Endowed Scholarships: General Academic

General Academic

Dian and Carolyn Gale Acheson Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Earl and Mildred Acheson and their children, Lyle and Barb Acheson and Jane and Bruce Pierce, established this endowment in 2004 in memory of two daughters, Carolyn and Dian, who died in separate car accidents. Earl and Mildred wanted to show their appreciation for the role DSU played in their daughter, Carolyn’s life. Carolyn was an alum and enjoyed the rewards of her work as a kindergarten teacher. Dian was born with Down syndrome and had a happy life until her untimely death. The scholarship is awarded each year to a deserving student.

Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship

Established in 1991, this scholarship is given to a deserving sophomore, junior, or senior student maintaining the established grade point average. Students who are relatives of DSU alumni are given preference.

Orrion and Edith Barger Endowed Scholarship

Edith Barger, ’32, established this endowment in memory of her husband Orrion, ’35. Mr. and Mrs. Barger, now both deceased, were Dakota State University’s Outstanding Alumni in 1980. This scholarship is awarded to incoming or continuing students in any major field with demonstrated financial need.

Miles and Lisa Beacom Endowed Scholarship

CEO and President of PREMIER Bankcard Miles Beacom, ’81, and his wife Lisa established this endowment in 2001. Miles serves on the DSU Foundation Board of Trustees. This scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen from South Dakota.

Genevieve Beardsley Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Longtime friend of DSU, Genevieve Beardsley established this endowment through her will in 1991. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming or continuing student majoring in any field.

Theodore and Louise Berven Endowed Scholarship

Theodore and Louise Berven established this endowment to be awarded to an academically deserving student who demonstrates leadership potential. This student can have either incoming or continuing student status. 

William and Evelyn Brinker Memorial Endowed Scholarship

As a 26 year old non-traditional student, William Brinker graduated from Eastern State Normal (now DSU) in 1925 with an education degree. His father was one of the first Commissioners of School and Public Lands in South Dakota and was a friend of General W.H.H. Beadle. William was very successful over the years and retired with his wife, Evelyn, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. William never forgot his South Dakota roots and bequeathed DSU one of the largest gifts it has ever received. Scholarships are awarded to incoming and continuing students in any major.

William and Evelyn Bulfer Memorial Endowment

Friends and former General Beadle State (now DSU) athletes and alums established this endowed scholarship in 2003 to honor William and Evelyn Bulfer. During his tenure at General Beadle, 1946-1974, Bill coached football, basketball, and track. Evelyn was a physical education teacher and guidance counselor in the Madison School System for 17 years. This scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior who has financial need.

Maureen Green Casey Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established by Michael Casey in honor of his late wife, Maureen Green Casey. Maureen was a 1982 graduate of Dakota State, and she was part of the first organized golf team at the university. She began her collegiate golf career at the University of South Dakota, but transferred to DSU in 1981. Along with her sister and teammates, Maureen led the DSU golf team to first place in the AIAW Region Six Tournament in North Dakota. They qualified for the national tournament in North Carolina where Maureen took sixth place and earned All-American Status. 

Della Cassutt Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 1983 through a generous gift by Mrs. Cassutt. She attended Eastern State (now DSU) from 1915-1916 and was named an outstanding alumna in 1985. During her career, she worked as a licensed practical nurse for Dr. Goldman in Madison.  Della and her husband John Cassutt lived across the street from the college campus and always enjoyed listening to the campus chimes. In 1982, Della and her brother-in-law, Walter Edward Marquart, donated funds for the purchase of the Schulmerich Quadrabell II electronic chimes which can be heard throughout the campus and the surrounding neighborhood. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming or continuing student in any major.

Center of Excellence Endowed Scholarship

The Center of Excellence Endowed Scholarship was started in May of 2017 by co-directors Pam Rowland and Cherie Noteboom.   The Center of Excellence (CoEX) is open to students in all degree programs. The program prepares you to take the lead in the development of technology tools in your chosen career field. Whether you’re looking at business, education, science, digital arts or any other DSU major, the CoEX program provides you an opportunity to be a leader in technology.

As a CoEX student, you will have the opportunity to participate in learning opportunities outside the classroom like attend leadership and training sessions, work on cutting edge technology projects, participate in competitions, and interact with other students from each of the colleges.

This endowed scholarship is designed to award a scholarship to a CoEX student in each college at Dakota State.

Citibank Endowed Scholarship

Citibank and Dakota State University have enjoyed a long and prosperous relationship. In 1983, Citibank executive, Charles Luke, was lent to DSU to serve as president and help establish the school’s new mission: preparing people to work with computers in business and education. In 1990, Citibank and DSU entered into an agreement creating the Citibank Scholarship program to fund Information Systems graduates. With this partnership, DSU was able to respond to the needs of its students and the state of South Dakota. More than 130 well-educated DSU alumni have worked and continue to work at Citibank. 

Classic Corner Endowed Scholarship

Beth Quail, owner of Classic Corner Convenience Store in Madison, SD established this endowment to be awarded to the student who wins an essay contest answering the prompt on “How YOU can make a difference”.

Colonel (Retired) Larry and Marry Ann Collignon Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established by Larry and Mary Ann Collignon in 2015 to support a graduate from Madison High School with financial need.  Larry is a Madison native and a 1967 graduate of Madison High School. The Collignon family has close ties with DSU and the Madison community. Collignon Our Own Hardware store operated in Madison for over 40 years and supported numerous college events and activities; they also hired DSU students for part-time work. The family has established this endowment in recognition of that decades-long relationship.

Davidson/DeForest Endowed Scholarship

Former Dean of Men and longtime DSU faculty and staff member Alexander “Sandy” Davidson established this endowment in 2005 in his name and that of the former Dean of Women, Thelma DeForest. “Sandy” passed away in 2006, Miss DeForest in 1991. The scholarship is awarded to a non-traditional student who is at least four years out of high school.  

Renee Hinkley Dawe and Lawrence N. Stein Endowed Scholarship

Renee Hinkley Dawe and Lawrence N. Stein established this endowment to share the family’s commitment to education at Dakota State University. Renee Hinkley Dawe is the daughter of Professor Richard and Eunice Hinkley.  This scholarship is awarded to a non-traditional student who is a veteran with honorable discharge or general non-traditional student.

Laurie Dennis Graduate Endowed Scholarship

Dr. Terry Dennis established this scholarship in 2004 in honor of wife, Laurie, who was Director of Graduate Studies at DSU from 2000-2003. Laurie and Terry were instrumental in developing the DSU Graduate Program. The scholarship is awarded to new or continuing graduate students who meet the established grade point average and show financial need. It is renewable based upon need, and if the award is reimbursed by an employer, the award is to be repaid.

Doblar-Hemmer Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Berton and Mary Doblar, parents of Sharon Hemmer, were lifelong residents of Lake County. They were both interested in and advocates of education. Berton was actively involved in Democratic politics at the local and state levels.

Eugene C. Hemmer grew up near Egan. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served in Korea. After the war he returned to Moody County. He spend the majority of his life operating a successful business in Solomon, KS. Upon retiring, he moved to Lake Madison in 1992 and started Geno’s Restaurant at Lake Madison in 2003. He was a member of the board of directors at the DSU Foundation. 

DSU Foundation Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established from gifts made to the DSU Foundation in memory of friends and alumni, and is awarded to incoming or continuing students in any major field.

DSU Women’s Club Endowed Scholarship

Sponsored by the Women’s Club, this scholarship is awarded to students in the last year of their program. There may be up to three awards made from this fund; the Phyllis Opgaard Award (wife of past DSU president Dr. Carlton Opgaard), the Centennial Award, and the Merit Award.

Reed Eaton Endowed Scholarship

Dr. Reed Eaton is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Dakota State University. He started working at DSU in 1964 and retired after 30 years. Dr. Eaton established the Dr. Reed and Arlene Eaton Endowed Scholarship to assist students working toward a minor in history. 

East River and Basic Electric Touchstone Energy Coop Endowed Scholarship

The East River and Basin Electric Touchstone Energy Cooperatives endowed scholarship was created to recognize and assist students from the electric cooperative’s membership. East River Electric Power Cooperative is a wholesale electric power supply cooperative serving 24 rural electric cooperatives and one municipally owned electric system serving nearly 250,000 consumers in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota. Basin Electric Power Cooperative is one of the largest electric generation and transmission cooperatives in the United States. They provide wholesale bulk electric power to its customers, primarily 135 member rural electric systems including East River Electric.

Elfert and Elvert Family Memorial Endowment

Through the generosity of Bernard Graf Elfert’s children, Christina Elfert Burman and Peter Christopher Elfert, this scholarship was established in 2011 for Education majors who are participating in a year-long student teaching residency pilot project. Madison native, Bernard Graf Elfert purchased an annuity from the DSU Foundation which proceeds became available to the Foundation following Mr. Elfert’s passing in 2010. Honoring Mr. Elfert’s wishes, an endowment has also been established in honor of his father, Vertus Wilhelm Elfert, and his aunt, Lavina Elfert Hoidal, who both attended Eastern Normal School (now DSU).

Ellsworth Family Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2004 by Bob and Cindy Ellsworth. Bob and Cindy own Ellsworth Funeral Home in Madison and Cindy was a teacher at Madison Elementary School. The award is given to a sophomore, junior, or senior from Lake County or the surrounding area who is involved in extra-curricular activities and demonstrates leadership abilities.

Maxie and Gerry Elpert Endowed Scholarship

The Elperts established this endowment in 2010. Maxie, from Philadelphia, PA and Gerry from Dolton, SD moved to Madison and started a dental practice in the late 1970’s after Gerry earned his dental degree from Loyola University School of Dentistry. The scholarship is awarded to minority students who are academically deserving and involved.

Evergreen Masonic Lodge #17 Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2001 by members of the Evergreen Masonic Lodge #17 of Madison, SD, to provide scholarship assistance to students who emulate the values and civic activities of the Masons. The scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated community or civic involvement and have a strong academic history. Preference is given to students from Lake County or any of the counties contiguous to Lake County.

Extended Programs Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established to assist students of any major that are incoming or continuing their education and enrolled in DSU Distance programs.

Farrell Family Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2003 by Darold Farrell. He and his wife Georgie were dorm parents in Richardson and Higbie Halls from 1970-1976. Darold died in 2005 and Georgie in 2002. Their son, Tom, was a professor at DSU for 39 years until his retirement in 2009. Tom and his wife, Joyce, as well as their children, are all DSU alums. This scholarship was established in recognition of the long-standing commitment the Farrell family has to higher education and to Dakota State in particular. Scholarships are awarded to Madison High School graduates in the upper one-third of their class.

Hazel Feuerhelm Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Established in 1991, in honor of Hazel Feuerhelm, ‘63, this scholarship is awarded to an incoming or continuing student enrolled in the College of Education. Hazel took classes at General Beadle in 1930-33 and returned in 1957, eventually earning her degree in 1963. Preference is given to a student from Moody County or Dell Rapids, SD who maintain the established grade point average.

First Bank & Trust Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 1994 by Madison’s First American Bank and Trust, now First Bank & Trust. Scholarships are awarded to deserving, incoming, or continuing students in any major.

Freedom Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Established 1992 by Paul, ’89, and Tami Klinkhammer, this scholarship is awarded to an incoming or continuing student majoring in any field. Scholarships are awarded to current or past members of the military.

Dr. Monty Friedow Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 1994 in memory of Madison native Dr. Monty Friedow, who died of cancer in 1994 at the age of 36. Dr. Friedow did undergraduate studies at Dakota State from 1976-1979, and went on to Pacific University to receive a doctorate in optometry. He practiced optometry in Rapid City before moving to Madison in 1987 to become a partner in Tommeraasen & Friedow Eye Care Center, now the Eye Care Center. He was a member of the SD Optometric Association, Madison Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, Madison Kiwanis, and DSU Boosters.

Gertrude Gill Memorial / Kappa Sigma Iota Endowed Scholarships

This endowment was established through a gift from Gertrude Gill’s estate. Gill graduated from Madison State Normal School (now DSU) in 1910 and taught upper elementary school in Sioux Falls. She returned to Madison in 1920 as a reading instructor and supervisor in the teacher education program at Eastern State Normal School (now DSU). Miss Gill completed her master’s degree in 1928 at the University of Chicago and returned to lead a distinguished career at the newly re-named Eastern State Teachers College where she saw the school through yet another name change—General Beadle State Teachers College—and taught until her retirement in 1959. Scholarships are awarded to students in any major who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership abilities.

Norris Gomsrude and Alice Montgomery Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Norris Gomsrude, ’33, taught and coached at schools in Colman, Dell Rapids, and Watertown. He later worked for Rockwell International, retiring in 1979 as Director of Wage Administration and Personnel. Upon his death in 1992, family and friends sent donations to DSU. Alice Montgomery taught at Eastern State Normal (now DSU) from 1921 until 1927, left to attend graduate school at Columbia University, and returned to Eastern State to work as Registrar and Director of Placement. Upon her death in 1973, family and friends sent contributions in her memory. These two funds were combined to create a fully endowed fund for scholarships. Recipients of this scholarship are incoming, deserving students in any major field.

Grasser Family Endowed Scholarship

Established by the Richard and Joanne Grasser family in 1990, this scholarship is awarded to a deserving incoming, or continuing student, who is a graduate of Howard High School and is progressing toward a degree in any major. First preference is to an incoming student. If there is none, a continuing student is selected.

Habeger Family Endowed Scholarship

C. Ruth Habeger, a native of Madison, attended Madison State Normal School before receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska. Ms. Habeger retired from teaching in 1967 after serving as a faculty member in the College of Natural Sciences for 22 years. In 1976, the South Dakota Board of Regents officially named the Science Center at Dakota State the “C. Ruth Habeger Science Center.”

Joe Habeger grew up on a farm by Ramona and attended Easter State Normal School. In 1940, Joe joined the United States Army Air Corps full time and became a career air force officer retiring with the rank of full colonel in 1962. Joe also taught at Dakota State for several years and retired in 1982. Dee, Joe’s wife and a Madison native, was an elementary school teacher from 1941 to 1945. 

Enola Harrington Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowed scholarship goes to a student of the Colman, Chester, or Wentworth area to assist in their college career. The student may be incoming or a continuing student at Dakota State University. 

Harvey Family Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Milton and Clara Harvey established this endowment in 1994 to honor Mr. Harvey’s sister, Fannie Harvey Ryan, a 1912 alum, and Mr. Harvey’s mother, Lizzie Owens Harvey. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming or continuing student with financial need and academic ability, with preference to students from Lake, Miner, and Moody counties.

Philip R. and Eleanore (McMillan) Haskett Endowed Scholarship

Philip and Eleanore Haskett established this endowment in 1992. Mr. Haskett graduated from Gregory, SD high school and was the son of South Dakota homesteaders who were both trained as teachers. He attended college in Springfield and Huron. Following military duty, he received his bachelor and master’s degrees from SDSU. Mrs. Haskett graduated from Madison High School in 1932, then attended Eastern State Teachers College (now DSU) for three years before earning her degree at Huron College. Both Mr. and Mrs. Haskett taught school in South Dakota, Colorado, and California. Philip died in 1997 and Eleanore in 2009. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming student with financial need who demonstrates academic and leadership ability.

Heartland Technology Inc. Board Members Endowed Scholarship

Heartland Technology Board was a special board created by Heartland Consumers Power District to oversee the technology operations of laptop training and Internet resources for consumers. When the board was eliminated in 2005, funds were given to each board member to be used for the benefit of the Madison community. Lynette Molstad Gorder and Lori Norby donated their funds to the DSU Foundation to create the Heartland Technology Board Members Endowed Scholarship, awarded to a continuing student in any major.

Renee, Mary, and Angie Hinkley Endowed Scholarship

Renee Hinkley Dawe, Mary Hinkley Stovall, and Angie Hinkley Ritzman are the daughters of Professor Richard and Eunice Hinkley. They established this scholarship to share the family’s commitment to education at Dakota State University. 

Professor Richard and Eunice I. Hinkley Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established as a memorial to Eunice Hinkley in 1994. Eunice attended DSU as a non-traditional student, acquiring her teaching certificate in elementary education. She taught 4th grade in Madison, SD until her retirement in 1980. Her husband, Richard, was a member of the DSU Physics faculty for many years until his retirement in 1985. Richard passed away in 2003. Scholarships are awarded to a deserving, non-traditional student with financial need.

Clifford Hubbell Endowed Scholarship

This endowment has been established by Gerald and Alice Lange in honor of Clifford Hubbell who worked at Dakota State University with the Physical Plan as a Senior Building Maintenance employee from 1967 to 1996. Gerald Lange also worked at Dakota State and indicated that Clifford was the campus’ “do-it-all” fix-it guy and richely deserves the recognition. This scholarship is intended for any academic student attending Dakota State University. 

Royce Hueners Memorial Endowed Scholarship

In 2005, the Royce Hueners Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established by his wife, Ada, to honor this former Mayor, longtime resident, and involved Madison community member. While serving as Mayor of Madison, Mr. Hueners was instrumental in the building of the Madison Community Center in 2000. The scholarship is for Lake County, SD resident students, incoming or continuing, and is renewable.

Ellery E. Kelley Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 1997 to honor Ellery Kelley, ’29. Ellery was a Madison native whose family operated Kelley’s Grocery Store. After graduating from Eastern State Teachers College (now DSU) and teaching in the Hot Springs, SD High School, he served in World War II and retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel. Kelley served on the Board of Governors of the American Red Cross while he owned and operated a chain of women’s clothing stores in Omaha. He and his wife of 68 years, Hazel, retired in Fremont, NE. Hazel passed away in April of 1999 and Ellery passed away in June of 2000. The scholarship is awarded to a South Dakota student who shows leadership ability.

Harold and Pearl Kellogg Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowment is in memory of Harold and Pearl Kellogg, parents of Dr. Ray Kellogg, ’31. Harold Kellogg was born in a sod house in Dakota Territory in 1883 and grew up on a farm near Madison. After attending Eastern State Normal School (now DSU), he earned his MD in 1910, and practiced medicine in eastern South Dakota until his death in 1941. Pearl Mabel (Cheney) Kellogg was born in Lake County, Dakota Territory in 1883, attended schools in Lake and Kingsbury counties, and Union College at Lincoln, NE. Dr. Ray Kellogg, ’31, suggested the name “Trojans” for the college athletic teams while attending Eastern State Teachers College (now DSU). He received his MD from Loma Linda University in 1951 and was awarded a DSU Certificate of Merit in 1973. This scholarship is awarded to incoming, deserving students in any major field.

Dr. Douglas and Sharon Knowlton Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2007 with donations realized from President Knowlton’s Inaugural Scholarship Ball. Dr. Knowlton was the 21st President of DSU. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman who has demonstrated academic abilities and shown the capacity for leadership.

Frederick Krueger Endowed Scholarship

Frederick “Fritz” Krueger grew up in Madison and attended General Beadle State (now DSU). Although he graduated from SDSU, he was a friend and supporter of Dakota State University until his death in 2006. He left DSU a gift from his estate totaling nearly $1 million. This scholarship is awarded to students of any major who demonstrate superior academic achievement and financial need. Preference is given to students from Lake, Kingsbury, Miner, Moody, Minnehaha, or Brookings County.

Edward and Elsie Laisy Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established through the estate of Edward and Elsie Laisy. Edward Laisy was born in 1901 and lived his entire life in Lake County. He married Elsie Wagnitz of Wentworth, SD in 1927. Together they farmed in Lake County until their retirement in 1968. Edward passed away in 1980, Elsie in 2002. This scholarship is awarded to either an incoming or continuing student with financial need.

Jerome and Nancy Lammers Endowed Scholarship

Madison attorney, Jerome Lammers and his wife, Nancy, established this endowment. They are life-long residents of Madison and longtime supporters of Dakota State University. Jerry served in the South Dakota Legislature 1977-1992, including terms as Speaker of the House and House Majority Leader. Jerry was instrumental in saving and protecting the future of DSU. The Lammers family, involved in numerous civic and charitable causes, created this endowment to replace an annual scholarship that assisted students over many years. This scholarship is awarded to continuing students with academic ability and financial need.

Dr. Gerald and Alice Lange Endowed Scholarship

Dr. Gerald and Alice LangeThis endowment was established to help an incoming student with any major pursue a higher education here at Dakota State University. 

Roger Larsen Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2003 to honor Roger Larsen. Larsen, ’70, was co-owner of Williams Insurance Company, Sioux Falls, SD and the Sioux Falls Skyforce semi-pro men’s basketball team prior to his unexpected death in 2002. Roger was named a DSU Outstanding Alumnus in 1999. The annual Roger D. Larsen Benefit Golf Tournament sponsored by the Skyforce’s Sky’s the Limit Youth Foundation funded the endowment. Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen based upon academic excellence and are renewable for four years providing students meet criteria.

Lewis Drugs Inc. Endowed Scholarship

As a regional corporation with a business in Madison, Lewis Drugs Inc. established this endowment in 2006. The scholarship is awarded with preference to a new or continuing student employee of Lewis Drugs Inc. and a South Dakota resident. If not an employee, then a SD resident who is a member of the DSU women’s basketball team and meets established ACT score and high school grade point average criteria. This scholarship is renewable by maintaining the established grade point average.

Lowe Family Memorial Endowed Scholarship

R. Barrett Lowe, ’29, served as governor of two territories (American Samoa and Guam), authored three books, was a rural school teacher, and a public school superintendent at schools in Alcester, Wessington Springs, and Yankton prior to being named president of Sioux Falls College. Barrett was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict, and retired as a commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Mrs. Lowe (Emma Louise), wife of R. Barrett, taught music at Eastern State (now DSU) in the 1920’s.  The Lowe family affiliation with DSU goes back to 1889, when Edna Beck Lowe, mother of Barrett, graduated from Madison State Normal School (now DSU). The scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman from a South Dakota high school with any major.

Madison Area Endowed Scholarship

This endowment has been established by Jerry Johnson at the time he was City Commissioner for the City of Madison. Jerry is an alumnus of Dakota State University and wanted to show his appreciation for all that Dakota State University means to the Madison community. The donor believes that education is very important to the development of one’s potential. It is his hope that others will contribute to this endowment from time to time to help make the cost of college education more affordable for deserving students from Lake County. 

Madison Business and Professional Women Endowed Scholarship

The Madison Business and Professional Women’s Club was organized to salute and support the business and professional women in the Madison community. When the organization dissolved in 2006, they decided to continue their support of professional women through an endowed scholarship awarded to a non-traditional female student with a 3.0 or greater GPA.

Madison Chamber of Commerce

Established in 1995, this was the first South Dakota Chamber of Commerce scholarship funded. It is awarded to a student who is either an employee of the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce or whose parents/spouse is a Chamber member. 

Madison Kiwanis Club Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established by the Madison Kiwanis Club as part of the organization’s continued commitment to public service. Two awards can be made each year, one to an incoming freshman graduate of Madison High School and one to a continuing student who is a relative of a Madison Kiwanis Club member.

Claude A. Mallory Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Established through a bequest from the estate of Claude Mallory in 1975, this scholarship is awarded to incoming freshman students who are graduates of Madison High School and were involved in high school activities. Students who intend to participate in athletics at DSU are given preference.

Patrick R. Maroney Endowed Scholarship

Howard, SD businessman Pat Maroney, ’68, established this endowment in 2000. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming or continuing student with preference given to a graduate of Howard High School.

W. Edward Marquart Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established to assist any incoming or continuing student who demonstrates academic ability with any degree in the pursuit of a higher education at Dakota State University.

Robert L. and Genevieve McCaughey Endowed Scholarship

The Karl E. Mundt Foundation established this endowment in honor of Bob McCaughey for his many years of service as administrative assistant to Senator Mundt. McCaughey later served as Executive Director of the Mundt Foundation. A longtime friend and supporter of DSU, Bob was inducted into the Dakota State University Innovators and Influencers Hall of Fame in 2011. Genevieve passed away in 2002 and Bob in 2012. This scholarship is awarded to a deserving student of any major who demonstrates leadership and scholarly abilities.

Montgomery Century Endowed Scholarship

Dr. G. Donald and Marian James Montgomery Endowed Scholarship

Dr. G. Donald Montgomery, a native South Dakotan, well-known California dentist, and philanthropist, was Dakota State University’s first $1 million donor. Before his death in the spring of 1999, Dr. Montgomery’s contributions helped finance several physical projects including the Montgomery Plaza in memory of his wife Marian James Montgomery, a new parking area in memory of his son, Donald, and the Montgomery Lounge located on first floor of Heston Hall. The academic scholarships, and the students that they help, provide a permanent, living memorial to Dr. Montgomery’s generosity and vision.

Moose Family Endowed Scholarship

Roger and Nancy Moose established this endowment in 2008. This scholarship is awarded to a resident of South Dakota who had a high school GPA of 3.0 or greater, and ACT of 21 or greater and is a full-time student at Dakota State University. The recipient must maintain a GPA of 2.8 or greater. 

Mundt Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Karl Mundt established the Karl Mundt Foundation Endowed Scholarship to promote scholarships for students at Dakota State University. 

Karl and Mary Mundt Memorial Endowed Scholarship

A former Eastern State (now DSU) faculty member and U.S. Representative and Senator, Karl E. Mundt, dedicated his life to serving the people of South Dakota. Prior to his political career, Mundt served as an instructor of speech, and later as chair of the Speech Department at Eastern State. His wife, Mary, also taught English at Eastern State. Funds from their estate were used to endow this scholarship. Scholarship recipients are freshman, South Dakota high school graduates, in any major.

Mabel A. Nicholaison Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 1989 by a bequest from the estate of Mabel Nicholaison who believed in higher education and wanted to assist students with their education. Scholarship recipients are deserving students, incoming or continuing, in any major field.

William E. and Marjorie A. O’Brien Memorial Endowed Scholarship

W. E. attended Eastern State (now DSU) and was a life-long supporter of DSU. During his career, he worked for Senator Karl Mundt, both in Pierre and in Washington D.C. When he retired in 1970, he and his family moved to Madison. He was the Executive Director of the Karl E. Mundt Historical and Educational Foundation. The family of W. E. O’Brien established this endowment in his memory after his death in 1977. Marjorie died in 1981. Their children continue to fund the endowment in honor of their parents. This scholarship is awarded based on financial need, academic performance and potential, with preference given to freshmen.

Richard J. Palmer Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2010 by Beverly Palmer in honor of her late husband Richard “Dick” J. Palmer. Dick was a 1954 graduate of General Beadle State Teachers College (now DSU) who taught for 43 years in public education to students from junior high to community college in SD, MN, IA, and MI. He continued his education by obtaining two masters degrees, one in history from St. Cloud State University and one in library science from Western Michigan University. He was an early user of computers and became a master online researcher who assisted many educators in completing their PhD’s. DSU opened many doors for Dick Palmer and it is his family’s hope this endowment will do the same for DSU students for years to come.  This scholarship is awarded to any DSU major for new or continuing students meeting the established grade point average for initial and continued eligibility.

Dr. David and Mady Borofsky Partnership Development Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established by previous Dakota State University President David Borofsky and his wife Mady with an initial gift and any additional funds may be raised through donations from faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of DSU. 

Donald Procknow Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 1990 through the generosity of Donald Procknow, class of 1942 and former Madison resident. Scholarships are awarded to deserving students, incoming or continuing in any major field.

Dr. Donald Ralston Endowed Scholarship

Established by Donald Ralson ’31, of Anaheim, CA, this scholarship is first offered to a graduate of Highmore High School, Highmore, SD, or from the surrounding area, who plans to attend Dakota State University in any area of study. Ralston, who died in 2005, was a long-time educator, spending 35 years as an elementary school principal.  

Deb and Greg Reed Endowed Scholarship

Deb and Greg Reed established this endowment in 2007 to assist an incoming or continuing student with preference given to a graduate of Lake or Miner County. The student must also have between a 2.0 and a 3.0.

Lynn Ryan International Student Club Endowed Scholarship

Lynn Ryan and the DSU International Club established this endowment in 1995 to award scholarships to deserving international students. Lynn served as assistant professor of Modern Languages from 1975 and Director of International Programs from 1998 until her retirement with emeritus standing in 2010. She was also the Co-Director of the Tamagawa Summer Program for 29 years. The International Club annually raised funds to add to the scholarship program, and many faculty and staff generously contributed to the endowment upon Lynn’s retirement. This scholarship is awarded to deserving international students.

Terrance W. Ryan Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established by Terry Ryan, Vice President/Dean of Student Affairs Emeritus and Instructor Emeritus of Mathematics upon his retirement in 2003 with contributions from students whom Terry mentored over the course of his 28 years as Dean of Students. This scholarship is awarded to a continuing Dakota State University student in any major with significant involvement or leadership in student activities, and who meets and maintains the established grade point average for renewal.

Neida Hageman Schneider Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in memory of Neida (Hageman) Schneider. This scholarship assists non-traditional students who are full or part time and demonstrate financial need. 

Sharon Nowotny Schueler and Dean Schueler Endowed Scholarship

Dean and Sharon (Nowotny) Schueler established this endowment in 2015. Sharon graduated from Dakota State in 1973 with a degree in Mathematics and Business Education. She taught math in the Sioux Falls School District for 26 years, served as the Coordinator of Assessment for 12 years, and was name Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Staff Development for 3 years. She retired in 2014. Dean graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD in 1970. He worked at Augustana College as the Director of Admissions and Director of Development at the Center for Western Studies for 33 years. He retired in 2006. This scholarship is awarded to education or math, business, or computer science majors.

Schultz and Collignon Family Endowed Scholarship

Long time Lake County residents, the Schultz and Collignon family established this endowment to assist females pursuing a higher education.

Darrel and Patricia Simon Endowed Scholarship

Darrel and Patricia SimonThis endowment was established by Darrel and Patricia Simon in 2010 to give back to their community of Madison and Dakota State University to support bright and deserving people who may not otherwise be able to afford a college education. In 1972, Darrel joined the Madison Community Hospital as a nurse anesthetist and retired in 2016.  In the early 1980’s Patricia began teaching 4th grade at St. Thomas School where she taught for 24 years. The Simons’ involvements extended to their church and into many community activities. They have been directly involved with DSU by Patricia supervising DSU student teachers following her retirement from teaching, and Darrel serving as a DSU Foundation Board of Trustees member. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming or continuing student with good character, academically deserving, goal oriented, and persistent in pursuit of a degree, with involvement in school, community, or church, and may be renewed.

Smith and Bean Library Endowed Scholarship

With combined service of over 60 years, Ethelle S. Bean, Director of the Library/ Prof., and Risë L. Smith, Digital Design and Access Librarian/Prof. established this endowment to be awarded to a continuing student who demonstrates financial need and has at least one semester work experience in the DSU library. Library Student Assistants are integral to the successful operation of the library. The Smith and Bean Library Scholarship Endowment was created as a way to recognize student assistants.

Margie Stahl Phillips Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowment has been established by Gene Phillips in memory of his late wife, Margie Stahl Phillips.  Margie was a 4th generation Madison resident.  She graduated from Madison High School in 1959 and attended St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, IN and moved on to Rochester Junior College in Rochester, MN graduate of the Class of 1962.  She married Gene in 1976 and they resided in Madison, SD.

She was appointed by Governor George Mickelson to the South Dakota Board of Regents in 1989. She served on this board for 3 1/2 years before resigning due to health problems.  She was employed by the Madison Career Learning Center as a career counselor; previous to that, she was executive director of the Karl E. Mundt Historical and Educational Foundation on the campus of Dakota State University. She started and developed Balloons Because, a balloon bouquet business with 22 outlets in SD and IA. Margie also developed Writers Inc., a writing service business. In the mid '70s she was employed by KSOO-KPAT radio stations in Sioux Falls as continuity director.

Margie was deeply interested in Republican politics from national to local levels. She was chair for House Majority leader Jerome Lammers campaigns; a staff member of the Leo Thorsness for US Senate campaign; office secretary for the Minnehaha County Republican Party; Lake County Republican Party chairman and vice chairman and several other volunteer positions in the Republican party in MI, CA and SD.

Margie’s wishes are to recognize a sophomore, junior or senior student attending Dakota State University who has a physical challenge that could cause interruption to his/her studies or added medical expense.  As a lifelong/type 1 diabetic, Margie’s education was disrupted many times for health reasons.  This scholarship is to assist a student who might otherwise not be able to pursue their educational goals due to similar health-related issues Margie faced during her lifetime.

Christian Steiber Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2001 through the estate of Lucille Steiber, widow of Christian Steiber. Christian Steiber attended Madison State Normal (now DSU) around 1916. He and his wife lived in Arizona most of their lives. Their gift to DSU supports both academic and athletic scholarships.

Glen and Caren Straatmeyer Endowed Scholarship

Glen and Caren StraatmeyerGlen was introduced to Dakota State University by then President Jerald Tunheim and was invited to serve on the Board of Trustees. He served from 2001-2011. Glen also served 14 years as the Manager of Raven Industries Machine Shop and is past owner of the J&L Seamless Gutter Company and President of Echo Valley Limited. Caren worked as an AFLAC Financial Representative prior to retiring. 75% of this endowment is awarded to academic scholarships and the remaining 25% is awarded to athletic scholarships.

Thames Leadership Endowed Scholarship

Chris Thames graduated from Britton High School in Britton, SD in 1999. He was involved with the Boy Scouts of America and obtained the Eagle Scout rank, the highest obtainable for a Scout. He then attended and graduated Dakota State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems and E-Commerce. He also obtained three minors including DSU’s Center of Excellence in Information Systems. While a student at DSU, he was involved with the DSU Student Senate serving as Vice President and then President. He then graduated from DSU in 2008 with a Master of Science degree in Information Systems. Chris is working and living in Sioux Falls, SD in his field for a South Dakota Company. He recognized during his tenure on the DSU Student Senate that leadership roles can become quite involved, especially if a student has to work while going to school. He established this endowment to help create and keep strong leaders to focus and use their skills to perpetuate DSU during their tenure. These leaders will propel DSU during their college and alumni years; giving back to DSU students and communities.

Arthur and Margaret Thornton Endowed Scholarship

Arthur and Margaret Thornton contributed greatly to Madison’s economic development by bringing Rosebud Manufacturing to Madison in 1972. They sold Rosebud to the company’s employees in the early 1980’s and Rosebud remains a viable part of Madison’s economy and community to this day. In appreciation of education, the community of Madison and DSU’s mission, Arthur and Margaret established this endowment in 1991. Scholarships are given to students who demonstrate leadership abilities and academic accomplishments. Arthur passed away in 2010.

Tommeraasen/Johnson Families Endowed Scholarship

The Johnson and Tommeraasen families established four endowments from 1970 to 1996, which were merged in 2010. Pearl C. Johnson was a graduate of Dakota State. Pearl’s father, J.A., was an early Madison businessman, County and City Treasurer, three term state senator of Lake County, and director of banks in Madison. Otto Joseph (O.J.) Tommeraasen was a pharmacist and owner of the Madison Rexall Drugstore, former Madison Mayor, Chamber of Commerce President, and two term SD Legislator. O.J. was awarded a Certificate of Merit from Dakota State College in 1966. Dr. Owen Tommeraasen and his wife, Jean Buxengard Tommeraasen, became Madison residents and community servants in Madison in 1949 when Dr. Tommeraasen began his optometry practice. He was a member and Chairman of the Dakota State University Foundation Board of Trustees. He passed away in 2009. Jean Tommeraasen is an accomplished artist of oil paintings, active in her church, the arts, philanthropic groups, and the community of Madison. The scholarship is awarded to students based on financial need, demonstrated exceptional scholastic, and leadership attributes.

Dr. Jerald A. Tunheim Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 1988 by gifts from faculty and staff to honor Dr. Tunheim at the time of his inauguration as the 20th president of DSU. He served as President from 1987 to 2004. He is a longtime member of the DSU Foundation Board of Trustees. Nancy and Dr. Tunheim have continued to fund this endowment to express their strong belief in the importance of scholarships as tools to help young men and women pursue their educational goals. This scholarship is awarded to recipients based on superior academic achievement and financial need.

Jack Walters and Sirje Kiin Endowed Scholarship

Jack Walters and Sirje Kiin This endowment was established to be awarded to an upperclassman with 64 or more credit hours. 

Dr. J.R. Westaby Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established by J.R. Westaby, MD, who attended Madison State Normal School (now DSU) around the turn of the century. Dr Westaby practiced medicine in the Army during World War I and then in Madison for over 60 years. Recipients of these scholarships are incoming freshman graduates of South Dakota high schools who have shown consistent, superior academic achievement during their high school years.

Charles Wiedenman Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established in 2008 through a bequest from Charles Wiedenman. Wiedenman was a 1949 graduate of Madison Central High School, served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, and went on to obtain his electrical engineering degree from SDSU. After graduation, he moved to Chicago and worked for Westinghouse Electric for nine years before returning to Madison to work with his father in the Kundert-Wiedenman Ins. Agency.

Beryl and John Younger Endowed Scholarship

John F. Younger was born in Illinois but grew up in Kingsbury and Miner Counties, graduating from the Argonne Consolidated High School. He attended Dakota State from 1931-1933, and in 1943 received his B.S. degree from South Dakota State University, in 1957 he earned a master’s degree in Rural Sociology from the same. He taught rural and upper grades in the Junius community for six years, later teaching vocational agriculture in the Beresford High School. In 1945, he joined the 4-H Staff with the South Dakota Extension Service at SDSU. In 1977 when he retired, the Honorable United States Senator Larry Pressler, Humboldt, SD, honored John by inserting his biography in the Congressional Records. For more than 20 years, he led a delegation of about 45 persons to the national 4-H Leader Forum Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Beryl Colburn Younger is a native of Madison, SD. She is a graduate of Madison High school in 1929 and Dakota State University in 1933, and a member of the National Forensic League and Kappa Sigma Iota. She taught in rural schools in Wentworth and Winifred. She also taught fifth grade in McIntosh. Beryl married John in 1938. Throughout the years, Beryl was active in leadership in the PTA, Cub and Brownie Scouts, a ten year 4-H Club Leader, over fifty year member Extension Homemakers, Charter Member of Brookings Fine Art club and Toastmistress Club, and County Chairman of Easter Seal Society. In 1988 she, along with John, was selected as Outstanding Alumnus at Dakota State University. This scholarship is awarded to students who have been active in 4-H and leadership activities.