Humphrey School News

Borman Foundation Pledges $1 Million for Humphrey Scholarships

March 17, 2014
Marvin Borman

Minneapolis, MN (3/17/14)—The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota announced today that it will receive a gift of $1 million over four years from the Minneapolis-based Marvin and Betty Borman Foundation. The gift will be used to provide $50,000 annually in new scholarship support for incoming students at the Humphrey School.

The gift was made in honor of the late Marvin Borman, a Minneapolis civic leader with a broad commitment to community and public service. Support will be provided to students with exceptional commitments to community and public service in the Twin Cities and beyond, taking into account the broad objectives of diversity and inclusion among the student body at the Humphrey School.

Eric Schwartz, dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, commented: “We are delighted by this generous gift. The array of public service causes to which Marvin Borman was committed was remarkable, from education and the arts and healthcare, to the legal, physical and psychological protection of vulnerable communities, to economic development. His engagement reflected the spirit of the commitments that animated the life of our institution’s namesake, Hubert Humphrey, as well as our School’s mission, to inspire, educate and support innovative leaders to promote the common good in a diverse world.”

After graduating from Harvard Law School, Marvin Borman and his wife Betty moved to Minneapolis where he worked for Samuel Maslon, another Harvard-educated lawyer, who had started work as a sole practitioner. In 1956, the small practice joined forces with a local litigation firm and created the partnership of Maslon Kaplan Edelman Joseph & Borman. Eventually the firm became Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand.

Marvin Borman was active in a wide variety of community organizations, serving as chair of the United Way Campaign, president and chair of the board of Mount Sinai Hospital, president of Temple Israel, chair of the board and life trustee of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, president and chair of the board of the University of Minnesota Foundation, and founder and trustee of the Jeremiah Program. He also received many awards for his civic contributions, including the Scoutmaster of Philanthropy Award, the United Way's Distinguished Community Service Award, the Minneapolis Rotary Club's Service Above Self Award, and the Temple Israel Distinguished Service Award, among others.

Tom Borman, Marvin’s son and a representative of the Foundation, also commented on the gift: “My father was deeply dedicated to public service, and it seemed fitting to create a lasting legacy at the Humphrey School to support students who, like my father, are committed to leadership and service in their communities, in the nation and around the world.”

Scholarship support will be available immediately as part of the University’s new Fast Start 4 Impact program. Through this partnership with donors making multi-year contributions, the University of Minnesota Foundation provides immediate scholarship funding to students for up to four years as the donor’s contributions are made and reinvested to create the permanent endowment. The program, which is available for a limited time, is a way for donors to see more financial help going to students now, while also creating a permanent source of support for years to come.

The first Marvin Borman Fellowships will be awarded for the 2014-15 academic year

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