A Sacrifice Paid Forward

Parents’ sacrifice inspires UND alum to pay it forward for fellow math majors. 

Dr. Mary (Martin) Bryngelson, ’76, has a genuine desire to help the next generation of learners. As a UND graduate with expertise in mathematics, supporting math majors is a mission near and dear to her heart. The financial sacrifice that her parents made in support of their children’s education is what inspired her to help students at UND.

“My mom and dad fully funded my education, so I obtained a bachelor’s degree debt free. I know not everyone has that luxury, so I want to be able to help those students through my legacy,” Dr. Bryngelson said.

To honor their sacrifice, Dr. Bryngelson has left a generous gift to UND in her Will that will establish a permanent endowed fund in honor of her parents, Buster and Margie Martin. Her generous contributions will support scholarships for math students, relieving their financial burden.

Mary Bryngelson

Mary's gift will leave a long-lasting impact on future UND students. 

“I hope other people consider giving back. As I get older, I think more about estate planning. I renewed my testamentary gift because I feel strongly about my money supporting the students in the math department,” Dr. Bryngelson said.

After earning a degree from UND, she pursued her Ph.D. in higher education administration from Florida State. Following her education, she launched her career as a math teacher in England and went on to work in higher education administration at UND and the University of Missouri. She also worked in environmental studies and finished her career in healthcare leadership. Dr. Bryngelson now resides in Montana and Arizona and is excited to leave a lasting legacy to math students.

“I’ve been grateful to all the educators at UND who helped me launch into an amazing career path. I’ve really had some wonderful opportunities and I hope to provide the same for students,” she said. 


Planned gifts come in many forms, but they each allow your legacy at UND to be remembered. You can ensure that the University’s mission lives on — today, tomorrow, and forever.