Minnesota State University, Mankato President Edward Inch announced today that Robert Larson of Leesburg, Florida, has donated $1.4 million to the University in honor of his late wife, Virginia Larson, a Minnesota State Mankato alumna who taught elementary school for 12 years.

Larson’s gift will support scholarships for students studying elementary education (75 percent) and music (20 percent), and 5 percent has been designated to establish Minnesota State Mankato’s first Reserve Officer Training Corps endowment. At least 14 students annually will receive scholarships as a result of the gift.

Although all three gift installments from Larson came prior to Inch starting as president on July 1, Inch said he was grateful and inspired to learn about Larson’s gift, which had its beginnings in 1987.