Supporting Success

Volleyball player-turned-coach attributes her success on the court and in the classroom to her supporters behind the scenes.

Ashely Brueggeman played Right Side Hitter/Outside Hitter during the Fighting Hawks 2016-2019 volleyball seasons. As team captain, she finished her volleyball career making UND's top-10 in kills (8th) and points (6th). Brueggeman plans to continue helping her team as Volunteer Assistant Coach while finishing her mathematics/secondary education degree in 2020.

Brueggeman attributes the ability to succeed on the court and in the classroom to her supporters behind the scenes. During the 2019 Champion Builders Reception, she had the opportunity to meet one of her scholarship donors, Jeff McKay, '91.
"The scholarships that I received while at UND have meant everything to me. It gave me the rare opportunity to continue playing the sport I love while receiving a great education,” said Brueggeman. “I was also fortunate enough to meet some amazing benefactors, building relationships with the generous and gracious people that made it all possible."
McKay's parents established the James, JoAnn & Jeffrey McKay Athletic Scholarship Endowment in 1992. Since then, the endowment has supported over 10 athletes with athletic scholarships. 

Ashley and coach

Ashley, pictured here with her scholarship donor Jeff McKay, credits her court and classroom success to her behind-the-scenes supporters.


Endowments can be created with gifts of cash, securities and other assets and can be established through one-time gifts, estate gifts and multi-year pledges. Gifts to endowments can be made by anyone at anytime, either individually or with a group. 

How to create an endowment