GRAND FORKS (AP) -- The family of the late Ralph Engelstad, a former University of North Dakota goalie who financed the school's hockey arena nearly 10 years ago, announced Monday another major gift to UND, this one totaling $20 million for scholarships, athletics and endowments.
"This is truly a historic, magnificent gift," UND President Charles Kupchella said in announcing the gift from the Engelstad Family Foundation.
The Las Vegas-based foundation pledged $2 million per year for the next 10 years, UND officials said. The school already has received the first installment.
The money will be used for scholarships, endowed department chairs in medicine and engineering, and to help with the school's transition to NCAA Division I athletics, officials said.
A statement from the Engelstad foundation said the foundation is proud of what the hockey arena has provided UND and the area community.
"We hope that this $20 million gift does all of that and more from an academic standpoint," the statement said.
Engelstad, who died in 2002 at age 72, was a Thief River Falls, Minn., native who graduated from UND in 1954 with a degree in commerce. He owned casinos in Las Vegas and Biloxi, Miss., and had a number of real estate holdings.
Engelstad was a goaltender on the school's hockey team from 1948 to 1950, and a strong supporter of keeping UND's Fighting Sioux nickname.
In 1998, Engelstad an-nounced a $100 million donation to build the UND hockey arena that bears his name. He threatened at one point to abandon the project if the Sioux nickname were dropped. UND is now in court challenging an NCAA ban on the nickname in postseason play.
Of the $20 million gift announced Monday, $4 million will be designated toward scholarships for underrepresented minority students, UND officials said. The money also will be used for endowed chairmanships in medicine and engineering.
"All endowed chairs and scholarships supported by this gift will carry the names of Ralph and Betty Engelstad," UND's statement said.
The school also said $4 million will be used to fund scholarships for high achieving students and $4 million will be used for scholarships to "late bloomer" students.
The gift also provides $4 million in athletic scholarships for men's hockey and support for UND's move to NCAA Division I.
The Engelstad family and the Engelstad Family Foundation have provided other scholarship gifts to UND and items such as the Gen. George S. Patton papers and portraits of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices valued at nearly $127.5 million, school officials said.
"Added to the gift of the Ralph Engelstad Arena and other gifts made to UND by the Engelstads, they have become one of the most significant university patrons in the history of American higher education," Kupchella said in a statement. "We are obviously very grateful to the Engelstad family for their faith in, and support for the University of North Dakota."