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Robin Kelleher

Robin Norgaard Kelleher is passionate about education.  Kelleher, an attorney in Minneapolis who graduated from BSU in 1972, is especially interested in helping those students who need financial assistance to attend college.  She knows that getting a good education opens doors and provides the foundation for a better life. Kelleher remembers one of her BSU professors saying, “Education is the best investment you will ever make,” a statement she still believes is true. 


Kelleher, a native of Gully, Minnesota, appreciates the education she received at Bemidji State. 


“If it had not been for BSU, I might not have gone to college.  It was close to my home, and I knew there would be other students like me there from northern Minnesota.”


Because of her appreciation for Bemidji State, Kelleher recently provided for a $1 million planned gift, naming the BSU Foundation as a beneficiary of her estate.  “I wanted to leave something behind that would make a difference in the lives of others,” Kelleher says.  “Hopefully, my efforts will open doors for people who might not otherwise have an opportunity to go to college.” 


Kelleher’s planned gift is in addition to two scholarship endowments she has established, one of which provides a four-year renewable scholarship for a student from the Clearbrook-Gonvick school district in northern Minnesota.


To learn more about planned giving opportunities, contact Director of Planned Giving, Keir Johnson at 218-755-4039 or or visit