Incoming USD Student Earns Fowler-Kaden Memorial Scholarship

PIERRE, S.D. -- One of two South Dakota high school students awarded the 2016-2017 Annis Irene Fowler-Kaden Scholarship from the South Dakota Board of Regents plans to study elementary education at the University of South Dakota.

The recipients, Abby Rank and Tayla Weber, will each receive a $1,000 award. Rank graduated from Stevens High School in Rapid City and will be a freshman this fall at USD.

The Annis Irene Fowler-Kaden Scholarship is available to high school seniors planning to major in elementary education at a South Dakota public university. The scholarship was established in 1989 by the family of Annis Irene Fowler-Kaden to recognize and continue Annis' dedication to education. Born in Grant County, South Dakota, to a family of English immigrants, Annis Fowler began a teaching career in 1927 that spanned nearly 50 years. She obtained her B.A. degree from Northern Normal School and eventually specialized in teaching young students with various learning disabilities.


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, and kinesiology and sport management.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News