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named endowment funds

Throughout Marshall School's history, trustees, parents, alumnae/i and friends have established named endowment funds to provide lasting support for financial aid, student scholarships, faculty professional development, academics, and capital projects. It is the Marshall School Board of Trustees' policy that named endowment funds may be established with a gift of $50,000 or more.  Below is a list and the description of all named endowment funds. 

Connect to the non-named endowed funds (25 Year Club and Msg. Hogan) 

marshall school endowment

The Marshall School endowment portfolio is managed by Wells Fargo Private Client Services under the direction of the Endowment Committee of the Board of Trustees. Three to five percent of the previous three-year average of the total value of the endowment fund is spent each year, and the excess earnings are added to the principal. This conservative spending formula allows the principal of each endowment fund to grow.

Marshall School's endowment, like endowments at most independent schools, is a collection of various restricted and unrestricted endowment and scholarship funds. As an aggregate, this fund generates annual income for Marshall that is devoted to designated purposes that primarily support faculty development, financial aid, and facility maintenance.

Description of named endowment Funds

Newest named endowment fund -Hilltopper 25 Year Club

Nance O'Brien Scholarship Fund
The William S. Pollard Scholarship Fund

Benedictine Community Scholarship Fund
George Feiro Scholarship
LaVerne M. Fryberger Scholarship
Alfred Gregoire Scholarship
Hilltopper Alumni Scholarship Fund
Syl Laskin Scholarship Fund
Fred C. and Mary H. Lewis Scholarship
Mars Family Scholarship
Caroline and Julia Marshall Fund
Frank Napoli Scholarship Fund
Irene Oswald Scholarship Fund
Martha Nolan Peterson Scholarship Fund
Lucia Angela Pucci and Eugene Dominic Pucci Scholarship Fund
Elva and Mitchell Sill Scholarship Fund
U CAN TOO Scholarship Fund
LaVerne M. Fryberger Professional Development Fund
Marlene M. David Fund

Newly Endowed - Hilltopper 25 Year Club

In the spring of 2012, as Chico Anderson, Chaplain and Religious/Ethical Studies teacher, and Dave Homstad ’72, faculty, coach and Athletic Director, prepared to retire, alumni rallied to recognize the outstanding contributions of these two men to the Hilltopper community. First, alumni created Facebook groups to share stories and express their gratitude directly to Chico and Dave. Overwhelmingly, alumni shared the desire to do more, but met humble refusal from the two men.

When asked permission to start a scholarship fund in their name for students in financial need who are fully involved in the life of the school, both men asked for the honor to extend beyond themselves to include all Hilltopper faculty and staff who have served the Hilltopper community for 25 years or more. “I fly on borrowed wings,” was Chico’s mantra. Hence, the Hilltopper 25 Year Club Scholarship Fund was born.

The prestigious Hilltopper 25 Year Club consists of the following members:

Chico Anderson
Julie Ball
Sister Cecilia
Tom Diener
Martha Firling

Joe Giesen
Linda Gross
Ken Hanson
Monsignor Hogan
Dave Homstad ’72

Sister Mary Catherine
Frank Napoli
Nance O’Brien ’75
Sharon Rolle
Fred Sippel

John Sorman
Sister Victorine
Carol Vos
Larry Weber



With the assistance of an existing fund and generous contributions of alumni, the fund reached the $50,000 endowment mark by Homecoming 2013. The fund is now invested and annual scholarship payments will be made from the earnings of the investment. The inaugural scholarship recipient will be announced in the fall of 2014.  Give now.

Nance O'Brien Scholarship Fund

The Nance O'Brien Scholarship Fund was established by alumni to honor the memory of Señorita/Profe for her commitment to excellence in teaching and generosity of spirit.   A Hilltopper alumnae (’75), Nance returned to Marshall in 1983 with an unequivocal dedication to teaching and shaping the future until her passing in July 2012. She taught all levels of Spanish offered, worked as the chairwoman of the foreign language department for 20 years, and established Marshall’s Advanced Placement Spanish program. Nance influenced, motivated and inspired her students with profound love and respect. Her legacy continues through this fund which provides financial assistance to students who, without such assistance, would be unable to attend Marshall. 



the william s. pollard Scholarship fund

This scholarship is intended for a Marshall student with a passion for foreign language. Dr. William S. Pollard (1925-2003) was a gifted neurosurgeon in the Duluth/Superior community for more than 40 years. His belief that "knowledge is the finest gift one could give himself or another" has been the founding principle for this scholarship, established in his memory in 2008.  Give now.


Benedictine Community Scholarship Fund

As part of Marshall School’s Our Second Century Campaign, Duluth’s Benedictine Community established this need-based scholarship for upper-school students and their families. Members of the Benedictine Community guided the school for many years when it was known as the Duluth Cathedral High School.  Give now.

George Feiro Scholarship

George Feiro was responsible for the operation of the school facility from the time the school was built in 1963 until he died suddenly in 1978.  John Sorman, Frank Napoli, and a few Benedictine Sisters who taught at the school in the late 1960s and early 1970s initiated the endowment fund.  Give now.

LaVerne M. Fryberger Scholarship

An anonymous friend of the school established this scholarship to honor Mrs. Fryberger who was a member of the founding board and was a constant supporter of the school until her death in January 2002. Give now.

Alfred Gregoire Scholarship

Alfred Gregoire accumulated wealth in his years of working the Great Lakes boats.  His inclination to support the school was inspired by the students he came to know through the Cathedral Community Commitment Program.  Mr. Gregoire asked that the fund be used to “support scholarships for needy students of good character.” Give now.

Hilltopper Alumni Scholarship Fund

Contributions from Hilltopper alumni, family, and friends support this fund. Proceeds are used to provide financial aid to current and future Hilltopper students. Give now.

Syl Laskin Scholarship Fund

Syl Laskin was a Minnesota Power executive and trustee of the school.  Many generous friends of Mr. Laskin established this fund to honor him and his commitment to Marshall School. Give now.

Fred C. and Mary H. Lewis Scholarship

The Lewis family founded this scholarship at the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation to honor Mr. and Mrs. Lewis. The scholarship provides financial assistance for deserving and needy students at Marshall School. Give now.

Mars Family Scholarship

 Friends of Robert S. Mars, Jr. established this scholarship in appreciation for his years of service on the Marshall School Board of Trustees.  The fund is designated for use by families from the Lincoln Park or West Duluth areas of the community. Give now.

Caroline and Julia Marshall Fund

Caroline and Julia Marshall, who were influential civic leaders and philanthropists in the community, established this fund to support “whatever the school needs most.” The fund provides resources to support need-based financial aid to students attending Marshall School.

Give now.

Frank Napoli Scholarship Fund

Faculty and staff established this fund as a memorial for Frank Napoli – teacher, coach, and athletic director from 1965 to 1991.  It is awarded to a sophomore or junior who displays initiative, reliability, and volunteerism and has demonstrated that he or she is taking full advantage of the opportunities offered at the school.  This scholarship is funded with the proceeds from the annual Frank Napoli Spaghetti Dinner. Give now.

Irene Oswald Scholarship Fund


Mr. and Mrs. Oswald had no children of their own but helped a number of their nieces and nephews with tuition at the school.  This scholarship was established with a gift from Mrs. Oswald’s estate to help needy students. Give now.

Martha Nolan Peterson Scholarship Fund

Martha Nolan Peterson was a friend of Marshall and of education.  It was Mrs. Peterson’s desire to give a gift to education by assisting a Marshall student in need of financial aid. Give now.

Lucia Angela Pucci and Eugene Dominic Pucci Scholarship Fund

Christine C. Scholtes established this scholarship in honor of her sister, Lucia, and brother-in-law, Eugene, who was an alumnus of Cathedral High School. The fund supports need-based financial aid. Give now.

Elva and Mitchell Sill Scholarship Fund

As part of Marshall School’s Our Second Century Campaign, Elva and Mitchell Sill established this fund to provide need-based financial assistance to motivated children in dire need that could benefit from a Marshall School education in their preparation for higher education and for a career of their choosing. Give now.

U CAN TOO Scholarship Fund

Created through gifts from Duluth area entrepreneurs, Rob and Diane Link, this endowment is named in recognition of Rob's life-long personal mantra. This fund supports students who have financial hardship, academic potential, a strong commitment to and involvement in the community, church and other organizations.  Give now.



Robert M. and LaVerne M. Fryberger Professional Initiative Fund

The Fryberger Professional Initiative Fund was established in 1997 through anonymous gifts that matched a grant from the E.E. Ford Foundation to promote professional development of Marshall School's most valauble resource -- it's talented faculty. The school is proud of its faculty and staff and is committed to supporting professional growth to sustain the school's long tradition of excellence.  Give now.

Marlene M. David Fund

In recognition of Marlene David’s leadership as Head of School from 1997 to 2007, members of our Hilltopper Community have endowed this fund in her honor. The Marlene M. David Fund for Marshall Faculty will provide support for the advancement of compensation levels in keeping with Marshall’s mission, and will provide funding for periodic special awards to faculty of special merit.   Give now.



Annual Giving Levels

The Visionary Society
$25,000 and Up

The Legacy Society
$10,000 to $24,999

The Scholar Circle
$5,000 to $9,999

The Hilltopper Circle
$1,000 to $4,999

The Topper Tunnel Club
$500 to $999

The Spirit Club
Up To $499

Ways of Giving

Please make checks payable to Marshall School and send to: 1215 Rice Lake Road, Duluth, MN 55811

Credit Card
Marshall accepts donations charged to Visa, MasterCard, and American Express

Gifts of Appreciated Securities
To make a gift of stock, please have your broker contact:

North Shore Investments & Trust
131 W Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802

Tim Johnson
Office: 218-733-5503

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