Louis P. and Mary Ann Novak Scholarship

The Louis P. and Mary Ann Novak Scholarship was established by the Novak family to honor Lou and Mary Ann Novak. This scholarship supports new, full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate academic promise and financial need. The award is renewable for three additional years provided acceptable progress is shown. Preference will be given to students with an interest in studying Central European studies, in particular, Croatian or Hungarian studies, or preference will be given to first-generation college students, or students majoring in history.


For more information about applying for this scholarship, visit the College of Liberal Arts' scholarships for incoming freshmen.

Your Help Is Needed

As part of the IHRC’s endowment campaign, this scholarship is invested and administered by the University of Minnesota Foundation and aided by generous matching opportunities. The University of Minnesota President's Scholarship Fund will match the interest generated by this fund. Please consider an online contribution or pledge today.

Portrait: Lou Novak

About Lou and Mary Ann

Of Croatian parentage, Lou spoke only Croatian and Hungarian until he was five years of age. Until his death in 2004, Lou served as President of the Croatian Cultural Society of Minnesota for ten years, bringing together Croatians throughout Minnesota for cultural and social functions.

Mary Ann, a first generation Italian American, has volunteered at the Immigration History Research Center as well as the Friends of the IHRC, helping to preserve the stories of immigrants, helping keep her Italian heritage and Lou's Croatian heritage alive, and helping others earn about their own family history.