ILT Announces A $1,550,000 Endowment Gift

ILT Announces A $1,550,000 Endowment Gift

The Kathrine Grosen Memorial Scholarship Fund

Brookings, SD— February 19, 2021 — The Institute of Lutheran Theology (ILT) has received a $1,550,000 endowment gift to establish the Kathrine Grosen Memorial Scholarship Fund, a fund dedicated to addressing the growing need for Lutheran pastors in North America.

The Kathrine Grosen Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established through a bequest from the estate of Knud Grosen of Great Falls, MT. “Knud and his wife Kathrine were long-time friends of ILT,” said Dennis Bielfeldt, Ph.D., President of ILT. Remembering Knud, Dr. Bielfeldt said, “In 2006 when the WordAlone Convention approved starting ILT, Knud Grosen caught me at the door after my convention speech and handed me a check for $1,000 to ‘get it started.’”

Knud and Kathrine were both beloved members of Christ Lutheran Church in Big Sandy, MT for over 30 years and later at Our Savior's and Faith Lutheran Churches in Great Falls, MT. The Grosens were concerned for the church that would be inherited by their grandchildren and great-grandchildren and were especially troubled by the dramatic decline in available pastors to lead that church into the future.

According to Dr. Bielfeldt, “This gift in honor of Kathrine of $1,550,000 makes scholarships immediately available to Master of Divinity (M.Div.) students.” The Kathrine Grosen Memorial Scholarship Fund provides academically qualified M.Div. students renewable scholarships after completing 1/3 of their M.Div. program. Dr. Bielfeldt said, “We thank Knud and his family for their generosity and their foresight in insuring that well-educated, faithful Lutheran pastors will fill pulpits in North America in the 21st century and beyond.”

Founded in 2008, ILT is a global leader in online Christian Education, delivering programming that emulates the residential classroom experience. The fully accredited college, seminary, and graduate school is dedicated to preserve, promote, and propagate the classical Christian tradition.


For more information on The Kathrine Grosen Memorial

Scholarship Fund:

Joel Williams, Director of Enrollment

(605) 692-9337

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