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Long history of giving leads to $2.8 million estate gift for scholarships
September 22, 2011
|Leon Hegge's 1938 yearbook photo.|
Now the estate of Ann Hegge and her late husband, Leon Hegge '38, is continuing the couple’s long record of giving to the college with a gift of $2.8 million. The gift will endow two annual awards: the Hegge Memorial Fund for general scholarships and, for students majoring in music, the Hegge Music Scholarship Fund.
Leon Hegge majored in English and American studies and was a member of the St. Olaf Choir. He died in 1997 after a career in the oil business. It was his lifelong passion for St. Olaf — alongside his wife’s strong belief in providing financial assistance to students — that guided the couple's estate to helping St. Olaf students with these scholarships.