ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State University Foundation has received a gift of $425,000 from the estate of NSU graduate and former Redfield hospital administrator Laurel Winjum.
Winjum was born in Frederick and graduated from Frederick High School. She graduated from Northern in 1948 with a degree in teaching and minors in history, economics and sociology. Winjum then moved to Redfield, where she taught business classes at Redfield High School from 1948 until 1956 while working part time at the Redfield hospital.
While working at the hospital, she developed a keen interest in lab and X-ray science and returned to Northern State to obtain a degree in lab science and obtain her American Society for Clinical Pathology certification. She served as administrator of Community Memorial Hospital for several years until retiring in 1989. She wintered in Mission, Texas, for several years.
“Over the years, I had the pleasure of visiting with Laurel on several occasions. She was a fun and exciting individual who really lived life to its fullest,” said Michael Bockorny, vice president of investments and annual fund. “By leaving a gift like this, her legacy of helping others will continue on in perpetuity, something I believe Laurel would be most pleased with.”
Bockorny continued, “The funds will support the WolfPACT Scholarship Program here at NSU and assist the students of NSU, both present and those yet to come, in achieving their goal of obtaining a college degree.”
The WolfPACT is the highest four-year guaranteed scholarship in the state of South Dakota. For more information on NSU or the WolfPACT, visit northern.edu or call the Foundation at 605-626-2550.