Banquet Honors DSU Scholars and Donors
The annual Dakota State University Scholarship Banquet brought together over 400 scholarship recipients and their donors at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse in November. The Dakota State University Foundation, and Robb and Christine Graham, owners of Be Online, Inc. of Madison sponsored the event.
Dakota State awarded $1.1 million in scholarships to over 500 students for the 2010-2011 academic year. Private donors accounted for $1 million of the awards. Some students bring scholarship money with them from sources other than DSU, such as their high school or a local service organization, "however the vast majority of our scholarships are privately given," says DSU Vice President for University Advancement Judy Payne. "We are very grateful for our donors who include alumni, faculty and staff, businesses, corporations, service organizations, athletic supporters, and friends from the Madison community and across the country."
DSU Foundation Scholarship and Endowment Development Officer Rosie Jamison chairs the DSU Scholarship Committee, which works to make the awards. Students are notified of the award, and asked to send a personal note to the donor of their scholarship. "We know that the personal contact between donor and student is one of the most important elements in the scholarship process," says Jamison. Jamison also sends the donors a letter that includes the name, major and hometown about their student scholarship recipient. Donor and scholarship recipient are then brought together at the annual banquet.
The annual banquet also includes guest speakers. This year the speakers were Steve Thein, Information Systems Manager at Federated Insurance in Owatonna, MN, a company which hires many DSU graduates, DSU alumni donors Mike and Tammy Miller of Madison, and DSU students and scholarship recipients Margie Anthony, a senior from Jefferson, SD, and Cody Thaler, a senior from Lake Andes, SD.