Annual Scholarships: The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences

College of Computing

Computer Science Annual Scholarship

This annual scholarship was established by Stephen Krebsbach, Associate Professor of Computer Science, on January 27, 2015.  The scholarship is to be awarded to a student majoring in computer science at Dakota State with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Cyber Corps Alumni Annual Scholarship

The Dakota State University Cyber Corps scholarship program was established in 2011 with a grant awarded to DSU professor Dr. Josh Pauli from the National Science Foundation Scholarship for Service program and the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship program.  Scholarship for Service is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government’s criterial information infrastructure.  This program provides scholarship that fully fund the typical costs that students pay for book, tuition, and room and board while attending an approved institution of higher learning.  This annual scholarship was established by current recipients and alumni of the DSU Cyber Corps program.  The scholarship from the Cyber Corps Alumni funds will be awarded to students studying cyber security at DSU.  

Federated Insurance Annual Scholarship

Established in 1996 by the Federated Insurance Company, Owatonna, MN, this scholarship is awarded to juniors and seniors majoring in computer science, computer information systems, or management information systems.

Tom Halverson College of Business and Information Systems Annual Scholarship

Two annual scholarships were established in 2011 by Tom Halverson, Associate Professor in the College of Computing at Dakota State University. These scholarships are awarded to College of Business and Information Systems majors for academic achievement. One Presidential Champion Scholarship and one Merit Champion Scholarship will be awarded annually.

Independent Community Bankers of South Dakota Annual Scholarship

The Independent Community Bankers of South Dakota Association established this annual scholarship in 2004. The scholarship is awarded to a graduate student who is a South Dakota resident majoring in information assurance.

Northwestern Energy Community Works Annual Scholarship

Northwestern Energy established this scholarship in 2012 as part of their celebration commemorating 100 years of service. In recognition of their retirees’ and employees’ unwavering commitment to providing customer safe, reliable electricity, and natural gas service, they award this renewable scholarship to a Junior or Senior graduating from Montana, South Dakota or Nebraska. The student is chosen from the College of Computing.  Although not mandatory, they encourage female and minority students to apply.

Josh Lambrecht Memorial Annual Scholarship

Josh LambrechtJosh Lambrecht had a love and affinity for computers and wanted to go to college for a technical degree, but was unable to afford it. In spite of this, he taught himself computer programming. Unable to find a job as a programmer due to his lack of a college degree, he worked in construction before he was hired by Dakota Fluid Power. While working there assembling electronic panels, he conceived an idea to write software that used sensors and GPS data to develop a remote monitoring system for heavy equipment. He successfully developed MobileStar, which tracks real-time performance and maintenance needs data for vehicles and equipment while still in the field and allows companies to detect problems with their equipment sooner to avoid downtime. More information on MobileStar can be found here:

Another notable accomplishment was software Josh developed for the city of Sioux Falls, SD, which was used to track snow gate utilization on the city’s snow plows. Josh’s interests also led him to become a judge for FIRST LEGO League, where he could instill his enthusiasm on children who shared his passion for utilizing technology. While on his way to judge a competition in Rapid City SD in 2011, Josh passed away at the age of 30 in a tragic plane crash. In remembrance of Josh, this scholarship was set up to help students who otherwise may not be able to afford it to attend Dakota State University to earn a degree that focuses on software and/or web development.

South Dakota Bankers Foundation Annual Scholarship

Established in 2005 by the South Dakota Bankers Foundation, this scholarship is awarded to an incoming graduate student who is pursuing a degree in information assurance in banking and finance.