-wide personal income and would support about 1,900 secondary jobs.

The FY 2013 report was conducted by North Dakota State University’s Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics and is similar to other studies done in 1999, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011. Report authors Dean A. Bangsund, Randall C. Coon and Nancy M. Hodur used the North Dakota Input-Output Model to estimate economic impact.

In line with high school trends, NDUS enrollment declines slightly, but expects growth

Recently, the North Dakota University System released the official 2014 enrollment numbers for the 11 public colleges and universities in the state. Fall 2014 headcount enrollment was 47,660 compared to 48,015 in Fall 2013, reflecting a slight decrease of 0.7 percent. In comparison, the total number of public high school graduates decreased 0.22 percent from Spring 2012 to Spring 2013. The most recent year’s high school graduate data is not yet available. However, even with the high-school graduate decline in recent years, NDUS enrollment numbers have increased 13.95 percent since 2007.

“According to demographers, we know that the number of public high school graduates is currently declining, but our elementary and middle schools are bursting at the seams. We must be prepared for those future graduates to hit our institutions as early as 2018,” said Interim Chancellor Larry C. Skogen. “By continuing to offer high quality, valuable programs and working with statewide stakeholders to determine business needs, NDUS institutions are perfectly positioned to help fill the expanding demand for a skilled workforce in North Dakota.”

Headcount enrollment is the total number of students enrolled at the 11 University System campuses using all methods of instruction including on campus and online. Enrollment can be measured in a number of ways, but headcount enrollment reporting is used for federal data collection and other national comparisons.

Between 2012 and 2013, graduate enrollment saw an impressive increase of 6.7 percent. This year, total graduate enrollment reported a slight decline (1.6 percent), but left the majority of the previous year’s increase still intact reflecting strong student retention. Headcount enrollment at NDUS community colleges, regional and research institutions also followed the overall trend with a slight decline of 1.6 percent, 0.9 percent and 0.4 percent, respectively.

Notably, online and Interactive Video Network (IVN) enrollments increased by 1.3 percent with 21,067 or 44.2 percent of all Fall 2014 students taking at least one distance education course. This builds on an impressive enrollment increase of 7.9 percent in distance education courses last year.

“The increased enrollment in distance education courses is indicative of the need and demand for alternative delivery methods from our institutions,” said Skogen. “Many of our institutions are doing a fantastic job embracing alternative delivery methods, and we’re looking forward to building up those options for North Dakota students in accordance with our new strategic plan.”

Additional highlights from the headcount enrollment information are as follows:

  • 77.6 percent attend NDUS universities, 22.4 percent attend NDUS community colleges.
  • 54.5 percent reported a North Dakota home address; 28.8 percent are from the contiguous states of Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota; 1.1 percent are from Canada; and the remaining 15.7 percent includes other out-of-state and international students.
  • 74.7 percent of the student body were traditional aged (24 years of age or younger), comparable to previous years.

The full report is available online here.

State support of higher education gains national attention

State Board of Higher Ed President Diederich

A column by Board Chair Kirsten Diederich

A recent article in US News & World Report featured North Dakota and Alaska as the two main states that have increased support for higher education since the national economic downturn. The author called this a stark contrast to the “worn and demoralized condition of public higher education in much of the rest of the United States.”

The article acknowledges upfront that one of the reasons North Dakota and Alaska have been able to do this is because our states are doing well financially, primarily thanks to oil and gas production. “But these two historically pragmatic and comparatively frugal states … have also determined that withdrawing support from higher education does more than force students and their parents to fork over more of the cost,” the author states. “They’ve decided that producing educated workers and supporting university research are essential to the continued success of their economies.”

In the article, David Bergeron from the Center for American Progress echoes that sentiment saying, “If you want to have a vibrant economy in your state, you have to invest in your people.” Bergeron also points out that financial support for public colleges and universities tends to stimulate wages and the creation of new businesses. If one looks at the growth in Fargo and Grand Forks, home to our research universities and many miles from the oil boom, there is no doubt in my mind that there is indeed a connection. We know from our biennial study that the North Dakota University System currently has a $4.8 billion economic impact on North Dakota, and we expect that to grow as our institutions work even closer with business to respond to the workforce needs of our state.

The State Board of Higher Education commends the Governor and the Legislative Assembly for having the foresight to invest in our colleges and universities as generously as they have. About 32 percent of our budget comes from the state general fund and 22 percent comes from tuition. The remaining financial support comes from grants, contracts and other funds. We are committed to being good stewards of this investment in our students and their futures, and in working with state leaders to make good decisions about the path forward.

Our new strategic plan, the NDUS Edge, outlines a five-year roadmap for achieving our vision to unleash the potential of higher education in the state. The four plan goals, launching in 2015, focus on the best ways to educate the current and future workforce in North Dakota. The Board is eager to move forward in accomplishing these goals through data-driven decisions, and our system’s progress will be transparently shared on dashboards on our website starting in December.

Higher education can be the magnet that attracts and retains the best and the brightest in our state. Working together with state, community and business leaders, we are creating a competitive edge – the NDUS Edge – for our students, for our institutions and for North Dakota.


NDUS launches public dashboards to track strategic plan progress, demonstrate accountability

Today, the North Dakota University System launched its public strategic plan dashboards. The dashboards illustrate the measurable objectives behind the main goals of the plan through an interactive website.

“The Board’s new strategic plan is an exciting direction for the system, but the plan is only as strong as the follow through,” said Board Chair Kirsten Diederich. “These dashboards allow us to showcase our progress on these goals and hold ourselves visibly accountable to achieving them.”

NDUSedge Dashboard Homepage

The State Board of Higher Education’s 2015-2020 strategic plan is built on four goals: deliver degrees that are the best value in the nation; provide programs people want, where and when they need them; equip students for success; and maximize the strengths of the unified system. Each of these goals is supported by objectives, or strategies, that will be used to achieve the goals. And, each objective is further broken down into measurable indicators that illustrate progress on that objective.

Built on that hierarchy, the NDUS dashboards allow users to drill down into their topic areas of choice and see where NDUS stands by selecting the appropriate goal and objective. Once on the objective page, users can click the appropriate graph to view institution-level data for many indicators, as well. Those indicators with institutional data are marked. Pages that may need more explanation or context contain a question mark in the top-right corner. The question mark leads users to a data definitions page that helps explain the terms used in the measurements.

1.1C dashboard screenshot

“As a system of public institutions, the public has the right to know how we are doing on a variety of measures. These dashboards allow any and all stakeholders to see where we stand on things like retention rates, affordability and fulfilling workforce needs in one convenient place,” said Diederich.

The dashboards currently contain baseline data for each indicator from the most recent year for which data is available. The indicator data will be updated at least annually as strategic plan milestones are achieved. For more information about the strategic plan – The NDUS Edge – visit To view the dashboards, click here or select “Measurement Dashboards” on the NDUS homepage (



BSC and partners receive $9.9 million grant

BSC and partners receive $9.9 million grant

The Training for Regional Energy in North Dakota (TREND) Consortium, led by BSC, has received a $9.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to support technical programs related to energy, transportation and construction. Other colleges in TREND include Williston State, Sitting Bull College, and Turtle Mountain Community College.

Bakken oil company funds BSC training equipment

A gift of $29,621 from Hess Corporation will go toward purchase of two hydraulic system trainers for the Mechanical Maintenance program at BSC. Growth of western North Dakota has created high demand for maintenance technicians. Adding trainers will allow more students to receive hands-on training and instruction.

Higher ed, TrainND collaborate to offer training in Dickinson

BSC is working in collaboration with DSU, WSC and TrainND to offer professional development and workforce training classes in Dickinson. Classes range from computer skills to leadership and are offered online and face-to-face. They are taught on the DSU campus by TrainND instructors from BSC and WSC.

DCB teacher chosen for NASA education team

DCB teacher chosen for NASA education team

NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission recently completed a competitive process to select 25 teachers from around the world for its Master Teacher Program. Among those chosen was Angie Bartholomay, assistant professor of physical sciences at Dakota College at Bottineau. Ms. Bartholomay and her students will gather data that will advance scientists’ understanding of water and energy cycles.

DCB included in military education guide

The 2015 edition of the Military Advanced Education Guide includes Dakota College at Bottineau – one of four North Dakota colleges and universities named in the publication. This reference tool evaluates institutions on their best practices in military/veteran education.

DCB “green committee” selects Aufforth

Dakota College’s “Green Committee” has selected faculty emeritus Professor Allan Aufforth as the recipient of its Conservation Award for 2015. Mr. Aufforth was a long time natural resource and wildlife instructor and advisor at the college. There are currently 33 of his former students employed with the ND Game and Fish Department.

Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library at DSU publishes 25,000th item

Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library publishes 25,000th item

The Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library at DSU celebrated its third anniversary Nov. 14 by publishing its 25,000th item online at The most-recent published items include a thank-you letter to Minnesota Congressman Charles Lindbergh — father of the famous aviator — an endorsement of a Massachusetts law restricting the hunting of ducks and geese to a 3½-month season, a defense of his presidential administration’s policies toward business, and a photograph of Roosevelt with two of his sons. The TRC at DSU created the Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library, which contains digitized documents and artifacts from the Library of Congress, Harvard College Library, the National Park Service, and others. Nearly 300,000 visitors have visited the website to date.

Operation Gratitude benefits from DSU partnership

DSU leaders have collaborated with the university’s business club and Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program (TRHLP) to ship 214 pounds of leftover Halloween candy to Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit which sends care packages to United States military personnel. To make the donation possible, a volunteer committee which ran the university’s Halloween event, the business club, and TRHLP partnered to donate, organize and ship the boxes.

DSU students raise $1,221 for neediest local youth

Sixty-nine students in DSU’s Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program raised $1,221 from two silent auctions for the Dickinson Backpack Program, a new initiative designed to help the neediest students in Dickinson Public Schools. The TRHLP donation is the first organizers have received from a university. Proceeds will purchase supplies needed to fill 250 grocery bags with food staples delivered anonymously to student lockers in Dickinson every week.

First class graduates from LRSC peace officer training academy in Bismarck

LRSC faculty member publishes open source textbook

Lake Region State College faculty member Michelle Murphy has authored and published a Biology textbook. Concepts of Biology is a one semester course for non-majors. The book is an open source .pdf book for students enrolled in the online course.

First class graduates from LRSC peace officer training academy in Bismarck

The first class of LRSC’s Bismarck peace officer training academy graduated November 26. LRSC, in cooperation with Bismarck-Mandan area law enforcement agencies, started a 14-week fall peace officer training academy in August. Thirteen students graduated at LRSC’s Robert Fawcett Auditorium. Overall, Lake Region State College will have trained 98 peace officer students in calendar year 2014.

ESPB grants MaSU interim program approval for B.S. degree in special education

ESPB grants MaSU interim program approval for B.S. degree in special education

MaSU has received interim program approval from the Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB) for a B.S. degree in special education. The program is the first undergraduate special education strategist degree available in North Dakota. All core classes within the special education area of study are available online.

Kingsbury selected for Taiwan Research Fellowship

Dr. Aaron Kingsbury, assistant professor of geography and political science at MaSU, has been selected to receive the Taiwan Research Fellowship. During the summer of 2015, he will be fully funded to travel to Taiwan and then conduct an extensive cross-cultural comparative study of the last few centuries of Taiwanese and Japanese viticulture and winemaking.

MaSU hosts HOSA fall leadership conference

MaSU hosted the fall leadership conference of North Dakota’s HOSA-Future Health Professionals (Health Occupation Student Organization) Oct. 23, 2014. Eighty-seven high school students and their advisors from across the state were at MaSU for a day of learning and interacting with others who share an interest in pursuing careers in health.

November: A month of diversity and awareness at MiSU

November: A month of diversity and awareness

The month of November was filled with diversity and awareness. It began with Minot State University’s Veterans Center recognizing veterans during Veterans Awareness Week (Nov. 3-10). The center brought speakers and representatives from veteran agencies and service organizations to share information with student-veterans. MiSU’s Native American Cultural Awareness Club sponsored the Native American Cultural Celebration in November. The commemoration also included speakers, presenters and exhibits of Native American success and culture. Finally, Nov. 16-22 marked MiSU’s first celebration of Geography Awareness Week with the theme of “Rediscovering Sacred Space.” Students, faculty and staff and the public were invited to attend four presentations highlighting the year’s festivities.


Swedish journalist discovers North Dakota

Therese Larsson Hultin, chief foreign analyst at Svenska Dagbladet, one of Sweden’s top daily newspapers, visited the Minot region Oct. 26-30. Currently a 2014 Transatlantic Media Fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., Hultin investigated the Bakken oil patch and discussed media careers with high school and Minot State University students. The Minot Area Council for International Visitors developed local programming for her.


Freezin’ for a Reason brings awareness of homelessness and hunger

 The Minot State University Student Social Work Organization sponsored “Freezin’ for a Reason” Nov. 8. This marked the 12th annual Freezin’ for a Reason event in Minot, where participants stood in the cold and “froze” to experience homelessness firsthand. MSU SSWO holds the event to raise awareness of area homelessness and to collect non-perishable and monetary donations.

North Dakota State College of Science named STEM Job Approved College

North Dakota State College of Science named STEM Job Approved College

NDSCS recently announced that the College was named to the 2015 STEM Jobs™ Approved Colleges list by Victory Media. This inaugural list is the first of its kind to rate universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their responsiveness and relevance to high-demand, high-growth STEM occupations.

NDSCS Alumni/Foundation hosts Agriculture Department Reunion

The NDSCS Alumni/Foundation will be hosting an Agriculture Department Reunion Friday, December 19 – Saturday, December 20, 2014. The cost is $50 per guest.

For additional information or to register for this event, please visit or contact the Alumni/Foundation Office at 701-671-2946 or

NDSCS latest Advertising Sponsor for F-M RedHawks Baseball Team

NDSCS will be an advertising sponsor for the 2015 season of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks baseball team. Established in 1996, the RedHawks have been Northern League Champions in 1998, 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2010. RedHawks games at Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo, N.D., are a great destination for family fun during the summer months.

NDSU researchers develop plastic that is better for environment

NDSU researchers develop plastic that is better for environment

Researchers made a discovery that could lead to a new type of plastic that is better for the environment. It is made from agricultural products and can be broken down using light. The research is conducted at a center associated with the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

NDSU hosts regional robotics competition for youth

NDSU hosted the regional BEST Robotics competition Dec. 4-6. The program’s mission is to inspire middle and high school students to pursue STEM careers through a sports-like science and engineering-based robotics competition. NDSU is one of four regional championship sites in the country.

NDSU and Plains Art Museum form state affiliate for art and writing awards program

The Red River Valley Writing Project at NDSU partnered with the Plains Art Museum to became the first North Dakota affiliate for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The goal is to significantly increase the number of North Dakota teens who compete in the competition, which awards $10 million in scholarships at the national level.

UND student engineering team wins national UAS competition

$1 million impact gift supports UND engineering college’s Collaborative Energy Complex

The University of North Dakota College of Engineering and Mines announced a $1 million impact gift to support its Collaborative Energy Complex.  UND alums Robert and Kristine Solberg used matched dollars from the North Dakota Higher Education Challenge Fund.

UND student engineering team wins national UAS competition

A team of University of North Dakota engineering students recently won a major international competition with an impressive unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that they designed and built from scratch.  The 22nd annual ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Student Design Competition finals were held in Montreal.

UND student violinist played Carnegie Hall

Vinicius Sant’Ana, a Sao Paulo, Brazil native and a University of North Dakota student violinist, recently played in concert in Carnegie Hall in New York City.  Sant’Ana was one of four UND musicians who gave concerts in Western North Dakota and Bismarck this semester.

VCSU’s online programs ranked high in quality, value

VCSU’s online programs ranked high in quality, value

VCSU’s online Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) program concentrations in technology and education, teaching and technology, and library and information technologies were ranked No. 6 in’s annual “Best Value” rankings for online Master’s in Educational Technology degree programs based on cost, quality and accreditation. Affordable Colleges Online ranked VCSU No. 10 in its “Best Online Teaching Degrees for 2015” based on the number of online teaching programs available, student-faculty ratio, six-year graduation rate, percentage of students receiving financial aid, educator preparation program accreditation and a peer-based value metric. VCSU’s online business programs—business education and business process integration management—were recognized at the No. 11 spot in Online U’s 2015 “Best Value Online Business Degrees,” and VCSU’s online Bachelor’s in Education program has been ranked No. 13 by Nonprofit Colleges Online, receiving a 2014–15 Students Before Profits Award.


EBC fraternity alumni present “We’re In the Christmas Mood” show

The VCSU EBC Fraternity’s Alumni Committee presented its 19th annual “We’re In the Christmas Mood” show at two performances this season. A dinner show Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Bonanzaville Event Center in West Fargo attracted an audience of 200, and close to 600 people attended the second show, presented Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Valley City Eagles Club.

Fall WSC applications increase exponentially since this time last year

Stevens Hall construction complete

WSC is moving back into Stevens Hall!  Offices started moving in this week and an official unveiling for employees and the media was held on Thursday, Dec. 18.

Fall 2015 applications increase exponentially from this time last year

Thanks to the Williams County Scholarship (Free tuition for all Williams County Graduates) Fall 2015 applications are at 142, last year at this time we were at 35.

WSC diesel program receives scholarship donations

WSC’s diesel program received two checks last week from local businesses. Grainger donated $10,000 and Tractor & Supply donated $20,000.  The majority of the money will go to student scholarships.