Class of 1942 Scholarship

The Class of 1942 Scholarship is for full-time undergraduate new entering freshmen who possess an ACT composite score of 26 or above and who rank in the top 15 percent of their high school graduating class.


1. Each recipient must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time at Winona State University.
2. Each recipient must be classified as a new entering freshman student who possesses an ACT composite score of 26 or above and who ranks in the top 15 percent of his/her high school graduating class (the criteria for a Winona State University Presidential Honor Scholarship.)


The fund was begun in 1986 through the efforts of Dr. Charles L. Balcer, a class member, who noted, “Winona State was good to me; not only good to me but also to my classmates in the Class of 1942. Because of this fact, I would like to encourage them to recognize what WSU is and was and also demonstrate my thanks.”

Dr. Balcer, the President Emeritus of Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D., made the initial contribution to the fund as a matching gift designed to stimulate interest among his classmates. That program was successful and class members, in conjunction with their 50-year reunion in April of 1992, presented to Winona State University President Darrell W. Krueger a funded and growing scholarship program to benefit — in perpetuity — Winona State students.

Incoming Freshman Scholarships