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Scholarship Founder Goes Great Distances to Help Students Dream Big

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The courage it takes to reach our dreams is often found with a little support.

That's the belief of one educator in Fergus Falls after he went great distances to prove to his students the importance of dreaming big.

Student life and activities on the M-State, Fergus Falls, campus would be a bit slower without a director like this one.

"When you're coming out of high school you're excited, but you're nervous to come to college and I think Dave is just one of those guys, without even trying to be, he just makes you feel comfortable," Jordan Mold, a student, said.

Dave Jensen has dedicated his career to inspiring his students, as Director of Student Life and Activities at M-State.

"I'm the type of person who really is excited to get up each morning and go to work," Dave said.

It's also the reason why he spent five months fundraising so he could prove it.

The Dream Big scholarship was Dave's idea to keep inspiration rolling on.

In 19 days, Dave rode coast to coast, "from Southern California to Southern Georgia, it ended up being a little under 2,500 miles."

"There were some days when I just wanted to throw in the towel, where I was so tired, my legs hurt and I just wanted to give up," Dave said.

Along the way, his dream gained momentum; and his foundation gained $20,000 which is the amount required to establish the scholarship.

"I mean it was a feeling second only to stepping into the ocean when I finished the ride, and it was hard to beat."

Dave's feat would prove the power of dreams.

"I don't know, that's a great accomplishment, you have to be superhuman, I think, to do that," Jarod Mold, a student, said.

Dave's dream would prove the power of giving.

"When they see that this entire community believes in me to establish this scholarship so that I can pursue my dreams, I hope that just like wings were given to my dream, that wings will be given to their dream as well," Dave said.

"But, then again, he is just an ordinary guy doing an extraordinary thing so I hope it's contagious," Jordan Mold said.

Dave's journey ended last Sunday when he came home to Fergus Falls.

But, his scholarship foundation is still growing bigger. To donate, click here.

The scholarship will be available to students at M-State, Fergus Falls, beginning in the fall of 2014.

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