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Northern State University receives $15 million donation

​ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University will receive $15 million from the estate of a late NSU graduate — the largest donation in the university’s history.

The money from Millicent M. Atkins is earmarked and will be used to benefit the NSU School of Education. Atkins received a teaching degree from Northern in 1940.


Northern plans to name the School of Education after Atkins, who passed away in July.

Atkins, who attended high school in Columbia, taught school for a few years, but later moved on to tend to her greater passion in life, farming.

The announcement about her gift to NSU was made at Northern Nights on Saturday.