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Presentation College Receives Largest Gift in History of College: Focus on Rural Health Care Program Expansion, Partnership, and Student Scholarships
Andrew Hansen

ABERDEEN S.D. –  Presentation College has received a $5 million anonymous gift in support of its newly minted strategic plan, including partnering to expand rural health care programs. The gift will enhance growth of PC’s 2021 nationally 4th-ranked online LPN-to-BSN program to extend it to nearly all 50 states. It will also provide support for reimagining existing programming and spaces on the PC campus in Aberdeen, as the campus explores partnership with other academic and health care institutions to extend its outreach in the rural Midwest. This tremendous donation also provides a substantial boost to student scholarships.

“The scope of the gift ensures the entire college and its stakeholders will benefit,” said Dr. Paula Langteau, Presentation College President, “ and as the single largest donation that the College has received in is more than 75-year history, it represents a significant investment in the future of PC.” The gift follows closely upon PC’s release of its new strategic plan this past fall, when the College also announced a plan to pursue partnerships with other educational and health care organizations to extend the outreach of the campus in preparing quality health care workers to enter the market where they are needed more than ever. “This gift not only positions the college for a planned partnership to advance PC’s Nursing and Rural Healthcare programs,” said Langteau, “but it represents the level of commitment of our community, filled with people and organizations eager to be stakeholders in support of PC’s outreach and growth, to serve our community in ever greater ways. We are truly blessed to receive such acknowledgement and support.”

Matthew Blair, PC’s Vice President for Mission and Advancement added, “This timely contribution adds to the already remarkable fundraising year the College is experiencing, with members of the community, alumni and staff showing their support for the exciting next chapter in PC’s life.”

Presentation College (PC) is a private Catholic College founded in 1951 by the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Welcoming people of all faiths, the College prides itself on being the most diverse higher educational institution in the state. Enrolling just over 600 students from 10 countries and 30+ states, the majority of students pursue careers in the healthcare sector. Thanks to donor support, the College is capable of enrolling a high number of Pell eligible, first-generation College degree seekers – that without donor support would not be able to afford a college education and live out their full potential. In addition to its main campus in Aberdeen, the 3rd largest city in South Dakota, the College also offers a virtual campus with a number of degree programs - among them, the nation’s 4th ranked LPN-BSN program, according to the website: in 2021. For more information on Presentation College, or to support our Student Success Fund for scholarships, please visit