THE DANIEL A. WOLD FOUNDATION WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2019 TO HONOR DAN'S PASSIONS IN LIFE THROUGH EDUCATION STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS AND SPECIAL NEED PROJECT FUNDING.
God doesn't promise an easy life. There will be illness, pain, and suffering. God does promise to always be with us and to give us strength to face life's adversities. He will cause good to come out of the bad things that happen.
Dan Wold had a sense of humor and an energy for life that everyone around him enjoyed. As a counselor and coach, he touched the lives of young people in Ellendale, Carrington and Aberdeen. He gave students tools to pursue their dreams and made extra time for those who needed special role models. In 2016, Dan was diagnosed with laryngeal chondrosarcoma, a cancer in his thyroid, throat and larynx, despite being a non-smoker. Subsequent surgeries required him to learn to talk and breath in a new way. Dan faced these challenges with strength, grace and dignity. On August 16, 2018 we lost an amazing man who inspired so many.
We strive to improve the lives of those in our community with special needs and to empower the next generation of educators through financial scholarships.
If you, or a loved one, has been impacted by Dan, or you share his vision, please consider a financial contribution that allows Dan's legacy to live on. Dan was committed to making a difference in student's lives - academically, athletically and personally. Donations make it possible for Dan to continue positively influencing future educators and those with special needs.
The mission of the Daniel A. Wold foundation is to reflect God's glory by helping others. As an educator, counselor, and coach, Dan made connections with young people to help them succeed in life. He strived to live by 1 Corinthians 10:31 - Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Northern State Scholarship
Dan his wife, Cheryl, and his daughter, Julia, are proud Northern State University alumni. The annual scholarship to NSU will help a student take the step to build their future in education.
Throughout his life, Dan called many places home. He had a strong need for affiliation and faithfully followed the activities of each community throughout his life.
Dan was born in Watford City, the youngest of five. He was athletic and was especially proud to represent the Watford City Wolves in the North Dakota Shrine Football game. Dan was also a member of the Honor Choir.
Following graduation from Dickinson State University, Dan moved to Ellendale in 1990 where he began his teaching and coaching career. He and his wife, Cheryl, welcomed both their children, Julia and Jordan while in Ellendale as well.
Dan and his family moved to Carrington in 1998, He worked as a high school counselor and continued to coach. He enjoyed cheering on the Carrington Cardinals both while he lived within the community and even following his family's move.
The Wold family moved to Aberdeen in 2013 where Dan initially worked at Central High School and Northeastern Mental Health Center. During the last years of his life, Dan was a coach and counselor at Roncalli High School.
Dan touched the lives of many. Growing up he was athletic, a talented vocalist and a bit of a prankster. Into marriage, he and Cheryl shared their love with several foster children. As a father, he relished time with his children and was proud of the adults they became. The students in his life appreciated his sense of humor and dedication to their betterment. Above all, he was a role model with eternal optimism.
Dan was a talented writer and spent many years writing a column for a local newspaper. He was working on compiling his articles into a book. Read some of Dan's articles as well as words from others who were impacted by Dan.
Thankful for Memories
The following article, “Thanksgiving Eve” was originally written by Dan in 2014. Please post your favorite memories of Dan in the comments. I wrote this article on the day before Thanksgiving. I like to refer to this as “Thanksgiving Eve”. I may be one of the few people to use this term, but I am […]
The foundation will be hosting a fundraising walk/run on what would be Dan’s 53rd birthday, August 30th, from 4-6. Registration is due by August 21st and T-shirts are also available for those who cannot make the fundraiser. Hope to see you all there! REGISTER: Mail this form and money to: Daniel Wold Foundation, 1020 6th […]
Daniel Wold Foundation Walk and Silent Auction 2020
On August 30, 2020, the Daniel Wold Foundation will be hosting our second annual Walk and fundraiser, including a silent auction. To pre-register and/or order shirts, click here. The walk will be held from 4:30-6:00 p.m, starting at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The route will proceed from the church to the […]
Congratulations to the 2020 winner of the Daniel Wold Foundation Scholarship, Skyler Muilenberg! Muilenberg is from Ethan, South Dakota and is an Elementary Education major at Northern State University. The following is an excerpt from Skyler’s essay: Learn More or Apply for the Daniel Wold Foundation Scholarship