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The John Baggs Memorial Fund & Scholarship benefits individuals and families impacted by cancer and also provides scholarship opportunities to St. Scholastica students who embody the spirit of Coach John Baggs.

The fund, which was started in 2009, has a board of directors which directs where monies collected will be used. All proceeds directly further the mission of the fund. Donations can be made by contacting Tom Berrisford at 218-310-8416 or

The John Baggs Memorial Scholarship was established to award scholarship funding to students who demonstrate a commitment to community service and creative ability in the areas of advertising, public relations, or journalism. The $2000 scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming first year student and is renewable for each of the student's undergraduate years provided they meet scholarship requirements.


Benji Sam

Originally from Onamia, MN, Benji is pursuing a degree in Exercise Physiology with a Psychology Minor and is on pace to graduate in May of '16. He has been accepted into the Doctorate of Physical Therapy at The College of St. Scholastica and will begin the program in June of '16.

Alex Crum
Originally from Chisholm, MN, Alex is majoring in Biochemistry and Biology and is on pace to graduate in May of '17. After graduation, she plans to attend a naturopathic medical school on the West Coast and earn her N.D. degree as well as a Master’s degree in acupuncture. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and being outside.

Monica Boyer
Originally from Sioux Falls, SD, Monica is pursing a degree in Communications and Organizational Behavior and is on pace to graduate in the spring of '18. At CSS, she is a Student Senator and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. During the summer, she is also an an intern at The Outdoor Campus as a Volunteer Coordinator. In her free time, she enjoys fishing, crocheting, and spending time with her nephew.

Madison Reynolds
Originally from Hermantown, MN, Madison is majoring in Organizational Behavior with a minor in Communications. Her goal is to finish her degree in three years and graduate in the spring of '18. After school, she aspires to become a Human Resources Manager. On campus, she is involved in the Saints Competitive Dance Team and is also a writer for The Cable student newspaper. In addition, she's very passionate about volunteering and giving back to the community including supporting the Duluth Boys and Girls Club, The Duluth Salvation Army, and Duluth PAVSA, among others.