The donor of the largest gift in Mayville State’s history was kept a secret before Wednesday’s announcement.
“No leakage, which is surprising,” said Tim Strand, owner of the downtown Hardware Hank. “In a small town, something usually seeps out.”
And it still hasn’t.
Wednesday’s donor of a $1 million endowment for scholarships will remain anonymous, Mayville State President Gary Hagen said. All that’s known is that the donor is an alum and related to people with the last name of Nelson, since the gift is called “The Nelson Family Endowed Scholarship,” which doesn’t narrow it much in this Scandinavian region.