First Time Gift to Make Lasting Impression

First Time Gift to Make Lasting Impression

April 3, 2005

Booker T. Washington is credited with saying, "...those who are happiest are those who do the most for others," and those closest to Edmund F. and Viola (Dallman) Ost know that this special couple lived by that philosophy. In fact, it is precisely that spirit of generosity that prompted them to establish the Edmund F. and Viola Ost Scholarship Endowment at North American Baptist Seminary.

Raised on a working farm in North Dakota, Viola moved to Bismarck to work after graduation. When her parents' health began to fail, Viola returned to Fredonia, ND, to care for them. Shortly thereafter, she accepted a position as a postal clerk at the Fredonia Post Office where she met, fell in love with, and married the postmaster, Edmund F. Ost. This service-oriented couple continued to serve the patrons of the Fredonia post office and that community for 35 years.

After retiring, they moved to Kulm, North Dakota, in 1983. Edmund went home to be with his Lord on January 17, 2003, and Viola continues to live in the home they built for their retirement. Active members of the Kulm United Methodist Church, Viola relates that Edmund was always encouraging others to know the Lord as he did. He had the utmost respect for leaders God called to help others get to know him as their Lord and Savior. Bruce Adams, the Ost's former pastor and an alum of NABS, describes Edmund and Viola as individuals of deep faith. Viola served as the church organist for many years, Edmund was consistently the lay delegate to the annual UMC Dakotas Conference, and both were active in Sunday School, Bible studies, and lay leadership roles within the church.

The Edmund F. and Viola Ost Scholarship will provide assistance to a full-time North American Baptist Seminary student who is pursuing a Master of Divinity, demonstrates financial need, and has a declared desire to serve as either a missionary or pastor.

During his time on earth, Edmund was known as a master gardener, one whose garden produced beautiful roses and plush produce. Through a life lived by faith, he and Viola "planted seeds" for the Kingdom; and now, as a result of careful planning, they will continue growing the Kingdom of God by investing in equipping Christian leaders who will lead others to him.