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Pictured from left to right are Fred, Brad, Helen, and Jeff Strand.

November 15, 2022

In honor of their parents, the children of Helen and the late Ardell Strand, Portland, N.D., have established an endowment at Mayville State University. Earnings from the endowment will be used to provide scholarships for Mayville State students. The academic scholarship will be awarded to a graduate of May-Port CG High School who attends Mayville State. Preference will be given to a student who plays a varsity sport for the Comets.

Ardell and Helen’s children, Jeff, Brad, Fred, Greg, Mark, and Kim, along with Helen, have teamed up to provide the funding required to initiate the endowment. The Strand siblings are graduates of Mayville-Portland High School (now May-Port CG) and have chosen to provide a scholarship benefit for fellow high school graduates while continuing their dedication to Mayville State University. Jeff, Brad, and Fred are alumni of Mayville State, where all three participated in athletics. All members of the family are long-time supporters of Mayville State University, recognizing the positive impact the university makes in the lives of students.

The family hopes other families with long-time connections to the university will consider supporting Mayville State in this way.

“We are blessed to have numerous family connections at Mayville State University,” said MSU Foundation Executive Director Dr. Lon Jorgensen. “There are so many important ties that bind us not only to our own families, but also to the Mayville State family. We are grateful to the Strands for recognizing these connections and for leaving a lifelong legacy of support.”

To learn more about establishing an endowment at Mayville State University or how to apply for the scholarship, contact the MSU Foundation at 701-788-4864 or