Ronald and Marilyn Mitsch established the Anne Marie Fairbanks Scholarship in 2002 at Hamline University School of Law, one of Mitchell Hamline’s predecessor schools. With their continuing support, Ronald and Marilyn hope the scholarship helps transform the lives of American Indian students as well as the individuals they’ll someday serve.
Ronald graduated from Hamline University in 1956, is a Hamline University life trustee and former Hamline board chair, and also served as vice chairman of the board at 3M, where he began his career in chemistry in 1960.
The scholarship was established to honor the memory of Marilyn’s grandmother, Anne Marie Fairbanks (Williams), who was born on the White Earth Indian reservation in 1895. Fairbanks had a great influence on Marilyn’s life. Like her grandmother, Marilyn and her children are members of the White Earth tribe, Mississippi band.
We have been involved with matters relating to Indian culture, values, and well-being for many years. Important in their teachings is to maintain one’s values and culture, pursue education, and give back to the community. Our scholarship is intended to help today’s Indian law students realize their dreams.