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College of Education

The College of Education prepares students through learning, applying professional knowledge, and integrating technology into teaching. Dakota State education students graduate ready to adapt to the continually changing area of education and shape the learning experience of today’s youth.

Here you’ll find scholarships specifically for students of this college – you can donate to these scholarships, or create your own annual scholarship directed toward students in the College of Education.

Mary Ellen Bullert received her diploma in education from General Beadle State Teachers College in 1964. This scholarship was established in her name to be used for financial aid for students enrolled in teaching programs. The College of Education expressed a need for their new “yearlong residency program” for these funds. The yearlong residency is another term used to describe a two-semester student teaching experience. This is a practice that is gaining traction in a number of teacher education programs across the country and one that the Board of Regents has mandated for the teacher education programs in the regental system. Our student teachers will work closely with classroom teachers using a co-teaching model where instructional duties are shared. Student teachers will take a small number of courses while engaged in the yearlong residency, with assignments integrated into their work in their respective classrooms.

Former DSU President Dr. Douglas Knowlton and his wife Sharon Knowlton, former Madison High School principal, established this scholarship in 2004. The recipient must be an incoming freshman or transfer student and have a desire to enter the teaching field. Graduates of Sioux Falls public high schools receive preference.

Following her death in 2011, the children of Marjorie Hetland established this scholarship in honor of their mother for her belief in and support of higher education. Marjorie was very proud to see two children, two daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren graduate from Dakota State University. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming South Dakota freshman education major who meets the established grade point average and is renewable upon maintaining the required grade point average.

This scholarship was established in 2007 by Thomas and Mary Jeswald, to honor the memory of Mary’s aunt, Ethel, who received her teaching certification from Eastern State Teachers College (now DSU) in 1930. The scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior student majoring in education.

Roy Lindsay grew up in Battle Ground, WA on a homestead that was settled by his great grandfather in 1862 after going west from Iowa in 1850. After Roy returned from three years in the US Army including a tour in Vietnam, he had the urge to travel. Having met a friend from South Dakota, he had the desire to see what it was like. He moved to South Dakota in 1969, worked and established residency and began furthering his education at the University of South Dakota in 1970 where he met his future wife, Kathy. They were married in September 1971. Kathleen Marie Kuhle grew up in Flandreau, SD in the home her parents had moved to in 1942. She was active in band and continues to play her saxophone with the Flandreau Alumni Band in the summers. After graduation, she went to the University of South Dakota.  Kathy completed her Bachelor’s degree in three years and her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology during her fourth year at USD. She received her CCC/SLP at St. Paul, MN in 1974.

Roy completed his BSE in 1974 and they moved to Emmetsburg Iowa where Roy taught at Ayrshire High School and Kathy worked for the Area Education Agency. Two of their eight children were born in Emmetsburg. In 1978 they moved to Madison where Roy taught at Madison High School until his retirement in 2011. Roy continued his education while he was teaching. He completed an MA in Vocational Technical Teacher Education from USD/Springfield, 1984 and went on to complete an MA in Industrial Education from NSU/Aberdeen 1987. During their years in Madison, Kathy has been a stay at home mom, Speech Pathologist for the Head Start Program, Howard Public Schools, and for the last 16 years she has been at the Madison Community Hospital.

Their other six children were born in the Madison Community Hospital. Lynelle has a Master’s Degree in Art Education and teaches in Elgin, Minnesota. Stephanie has her MD and is an anesthesiologist at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota. Camelyn has her BA from DSU and is the Director of Affiliate Network & Compliance at Bulldog Media Group in Madison, SD. Brenda has her PhD and is a Clinical Psychologist for Avera Behavioral Health Hospital in SF, SD. Mary Beth has her PhD and is a Child Psychologist for a Bozeman, Montana school. Andrew has a BS in Animal Nutrition and is a Sales Representative for POET in SF, SD. Michael has his BA in Music and is attending the UNMC Dental School in Lincoln, Nebraska. Kathleen Ann will graduate in May with her BS in Dental Hygiene.

Roy and Kathy have been involved in a number of businesses during their married years as well. While in college, they purchased and operated a theater and worked part-time for the University of SD in the security and speech pathology departments. After selling the theater they purchased a farm and in 1996 added Subway and TCBY franchises and a laundromat to their list of things to do. Kathy is still a Speech Pathologist for the Madison Community Hospital. Roy has retired from teaching but still continues to oversee the operations of their Subway and TCBY restaurants, laundromat, farms and is currently the Mayor of Madison. Seven of their children are married and have blessed them with 18 grandchildren.

Adam and Melissa Palmquist live on their family farm west of Madison, SD.  Melissa graduated from DSU in December of 1996 with an Elementary Education Degree. After graduation, Melissa stayed at home to raise her 4 children; Shelby, Mariah, Luke, and Abby. In 2005, Melissa took over as the Director and Head Teacher at Trinity Lutheran Preschool in Madison. In 2016, Melissa resigned from teaching and took the position of Communications and Promotions Coordinator at Mustang Seeds. Adam and Melissa both value the teachers their children have had and want to be able to provide some assistance to a student who is continuing their education to become a teacher.

Ruth Spies MacRostie, ’27, and her love of learning were honored when this scholarship was established in 1998, from her trust. It is awarded to continuing students who are education majors.

The Dr. Vicki Sterling annual scholarship is established in honor of Dr. Sterling’s years of dedicated service to the students, staff, and her fellow faculty at Dakota State University. The Dr. Vicki Sterling annual scholarship serves as a permanent testament to her commitment to education, her impact on the many education students who have passed through her classroom, and her innumerable contributions to her alma mater, Dakota State.

Dale and Glenda Thompson, their family, and friends established this scholarship in memory of the Thompsons’ daughter, Tana, in 2001. Tana was a DSU junior elementary/special education major who died in an automobile accident in April 2001. The award is given to a junior or senior majoring in elementary education or elementary/special education.

Jason Timmerman was a two-time alum of DSU, earning an undergraduate degree in 2002 and a masters in 2004. He went on to teach math at Lake Benton, MN and serve in the Minnesota National Guard. Jason was killed in action February 21, 2005 while serving on active duty in Iraq with the Minnesota National Guard 151 Field Artillery Unit. This scholarship was established by his family and friends to honor Jason and his love for education. Preference for scholarship is given to a math education major.