Endowed Scholarships: College of Business and Information Systems

College of Business and Information Systems

Starting your own business. Leading the change in electronic medical records.  Helping manage software projects for business. Crunching numbers as a CPA.  Being the tech go-to person in marketing, finance, health information management or software development. One of these sound like you? You belong in the College of Business and Information systems.

Beckman Family Endowed Scholarship

Former DSU faculty member and DSU alumnus Dr. Ronald Beckman, ’69, established this endowment. This scholarship is awarded to continuing, academically deserving students majoring in accounting or education with preference given to juniors and seniors.

Dr. Kenneth W. Brown Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Dr. Sharon Lee Brown, ’55, and her family established this endowment in 1997 in memory of Dr. Kenneth Brown, ‘57. Dr. Kenneth Brown passed away in 1997 following a lengthy battle with cancer. Prior to his passing, he was selected as a DSU Distinguished Alumnus and was honored posthumously. The scholarship is awarded to junior or senior students majoring in the College of Business and Information Systems.

Marlin and Linda (Bull) Brozik Endowed Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established in 2010 by Marlin and Linda Brozik. Upon graduating from South Dakota State University in 1975, Marlin began work as a pharmacist at Madison Rexall Drug, eventually becoming the store’s owner. In 2002, Marlin sold the store to Lewis Drugs Inc. where he was the Chief Pharmacist. Linda, ’94, began working for Dakota State in 1979, and served as Executive Administrative Assistant to four Dakota State presidents. She retired in 2013. This award is made to a full or part time junior or senior enrolled in a BBA program.

Drs. Richard and Orinda Christoph Endowed Scholarship

As faculty of Dakota State University, the Christophs established this endowment in 2001. Dr. Richard Christoph, Professor Emeritus of Business and Information Systems, was a former Dean of the College of Business and Information Systems and Director of the Center of Excellence in Computer Information Systems. He was instrumental in the implementation of the university’s first master’s program. Dr. Orinda Christoph was a professor of Business at DSU. Transfer students to DSU from another institution majoring in a Business and Information Systems field are eligible for this award. 

DSU College of Business and Information Systems (BIS) Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was funded through proceeds from the 1997-1998 DSU Galas. Funding continues through donations made by BIS faculty, staff, alums, and friends. This endowment provides scholarships for students in the College of Business and Information Systems.

Ericsson/ Hanneman Endowed Scholarship

Leroy F. Ericsson was born on a farm in McCook County, SD in 1909 and moved to Salem in 1915 where he completed his education in 1927. In 1927, he entered the University of South Dakota. In 1932, he received a Bachelor of Law Degree Magna Cum Laude. He practiced law in Sioux Falls, SD in the firm of Willy and Hamilton. He served as a Reserve Officer in the administration of the Civilian Conservation Corps. He served in World War II and retired as a Colonel from the United States Army Reserves. On his release, he entered a private practice of law in Madison, SD. He was States Attorney for Lake County from 1949 through 1952, State Senator for the 12th District 1953 through1956, and State Representative for the 33rd District from 1967 through 1970. He was Chairman of the Education Committee which drew Bill 6 for the reorganization of elementary and secondary schools. He served as clerk and attorney for the Madison Independent School District from 149 through 1963. He was a member of the Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, the Commandery and Consistory, and El Riad Shrine at Sioux Falls, Madison Elks Lodge, Madison Oddfellows Lodge, and Madison Rotary Club, as well as a member and past director of the Madison Chamber of Commerce.

Russell Hanneman, a native of the Madison area, graduated Suma Cum Laude from Dakota State College in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. While attending DSC, he was on the Dean’s List, named to Who’s Who Among College and University Students, received the Wall Street Journal Achievement Award, and was president of Delta Mu Delta. After graduating, Russell was employed as a buyer at Gehl Manufacturing Company in Madison. Russell lost his life attempting to save the lives of others in the tragic Hotel Park fire. President Jimmy Carter wrote a letter to the parents of Russell Hanneman recognizing Russell’s tremendous courage and self-sacrifice in giving his life while attempting to save the lives of others. This scholarship is awarded to residents of South Dakota majoring in business who demonstrate academic and leadership abilities. 

First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard Endowed Scholarship

First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard established this endowment in 2006. The scholarship is awarded to incoming or continuing students with a preference given to information systems or business administration majors.

Halma Family Endowed Scholarship

Rebecca and Wayne Halma established this endowment to assist incoming and continuing students who are majoring in business or information systems. 

Dale and Kitty Kringen Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 1993 by Dale, ’57, and Kitty Kringen. Dale played basketball for General Beadle while pursuing a teaching degree. He was a teacher, coach, school principal, and superintendent in MN and SD, and served as Director of Job Service for the state of South Dakota from 1979-1983. In 1983, Dale founded Truck Bonding Co. in Madison and through the years, added Continental Transportation Services, Inc., Assist Financial Services, Inc., Truck Process Agents, Inc., and Changing Lanes Transportation Services. Dale served in the South Dakota Legislature from 1993-1996 where he was a strong supporter of Dakota State. He served on the DSU Foundation Board of Trustees for many years, including serving as Chairman of the Board from 1993-2005. He also served on the DSU Alumni Association Board of Directors and spent many volunteer hours promoting alumni and fundraising activities for DSU. Dale was recognized as an Outstanding DSU Alumnus at Homecoming in 1997 and he and Kitty served as Homecoming Parade Marshals in 2005. The DSU Alumni and Foundation building was named the Dale E. Kringen Alumni and Foundation Center in 2010 to honor Dale for his many years of commitment and service to DSU. Dale passed away in 2011. Kitty served as the Madison High School librarian from 1977-2003 and joined Dale as a supportive fan of DSU athletic programs, DSU events, and the DSU mission. This scholarship is awarded to a deserving incoming, or continuing student enrolled in the College of Business and Information Systems.

Dr. Donald J. Larsen Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Donald Larsen was a longtime instructor of music at DSU. Upon his death in 1990, his colleagues, friends, and family established a memorial endowment. His wife, Dr. Iva May Larsen, was a retired DSU faculty member. Scholarship recipients are junior or senior students with preference given to students participating in music. If there are none, it will be awarded to a student in business administration.

Dr. Iva May Larsen Endowed Scholarship

Retired Dakota State faculty member, Dr. Iva May Larsen, Professor Emeritus of Business, established this endowment in 1996 to assist a junior or senior in business education or business administration. Dr. Larsen received the Faculty Legend award from DSU prior to her passing in 2010.

Charles and Marie (Cundy) Lohsandt Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established by Charles E. and Marie A. (Cundy) Lohsandt, Ed.D. This scholarship is awarded to a local area student with an ACT score of 24 or a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and be a freshman majoring in business or information systems and possess characteristics of kindness, compassion, humility, and leadership. 

Dr. Lynette Molstad Gorder Endowed Scholarship

Dr. Lynette Molstad GorderDr. Lynette Molstad Gorder, professor in the College of Business and Information Systems, taught 35 1/2 years at Dakota State.  She received her doctorate in educational administration (2007) from the University of South Dakota. She received an MBA in management information systems (1993) and an MA in business education (1975) from USD. She graduated from Dakota State University with business education (1972) and business administration (1986) degrees. She served as the adviser for the Gamma Xi Chapter of Delta Mu Delta Business International Honor Society at DSU for 25 years. She has been involved in career-technical education working with Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for over 33 years. This scholarship is awarded to a deserving student with any major preference at DSU. 

Mark and Mary Moran Endowed Scholarship

Mark and Mary Moran established this endowment in 2008 to aid a student from Dell Rapids, SD and graduating from St. Mary High School enrolling in ANY degree offered by the College of Business and Information Systems at Dakota State University. 

Nowotny Molstad Gorder Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Jerry MolstadThe Nowotny Molstad Gorder Endowed Scholarship was established by Lynette Nowotny Molstad Gorder as a memorial to her husband, Jerry Molstad who died in 1995. Jerry Molstad graduated from Dakota State in 1971 and spent ten years teaching industrial arts in Sioux Falls, SD. Lynette graduated in 1972 and started teaching at Dakota State University in 1981. Thirteen extended family members have also graduated from DSU. This scholarship is awarded to deserving students, with a preference to students majoring in business or information systems.

Tyler and Jill Ruhd Endowed Scholarship

Tyler and Jill (Molstad) Ruhd established this endowment in 2014. Tyler graduated from Dakota State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. He is currently working as the Business Development Director at Infotech Solution, LLC.  Jill also graduated from DSU in 2007 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. She is currently working as a Development Officer at the DSU Foundation. Tyler and Jill met at Dakota State in 2006. They established this scholarship for students pursuing a degree in business. 

Sanford Health Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2006, celebrating the 125th Anniversary of DSU. The Sanford Health scholarship is awarded to an incoming or continuing student majoring in respiratory care, computer science, information systems, or health information systems and is renewable with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Dr. Ernest and Pauline Teagarden Endowed Scholarship

Family, friends, and colleagues established this endowment in 1995 to honor Dr. Ernest Teagarden, a retired DSU professor in the College of Business and Information Systems, and his wife, Pauline. Dr. Teagarden also served DSU in an administrative capacity as division chair of Business, Industry, and Public Administration. He received the Faculty Legend Award from DSU in 2007. This scholarship is awarded to a continuing student majoring in the College of Business and Information Systems. Dr. Teagarden and Pauline both passed away in 2007. 

Dr. Bruce White Endowed Scholarship

Established by former DSU faculty member Dr. Bruce White in 2001, this scholarship is awarded to an incoming or continuing student with demonstrated academic and leadership ability, who is majoring in information systems. Dr. White retired recently Quinnipiac University, CT. White’s tenure at DSU included five years serving as Dean of the College of Business and Information Systems. 

Dr. Cecilia Wittmayer Endowed Scholarship

Cecilia Wittmayer was hired as an assistant professor in marketing at DSU in 1986. She served as the faculty assessment coordinator from 1995 until 1998, when she was asked to serve as the interim vice president of academic affairs under President Jerald Tunheim. Following a national search, she was named to that position in 1999 and served as DSU’s vice president for academic affairs until her retirement in 2013 as professor emeritus. As a faculty member, she was promoted to associate professor in 1995, was granted tenure in 1997 and was promoted to professor in 2001. During her teaching career, she taught courses in the marketing major. She continues to teach periodically, particularly BADM 476 Marketing Research. During her tenure at VPAA, she guided development, approval and accreditation of the institution’s first five master’s programs and the institutions first doctoral program. She also helped guide the institution’s move to Academic Quality Improvement Program accreditation process under the Higher Learning Commission. This scholarship is awarded to women majoring in Business Administration.