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Published October 07, 2011, 03:43 PM

Hefty endowment leads to NDSU music scholarships

North Dakota State University will soon begin offering $28,000 per year in scholarships for students pursuing degrees in the music department.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State University will soon begin offering $28,000 per year in scholarships for students pursuing degrees in the music department.

The scholarships are thanks to an endowment left by a North Dakota State University administrative assistant Bernadine Richtman, who worked for the university from 1962 to 1990.

Richtman died in February at age 91. Executive director of the NDSU Development Foundation Jim Miller says the $780,000 endowment she left is the second-largest in the music department's history.

University officials say that even after her retirement, Richtman continued going to concerts and recitals.

The largest was for $2.15 million from Robert and Sheila Challey in 2006.

Richtman's endowment is named in honor of Jean Marie Mudge, Richtman's deceased daughter.

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