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The Louis P. and Mary Ann Novak Scholarship

The Louis P. and Mary Ann Novak Scholarship was established by the Novak family to honor Lou and Mary Ann Novak. Recipients must be new full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate academic promise and financial need. The award is renewable for three additional years provided acceptable progress is shown. Preference will be given to students with an interest in studying Central European studies, in particular, Croatian or Hungarian studies, or preference will be given to first-generation college students, or students majoring in history.

For more information about applying for this scholarship, visit http://

Your Help Is Needed

As part of the IHRC’s endowment campaign, this scholarship is invested and administered by the University of Minnesota Foundation and aided by generous matching opportunities.  The University of Minnesota President's Scholarship Fund will match interest generated by this fund.

Please consider an online contribution or pledge today

Follow the University of Minnesota Foundation's link to use your credit card or make a pledge online at the University of Minnesota Foundation's secure site. Type in the designation "CLA: Louis P. and Mary Ann Novak Scholarship (Fund 7404)" in order to have your gift directed to this particular fund.

About Lou and Mary Ann

Of Croatian parentage, Lou spoke only Croatian and Hungarian until he was five years of age. Until his death in 2004, Lou served as President of the Croatian Cultural Society of Minnesota for ten years, bringing together Croatians throughout Minnesota for cultural and social functions.

Mary Ann, a first generation Italian American, has volunteered at the Immigration History Research Center as well as the Friends of the IHRC, helping to preserve the stories of immigrants, helping keep her Italian heritage and Lou's Croatian heritage alive, and helping others learn about their own family history.