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March 14, 2008
The family of Lloyd W. Stavem family recently established an endowed scholarship fund at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Thanks to their generosity every year, beginning fall 2008, one part-time student will receive a one-time $250 scholarship.

Stavem Family Establishes Endowed Scholarship

(from left ) Anoka-Ramsey Community College Director of Institutional Advancement Evelyn Gedde, Valorie Arrowsmith (daughter), Kathryn Stavem (wife), Neil Stavem (son) and Anoka-Ramsey President Dr. Patrick M. Johns pause for a photo after signing the agreement for the endowed scholarship at the college in Lloyd Stavem's name. Kathryn Stavem holds a bouquet in memory of the roses her husband grew and was known for freely distributing around the community.


The annual scholarship, which the family has named the "Give that child a chance" scholarship, will be awarded to a first-year Anoka-Ramsey student who is a resident of the Braham Area School District and struggling academically or financially.

"Lloyd loved people and he loved the college," says his wife Kathryn Stavem. "I had a hard time in school, especially with math. Hopefully this scholarship will help students who are having a hard time too."

Mr. Stavem, his wife reports, had to quit high school when his father died to work the farm with his brother and mother. Still education remained important to him. He instilled the importance of education in his children-daughters Valorie (Arrowsmith) and Merrilee and son Neil. He also served on the Cambridge Campus Foundation Board of Directors and, at the age of 80, even took some classes at Anoka-Ramsey.

While his hands were too worn by years of work to type when he took those college classes, his hands became the central image in the eulogy his son wrote when Mr. Stavem passed away in June 2006. Neil Stavem spoke of his father's working hands, his welcoming hands, his writing hands, his "steady, not-too-tight, but the right amount of pressure hands" that provided for his family.

Anoka-Ramsey President Dr. Patrick M. Johns, who knew Mr. Stavem personally and shook his hand many times, adds, "Mr. Stavem was highly valued in the community and by his family; now his name will live in perpetuity through this endowed scholarship."

"It is such a joy to be able to do this [provide the scholarship], and it is a wonderful tribute to Lloyd," concludes Mrs. Stavem.

For more information about establishing or receiving an Anoka-Ramsey Community College scholarship, please contact the college's Institutional Advancement Director Evelyn Gedde at 763-433-1189.