The 2023 Fred Jensen Memorial Scholarship was presented to Coby Skjerven by Foundation Board member Mike Barry.
Fred Jensen a 1958 Lincoln High School graduate who left Thief River Falls to establish his career, never forgot his grassroots.
When Fred neared his retirement, affiliates of his organization and coworkers remembered the passion he had for Thief River Falls. Upon Fred’s retirement from NW Buyers and Jobbers, as the Executive Director, a retirement gift in his honor was established; The Fred D. Jensen Scholarship. This award is presented to a student majoring in Retail Merchandising with preference to fashion. Fred plays an active role in the decision making of this award.
Comments that were expressed in honor of his retirement:
Emily Lokken: "Fred is very dedicated, and he gave all to his job. I remember that when he would visit Thief River Falls we would walk down the street and he would always look at the store fronts and window displays. Need I mention that he is also a great brother in law."
Dick Bjorkman: "You took a chance many years back and went against the advise of your good friends in the business, but it was fortunate for NW Buyers, when Red Eide spotted an outstanding young baseball pitcher, Fred Jensen."
Ron Zieman, Norbys, Detroit Lakes: "Fred is one of those people who learned a long time ago that giving is better than getting. Fred not only helped individual retailers, but he helped the salesman. Fred took a genuine interest in the lives of people who he associated with whether it be personal or business. Dealing with 400 independent stores you have several ideas on what will work. Fred, would listen to everyone’s ideas and make the best of them. Fred is very caring and sharing."