Sept. 9, 2008
Westholm, Greater Denfeld Foundation board chair, and Ed Crawford,
Denfeld principal, with an enlarged check at the news conference
announcing Armond Hauge's donation.
Greater Denfeld Foundation receives $3.2
The Greater Denfeld Foundation announced today
it has received its second multi-million dollar gift. The late Armond
H. Hauge, a graduate of the class of 1946, left the foundation $3.2
million to fund scholarships for Denfeld graduates.
Hauge spent his life in Duluth as a service technician
at Sterling Motors, which later became Ryland Ford. He found success
in real estate and stock market investments.
“He taught himself to live on half of what
he made,” said Julaine Netzel, Hauge’s niece and a 1965
Denfeld grad. She said her uncle starting saving early in life from
the money he made delivering daily newspapers in Duluth.
“He believed in education for everyone and
wanted to help kids go to college,” she said. “He was
all for education.”
Netzel attended a news conference this morning
in Denfeld’s media center with her mother, Betty Hastings,
who is Hauge’s sister. Hauge never married and had no children.
He died on Dec. 15, 2006.
The terms of Hauge’s bequest indicate the
scholarships may pay for the costs of many forms of post-graduate
schooling, including trade and vocational schools, colleges and
universities, and graduate and professional schools.
The Greater Denfeld Foundation now has assets
of over $6.5 million, managed by US Bank.
Claude Lutzka, the foundation’s treasurer
and a 1953 Denfeld grad, said annual scholarship amounts paid out
in recent years have ranged from $120,000 to $150,000. That amount
will likely double, starting with the class of 2009, Denfeld’s
100th graduating class.
The Greater Denfeld Foundation was established
in 1972 by Denfeld alumni and teachers. Its first award was a one-year
scholarship for $150. Since then, over $700,000 has been awarded.
The original goal of the foundation was to raise
$250,000, and by 2001 it had assets of $175,000. That was the year
longtime Denfeld teacher and 1925 graduate Marie Saltwick bequeathed
Then, an even larger gift of $4.5 million came
following the death of Denfeld alum Jack Moon in 2001. A Duluth
attorney, Moon graduated with Hauge in 1946 and was also involved
in real estate investments. His gift is managed separately by Northland
Scholarship Services, which provides scholarship administration
for Wells Fargo, trustee of the Jack W. Moon Trust.
“The allegiance that alumni have for this
school is amazing,” said Ed Crawford, Denfeld’s principal.
“Our students are extremely fortunate to have such committed
individuals who give so much back to their high school. I think
it's reflective of the love that many of the alumni have toward