The Goodin Match
NDSU Foundation

Fostering Future Leaders and Engineering Excellence

Maximize your impact with matching scholarship dollars for NDSU engineers.

NDSU engineers are innovating for the future and receiving a hands-on, collaborative educational experience critical for their continued success. During this momentous time for NDSU’s College of Engineering, Dave ’83 and Pat ’83 Goodin are investing in their passion area — student scholarships — and inviting you to join them in support of NDSU engineering and computational science students through the Goodin Match.

Your gift of $50,000 or more to a new or existing endowed scholarship fund for NDSU students who are pursuing a degree in the College of Engineering will unlock an additional 50% in matching funds from the Goodin Match. These matching funds, totaling $1 million, will be available until the funds have been exhausted or until Dec. 31, 2024 — whichever occurs first.

The Goodin Match in Action

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* To unlock Goodin Match dollars, benefactors must invest or pledge a minimum of $50,000. Goodin Match dollars will be available up to a maximum investment or pledge of $200,000.

A Transformational Moment

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Now is an exciting time to invest in engineering at NDSU. Your gift or pledge to an endowed scholarship fund eligible for the Goodin Match will also provide you with a naming opportunity within the Richard Offerdahl ’65 Engineering Complex. This new, state-of-the-art facility in the heart of campus will emphasize interdisciplinary learning and help prepare career-ready engineers.

Thank you for considering a gift to support NDSU students. Your investment in a scholarship endowment will help recruit and retain engineering students, ensuring that once here, they can engage on campus to their fullest potential.

“The College of Engineering cares about each student’s success and provides opportunities for all students to thrive,” Paige Sanders ’26, an environmental engineering major and president of Engineers Without Borders, said. “Whether students decide to get involved in clubs, research, leadership roles, or internships, everyone has a chance to apply their knowledge in unique and interactive ways.”

“The College of Engineering cares about each student’s success and provides opportunities for all students to thrive.”

Paige Sanders ’26

Meet Dave and Pat Goodin

Matching funds for the Goodin Challenge have been made possible thanks to the generosity of Dave ’83 and Pat ’83 Goodin.   

“Providing scholarships will serve as an additional catalyst in attracting, retaining … and graduating much needed engineers into our workforce,” Dave, an electrical engineering alumnus, and Pat, a sociology alumnus, said. 

As a student, Pat received several scholarships that enabled her to attend NDSU, and Dave describes his NDSU degree as his “ticket to the game.”  

They first established the Dave and Pat Goodin Scholarship Endowment in 2019 and have enjoyed hearing how their scholarship recipients plan to apply their NDSU education to meaningful careers. 

“Scholarships are important to us,” Dave said. “We know directly how life changing scholarships can be.” 


What is an endowment?
An endowed fund is a permanent investment that creates a lasting source of support. When an endowment is established for student scholarships, the initial gift is invested, and a prescribed percentage of the gift earnings is used to award scholarship recipients. This ensures that the original gift remains, allowing the fund to grow and continue its benefits for generations.

What types of gifts qualify for the Goodin Match?
Benefactors who invest or pledge a gift of $50,000 or more to an existing or new endowed scholarship that impacts NDSU students in the College of Engineering will receive 50% in matching funds up to a maximum gift amount of $200,000. The gift or pledge must be made prior to Dec. 31, 2024, or before the matching funds have been exhausted — whichever occurs first.

If I have already documented a past gift to an endowed scholarship fund for students in the College of Engineering, will it qualify for the Goodin Match?
The Goodin Match is meant to encourage the creation of new scholarship endowments or new growth of existing scholarship endowments in 2024. This coincides with a transformational period in the College of Engineering as the new Richard Offerdahl ’65 Engineering Complex will begin construction in fall 2024.

How do I document a gift for the Goodin Match?
Work with a director of development at the NDSU Foundation to complete a pledge form or make a gift and finalize a memorandum of understanding.

If the value of my gift or pledge exceeds $200,000, will I qualify for more than $100,000 in matching funds?
Gifts or pledges that exceed $200,000 will receive the maximum $100,000 in matching funds through the Goodin Match.

How else can I get involved with the NDSU Foundation and NDSU?
NDSU alumni, friends, and industry partners can engage with the NDSU Foundation and NDSU through upcoming events, the NDSU Foundation Magazine, and more! Ensure your information is up-to-date to receive the latest news and opportunities!

Questions? Contact your director of development or email Lisa Otterson.

The NDSU Foundation, an independent non-profit, is the primary fundraising organization for North Dakota State University. We ensure gifts are used in compliance with donor intent and that funds are managed wisely so future generations will continue to benefit from them. A one-time, 5% gift fee is applied to all incoming gifts to help leverage current and future fundraising efforts for NDSU.

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