Donna Lundberg Teacher Education Scholarship

The Donna Lundberg Teacher Education Scholarship was created for students majoring in teacher education.


• Each recipient must be an undergraduate student enrolled full time at WSU
• Graduate of one of the following Minnesota High Schools:

o Park High School
o Woodbury High School
o East Ridge High School #833
o Houston MN High School
o Owatonna High School
o Ivanhoe High School Ivanhoe MN
o South St. Paul High School
o Winona High School

NOTE: If no student meets eligibility requirements from any of the above schools recipient must be a graduate of any Minnesota high school.

• Each recipient must be majoring in Teacher Education
• Each recipient must be classified as a sophomore, junior or senior
• Each recipient must maintain a GPA of 2.25


Donna (Ambrosen) Lundberg (September 26, 1936 – June 15, 2006) was married almost forty-six years to the love of her life, Gene Lundberg. Her husband has dedicated this scholarship in her honor. Donna is remembered by her students for her smile, hearty laugh, her positive power of thinking, and her caring and nurturing of each student.

Donna was born in Winona, MN. She completed her entire education in Winona (elementary through college). She took her first teaching position in South St. Paul, MN in 1958. In August of 1960, Donna married Gene Lundberg, whom she met while both were attending Winona State University. After her first 5 years of teaching she decided to become a stay-at-home mom for several years before returning to the classroom. She returned to teach in the South Washington Country School system (St. Paul Park, Cottage Grove, Newport and Woodbury) where Gene was a teacher as well.

Dedicated to a lifelong career in the teaching profession, the Lundberg’s took their career one adventurous step further. They signed a contract to teach at an American school in Cairo, Egypt. They packed up their three sons (elementary, middle school and high school aged) and jumped on a plane for an experience none of them will ever forget. In reflection, both Donna and Gene said it was the best teaching experience they could have ever encountered. The experience inspired their teaching lives adding more enthusiasm than ever. They returned to Cottage Grove to finish out their teaching careers.
Donna lost her battle with ovarian cancer on June 15, 2006.

A scholarship was created to celebrate a lifelong dedicated teacher from Cottage Grove, Minnesota.

Described by her three sons and husband, Gene, as a woman of strong faith, Donna was unadorned, unpretentious, rock solid and confident in her skills as a teacher and mentor to her students. Her teaching gift was not limited to the classroom, but was lived out in her church, her community, and her home. Living by example she taught her students how to persevere, to be dedicated, and to be each other’s best friends. Her lesson plan was not today’s lesson alone, but for students to shape their future, and be all that each young person could be in their lives.

“A teacher affects eternity because a teacher never knows when their impact will stop.”

May those who receive this scholarship be rewarded with many years of wonderful teaching opportunities.

Donna Lundberg Teacher Education Scholarship
College of Education, Education Department