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Northwest School of Agriculture Alumnus Harris Peterson, '42, Provides Scholarship Gift for Upper Division Students at the U of M Crookston

By ltollefs on
Friday, August 21, 2009

Crookston, Minn.  - A gift from an alumnus from the Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA), now the University of Minnesota Crookston, will provide scholarships for upper division students beginning in the fall semester 2010. Harris Peterson, '42, recently made a gift to the University of Minnesota Crookston that establishes a new scholarship fund of more than $141,000.

From the fund, six scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded annually to students majoring in agriculture who are residents of North Dakota or Minnesota. Peterson who has generously supported the campus over the years, made this most recent gift in an effort to encourage students in their pursuit of a baccalaureate degree with a focus on juniors and seniors.

"Our sincere appreciation to Harris for his act of philanthropic generosity in support of student scholarships on the Crookston campus," states Corby Kemmer, director of development and alumni relations. "It was a pleasure to work with Harris and his associates on this gift and we thank him for his continued investment in the U of M Crookston."

Peterson is the founder, president, and general manager of Minn-Dak Growers, Ltd., a worldwide supplier of mustard, buckwheat, safflower, and confection sunflower ingredients to the food industry. He has generously supported the Northwest Research and Outreach Center's research on buckwheat and contributed significantly to the building of a gazebo on the Campus Mall, a project that commemorates the NWSA and its legacy to the region. The Harris A. Peterson Gazebo is the focal point of the mall and is the location of many campus events.

The Top Aggie was awarded to Peterson in 1987. The Top Aggie is the highest award given to alumni of the Northwest School, a residential high school that operated on the site of what is now the U of M Crookston from 1906 - 1968. For more information on supporting student scholarships., visit UMC website.

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit