Scholarship fund honors James Oberstar

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs has announced the establishment of the James L. Oberstar/CN Endowed Scholarship Fund, with major funding from CN, one of the country’s largest freight railroads. The scholarship fund honors the life of the late United States Representative James “Jim” Oberstar, as well as his leadership and distinguished career in public life.

Scholarships made possible by the endowed fund will support students at the Humphrey School with commitments to public service, and will encourage students to follow in Congressman Oberstar’s footsteps to become experts and leaders at the local, state, and national levels in public affairs and public policy.

“We believe the fund creates an enduring tribute to the congressman’s vast contributions to public life and will connect those contributions to the Humphrey School and our mission,” says Eric Schwartz, dean of the Humphrey School.

Oberstar, who represented northeastern Minnesota in Congress for 36 years, died May 3. He chaired the House Transportation Committee between 2007 and 2011 and was instrumental in establishing several University of Minnesota programs to improve transportation.

With Oberstar’s cooperation and support prior to his death, the Humphrey School established the endowed scholarship fund in January 2014. CN was among the first to step forward with a contribution. To date, $256,500 has been raised.

The first recipient of funds raised through the new fund is Madeline Mitchell, who is pursuing a master of public policy degree at the Humphrey School. “The congressman’s work and legacy will continue to inspire and guide me through my time at the Humphrey School,” she says. “I am truly honored to be the first recipient of this scholarship.”

To support the scholarship fund, please visit the website or call 612-625-9588.