University of Minnesota receives $12.3-million gift

Monday, June 10, 2013

A $12.3 million surprise gift from a South Dakota farmer and businesswoman is the largest to the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences, U officials announced Thursday.

The gift from the estate of Millicent Atkins also is unrestricted, meaning the college can spend it on anything. Allen Levine, dean of the college, said the money will help fund undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships.

“It’s going to help a lot of people out,” said Katy Nordhagen, a junior studying food systems in urban environments.

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