$1 million gift to enhance student aid and opportunities

President Howard Keim ’72 and Interim Vice President of Advancement Tonya (Hunsberger) ’94 Detweiler present Doug ’62 and Connie Dorsing with a gift of appreciation for their $1 million gift to the college at the annual Partner Luncheon Sept. 27.

Hesston College received a $1 million gift in support of student scholarships and a future capital campaign project from longtime supporters Doug ’62 and Connie Dorsing of Fruitland, Idaho.

The Dorsings have designated $250,000 for an endowed scholarship fund. Hesston College will not use any part of the gift for annual operating expenses, rather, administrators are in conversation with the Dorsings for a specific designation for the remaining amount to be used in a way that benefits Hesston College and its students for the long term.

The gift is one of the largest in Hesston College’s history. Another $1 million gift was made for the construction of Kropf Center which was completed in 1991.

“We are incredibly grateful for the relationship Doug and Connie have maintained with Hesston College over the years and for this generous gift,” said President Howard Keim. “This is truly a transformative gift that will make a difference for students, facilities, faculty and staff. We will work with the Dorsings to discern the best use for their generosity to maximize the far reaching effects the gift will have.”

Doug serves as president and head of sales of Dorsing Seeds of Parma, Idaho, a worldwide producer and processor of vegetable seeds. Connie is a member of the pastoral staff of Evergreen Heights Mennonite Church, Caldwell, Idaho, and an active volunteer in the community.