Dana Foundation selects 2022 scholarship winners


The Dana College Foundation is pleased to announce its 2022 Legacy Scholarship recipients. Students who are descendants of Dana alumni, faculty or staff, and who choose to attend a Christian-affiliated, liberal arts college, are eligible to apply.
The idea is to help students have a college experience similar to that of Dana. In most years the Foundation awards two $5,000.00 scholarships.
“We had three individuals who really stood out,” said Bob Coffey, president of the Foundation. “And we could not separate them to pare it down to two. Thanks to the generosity of donors to our Scholarship Fund, we found enough money to award all three.”
The Foundation board reviewed a record number of applications that came from all across the mainland. Students are judged upon their academic preparation, connections to Dana, school and outside activities, jobs and volunteerism, special achievements and an essay.
The three students selected for the Legacy Scholarship are:
Briana Gardner of Bellevue. Both of her parents are Dana alumni, Paul (’97) and Michelle (Hurt)(’99) Gardner. She will attend Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa, to study political science and Spanish with a minor in legal studies.
Brandon Dirks of Marcus, Iowa. His father is a Dana alum, Bryan Dirks (’94). Brandon will attend Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, to study exercise science.
Mark Severtson of Milan, Mich. His grandparents, Ann and Lloyd Bansen, were Dana alumni, as were numerous members of the Bansen family. Mark will attend Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, to study music performance.