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College of Education

The College of Education teaches students to apply professional knowledge while integrating technology into the classroom to positively impact learning. This prepares students to adapt to changes in technology and education, while shaping a better learning experience.

Here you can find endowed scholarships for the College of Education you can donate to, or you can create your own endowment for the College of Education.

This endowment was established by the local chapters of the American Association of University Women and Delta Kappa Gamma. This scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior education major. The recipient must live in the general vicinity of the local chapter and its members.

This endowment has been established by Alice Anne Anderson through a planned gift. Alice was born March 12, 1939 in Canby, MN to Albert K. Anderson and Caroline Marie Hoihjelle. She became a child of God through baptism on May 14, 1939, at St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Canby, MN with the Sunday school classes as her witnesses. Hers was the first class to confirm their faith at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Canby. Her love of children developed while baby-sitting, teaching Sunday school, and vacation Bible school. Alice attended Canby public schools, graduating in 1957. She matriculated to Dakota State University, formerly called General Beadle State College, in Madison, SD and graduated from the teacher training program in 1960. She completed a bachelor's degree in education in 1964.

Alice taught elementary school in Lake Benton and Clarkfield, MN. She was an active member of the Minnesota Kindergarten Association and continued professional development at Mankato State University, earning a master's degree in early childhood education in 1984. The American Lutheran Church called Alice to teach grades three through six at a boarding school for missionary children in Wau, in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, from 1984-1986. Elementary children of military personnel received instruction from Alice as she taught for USA Department of Defense Schools in Bayreuth and Wurzburg, Germany from 1986 until in 2004. While in Germany she performed as a puppeteer for kids on the block, performing shows that addressed diverse issues critical for young pupils.

Upon retirement, Alice returned to her childhood home in Canby, MN. Alice had a wonderful singing voice and played the piano and organ, until her health prohibited performance. She traveled the world and marveled at God's creation. She collected many artifacts while visiting countries in western and eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, and Australia. By doing what she loved, she awakened and inspired the minds and hearts of her students. This endowment is to be awarded to students majoring in education, to carry on Alice's love for teaching.

RoseMarie Brashier established this endowment in 2009 to honor her parents, Madison residents Earl and Cora Allen, and their lifelong belief in the value of a good education. Earl was a longtime employee of the Milwaukee Railroad and Cora was a homemaker. RoseMarie attended General Beadle State Teachers College (now DSU) from 1956-1960, obtaining her degree in elementary education. She taught in the Madison Central School District for 27 years, but her education career extended over 37 years in Iowa, Illinois, and Madison. She established this endowment to encourage students in the teaching field.

Created from the combination of the DSU Centennial fundraising of 1981and the Beadle Campus School Reunion efforts, this scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman education major with academic ability.

Mr. and Mrs. Klass Dirksen created this endowment in 1995 in honor of their close friend, Edith Beaumont. Miss Beaumont taught at Madison State Normal (now DSU) from 1907-1916. The junior class dedicated the 1917 Trojan yearbook to Edith for "her progressive attitude and broad vision" and "the inspiring influence of her personality." This scholarship is awarded to incoming or continuing students enrolled in the College of Education.

This endowment was established in 1996 through the generosity of Marilyn Belatti, a longtime elementary teacher in Madison and Sioux Falls. This scholarship is awarded to a continuing junior or senior student enrolled in the College of Education. Preference is given to students who are graduates of a South Dakota high school.

Agnes Berther, '28, and her sister Mary, '25, were both graduates of Eastern State Normal School and passionate about education of young women. Agnes served as librarian at St. Thomas School in Madison for seventeen years. She also taught at Beadle High School and assisted at Eastern State Library. This scholarship is awarded to either an incoming or a continuing student who is in the College of Education.

This endowment was created in 1986 by Anson and Ada May Bidwell Yeager, to honor Ada May's mother, Lydia Leavenworth Bidwell, Class of 1908. This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in elementary education.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bockorny Group, Inc., a leading bipartisan government affairs consulting firm, Mr. Bockorny had been a principal in the firm for nearly 20 years. Throughout the years, he has guided the firm and cultivated it into one of the largest independent lobbying firms in the nation’s capital. Mr. Bockorny received a B.S. degree cum laude from Dakota State College and a master's of Business Administration from the University of South Dakota. He was recognized as one of the 25 most outstanding students to receive a degree during the first 100 years of operation of the South Dakota Higher Education System. He still has strong ties to South Dakota and oversees operations in not only the Washington D.C. headquarters, but a regional federal, state and local lobbying practice located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Mr. Bockorny is married to Jill (Cooper) Bockorny and they have two children, David Bockorny J. and Elizabeth “Liz” Bockorny.

General Beadle State Teacher's College (now DSU) alumni Richard, '62, and Elizabeth, '68, Bortnem established this endowment in 2008. Prior to retirement, both Richard and Elizabeth were employed by the Madison Central School District, Richard as a teacher and Elizabeth as an elementary principal. The scholarship is awarded to students in their junior or senior year majoring in elementary education. Richard passed away in 2012.

Established in 1991 by her family, this endowment honors the memory of Cora Tuor Canney, '19. Mrs. Canney served as an elementary school teacher, principal, and advisor to the Eastern STate (now DSU) teacher training program. In 1975, she received the DSU Certificate of Merit. Three of Mrs. Canney's four children and three of her children's spouses graduated from DSU. This scholarship is awarded to education majors.

Louella Jean Doyle
Louella Jean Doyle Canney

Louella Jean Doyle was the oldest of seven children, raised on a small farm in Hanson County. She graduated from Farmer High School in 1956, with a senior class of 14 students. She enrolled in summer school at General Beadle State Teachers college, with limited funds, but the goal of obtaining a one-year teaching certificate so that she could teach in a rural school the following academic year. 

Louella's part-time campus work enabled her to further her education. She graduated with a two-year teaching certificate. Louella secured a job in the Madison Public School System, at Lincoln School, teaching sixth grade. When school dismissed, she returned to General Beadle to advance her training. During the 1960-1961 academic year, Louella worked for Schiller Park Public School System in Chicago, Illinois.

She then returned to South Dakota and married her friend and sweetheart, Walter Canney. Education remained a high priority in the Canney household and Louella was an active volunteer in the public school system. This endowment was established to emphasize teaching, one of Dakota State University's preeminent scholarships, to recognize the type of person Louella was while in their midst.

This endowment was established through Zora Colburn’s estate. Colburn graduated from Eastern State Teacher’s College (now DSU) in 1930 and went on to teach in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at SDSU. The scholarship is awarded to students majoring in education.

Viva Frederick provided Dakota State University a bequest to establish a scholarship in her mother, Verna Belle Crowl's, name. Verna was an 1896 graduate of Madison State Normal School. After graduation, Ms. Crowl went on to teach city schools in Milbank. This scholarship is awarded to an elementary education or special education major that is in good academic standing.

Established in 1973 by Ed Dirksen, this endowment honors Mrs. Dirksen's interest and work in elementary education. Ed, a Madison banker and businessman, was one of the original founders of what is now the DSU Foundation. This endowment was renamed the Ed and Freda Dirksen Memorial Endowment in 1996, after the death of Mr. Dirksen, '17, and is awarded to junior education majors. This scholarship is renewable.

Dr. Dittman began teaching and coaching at Dakota State in the fall of 1978. During her tenure, she has taught, coached basketball, softball, track, and was the Director of Athletics from 1985-1996 and 1999-2000, and served as Dean of the College of Education and Vice President of Academic Affairs. This endowment was established in 1999 and is awarded to students majoring in education.

This endowment was established with proceeds from the 1994-1995 DSU Galas to support students in the College of Education. Funding continues through donations made by faculty, staff, alums, and friends of the College of Education. Recipients of these scholarships are majoring in a College of Education degree program.

Judge Francis G. Dunn was a 1934 graduate of Dakota State College. He received is L.L.B. Degree from the University of South Dakota and his L.L.M. Degree from George Washington University. He then began his practice of law in 1937 in Madison, South Dakota. Francis G. Dunn became a Municipal Judge in 1956 and a Circuit Court judge in 1959. Judge Dunn joined the South Dakota Supreme Court in 1973 and was named Chief Justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court form 1974-1978. The purpose of this endowment is to pay tribute to Judge Francis G. Dunn and to recognize his commitment to education, public services, and to his alma mater, Dakota State College.

Noel Egan established this endowment in 2001 in memory of his late wife, Colleen, ’56. Colleen received her two-year teaching certificate at General Beadle (now DSU) and maintained her fondness for her alma mater and the relationships she built here throughout her life. The award is given to incoming or continuing students majoring in the College of Education.

Dr. Geraldine K. Fergen attended Dakota State College from 1933 to 1936, where she excelled in forensics under the tutelage of Karl Mundt. Dr. Fergen received her B.A. from Yankton College and then taught in a country school in rural Madison and at Java, South Dakota. She received her master's and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. Dr. Fergen was an early pioneer in the field of special education, and while on the faculty of the University of Illinois became head of the Special Education Department. Dr. Fergen was also head of the Special Education Department at the University of Missouri. This endowment was established to help students who are majoring or minoring in Elementary Education at Dakota State University.

This endowment was established in 2004 by Freya Schmus, honoring her mother who graduated in 1926 and worked and taught for a period of time in Artesian, SD in Sanborn County. The scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen and are renewable if the student is in good academic standing. Primary consideration is given to students residing or attending secondary school in Sanborn County, SD, with preference to students pursuing an education major.

The Grell family established this endowment in Cathy’s memory, to honor her life by assisting students at her alma mater who are entering education and have the will and desire to be great educators. Cathy enrolled at Dakota State College after graduating from Watertown High School. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and accepted a job teaching at the Iowa School for the Deaf. She was three graduate hours shy of her master's in Deaf Education from the University of Iowa when she had to retire early because of failing health. Cathy taught 20 years in both the School for the Deaf and the public school system; she also served as a substitute teacher for the hearing impaired. When she became too ill to continue teaching, she worked as a sign language interpreter for deaf children in public schools.

The children of Mary Hollister established this scholarship in 1971 in her honor. Her son, George, graduated from Eastern in 1930 and his wife Helen in 1931. Her daughter, Sarah, graduated in 1931 and son, Richard, in 1957. Richard’s wife, Jean, added a significant amount to the endowment through a bequest in her will. The scholarship is awarded to incoming or continuing students who are education majors and who demonstrate financial need.

Audrey Hortness was born in White, South Dakota on August 7, 1922. She grew up and was educated in White. In 1942, Ms. Hortness earned an education diploma at Eastern State Teachers College, now Dakota State University, in Madison, SD.

She married Marvin Lamb in 1944 and they soon settled in Brookings County, where they farmed until 1988. During those years, Audrey taught school, including the final 30 years of her career in Hendricks, Minnesota.  She retired in 1989. She and her husband divorced in 1990.

Audrey passed away on May 10, 2017. Jeremy and Jody Hexem and Jessica and Ryan Johnson wish to honor their life-long friendship with Audrey by establishing this endowment in her name at Dakota State University to the benefit of students in the DSU College of Education.

This endowment has been established by Jeremy and Jody Hexem and Jessica and Ryan Johnson.

Audrey Hortness Lamb, daughter of Alfred and Florence Hortness, was born on August 7, 1922. She spent her early years and received her education in White, SD and graduated from White High School. She attended Eastern State Teacher's College, now Dakota State University, in Madison, SD and received her teaching degree.

She taught in various schools in Iowa and South Dakota before going to Hendricks, MN in 1959, where she was employed for 30 years until her retirement in 1989. She was an excellent teacher who touched the lives of many and who loved to reminisce about the years spent with her students and colleagues.

Audrey passed away on May 10, 2017. Jeremy and Jody Hexem, along with Jessica and Ryan Johnson, wish to honor her life-long friendship and her devotion to education by establishing this endowment in her name at DSU, to benefit the students in the DSU College of education.

Mildred’s niece, Mary Lou Fluegel Beath, and nephew, Dale E. Fluegel, established this endowment in 2003 to honor their aunt’s career in education as a teacher and an administrator. Mildred was a ’31 graduate of Eastern State Teachers College, now DSU. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming or continuing education major.

Frederick Krueger established this endowment in 1985 in honor of his sister, Ruth, who passed away in 1967. Frederick Krueger attended Eastern State Normal School (now DSU) from 1922-1924. Kappa Sigma Iota is an honorary society established by then President E.C. Higbie at Eastern State Normal School (now DSU) to “promote, secure, and maintain a high level of scholastic achievement and to foster high ideals of professional fellowship.” Higbie was president during Frederick Krueger’s time as a student at Eastern. The scholarship is awarded to continuing, deserving students from the College of Education who are members of KSI.

Beverly M. Leighton was a graduate of General Beadle State College, Class of 1951. She taught in country schools before moving to Pipestone, MN, where she taught for 41 years. This scholarship was established by her family in honor of Beverly's commitment to education. It is awarded to a 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 his 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 M.D. and is an anesthesiologist at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota. Camelyn has her B.A. from DSU and is the Director of Affiliate Network and Compliance of Bulldog Media Group in Madison, SD. Brenda has her Ph.D. and is a Clinical Psychologist for Avera Behavioral Health Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Mary Beth has her Ph.D. and is a Child Psychologist for a Bozeman, Montana school. Andrew has a B.S. in Animal Nutrition and is a Sales Representative for POET in Sioux Falls, SD. Michael has his B.A. 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 South Dakota 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.

This endowment, established in 1976, honors the memory of V.A. and Daisy Lowry. Dr. Lowry served as instructor and coach at Madison High School from 1920-1922, then instructor and coach at Eastern State (now DSU) from 1922-1925, and was Dean of Men at Eastern State from 1925-1932. In 1933, he became the ninth president of the institution and held that position until his retirement in 1962. Following his retirement, he actively supported the college and wrote a history of the school spanning the years 1922-1962. Daisy was active in numerous civic organizations throughout her life. This scholarship is awarded to education majors.

This endowment was established in 2009 through a bequest from Alyce Lundberg. Alyce attended DSU in 1946, 1955-1957, 1960-63, 1966-67, and 1968-69. She taught elementary education in South Dakota for 41 years. She spent 18 years as a rural teacher in Miner, McCook, and Hanson Counties and 23 years in the Canova school, the last eight years as the elementary principal. This scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in elementary education and who lives within a 100-mile radius of Madison, SD.

This endowment was established in 2002. Milton McCoy graduated from high school and started attending a business school in Mitchell. While attending school, he worked for his room and board and earned $1 a day, but had to quit school because he couldn't afford it. His wife, Mildred, graduated from Eastern Normal School in 1929 and went on to teach in many rural schools and in the Nunda Town School. This scholarship is awarded to education majors, with a preference order starting with Rutland and Chester, then Lake County, and then South Dakota.

This endowment was established to assist a South Dakota student majoring in elementary education or special education, with second preference going to a student majoring in cyber security.

This endowment, established in 2009 by Wayne E. and Crystal Pauli, will provide scholarships for full-time, degree-seeking students in the elementary education/special education major from the College of Education and technology degrees from the College of Computing. The Pauli's, natives of Winner, SD, and 1973 graduates of Winner High School, began their faculty duties in 2001 at Dakota State University. At the time of this revised agreement, Dr. Crystal Pauli is the Dean of the College of Education and Associate Professor of Special Education at Dakota State, and Dr. Wayne E. Pauli is a Professor of Computer Science. Both are community servants and leaders in Madison and the region. Wayne, daughter Tara, and sons Jeremy and Josh have graduate degrees from DSU. The Pauli's have been grateful for the help given to their children by total strangers when they received scholarship support and providing scholarships through this endowment as a way to help other deserving DSU students.

Scott Pedersen established this endowment in honor of his wife, Pat, a 1975 graduate of Dakota State with a degree in education. Pat went on to teach special education in Carthage and Artesian Letcher, and she is currently teaching in the Dell Rapids School District. Scott was the owner of Parks Marina, Inc. in Sioux Falls. This scholarship is meant to assist students who are from South Dakota majoring in Special Education.

Rudy and Dorothy Schultz were life-long residents of Lake County, living most of their lives in Madison. Rudy was employed by John Morrell Co. in Madison for several years. After his death in 1979, Dorothy worked at the Madison Community Hospital in food service. Their daughter, Donna, and her husband, Darrell, established this endowment in honor of her parents to help education majors at DSU. Other family members have also contributed to this endowment. This scholarship is awarded to a continuing student majoring in education.

Grace Schuster Long, '36, established this endowment as a tribute to her mother, Olivia Manthey Schuster. Schuster was an accomplished musician, singer, painter, composer, and recording artist. The recipient of this scholarship is a deserving student in the College of Education.

Dorn Severtson established this scholarship in honor of his mother, Corinne Severtson. This scholarship is awarded to education students who are enrolled in the yearlong residency program.

This endowment was established in 2001 by Ruth Gist Spencer, '55. Ruth is a retired Madison Central School District teacher. This scholarship is awarded to incoming or continuing students majoring in education, with preference given to students from Madison or Lake County, SD.

In honor of Dr. Sterling's years of dedicated service to the students, staff, and her fellow faculty at Dakota State University, Dr. Vicki Sterling established this endowment 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. This scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior education major.

Dale and Glenda Thompson, family, and friends, established this endowment in memory of the Thompson's daughter, Tana, who died in an automobile accident in April 2001. Tana was a junior majoring in elementary/special education at the time of her death. The award is given to a continuing junior or senior student majoring in elementary education or elementary special education.

Tyrell Preston attended elementary and high school at the Beadle Campus School on the DSU campus. In 1927, he earned his master's of Science from Eastern State Teachers College. After several years as teacher and administrator in SD, he returned to DSU, where he held positions as Director of Special Services, Dean and Registrar. In 1970, he was named “Dean Emeritus” upon completion of 25 years of service. He received an honorary doctorate from then Dakota State College in 1978. Several members of his family are also DSU alums. In 1971, the Physical Plant Building on campus was named the Claude (father) and Preston Tyrell Physical Plant. The only criterion for this scholarship is to be the highest-ranking junior majoring in elementary or secondary education.

The Van Erdewyk family has strong ties to DSU. Zeno Van Erdewyk, '59 returned to teach from 1967-2002. Dr. Van Erdewyk was also the Director of the DSU London Study Tour for 15 years during the 1980's and 1990's with approximately 275 students, alumni, and community people having participated in the tours. All four of his children are DSU alums and a new generation is carrying on the tradition. This scholarship is awarded to a continuing student majoring in education.

This endowment was established in 2000 by Dr. Zeno and Carol Van Erdewyk. Zeno received his bachelor's degree in education from DSU in 1959, his master's degree from SDSU in 1964, and his doctorate from UND in 1967. He taught at DSU from 1967 to 2002. Carol graduated in 1977 from DSU and received her master's degree in 1987 from SDSU. Their four children are all graduates of DSU. Zeno and Carol established this endowment to aid continuing students with financial need and who academically deserve this award, majoring in elementary education or elementary education/special education.

In 2002, the family of Marvin Waldner established this scholarship as a lasting tribute to their husband and father. Marvin (Class of 1957) taught school and was a principal and superintendent with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in both South and North Dakota. The scholarship is awarded to a full or part-time financially deserving student majoring in education or special education. They must maintain between a 2.0 and 3.0 GPA.

Joyce Eastman Welbon, ’62, established this endowment to celebrate her career as a teacher in the Madison Central School District. Joyce serves on the DSU Alumni Board and was named DSU Foundation Philanthropist of the Year in 2007 along with her husband, Clair. This scholarship is awarded to a student in the College of Education.

Rose was a 1928 graduate of Eastern State Teacher’s College (now DSU) and was a teacher and principal throughout her career. She lived by the words of her father, “An education is very important because it’s the one thing no one can take away from you.” This scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman with a preference to education majors and South Dakota residents and is to be renewed for four years if the requirements are maintained.