Ruth Miller Donaldson Endowment Fund

Ruth Lorraine (Miller) Donaldson was born and raised in Independence, Iowa.  As a senior drama student, Ruth played the title role in G.B. Shaw's "Candida". Ruth's college theatre experience also included roles in "It's the Sensible Ones",  "Family Portrait", "Hamlet", and "Ladies in Retirement". She received her BA in English and Theatre Arts Teaching from Iowa State Teachers College in 1942.  Ruth maintained her interest in the arts throughout her life, especially in music and theatre.

Ruth met her husband, David H. Donaldson, while he was in the service during WWII. Dr. Donaldson came from a long line of doctors, and the couple settled in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where David practiced medicine and served as chief of staff at a major hospital. The Donaldsons had no children.  They retired to Florida where playing golf was one of their many enjoyments.


Ruth passed away in 2000 and Dr. Donaldson in 2010.  Through the Donaldson Family Living Trust, the couple established the Ruth Miller Donaldson Endowment Fund upon their deaths. Income from the endowment will be used to provide scholarships for students who are from Iowa and who are in the music and/or theatre programs at the University of Northern Iowa.


Ruth Miller Donaldson Endowment Fund Awards:


Michaela Davis

Elizabeth Hicks

Matther Kerns

Madison Knaack

Dylan Martin

Anna Schneider