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College of Business and Information Systems

Faculty and staff members of the DSU Health Information Management (HIM) department established this award in 2002. This scholarship is awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need, who is in the two-year or four-year HIM program.

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.

Josh_Lambrecht_Annual_Scholarship.jpgJosh 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: http://mobilestar.us/mobilestarwebsite/howitworks.php

Another notable accomplishment was the software Josh developed for the city of Sioux Falls, SD. This software was used to track snow gate utilization on the city’s snowplows. Josh’s interests also led him to become a judge for FIRST LEGO League, where he could instill his enthusiasm in 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, attend Dakota State University, to earn a degree that focuses on software and/or web development.

Established in 1989, the South Dakota Health Information Management Association (SDHIMA) sponsors these awards for deserving health information undergraduate and graduate students, who are also members of the SDHIMA.

Provided by East River Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. since 1990, this scholarship honors Virgil Hanlon, general manager of East River from its founding in 1949 until his death in 1969. Hanlon had tremendous influence in the electric power field during his thirty years working with rural electric cooperatives. This award is given to a senior majoring in business education, business administration, or information systems, who is a resident of the geographic area served by the cooperative.

David Wiedrich graduated from Dakota State University in 2007 with a degree in Business Finance. David is currently employed with the Air Guard. Eric DeKam graduated from Dakota State University in 2012 with a degree in Professional Accountancy. Eric is currently employed at Secure Banking Solutions as an Accountant.