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Giving to Southwest Minnesota State University is more than just making a donation. It’s an investment in the University’s vision to be recognized throughout Minnesota and beyond for being an inclusive and student-centered university. It’s an investment in transforming students’ lives in preparation for careers and broader engagement in the world. The impact of every donor gift and volunteer action touches students, faculty and staff, programs and projects, departments and disciplines. We value your investment in our mission and extend our sincere thanks for entrusting us with your support.

Alumna Deeann Griebel Happy to Support SMSU With $1.8 Million Commitment

Deeann Griebel still drives to work in the maroon 1975 Chevy Caprice Classic she bought in Pipestone. When purchased, the odometer read 125 miles. Today that number is 368,000. The car has been restored twice, and is on its second engine, third transmission and fourth radiator. It's in immaculate shape. "I smile every time I look at her," said Griebel, a 1980 alumna who recently committed to $1.8 million to Southwest Minnesota State University. See More...

Deeann Griebel
Investing in Students. Investing in Southwest

Investing in Students. Investing in Southwest. 

Jean Brobst visited campus Wednesday, Oct. 7 to tour the SMSU Residence Halls. Exciting improvements were recently made to the GW Complex residence hall thanks to the generosity of Jean and her late husband John, who passed on Jan. 19, 2020. Jean was delighted with the results of the renovation, and is shown with President Kumara Jayasuriya and Assistant Director of Residential Life Jessica Bentley. During Jean’s visit, Resident Assistant Elizabeth Zoya spoke about how the students are enjoying the updates, which include new landscaping, windows, furniture, cupboards, stoves, paint, lighting and air conditioning in the common areas. GW complex includes Sirius, Titan, Kamasutra and El Dorado. The Brobsts have been long-time friends of SMSU since moving to Marshall in 1971. John was an early member of the Foundation Board of Directors and a managing partner with Brian Hoffman of the Hoffman & Brobst accounting firm. The SMSU Foundation is grateful for the support and generosity of the Brobst family that is making a difference in the daily lives of our on-campus students!

2023-2024 Annual Report

I would like to thank the donors of this scholarship for helping me attain my dream of becoming a social worker. Scholarships, like this one, make my dreams possible. In my future career, I will remember all the people who made it possible for me to attend college and try to give back to the community that helped me achieve my dream. Again, I thank you for offering me this scholarship; I feel honored for the opportunity you have given me.

Cynthia Winch
Cynthia Winch, Social Work Major

I would like to thank you for choosing me for this scholarship! The money from this scholarship will make it easier for me to afford college and worry less financially. I will show my gratitude for this scholarship by furthering my education and maintain good grades in school! Once again, thank you!

Cesar Carrillo
Cesar Carrillo, Exercise Science Major

I am honored to be the recipient of this scholarship. This has allowed me to start my education goals and career. This monetary help will encourage me to pursue my passion and dreams with courage. My educational pursuits would not be possible without the generous support from you. With the help of this scholarship, I will be able to focus more on the most crucial features of school education. Thank you for your continued support and investment in my future.

Hailemichael Hagos
Hailemichael Hagos, Computer Science Major

I would like to thank all the donors who are helping me pay for my education at SMSU. I am eternally grateful for this opportunity. Thanks to your generosity, my financial burden is lessened. I plan to make use of this opportunity by doing the best I can in my classes. I will make sure to continue to work hard to make you proud to have awarded me with this scholarship. Like you are giving back to your community, I cannot wait to give back to mine with my career in accounting. Thank you for helping me further my education! Your help is bringing me closer to my goals.

Jacey Schiager
Jacey Schiager, '21 Accounting Major

Thank you for the opportunity to apply for this scholarship. It is a great honor to receive such a generous award. I cannot thank you enough for choosing me to be the award winner. This support has relieved much financial stress and will not be forgotten. Once again, thank you for your generosity.

Morgan Frank
Morgan Frank, Exercise Science Major
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