Joan Madsen Scholarship
The Scholarship Committee announces the creation of a scholarship, funded by a $30,000 contribution from the Madsen family.




The Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the creation of the Joan Madsen Scholarship, funded by a $30,000 contribution from the Madsen family. A member of our congregation since 1999, Joan was active in the Scholarship, Personnel, Administration, and Stewardship committees. She also led the Search Committee that called our last Associate Pastor. 


The first recipient is Noemi Moya, a current senior at Peoria High School who has accumulated twenty-four college credits while working twenty hours per week. Her mentor in the program will be Bill Madsen, Joan’s surviving husband. This joins the Dr. Laurence Bruggers Scholarship as the second of our named offerings.


Joan Madsen was an educator who worked thirty-two years in three Minnesota school systems teaching English, drama, speech, and serving as a counselor. She grew up in Michigan, graduated from Bethel College in Saint Paul with a degree in English, and later received her Masters from University of St. Thomas where her husband, Dr. Bill Madsen, was a professor. Their son, Dan, is a graduate of Augsburg College and William Mitchell Law School in St. Paul. His wife, Amy, is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Their two children are Donovan, two and a half, and Dana Marie, six months. This is the Madsen family who has honored the Desert Palms Scholarship program with this most generous gift. The family’s commitment to education and helping others is significant. They have established a private charitable foundation in Minnesota that mirrors the DPPC Scholarship to assist others in obtaining their post high school educations.


We have many teachers in this congregation, and they all have had tremendous influences on the lives and development of their students. One of Joan’s students, in a note to Bill after her death wrote “there are God’s chosen that touch many lives and Joan is that disciple of Christ.” This woman, who became a teacher, was influenced by “her endless compassion for kids, her unselfish and loving way she always made one feel cared for.”


This honor is recognized by a plaque that will be placed on the wall opposite the chapel entrance. It is hoped that others will commit to a similar action so that they may receive similar recognition.


Last Published: May 6, 2011 2:47 PM
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