Jane A. (Goven) Senger

BISMARCK, ND — An endowed scholarship has been established at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, in honor of Jane A. (Goven) Senger. The Jane A. (Goven) Senger Nursing Scholarship will be awarded to nursing students at the University of Mary who meet the academic standards necessary to complete a nursing degree and have financial need.

This endowed scholarship will help nursing students for generations to come and continue Jane’s legacy of excellence in nursing and service to others.

“Through the generosity of the Senger family, the University of Mary will be able to continue what it has always done since it was founded by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery in 1959, and that is prepare its students to be servant leaders during their life-formation years as scholars and beyond in their professional careers,” said Vice President for the Office of Public Affairs Jerome Richter. “It’s a great honor that our students, who benefit from this gift, will know that it comes from a family and named in honor of a person who always respected the life and dignity of the human person through her life’s work.”

Jane Senger was born May 3, 1931, on a small farm north of Turtle Lake, ND. Her formal education through eighth grade was in a one-room rural schoolhouse. Subsequently she attended and graduated from Turtle Lake High School and St. Alexius School of Nursing (now the University of Mary). She earned her nursing license in 1951.

Jane Senger was proud of being a registered nurse and held key nursing positions in various states and Puerto Rico. Living in Bellevue, NE, from 1974 to her passing in 2016, she was a volunteer nurse for the American Red Cross, participating in disaster relief efforts, blood drives and other medical services to nonprofit and charitable organizations.

This lifetime of outstanding volunteer service culminated in 2009 with her being presented the prestigious Air Force Volunteer Excellence Award. She was married to Col. (ret.) Pius F. Senger of Bismarck for 65 years and had a daughter, Patricia A. Senger Bainton, RN. Jane Senger is buried in the Omaha, Nebraska, National Cemetery.

About the University of Mary

True to its motto “lumen vitae”—the light of life—the University of Mary offers education for the whole of life through cutting-edge professional programs grounded in a solid liberal arts tradition.

A Christian, Catholic, Benedictine institution founded in 1959 by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, Mary offers over 60 undergraduate degrees, 14 master’s degrees, and four doctoral programs in Occupational Therapy, Education, Nursing Practice and Physical Therapy. With over 3,000 students, Mary has locations in North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Arizona, Rome and Milan, Italy and Arequipa, Peru as well as vibrant online offerings. For more information, visit www.umary.edu.