Development Spotlight: Triticus Scholarship Donor Revealed

For nearly 25 years, Food Science students in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition had the opportunity to apply for the Triticus Scholarship, but never knew the name of their donor who made their college education possible. 

At the annual CFANS Thanksgiving for Scholarships event in November, those students and other attendees finally learned the name of the man who has helped to provide over 76 scholarships to food science students: Arthur (Art) Fischer (B.S. Food Technology '49). Upon graduation, he started a career as a scientist at General Mills. Art spent 30 years with the company, including living and working in Central America for the final 20 years.

Upon retiring, Art and his wife Dolly relocated to Port Angeles, Washington. Not one to slow down, he stayed active by becoming a career volunteer. Working with Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance, he made 36 trips to Russia and Eastern Europe. Moving back to Minnesota in 2000, Art settled in Duluth and was active with Second Harvest Food Bank.

For all of his volunteerism, Art was recognized by several organizations, including being named the Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteer of the Year in 2008 and taking home the prestigious President’s Call to Service award in 2009. But for all of his exciting global travels and volunteer opportunities, there was still one place that held a special place in Art’s heart: the University of Minnesota.

Art was a great supporter and served on the FSCN Advisory Committee, working closely with the department to help advance student learning and other issues. He loved supporting students, and wanted to see them succeed in industry and in life, which led to his biggest impact on the department.

Art passed away in 2014, but he guaranteed his legacy would live on. In addition to the Triticus Scholarship, he also designated money to establish the Arthur and Dolly Fischer Scholarship. His generosity will ensure that students interested in attending college and studying food science and nutrition will have an opportunity they otherwise may have not. During his lifetime, Art Fischer gifted the college FScN nearly $5.5 million. After all those years of anonymity, the students who have benefited finally have a face and name to put with the generous spirit of helping students to succeed in college. Thank you, Art! Learn more here

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