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Athletics

Trojan student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom and competitively through DSU athletics. Endowed athletic scholarships help in the recruitment of student-athletes.

By increasing the DSU athletic scholarship endowments we ensure that our Trojan athletic teams will be better-positioned to build on past successes and continue to represent the university in the future.

You can donate to the athletic endowments listed here or to the DSU Athletic Scholarship Endowment to help current and future Dakota State student-athletes. You can also create your own athletic scholarship endowment.

This endowment has been established by Max Hodgen ('99) and Suzy Collignon-Hodgen ('98), Bryan ('97) and Ashley Ledgerwood, and Mike ('96) and Kristie Evans ('97) in 2015. This endowment is named 93D as Max, Bryan, and Mike were all starting defensive players for the #1 rated defensive in the country for Trojan Football in 1993. The award was established because they are honored to be called DSU alumni and hope they can help future DSU student athletes find success on and off the football field at Dakota State University.

This endowment was established in 2002 by Richard (Dick) and Judy Anderson. Dick, '63, was an outstanding football and basketball student athlete and was named Athlete of the Year in 1963 at General Beadle State (now DSU). Dick went on to a successful football coaching career in six high schools in four states, winning over 149 games. He was named Nebraska's Coach of the Year in 1986 and inducted into the DSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. Dick and Judy live in Lake Havasu City, AZ. Dick has served on the DSU Foundation Board of Trustees. This scholarship is awarded to a football player.

Roger and Melodee Anderson established this endowment in 2002. Roger attended General Beadle State (now DSU) from 1961 through 1964 and was an outstanding football player. In 1964, he signed with the Omaha Mustangs, a semi-pro team in the Continental League. Roger died in 2008. The recipient of this award must participate in football.

Established by the Appelwick family of Madison, to honor the memory of Apple Lines Trucking Firm founder Omar Appelwick, this scholarship is awarded to returning students who have demonstrated academic achievement and are participating in collegiate athletics.

William (Bill) and Tracee (Hansen) Beck, as well as Woods, Fuller, Shultz, and Smit, P.C. of Sioux Falls established this endowment for student athletes majoring in education, math, or science. Both Bill and Tracee graduated from Dakota State University in 1992 receiving degrees in Education and Biology Information Systems. They both participated in basketball during their time here at DSU.

Former DSU faculty member Gerald Lange along with other DSU faculty, staff, alumni, and friends established this endowment in 2001 to honor Herb Webb Blakely. Blakely was a faculty member in the Division of Business, Industry, and Public Administration who was also well known around the state for his many years of leadership by hosting the Dakota History Conference at DSU. While at DSU, he inspired many athletes throughout his years of coaching cross country and track.

This endowment was established by George and Shirley Blankley through a planned gift. George grew up in Curwensville, PA and Shirley is from Caldwell, ID. George left Pennsylvania around age nineteen and hitchhiked to Oregon with only the clothes on his back, cardboard in his shoes, and $35 in his pocket. He landed a job grubbing out sagebrush to clean land for farming and lived in a tent. George attended the College of Idaho in Caldwell, where he excelled in football, baseball, and basketball. He later entered the Marines but was discharged because they didn’t have shoes big enough to fit his large feet. George went on to serve as a physical trainer for air force cadets. After obtaining his teaching degree, George was recruited by two NFL teams, the Lions and the Packers. He declined both, as teaching paid more than playing football at that time.

George began his career teaching in a small high school. He went on to earn his master’s degree from the University of Idaho.  He was a teacher and coach at Caldwell High School through 1948, when he moved to Boise Jr. College, now Boise State. He was the assistant football and head basketball coach until resigning in 1962, to come to General Beadle State College in Madison, SD. George was an instructor in the Physical Education department, where he taught a variety of courses; including an outdoor skills class where he taught a number of young men and women how to fish and camp. George also served as the Athletic Director and coached football, and track and field. He was also the first coach for the men’s tennis team. George retired in 1984. He was a member of the 1996 group inducted into the Dakota State University Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Shirley Lou Adams graduated from the College of Idaho in 1956 with a degree in biology. She attended the University of Oregon and received her master’s degree in health education. In 1959, she joined the faculty at Boise Jr. College teaching women’s physical education and health education.  She also taught summer school at the College of Idaho in Caldwell. After they moved to Madison, Shirley worked spring seasons at Jahr’s Greenhouses. 

George and Shirley were married in Madison on Aug. 7, 1962. Their hobbies were fishing, gardening, and tent camping. They enjoyed time in the Black Hills near Deerfield, which they called their “favorite place in the world”. 

This scholarship intent is to support a South Dakota student-athlete participating in football.

The Dakota State University Foundation established this endowment in 1995. This scholarship is awarded to a student athlete who demonstrates qualities of leadership, good character, and success in academics.

Harlan J. and Delphia B. Dirks established this scholarship in 2011, in memory of Harlan's brother, Lawrence "Larry" Dirks. Larry was an outstanding athlete throughout his years at both Beadle High School in Madison and General Beadle State College. He continued to play football while serving in the army and European Conference. He was offered a tryout with the then Baltimore Colts but declined. This scholarship is offered to an NAIA eligible DSU football player.

Dr. Dawn Dittman is a three-time alumna of Dakota State, earning her undergrad, masters, and doctor of science degrees at DSU. She is Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as Title III Director. Jeff Dittman started coaching women and men's basketball at Dakota State in 1993. During his years as the head coach, he accumulated the most wins among all coaches in Lady T history. Jeff is the current DSU Athletic Director and Head Lady T's Basketball Coach. The scholarship is awarded to an education major who is a graduate of a South Dakota or Minnesota high school.

Established in 2001, this scholarship is awarded to new or returning DSU baseball players.

This endowment was established in 2002 by faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the Dakota State football program. This scholarship is awarded, on an annual basis, to new or returning football student athletes who are of good character and academically deserving.

This endowment was established in 2001 by faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and fans of the Dakota State men's basketball program. The scholarship is awarded to men's basketball players.

This endowment was established in 2001 by faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the Dakota State softball program. This scholarship is awarded on an annual basis to a new or returning eligible softball student-athlete.

This endowment was established by the 2000 and 2001 Trojan volleyball teams. Funding continues through donations from faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the Trojan volleyball program. This scholarship is awarded to a new or returning volleyball student-athlete, with good character and demonstrated academic record.

Established 1993 by faculty, staff, alumni, friends and fans of the Dakota State Women's basketball program, this scholarship is awarded to women's basketball players.

Alan Ende, '81, received a degree in biology and physical sciences, and went on to become a research scientist with Pan American University and a chemist with Sili-Tex Company of San Marcos, CA. Alan's friends established this endowment following his death in 1987. Recipients of these scholarships must participate in track or cross-country.

Tom and Joyce Farrell established this endowment to help a DSU student athlete participating in volleyball majoring in physical education.

Mike Freidel, '79, was an outstanding football player at DSU. In 2000, he was inducted into the DSU Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2007, the 1977 football team, of which he was a member, was inducted into the DSU Athletic Hall of Fame. Mike was a college football coach throughout his professional career at Dakota State, Southwest Minnesota State, Augustana, and the University of South Dakota. This scholarship is awarded to an NAIA eligible defensive football player at DSU, with preference to an SD high school graduate. In 2008, teammates, players, friends, and family established the endowment in Mike's honor. Mike passed away in 2013.

Lou Gaffney had a well-developed appreciation for education. He was able to earn his bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Purdue University with the help of scholarships. He then went on to earn a master's in pharmacy from the University of Iowa and worked for pharmacies in Iowa and Illinois, before settling in Storm Lake, IA. Lou owned and operated a Medicap Pharmacy in Storm Lake for 20 years. He was an active member of the Dakota State University Foundation Board of Trustees. Lou encouraged his children to pursue their educational goals. When his youngest daughter, Dawn, came to Dakota State as a member of the Lady T's basketball team, Lou became the team's most avid fan. Dawn went on to earn three degrees from DSU, including a master's and a doctorate of science. Lou established the Dawn Gaffney Dittman Athletic endowed scholarship, to assist young women on the Lady T's team and help them achieve their educational and athletic goals.

Tom and Melissa Gioglio established this endowment to assist a student participating in varsity athletics at Dakota State University, who demonstrates involvement in community service activities.

This endowment was established in 1995 in honor of Maurice "Ed" Harter. Ed was a member of the DSU faculty for 28 years and coached the men's basketball and baseball teams. He was inducted into the DSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. The scholarship is awarded to a new or returning men's basketball player.

This endowment was established in 2005 to honor the memory of Ernest Henning, who encouraged his daughter Cindy to apply for the head volleyball coach position at DSU. He soon became the biggest fan not only of DSU volleyball, but also of the institution. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming or continuing Trojan volleyball player.

This women's basketball scholarship was established by Rick and Diane Honermann, on behalf of their daughter Heidi and their niece Jessica, to assist the Lady T's in the recruitment of quality women basketball players. Both players are graduates of Adrian High School and were standout prep athletes for the southwest Minnesota community. Heidi was a four-year letter winner at Dakota State from 1997 through 2001. A two-time Academic All-American, Heidi was one of the most proficient long-range shooters to ever play at Dakota State. Jessica was a four-year letter winner from 1999 to 2003. The 6'0" forward was an All-DAC 10 performer and is found throughout the DSU record books.

The Kari Satter scholarship was set up by her parents, Robert and Barbara Satter in 2000, to honor their daughter, Kari Satter Holman, Class of 1999. An outstanding three-sport high school athlete from Irene, S.D., Kari brought her athletic and academic skills to DSU and had an immediate impact on the women's basketball program. For her collegiate career, Kari was named twice to the SDIC All-Conference squad and was selected as an Academic All-American in 1999. Recipients of this scholarship are continuing students from South Dakota and participate in women's basketball.

This endowment was established in memory of Leslie Grayson Kern, who lost her battle with cervical cancer on September 16, 1997. She was born and raised in Madison, SD, graduated from Madison High School, and attended DSU. She married Brian Kern, who attended DSU in 1986-1987. Brian and his brother, Dan, established this endowment in Leslie's name. This scholarship is awarded to student-athletes, with preference given to football players.

The Lady T's Basketball Class of 1997 endowment was established in 2003 by DSU Lady T's members, Danielle Nolte-Lemon and Michelle Butash-Daniels. The scholarship is designed to assist in the recruitment of quality women basketball players to the Lady T's basketball program. Danielle and Michelle were the first recruited class for Coach Jeff Dittman. In their senior year, Dakota State recorded an 18-10 record and a third-place finish in the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference. The scholarship is awarded to a new or continuing woman's basketball team player and is renewable upon maintenance of the established grade point average.

The family of Dick Matthews established this scholarship endowment in his honor in 2010. Dick, a former teacher, coach, and athlete, loved Madison, SD, and Dakota State University. He passed away in 2010. Dick was a huge fan of college basketball and football and followed these sports religiously. While raising six children, and enduring season after season as a coach, he appreciated how important sports can be in shaping the values he believed in. This scholarship is awarded evenly to one incoming freshmen men's basketball player and one men's football player, and is renewable for three years if the student maintains the established eligibility criteria and remains a member of the basketball or football team.

Hali McClelland established this endowment to assist in the recruitment of quality women basketball players. As a member of the DSU women's Basketball team from 2001-2004, Hali currently holds a number of career and single-game/season records, including eighth in career points (1,189), sixth in career rebounds (667), seventh in career blocks (88), and fourth in career free throw percentage (75.3%). Her senior season, Halie garnered DSU Female Athlete of the Year honors. She currently works in finance in New York City and serves on the DSU Foundation Board of Trustees.

Mike and Tammy Miller of Madison established this endowment to assist an academic student athlete participating in baseball. Mike, DSU Class of 1978, is the Safety Director for B&G Transportation. He played baseball for four years at Dakota State and has coached baseball at all levels from Little League to high school in Madison. Tammy, DSU Class of 1987, is the CEO of Madison Community Hospital.

This endowment was created to honor the memory of Jane Nielsen, the mother of Erin Nielsen, a Lady T's women's basketball team member from 1999-2003. Throughout Erin's first two seasons as a Lady T, Jane only missed three games out of nearly 70 contests. Jane was a mom to the Lady T's players whose parents couldn't make it to games and was named as the Lady T's "Most Valuable Mom!" During Erin's junior season, Jane suffered health complications that prevented her from attending many of Erin's games. Her health continued to decline and Jane passed away at the end of Erin's senior year. This scholarship is awarded to a second-year athlete who is in good academic standing and exemplifies a high level of commitment, determination, and pride to the team based on a first-year experience. Preference is given to students who need financial assistance, and if applicable, come from a single-parent family.

This scholarship was established by Todd and Heidi Jorgensen who are the owners of One Stop in Madison. This scholarship goes to support a student-athlete in the DSU football program.

Dwayne, '56, and Edith, '56, Pecks established this athletic endowed scholarship to their alma mater in loving memory of their son, John. This scholarship is awarded to a new or continuing student graduating from a South Dakota or any bordering state high school who is academically deserving, demonstrates qualities of leadership, and has financial need. Preference is given to students who participate or intend to participate in athletics at DSU. The award is eligible for renewal.

Longtime supporters of DSU Trojan athletics, Maurice, '59 and Alice Poppen, established this endowment in 2002. Maury was a member of the Trojan men's basketball team and was inducted into the DSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. He spent his career in education, teaching, and coaching for 35 years, 27 of those years in Las Vegas, NV. Alice retired from the United States District Court System in Rapid City in 2000 and returned to Madison. She served on the DSU Foundation Board of Trustees as president. This scholarship is awarded to a men's basketball player.

This endowment was established in 2003 by the Dave Prohl Coaches Against Cancer Foundation through the sale of sports memory books which document South Dakota sports history. This scholarship is awarded to a student who is in financial need due to personal or family illness, with preference given to students who participate in DSU athletics.

This endowment was established in 2006 by Scott Richardson, to honor all of his students past and present who have enriched his life. Scott has been teaching English at Dakota State University since the fall of 2004. This scholarship is given to a student participating in women's cross country or track.

This endowment was established in 2003 by Lynn and Terry Ryan in support of women's basketball. Terry and Lynn began work at DSU in 1975. Terry was awarded Vice President/Dean of Students Emeritus and Instructor Emeritus of Mathematics status upon his retirement in 2003. Terry has also been the official clock operator for DSU men's and women's basketball home games for a number of years. Lynn retired in 2010 as an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences for English, Spanish, and French and was the International Programs Director and International Club Advisor. She is also a native of Kentucky, which means she is a crazy fan of basketball. Terry and Lynn have donated to this endowment with the belief that successful student-athletes must learn skills that will last them a lifetime. These skills include hard work, teamwork, sportsmanship, and the ability to demonstrate class in winning and losing. This scholarship is awarded to a new or continuing student-athlete participating in the women's basketball program that initially meets and maintains the established grade point average for renewal.

This endowment was established in 2003 by Karl and LaDonna Schulz. Karl and LaDonna graduated from General Beadle State College in 1960 with degrees in education. Karl played football for four years at GBSC and LaDonna was a cheerleader. Karl spent many years in education, retiring after serving as superintendent of schools in Twin Valley, MN while LaDonna spent 35 years in education prior to retirement. This scholarship is awarded to a student athlete, with preference given to students from Brookings County or Deubrook High School.

This scholarship for women's basketball was established by Jerry and Ann Shypulski on behalf of their daughter Kathy. "Kat" was an outstanding basketball player who helped lead DSU to two conference championships while advancing to the NAIA National Tournament her junior and senior seasons. DSU advanced to the "Elite Eight" and "Sweet Sixteen" rounds at the post-season tournament.

While helping the team reach their goals, Kathy was also a first team All-Conference selection twice, was named honorable mention All-American in 2000 and a second team All-American in 2001 and two-time Academic All-American. Kathy's senior year, she was named the Most Valuable Senior Basketball Athlete in the Dakota-10 Conference.

Alumni and supporters of Dakota State University since 1988, Kevin and Jody Streff established this endowment as a vision to benefit students at DSU, following the loss of Shirley Streff. Kevin was a student of the initial class following Dakota State University's mission change. Both Kevin and Jody participated in running programs at Dakota State and established this endowment to provide resources to support the competitiveness of the running programs within DSU's athletics.

In 2010, Lori Tibbetts, Russ Schwartz, and the 1977 Dakota State University Football Team established this endowment in memory of Rick Tibbetts. Rick played for Dakota State from 1977-1981, where he started every game. He also held records for the most interceptions in a game and most interceptions in a season for many years. This scholarship is awarded to a DSU football player with preference given to a defensive back.

Dr. Tunheim was the 20th President of Dakota State University, from 1987 to 2004. Realizing the importance of athletics to the university, Nancy and Dr. Tunheim fund this endowment to provide scholarships for incoming or continuing DSU athletes with financial need.

Nancy and Dr. Jerald Tunheim established this endowment in 2008. With help from family and friends, Nancy and Dr. Tunheim planted, tended, and harvested a large garden. More than twenty families purchased co-op memberships that entitle them to the fruits and vegetables produced. The proceeds from the co-op memberships, supplemented by a personal contribution from Nancy and Dr. Tunheim, fund this endowment. Scholarships are given to DSU women's basketball players who maintain a 2.8 GPA.

This endowment was established to assist a student enrolled in the College of Education. This scholarship may be awarded to a sophomore, junior, or senior, with priority going to a student involved in athletics.

This endowment, established in 2001, is intended to be a memorial to Hilbertus A. Wieman, husband of Goldie A. Wieman, and father of Randy, David, Glenda, Eldon, Norman, Carol, and Gloria. Five of the children received their degrees from Dakota State University and at times there were two attending at the same time. Recipients of this scholarship must be an incoming student, either freshman or transfer. They must be academically deserving, in need of financial assistance, and must demonstrate qualities of good leadership and good character. Preference will also be given to graduates of high schools in South Dakota within a 100-mile radius of Dakota State University. Priority consideration to students who attend Marion, Canistota, Harrisburg, Tri-Valley or Madison High School.

This scholarship was established by Kim Zirbel and family, to support a student-athlete participating in the women's basketball program at DSU.

Former Lady T’s basketball Hall of Fame player Julie Fiegen-Price established this scholarship in 2004. Fiegen-Price was elected to the DSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005, in recognition of her collegiate basketball career that included all-tournament selection in 1984 and SDIC MVP in 1985 and 1986. After serving as head girls’ basketball coach at Dell Rapids St. Mary’s High School, Fiegen-Price began working for the United States Postal Service, a position she held for over 20 years. The Fiegen-Price Athletic Scholarship is awarded to an incoming student participating in the women’s basketball program who is an elementary education or elementary education/special education major.