Paul E.R. Abrahamson Transportation Scholarship
The Paul E.R. Abrahamson Transportation Scholarship recognizes outstanding students at NDSU with an interest in the transportation and logistics of agricultural products. Funding for two $1,500 scholarships is provided by the Mountain-Plains Consortium through the University Transportation Centers program of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Scholarship applications are due in April and winners are selected and notified by the end of the spring semester. To be considered, students must be a junior or senior, have an interest in transportation and demonstrate academic excellence. Scholarship winners are recognized each fall at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute awards banquet.
About Paul Abrahamson
Paul Abrahamson was a champion for the agricultural community of North Dakota. Paul devoted his life's work to promoting North Dakota's agricultural products, in particular wheat and durum. Paul served as the first administrator of the North Dakota Wheat Commission beginning in 1959 until his passing on July 21, 1972.
Paul was born October 21, 1906 in Leal, North Dakota. After high school, he attended North Dakota State University and received a degree in agriculture in 1929. Paul started his career as an educator in Rolla, North Dakota, and eventually served as an extension agent in Rolette and Cavalier counties. During this time Paul organized the annual North Dakota Durum Show in Langdon and was very active in the development of homemaker and 4-H groups.
In 1959, he began his work with the North Dakota Wheat Commission as its first administrator. During his career Paul was always known as a champion for the farmers of North Dakota. He was concerned with market development, promotion, and lower freight rates for farmers. Transportation was important to Paul. In fact it is well known that Paul would discuss transportation weekly, and even daily with his good friend John Agrey of the PSC. In 1968 he was honored for his achievements by the NDSU Agricultural Economics Club with the John Lee Coulter Award for outstanding achievement in North Dakota agricultural business.