Family establishes scholarship in mother's memory

When life-long Madison resident Marjorie Hetland passed away in April 2011, her family decided to honor her memory by establishing an annual scholarship at Dakota State University. Marjorie did not have the opportunity to attend college, but understood the importance of a college degree, and encouraged her children to pursue higher education. Marjorie’s son Wayne graduated from DSU in 1980; her daughter Eileen Creel, now deceased, graduated in 1970. Daughters-in-law Therese (Gary) graduated from DSU in 1982 and Pam (Wayne) in 1983. Granddaughters Melissa Minnaert graduated from DSU in 1997 and Stacy Olson graduated in 2005.

The Marjorie Hetland Memorial Annual Scholarship is for an incoming DSU freshman, South Dakota resident who is an education major. The scholarship is renewable annually, if the student maintains a 2.5 or higher GPA.

“This is a case of philanthropy at its very core, where to give truly is more satisfying than to receive,” says Vice President for University Advancement Judy Payne. “We know the students who receive this scholarship will be grateful to Marjorie’s daughter Mavis Peltier, and her sons Wayne and Gary. I also know that the act of giving this scholarship in their mother’s memory is deeply satisfying to this wonderful family.”

The scholarship will be awarded to a student for the fall 2011 semester.   

Last Updated: 1/10/12