Medical laboratory science students receive scholarships

Document Type

News Article

Publication Date


Campus Unit

School of Medicine & Health Sciences


GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences awarded scholarships to medical laboratory science students at the School. Funds for the scholarships are given from various private sources, endowments, and scholarship funds.

Scholarships for 2014–2015

  • Amanda Stevens of Valley City, N.D., received the Jean Holland Saumur Hematology Award for achieving the highest grade in hematology in the fall semester of 2013.

    Jean Holland Saumur was the program director of the UND Medical Technology Program for over thirty years and retired in 1985. This award was established in Jean's honor to recognize the dedication, service and significant contributions she had given to the University for over forty years. Jean passed away in April of 2011.

  • Mallory Custer of Baldwin, Wisc.; Heather Howatt of Devils Lake, N.D.; and Brandon Johnson of Lino Lakes, Minn., each received the Ralph and Hazel Rohde Medical Technology Scholarship Award, which is given each year to UND senior medical laboratory science students who have shown academic excellence.

    Ralph and Hazel Rohdes' children had a strong interest in medical science. Two of their sons graduated in medicine, and their daughter and granddaughter graduated from UND in Medical Technology. The Rohdes established a Medical Scholarship Endowment in appreciation for the opportunities that were provided to their children and grandchildren. Ralph died in the 1980s and Hazel died in 1999.

  • Brandon Johnson also received the Miltza Luper Scholarship Award, which is given each year to a UND medical laboratory science student who demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in the subject of biochemistry and molecular biology.

    Ms. Luper was an assistant professor in the Biochemistry Department in charge of the Medical Technology (Medical Laboratory Science) Program during the years 1955–1981. This award is given yearly to the outstanding medical laboratory science student in the undergraduate Biochemistry 301 course. The scholarship is supported by income from an endowment given by various graduates of UND in honor of Miltza Luper.

  • Mary Kading of Coon Rapids, Minn., received the Dr. Cyril J. Dillenburg Memorial Medical Scholarship, which is given annually to a full-time senior medical laboratory science student at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.

    Cyril Dillenburg, M.D., was the medical director of the University of North Dakota Medical Technology Program until his death in 1984. He was a friend and teacher of numerous students during this period. An award was started by his colleagues and friends to aid deserving medical technology and medical laboratory science students.

  • Stephanie Gellner of Langdon, N.D., received the Eileen Simonson Nelson Pathology Award. This award goes to the medical laboratory science student who receives the highest grade in the MLS 101 course in the fall semester of 2013.

    Eileen Simonson Nelson received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, cum laude, from the University of North Dakota in 1955. Eileen began her career at the Department of Pathology in 1956. Eileen served many roles in the department including assistant professor, histopathology lab chief technologist, education coordinator of the Histotechnology Program, and acting director of the Medical Technology Program. She taught the CLS 101/MLS 101 course for many years and was the major advisor of the undergraduate students in the Medical Technology Program during that time. She was also very active in service work for her profession, having served as president and on many committees of the North Dakota Society for Medical Technology. She also was co-editor of the newsletter for the NDSMT. She did much service work for UND, including serving as an advisor to the Medical Technology Club. Eileen retired in 1994. Eileen still lives in Grand Forks.