The Campaign News, Stories and Gifts

Thank you for supporting the Campaign for the
Students of Northern Michigan University.

At Fall Fest this year, students joined the NMU Foundation and the NMU Alumni Association to celebrate the success of the Campaign for the Students of Northern Michigan University and to thank you for your generosity and support.

Please enjoy this 1 minute video to see what that celebration looked like. Also, the final total for the Campaign is finally revealed.

Spoiler alert:  we exceeded our $25 million goal!

Campaign Honor Roll

The honor roll recognizes Campaign Donors at the $10,000 level and above. Thank you to all who are supporting our students and programs. View the honor roll here.

Live Donor and Recipient Impact

Ernie Telford '69 and Sean Coykendall spoke together to NMU supporters at the Campaign kick-off and goal unveiling event. The impact and appreciation of donor and recipient is a great moment to capture and this story is no exception. Ernie Telford has established the Telford Risk Management Scholarship and was a catalyst donor for the creation of innovative risk management and actuarial programming. NMU student, Sean Coykendall is this year's recipient of Ernie's scholarship as well as the College of Business ScholarshipNOW and Timothy Herbert Management Scholarship. Listen to both Sean and Ernie in the video below.

Listen to more stories about impact and appreciation from the Campaign event here.


Northern Michigan University alumnus John Berry and his wife, Shirley, have committed $5 million to the NMU Foundation. Their gift is the largest in Northern history and intended to enhance the university’s ability to recruit high-achieving students. The couple has pledged $1 million in cash to endow a scholarship and provide immediate support for students and $4 million in planned gifts that will establish a legacy of financial aid for the future. Read more.

Giving Them the World
A life-changing gift enables U.P. students to expand their horizons

The $1 million Jackson Scholars Study Abroad Endowment will provide funding for a study abroad experience for one student from each of the 15 U.P. counties. Read more.

Donors Honor NMU Lifesaver with Gift to Nursing Program

John & Cathi Drake and Naomi Benda







The quick and professional actions of Northern Michigan University senior nursing student Naomi Benda were recognized Friday (May 4) with a $75,000 gift from Cathi and John Drake to NMU's School of Nursing for the creation of a critical care simulation lab. Read more.

Kiltinens Establish Endowment

Retired NMU professor John Kiltinen and his wife, Pauline, recently established the Kiltinen Mathematics and Computer Science Idea Endowment with a $100,000 pledge. But because newly established endowments take time to achieve earnings that can be awarded, the couple also gave a $10,000 expendable gift to begin funding projects this semester and be distributed evenly over five years. Read more.