Sanford Health donates $5 million to Northern State University

ABERDEEN, S.D. (KSFY) - Sanford Health has pledged $5 million to Northern State University’s Regional Science Education Center to support educational activities and create new student scholarships and permanent endowments.

“This commitment to Northern and our students is overwhelming and provides resources that will impact multiple generations of students and our community,” NSU President Dr. Timothy Downs said in a press release Monday.

The university said Sanford’s gift will help advance educational and research opportunities for the university and entire region.

Construction will begin in spring 2018 on the NSU Regional Science Education Center.

In addition, the gift includes a $500,000 Sanford Health scholarship endowment for Northern students and a $200,000 Sanford Health faculty development endowment, and also includes more than $200,000 a year in additional scholarships.

Sanford Health will be the exclusive sports medicine provider for Northern State University athletics through the 2034-2035 academic year.