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Moscow Office

University of Idaho Alumni Office - Moscow
Physical location:
1212 Blake Ave.
Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3232
Moscow, ID 83844-3232
(208) 885-6154
(208) 885-6975 (fax)

Boise Office

University of Idaho Alumni Office - Boise
322 E. Front Street, Suite 390
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 364-4030
(208) 364-4084 (fax)

Nels L. and Mary Ann Solberg Scholarship Endowment

The Nels L. and Mary Ann Solberg Scholarship Endowment was established in 1984 to provide scholarships at the University of Idaho for juniors or seniors in the College of Business and Economics who are worthy Idaho residents.

Since 1996, more than $20,000 has been given in scholarship assistance to 27 students.

This scholarship is a tribute to Nels L. Solberg, who will be remembered as a constant advocate for Idaho’s students and their educational needs, and to Mary Ann Solberg, who has been actively involved in the U-Idaho Alumni Association for many years.

Nels L. Solberg '52

Nels L. Solberg was born December 4, 1930, in Lewiston, Idaho, to Nels and Mabel Solberg. He attended Kamiah schools and, after graduation from Kamiah High School in 1948, Nels enrolled at U-Idaho, where in 1952, he earned a bachelor's in business marketing. From 1952 through 1954, he served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

In 1953, Nels married Mary Ann McNair, whom he met while attending U-Idaho. In 1960, after working several years in the banking business, Nels began to work in the insurance and real estate business. At the time of his death, he owned and operated the Solberg Agency, Inc., in Grangeville, Idaho. He was very active in community affairs and was an instrument-rated airplane pilot. He loved the outdoors, yet he always made time to enjoy family and friends.

Nels L. Solberg served as a state senator from 1966-1972. During his three terms of office, he was a member of the Senate Education Committee and the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee. In 1979, he was appointed by Governor John Evans to the Idaho State Board of Education and the Regents of the University of ldaho. In April 1983, he was elected president of the state Board of Education and the Regents of the University of ldaho. Several weeks later, he was diagnosed as having a brain tumor. He died August 2, 1983.

Aside from his many contributions to the state of ldaho and to his community, Nels was best known by his friends and family for his firm but gentle caring ways and his constant concern for the needs of others. He was truly an unselfish man whose gift of love and dedication to his family and friends knew no limits.

Nels and Mary Ann's children, Janet, Julie, Jill, and Nels Don are all graduates of U-Idaho.