Your generous support of Bemidji State University makes an incredible impact on our students, the community and the world.

Norbord Minnesota Shares Beaver Pride to Employees

Thanks to Norbord Minnesota’s support for Beaver Hockey, free tickets to home games at the Sanford Center are available to employees and their families, even on short notice. The wood...

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Krummels Leave a Lasting Legacy for BSU Students

Richard and Evelyn Krummel are familiar names for Bemidji State students who studied German from the late 1960s through 1990. The Krummels devoted their careers to helping students learn the...

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John B. Emkovik Scholarship Impacts BSU Hockey

A founding member of Bemidji State hockey, John Emkovik ’49 laid the groundwork for the program as a student-athlete by helping rebuild Bemidji’s curling arena for hockey use. A passionate...

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“I Made it My World” – Fred Baker

Excepts by Scott Faust Find Fausts’ full profile of BSU alum Fred Baker ‘61 here: Intent on the Air Force after high school, Fred Baker landed instead at Bemidji...

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Why Does BSU Need Money?

BSU’s Lakeside Fund helps to fill the gap and allows us to keep BSU as affordable as possible by providing for student scholarships, as well as helping with general campus needs. This fund requires support on an annual basis, which is why it is referred to as an “annual fund”.

The Lakeside Fund is not tied to any specific project—it goes to the area of greatest need on campus, as determined by the president. But with over 82% of current students receiving financial aid, one of our greatest needs will always be to keep BSU affordable through scholarship support.

1) State appropriations and tuition dollars do not cover the real cost of undergraduate education.

State funds currently cover approximately 37% of BSU’s total operating budget. Combined with tuition, this is simply not enough to continue to provide a transformational education for our students, that is why philanthropy is so important!

2) Over 82% percent of Bemidji State University students receive some sort of financial aid.

Today, students cannot earn enough in an academic year, or during the summer, to support the full cost of tuition. Many of our students rely on scholarships, work study, family help and student loans to make an education possible. Annual support from alumni, faculty and staff, parents and friends of BSU helps reduce the burden for students trying to balance up to three jobs and keep up with academic studies.

3) Most gifts to Bemidji State University are restricted.

Most gifts to the university are directed toward specific schools, programs or departments. Annual, expendable gifts provide the university with flexibility to address the greatest needs on campus, which includes admission scholarships.

4) Nearly half of BSU’s current students are first generation students.

BSU recognizes this importance of providing guidance, resources and services to ensure academic success for these students.

5) Federal funding has declined.

Federal support for university research is significant, but its been on the decline for years. The current budget environments make this funding increasingly precarious.

6) Every gift makes a difference!

The average gift to BSU is $100.00. Together these gifts add up to thousands of dollars in support. Your participation is important.

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