Endowed Scholarships: College of Arts and Sciences

College of Art and Sciences

In the College of Arts and Sciences, we teach you how to use technology for a better life. We may teach traditional topics, such as biology, history, geography, art, design, literature, and music, but we use 21st century methods to do so.  We also know that the technology today, will be old news by the time you graduate.  So we teach you how to stay ahead and adapt to changes in your field. You’ll be able to not only navigate the future, but help create it. We are here to do more than get you ready for your first job, we are here to get you ready for life.

Avera McKennan Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2006, this scholarship is awarded to an incoming or continuing student who is majoring in health information management or related areas, respiratory care, or respiratory therapy.

Avera McKennan Respiratory Care/Respiratory Therapy Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2006, this scholarship is awarded to an incoming or continuing student who is majoring in either respiratory care or respiratory therapy.

Jack Dammeier Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2007 through the generosity of Jack Dammeier’s family, DSU alumni, and his co-workers at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Prior to his death, Jack worked in the respiratory care field and was known by his colleagues for his compassionate patient care. The scholarship recipient must be a respiratory care student at DSU and maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Students over the age of 25 are given preference.

DSU College of Liberal Arts Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established with proceeds from the 1989-1991 DSU Galas to support students in the College of Liberal Arts, now the College of Arts and Sciences. Funding continues through donations made by faculty, staff, alums, and friends of the College of Arts and Sciences. Recipients of these scholarships are majoring in a College of Arts and Sciences degree program.

DSU College of Natural Sciences Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established with proceeds from the 1992-1993 DSU Galas to support students in the College of Natural Sciences, now the College of Arts and Sciences. Funding continues through donations made by faculty, staff, alums, and friends of the College of Arts and Sciences. Recipients of these scholarships are students majoring in a College of Arts and Sciences degree program.

Allan C. Fisher Visual Arts Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established by former DSU faculty member Allan C. Fisher in support of visual arts studies and is funded by other private donors, including DSU faculty and staff. The scholarship is awarded to incoming or continuing students majoring in secondary education, fine arts, or computer graphics.

Mildred Schuster Hirsch Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Grace Schuster Long, ’36, established this endowment in 1995 as a tribute to her sister, Mildred. Mildred Schuster Hirsch was wife, mother, daughter, sister, designer, and businesswoman. Recipients of this scholarship are incoming or continuing deserving students in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Mark J. Hoffman Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 1980 by Mark and Howardine Hoffman. Mr. Hoffman, ’25, was a native of Wentworth, SD. He received his degree in science from Eastern State College (now DSU.) He later earned his master’s of science degree from the University of Southern California. Mr. Hoffman was a life-long teacher, working in the Chino, CA and Pasadena, CA schools. Recipients of this scholarship are juniors or seniors in the College of Arts and Sciences who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership abilities.

Hunter Family Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The family of Madison established this endowment in 1966 to honor George M. Hunter and Merrill D. Hunter. George Hunter, along with his sons, Merrill and Neil, purchased the Madison Daily Leader in 1947. George Hunter served as publisher until his death in 1966, at which time Merrill became the publisher, serving until his death in 1990. Jon Hunter, Merrill’s son, is the third generation publisher. The scholarship is awarded to deserving students who intend to go into communication arts or technical writing as a profession.

Dean Eric Johnson Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established with proceeds from the DSU Scholarship Car Show, started in honor of Johnson’s retirement from DSU in 2005 after 38 years in education. Johnson was named Dean Emeritus of the College of Arts and Sciences upon his retirement. The scholarship is awarded to students who are majoring in programs that Johnson assisted in developing at DSU.

Dr. John and Melinda Laflin Endowed Scholarship

Dr. John and Melinda Laflin established this endowment in 1995. Dr. Laflin began teaching at DSU in 1985, retiring as Professor Emeritus from the College of Liberal Arts in 2010. Melinda is a registered nurse. After retirement, the Laflins moved from Sioux Falls to Missouri. Recipients of this award are deserving students majoring in English for new media or English education. 

Math and Science Club Endowed Scholarship

This endowment has been established by the math and science faculty of Dakota State University to assist students who are majoring in mathematics, biology, or physical sciences. 

DeWayne and Joanne Mork Memorial Endowed Scholarship

DeWayne Mork was a strong supporter of education and DSU and served as a member of the DSU Foundation Board of Trustees. He established this endowment as a way to show appreciation for all that DSU means to the community. He and wife Joanne owned the Dairy Queen in Madison. Since DeWayne’s death in 2004, his son, DeLon, continues to fund scholarships in honor of his father and mother, who passed away in 2002. This scholarship is available to either an incoming or a continuing student majoring in Biology, Biology Education, and/or Biology for Information Systems.

Dr. Joseph A. Muggly Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 1985 by Dr. Muggly, a long-time medical doctor and surgeon in the Madison clinic and hospital, and founder of KJAM Radio in 1959. This scholarship is awarded to deserving students enrolled in the health sciences who exemplify dedication and commitment.

Outreach Services Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2005 by staff of the Outreach Services offices (now K-12 Data Center) and is awarded to students with an established minimum cumulative grade point average with preference to science, information technology, or math majors.

Martin Pape and Kenneth Lotspeich Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 1995 to honor the memory of Martin Pape, son of Louis and Verda Pape, and to honor Kenneth Lotspeich, who was the director of the DSU Music Department. Lotspeich directed the band from 1948 to 1961, and directed the college choir for 14 years until his retirement in 1972. Scholarships are awarded to deserving students majoring in a liberal arts field and participating in music at DSU.

Raymond Rauenhorst Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2003 by Raymond Rauenhorst, ’32. As a student in the “threadbare thirties” Rauenhorst remembered not having enough funds to pay for his education and he wanted to be able to help other students get through college. It is awarded to an incoming or continuing student studying speech communication or math.

Leo Sullivan Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Jerry Sullivan, ’57, past member of the DSU Foundation Board of Trustees and Noelene Thurow, ’43, established this endowment with other family members and friends to celebrate the memory of their brother Leo, ’52, who enjoyed a long career as a teacher. Recipients are deserving incoming or continuing students, majoring in English and demonstrating academic achievement.

James Swanson Endowed Scholarship

James Swanson was an Associate Professor of Liberal Arts at DSU for 31 years. Upon his retirement, his fellow faculty established the James Swanson Endowed Scholarship. Recipients must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or ACT score of 24, and be a freshman or newly declared English major.

William Ireland Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 1993 in memory of Bill Ireland, long-time, award-winning director of the Madison High School Band. An annual scholarship fund was originally begun by Madison band parents and was funded by the band parents’ organization. Upon Mr. Ireland’s death, memorial contributions were used to create an endowment to continue funding a scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming student, with preference given to graduates of Madison High School who are active in band.

Dennis and Barb Hegg Kingsmen Endowed Scholarship

Barb and Dennis Hegg played a vital role in transforming DSU’s music department into something the university could be proud of with the means they had available. Barb was a choir director here at Dakota State and Dennis came over from Madison High School to work with the concert and jazz band. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming or continuing student who participates in band or vocal music here at Dakota State University. 

Shari Lee Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The College of Arts and Sciences faculty and staff established this endowment in memory of Shari Lee. This scholarship is to be awarded to an incoming or continuing student who is a Liberal Arts major in the College of Arts and Sciences. First preference is given to a student participating in a music or theatre program.

George Loomer Endowed Scholarship

Mr. George Loomer established this endowed scholarship due to his belief in the value of higher education and the importance of musical activities as part of the higher educational experience. Mr. Loomer, an Alexandria, SD native, believed it was important to assist young people from South Dakota communities as they pursue their college education. Mr. Loomer’s love of music was evidenced by the restriction that the selected student must participate in instrumental music activities at DSU and his active help in establishing and continuing the Kingsmen Club at DSU.

Swan Family Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 1997 by Gordon Swan, DSU alum and former resident of Madison, SD and La Mesa, CA, to honor the memory of Ruth Holstad Swan, a resident of Madison and a leader in the community’s musical life for more than thirty years. The name of the scholarship was changed to the Swan Family Memorial in memory of his father, A. E. Swan and his brother Joseph Swan. Gordon passed away in May of 2001. The scholarship is awarded to incoming or continuing students with financial need. Preference is given to non-traditional students who participate in music.