Loras College President Jim Collins announced today that David Holmberg, a 1972 graduate, intends to add $800,000 to his namesake scholarship, which he created with an original gift of $200,000. The new donation brings his total commitment to the scholarship and the Inspiring Lives and Leadership campaign to $1 million.
In May 2014, Holmberg established the David J. Holmberg Science Scholarship to assist female students in the pursuit of a STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Holmberg intends to add the $800,000 to the scholarship program through an estate gift.
The scholarship is designated by the Loras College Office of Financial Planning and available to undergraduate female students who demonstrate significant financial need. The scholarship is renewable up to four years, as long as recipients maintain satisfactory academic progress toward their degree.
Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) support that assertion. Employment in occupations related to STEM is projected to grow to more than 9 million by 2022. That’s an increase of about 1 million jobs over 2012 employment levels.
After graduating from Loras with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Holmberg received a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison. As a certified industrial hygienist, certified safety professional, and certified hazardous materials manager, Holmberg has worked as the assistant director of laboratory services at Clayton Environmental Consultants, environmental director at Acme Steel Company/Acme Packaging Corporation, and is currently the environmental health and safety director at the Calumet Area Industrial Commission.