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J.A. Wedum Foundation donates to Fergus Area College Foundation [UPDATED]

Published 9:57am Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Updated 11:59am Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Fergus Area College Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Mary Beth Hagen Wedum Scholarship Endowment with an $85,000 gift from the J. A. Wedum Foundation.

This fund will support scholarships for single mothers who attend the Fergus Falls campus of M State and is given in memory of Mary Beth Hagen Wedum, a founder and board member of the J.A. Wedum Foundation.

Mary Beth Hagen grew up in Fergus Falls and graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1953. As a divorced single mother of two young daughters, she began her college career at Fergus Falls Junior College in the 1960s.

She completed her four-year degree at St. Cloud State University. Mary Beth married John A. Wedum, and together they raised their two daughters, Dawn Wedum Downs and Dana Wedum Kennelly.

The Wedums became successful business people and philanthropists, and their success in developing the J. A. Wedum Foundation has enabled them to support scholarships at several colleges in Minnesota.

“How fitting that a scholarship fund be established in Mary Beth’s honor at M State – Fergus Falls Campus, her alma mater,” said Rob Bigwood, president of the Fergus Area College Foundation board of directors.

Fergus Falls native Dayton Soby is a member of the J.A. Wedum Foundation board of directors and was instrumental in securing this gift for Fergus Area College Foundation.

Dayton’s father, the late B.K. Soby, was a founder of Fergus Area College Foundation nearly 50 years ago.

For information on applying for the Mary Beth Hagen Wedum Scholarship or opportunities to participate in the scholarships programs of Fergus Area College Foundation, contact FACF Executive Director Carolyn Glesne at 218-736-1514 or


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