The Evans family of Montevideo has had a long connection with Hamline University of St. Paul. John. W. Evans graduated from Hamline way back in 1911. Since then, four generations of Evans have attended Hamline.

The Evans family of Montevideo has had a long connection with Hamline University of St. Paul. John. W. Evans graduated from Hamline way back in 1911. Since then, four generations of Evans have attended Hamline.

This past Sunday, Vivian Evans, along with her children Colleen and Paul, attended Hamline University’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee’s end-of-the-year banquet where they were honored for their family’s contributions to Hamline.

Since 1988, when Vivian’s husband John S. Evans passed away, the Evans family have donated money to Hamline. Vivian said, “ When John passed away, his fraternity brothers and I decided to set up a scholarship in John’s name.”

At the time of his death, John was a regent at Hamline, and he had an idea for setting up a new program at the University. “His goal was to get an Agricultural Law Degree program started at Hamline. At that time, there was no school in the upper midwest that offered a degree in Ag Law,” said Vivian.

Vivian explained that establishing a new program at Hamline proved to be quite an undertaking. “We found out that it takes quite an effort to start a new department at a law school!”

Once the department was set up, the Evans family knew who they wanted their scholarships to go to. “We wanted to give the scholarships to lawyers who were going to set up practices in small towns,” said Vivian.

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