The Gift of Scholarships

December 30, 2015

1200x630_rachelMy experience at the College of Design has been essential to my growth as a designer and a person. My time at the college has taught me to think creatively both inside and outside of the classroom. Your support helps real students, just like me. Please consider making a gift today before the tax-year ends on December 31.

Make a gift to scholarships. Give today.

Thank you,

Rachel Kelly
Graphic Design ’16
College of Design


December 22, 2015

Finals week is here and the semester is almost over. As I reflect on this past year, I am thankful for the role scholarships have played in helping me continue my education at the University of Minnesota. As an international student from the Bahamas, earning a college degree while working to pay tuition has not been an easy task.

1200x630_norman_2My education in the College of Design has allowed me to use new technologies that were unavailable in the Bahamas. This has allowed me to push the boundaries of my design. A College of Design scholarship is one of the greatest gifts that I have received, and every educational opportunity has been truly invaluable. Consider supporting students like me this holiday season.


Thank you,
Norman Chester Palacious Jr.
Environmental Design ‘16


December 16, 2015

This week, we are launching our year-end Gift of Scholarships campaign—our effort to raise a full semester’s tuition of $6,500 by December 31. Scholarships give students the freedom to pursue their dreams without financial burden. Help the next generation of designers prepare to change the world.


This holiday season, will you give a College of Design student the opportunity to imagine the future of design — debt free? Help us meet our goal and support scholarships in the College of Design.



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Becky L. Yust
Interim Dean
Professor, Housing Studies
College of Design, University of Minnesota

P.S. December 31 is the last day to receive a 2015 tax deduction. If you haven’t had a chance to contribute this year, make a gift today.


December 14, 2015

Today’s financial burdens on our students are real. Supporting scholarships not only relieves students from financial worries, but gives them the freedom to dream big and push the limits of their own education. This year, we’re sharing the story of one student supported by the generosity of our donors.

Norman Palacious (Landscape Architecture) hails from the island of New Providence in the Bahamas, and never imagined he’d live so far north. “I was always afraid of the snow, but my first winter here was magical. I fell in love with the city, and knew that this I was where I was supposed to be.”

1200x630_norman_1In the studios of Rapson Hall, he’s sharing inspiration from his home country with his classmates and professors. Palacious integrated hiking experience from his youth into the design pictured above, creating an archipelago of little islands connected by land bridges that allows visitors to move through the site.

Palacious built up his drafting skills by earning an associates degree in architecture back home. He’d originally planned to be a drafter, but found himself drawn to site plans and urban design. These interests led him to the Landscape Design and Planning program in our School of Landscape Architecture, where he’s mastering the software and digifab technologies that enable him to prototype his wildest ideas. “That’s been one of the most important things for me: finally having access to things that can help me improve on my talents.”

After earning his degree and spending a few years working in the US, Palacious hopes to bring his urban planning and landscape design expertise back home to the Bahamas. He’s concerned by unemployment and crime stemming from an uneven population distribution among the islands. “If we could set up an urban development plan that brings attraction to other islands, people who live in New Providence will migrate back to their home islands for jobs and a new society and culture on the outer islands.”

He sees infrastructure as the solution, and the generous support of our donors enables him to focus on learning design principles and best practices rather than stressing out about finances. “Scholarships allow me to focus more on school and put more effort into my work, and it shows!”

This holiday season, will you help support talented students like Norman prepare to design the future?

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