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Donation to Ridgewater will help nursing students

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WILLMAR — A new endowment fund has been established to help Ridgewater College students who have an unexpected financial crisis while studying to be registered nurses.

The Ridgewater College Foundation fund, which will be available to nursing students on the Willmar campus starting in the spring of 2020, is made possible with a $20,000 donation from two Ridgewater College alumni.

According to a news release announcing the fund, one of the donors, who wish to remain anonymous, said, "We are hoping this is a good way to 'pass on' the blessings (we have) received."

Although the donors did not receive college or foundation assistance when they attended the Ridgewater program, they did receive other government grants and former employer assistance and want to pay it forward, the release states.

The crisis fund will provide one-time assistance to students pursuing careers as registered nurses who might be at risk of dropping out of college because of financial challenges, said Kelly Magnuson, vice president of advancement and outreach/foundation executive director.

"The need for this kind of funding is huge," Magnuson said. "Many students, when forced to choose between paying for car repairs and paying for tuition and books, will give up on college and their education plan and dreams." she said.

Nursing faculty will play a role in directing students toward this new financial resource, according to the news release.