Thank You, Congregational Partners

The Congregational Partner Grant Program (CPGP) continues to make a big difference in the lives of our students.
For the 2018-2019 school year, 457 students from 235 congregations received grants from their congregations totaling $375,430. MLC then matched these grants.

If you’d like to support your congregation members studying at MLC, please apply! Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be accepted until June 3, 2019.

If you do not have any MLC students in your congregation, you can still participate. You can be the match! Your gift will be used to match other congregations’ gifts to MLC for their members.

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This feature was originally published in the MLC InFocus, Fall 2018 issue.

Women’s Basketball Ranks 20th in WBCA Honor Roll

NEW ULM, Minn. – The Martin Luther College women’s basketball team finished the 2017-18 school year ranked number 20 among all NCAA Division III programs by the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association (WBCA) in team grade point average (GPA).

MLC finished the school year with a team GPA of 3.548, good for number 20 among all Division III programs. That GPA was the highest among teams in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC).

MLC was one of only two Division III schools from the state of Minnesota to be recognized in the top 25 by the WBCA.

You can read the full release from the WBCA if you click here.

Baseball Team Recognized for Academic Excellence

NEW ULM, Minn. – The Martin Luther College baseball team was recognized for academic excellence by the American Baseball Coaches’ Association (ABCA) on Wednesday.

MLC finished the 2017-18 school year with a team grade point average (GPA) of 3.34.

To meet the requirements for the award from the ABCA, a team must accumulate a team GPA of at least 3.0 for the full school year.

292 high school and collegiate programs received the honor, including 78 programs in NCAA Division III.

You can read the full release from the ABCA if you click here.

MLC Volleyball Wins Team Academic Award

NEW ULM, Minn. – The Martin Luther College volleyball team earned the Team Academic Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Monday.

MLC also earned a spot in the AVCA Academic Honor Roll with one of the top 25 team grade point averages (GPA) in all of NCAA Division III.

A total of 173 teams in NCAA Division III earned the honor, which goes to teams that finished the academic year with a team grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or higher.

During the fall semester, the Knights finished with a team GPA of 3.82. That was not only the top GPA among all Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) volleyball teams, but also the highest team GPA of any team from any sport in the UMAC last year.

You can see the full release from the AVCA if you click here.

To view the list of schools to earn the Team Academic Award from the AVCA, click here.

76 MLC Student-Athletes Named Academic All-UMAC

NEW ULM, Minn. – Martin Luther College finished the winter and spring sports season with 76 student-athletes named Academic All-UMAC

The total was just one shy of St. Scholastica’s UMAC-leading 77 honorees.

MLC also finished with the highest team grade point average (GPA) in four of the eight sports. The women’s tennis (3.752), men’s tennis (3.724), softball (3.692), women’s basketball (3.595) and baseball (3.342) each finished the season with the highest GPA in their respective sports.

That marks nine of MLC’s 16 sports teams to finish with the highest GPA in their sports, joining the volleyball, women’s cross country, women’s soccer and men’s soccer teams from the fall sports season.

To earn Academic All-UMAC honors, a student-athlete must record a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the semester(s) of competition.

You can read the full UMAC release on the academic awards if you click here.

To see the list of individual honorees, click here.

Equipping Christian Witnesses

With the permission of WELS Conference of Presidents, we will conduct a two-year capital campaign in conjunction with the 2020 silver anniversary of MLC. The title, “Equipping Christian Witnesses,” not only reflects the mission of our institution—to train a corps of Christian witnesses to meet WELS ministry needs—but also the pillars of this campaign: recruitment, financial aid, and facilities.

Click here to learn more about this campaign.

Thank You for your service!


On May 9, 2018 Martin Luther College presented the following awards to these members of the 2018 graduating class:

(Back row L-R) Ethan Schultz – UMAC Knight Scholar-Athlete Leadership Award Nomination, Jerome Kruse Knight Award for Athletic Achievement and MLC Leading Scholar for Studies in Pastoral Ministry; Evan Arrowsmith – Student Body President Recognition; Joel Prange – MLC Via Veritas Vita Award; Carl Boeder – MLC Fine Arts Award; Stanley Draper – Brooks Scholarship; Kira Grev – UMAC Knight Scholar-Athlete Leadership Award Nomination, UMAC Scholar-Athlete Leadership Award, and Jerome Kruse Knight Award for Athletic Achievement; Elizabeth Duff – MLC Leading Scholar for Studies in Educational Ministry; Danielle Hall – MLC Service Award

Congratulations to all these senior award recipients!

Anna Hemmelman Named UMAC Player of the Year

Anna Hemmelman (Luther) was named UMAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year on Tuesday following a stellar sophomore season.
Hemmelman finished the season 7-0 in UMAC play to become the first player in program history to complete a season with an unbeaten singles record from the number one spot in the line-up. She finished the season with an 11-match winning streak and a 13-3 overall record.
Senior Rachel Riediger (Luther) joined her on the All-UMAC team for the second straight season.

2018 Thalassa Winner

Congratulations to Micah Ricke ’10 for his winning essay and image entitled “Auntie Nancy.” Micah and his wife, Kayla, live, learn, and work in a metropolitan area in southeast Asia, where they make friends and share the gospel.

This is the twelfth annual Thalassa Prize. Micah has won $1,000, of which $500 will be sent to the mission he designates.

Click here to read essay