December 11, 2023

A family with three generations of involvement at Mayville State and a farming heritage going back to at least the 1600s in Europe is issuing a $20,000 matching challenge to all Mayville State University alumni and friends, especially those who are a part of the farming community. This anonymous Mayville State family will match dollar-for-dollar all donations to fund agribusiness scholarships at Mayville State, up to a total of $20,000. Donations must be received in the office of the MSU Foundation by January 15, 2024.

An additional 50% match, provided through the North Dakota Challenge Grant program, will make the impact of the Harvest Challenge even greater. Donations will be matched at a rate of 200%!

Scholarships generated will plow, till, plant, cultivate, and pave the way for students who wish to pursue careers in agribusiness and start the journey by earning a college degree at Mayville State University. Scholarships will be awarded to students in the fall semester of 2024.

“The Harvest Challenge is an excellent way for Mayville State alumni and friends in the farming community to share a bountiful harvest with deserving students who are studying agribusiness,” said Dr. Lon Jorgensen, Mayville State University Foundation Executive Director. “This is an opportunity to make a real difference and pave the way for the agribusiness leaders of tomorrow.”

Donations to the Agribusiness Harvest Matching Challenge may be sent to MSU Foundation, 330 Third Street NE, Mayville, ND  58257. Online contributions can be made at For further information, contact Dr. Lon Jorgensen at or 701-788-4787.

Mayville State’s agribusiness program provides coursework, career field experience, and a Bachelor of Science degree to prepare students for careers in agriculture and business-related fields. All members of today’s agribusiness industry, including farmers and ranchers, need to know more than how to provide for the world’s food supply from the land. The B.S. in agribusiness provides students with an enhanced skill set and expand their knowledge, allowing them to excel in all aspects of business related to farming, ranching, producing, and marketing of agricultural commodities. Students are prepared to work in sales, cooperatives, banking, finance, and other agribusiness fields. Courses leading to the degree are available on campus and at a distance for students who wish to continue their education from home.

To learn more about enrolling in the Mayville State agribusiness program, contact Mayville State University Assistant Professor of Biology Jeff Hovde at 701-788-5291 or, or go to

See a video highlighting opportunities in agribusiness at Mayville State University.