The Fred and Ruth Bartling Scholarship

For over five decades, the distinguished Professor Bartling’s teaching helped countless people open their view of the world and current social issues through history. With humor, intellectual curiosity and humility, he challenged students to think critically and ask important questions.

The Fred and Ruth Bartling scholarship was established in 2010 to financially assist students who exemplify these values.

Watch: YouTube: “Seeds of ’68” a brief documentary on Rev. Dr. Fred Bartling by his daughter Anastasia created for the MN Historical Society.

  • Academy Alumni with Prof. & Mrs. Bartling
Born out of Gratitude: Students give the Scholarship its start.
Academy Alumni with Prof. & Mrs. Bartling
Academy Alumni with Prof. & Mrs. Bartling

The idea of the scholarship was born from the desire of Concordia Academy alumni to express their gratitude for the impact Dr. Bartling’s teaching and influence have had on their lives.  With the establishment and continued growth of The Fred and  Ruth Bartling Scholarship, we can ensure Dr. Bartling’s heart for history, passion for people and life of learning will be honored through financially assisting History or Social Studies licensure students who have demonstrated commitment to social leadership and have financial need.

With the help of colleagues, friends and family, the scholarship has grown since 2010 to over $80,000.   We are continuing to seek contributions so the scholarship and can grow for many years to come.  We invite you to express your gratitude for Prof. Bartling and his late wife, Ruth in making a donation – small or large – any contribution that will all benefit the next generation of historically grounded, socially conscious thinkers.

To give, Click here ,contact Concordia Donor Relations at 651-641-8222 or email advancement@csp.edu or consider deferred giving through your will. 

Fred’s dear wife and partner, Ruth, passed away Nov. 17, 2021. She requested that memorials be kindly given to the Fred and Ruth Bartling Scholarship in honor of their dedication and service to students and social justice issues. Click here.


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