Gratitude Report

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The State of the University

In the Gratitude Report, we celebrate the generosity of our many alumni and friends who have invested more than $19 million in Augustana through their charitable giving during the 2014-15 fiscal year between Aug. 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015.

Your efforts to “pay it forward” will live on for generations through countless students who will come to the place for possibilities to create an even better world tomorrow.

Thank you! We hope you will continue to invest in Augustana.

To support Augustana through financial gifting, visit or contact the Office of Advancement at 605.274.5521 or 800.727.2844 or

a message from Vice president of Advancement Bob Preloger

In this report, we have the privilege of recognizing more than 5,000 alumni, parents, friends, churches and organizations who made financial gifts of more than $19.2 million in cash and deferred gift commitments to Augustana University during the Aug. 1, 2014 – July 31, 2015 fiscal year.

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The majority of these gifts were used to provide scholarships and financial aid to the young thinkers and dreamers who call our campus home.

It’s difficult to put into words how grateful we are to you, whose selfless acts of giving help to ensure that an Augustana education remains within reach for the 1800-plus students we serve.

Each fall, we ask our scholarship recipients to write thank-you notes to their scholarship benefactors. We’ve included a few such notes here. For me, their gratitude is simply overwhelming; their hopes and dreams are inspiring.

We hope that you, too, will find hope and inspiration in their words, and in seeing the generosity of so many individuals who believe in Augustana’s important and vital mission.

In addition to scholarships, gifts received during Augustana’s 2014-15 fiscal year helped support:

  • Advances in technology across campus
  • Undergraduate research opportunities throughout campus and across each academic division
  • Construction of the Froiland Science Complex, phase one of which is now open for classes
  • The recruitment and retention of our professor/scholars
  • The development of new centers on campus including the Student Success Center, the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education.

Thank you for your continued support of Augustana University, our mission to provide an education of enduring worth, and the core values that guide us in our work each and every day.

In unending gratitude,
Bob Preloger
Vice President for Advancement

Notes from our students

“… my mother was very hardworking. She truly sacrificed a lot in order to provide as much as she could for my brothers and me.

… My reason for choosing to become a doctor is that I have a passion for helping people; my mother’s great sacrifice taught me to give things to others even when I may not have had much to give.

… I couldn’t have come even this far without your help. Debt is inevitable, but even the smallest scholarship, donation, grant, or piece of financial aid means so much to me because it brings me one step closer to chasing my passion. Donations like yours are what make it possible for disadvantaged students like me be able to chase our dreams and go to college, and for that, there are no amount of words I could write to thank you enough. 

Thank you for helping to make a difference in a student’s life.”
— Sheila Holbrook ‘19
Bridgewater, South Dakota

“I believe giving to others in general is one of the best possible acts that any one person can do. Generosity without the intent to receive in return benefits not only the recipient but subsequent people after. People like you inspire me to hopefully give students scholarships to get their college education.”
— Jake Connealy ‘16
Bennington, Nebraska

“ This school has provided me with knowledge that goes far beyond the realm of academics and my majors of Communication Disorders and Spanish. It … continues to teach me the importance of being a responsible citizen and to chase after my vocation, rather than just a career. The professors here remind me of ways that I can make my life meaningful outside of just going to work or school everyday. It is my hope, as an aspiring audiologist, that I can, and will, find ways to live my life outside of the office and both explore and serve the world.

I am so happy I have found another place to call ‘home,’ and I cannot thank you enough for the role you have played in this incredible journey! This place has become more than just my school because of the wonderful people I have had the privilege of meeting here. My friends and professors alike inspire me to achieve my dreams and to do so successfully. I owe a lot of this joy to you, because without your financial support I would not be having these incredible opportunities!
— Haley Plucheck ‘18
Centennial, Colorado

“…your gift has allowed a kid from Albert Lea, Minnesota, to pursue majors in psychology and biology, in addition to assisting my pursuit of a research position with the Augustana biology department (I did ovarian cancer research with Dr. Gubbels this past summer). I believe that all of the experiences that have been available to me, through you, will benefit me greatly in the future as I pursue a graduate degree in cancer biology or clinical psychology. If not for your generous contribution to my financial aid, these opportunities may not have been possible for me … I am extremely grateful for the gift of opportunity you have given me and hopefully I will be able to do the same for others in the future.”
— Jacob Kunkel ‘16
Albert Lea, Minnesota