Local University Sees Record Alumni Gift

Local University Sees Record Alumni Gift

 Grace Ostenso, a 1954 graduate of University of Wisconsin-Stout’s family and consumer educational services program, now the dietetics program, created a legacy of positive change in the field of nutrition through a lifetime of teaching, research and policy-making. 


Prior to her passing on April 5, Ostenso, of Bethesda, Md., made an estate commitment to the Stout University Foundation to establish a chair for food and nutrition related programs. Her gift will be known as the Grace Laudon Ostenso Nutrition and Food Sciences Endowed Chair. 

“Grace Ostenso’s extraordinary gift will provide an ongoing legacy in the food and nutrition field that was her lifelong passion,” said Brenda Thompson, Stout University Foundation development officer. 

Ostenso’s gift is part of the Foundation’s Pathways Forward campaign, the largest in the university’s history. Pathways Forward raised $48.5 million, surpassing the initial goal of $35 million. The campaign was publicly announced in 2018 and ended June 30. 

The Ostenso Endowed Chair supports Program Innovation, which raised $14,401,632 of $8 million goal. Ostenso’s endowment gift is in the amount of $1.5 million. 

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