Two DSU students to receive South Dakota Space Grant Scholarship

Dakota State University students, Megan Fredberg and Jessica Simcox, were recently each awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium Management Team for the 2012-2013 school year.

Fredberg is from Hartford, S.D., and is a senior majoring in Professional Accountancy, Business Management, and Marketing with a minor in the Center of Excellence. Simcox is from Ogilvie, Minn., and is a Math and Biology Major for Information Systems. 

Fredberg is also the President of the Women in Science and Technology (WIST) club on the DSU campus, which is where she first heard about this scholarship opportunity.  "I'm thankful to have the opportunity to be involved with the WIST club on campus.  I am very honored to be selected for this scholarship and I'd like to thank the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium for this award,” said Fredberg. 

To qualify for the scholarship, each student had to submit a cover letter explaining how they would use the stipend to assist in their educational studies, and a career goal statement that described their views of careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Also, Dr. Barbara Szczerbinska, associate professor of physics, faculty advisor and the WIST club advisor, wrote letters of recommendation for each student stating their qualifications for the scholarship. They also included a resume with a summary of education, training, experience and accomplishments, and their college transcripts.

“I am pretty excited about the scholarship and the STEM project opportunities I will have with it,” said Simcox.

As the link between NASA and the citizens of South Dakota, the Consortium’s mission is to instill the spirit of exploration and discovery in students, educators, and the general public, with a special focus on the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that are essential for the development of the nation’s work-force.

The SD Space Grant Consortium was established March 1, 1991, by a NASA Capability Enhancement Grant and its goal is to administer a fellowship/scholarship program that offers educational and research opportunities to students from diverse backgrounds that are pursuing degrees in the STEM disciplines that align with NASA’s mission and those of SDSGC members and affiliates.

For more information about the program, go to

Last Updated: 11/30/12