The scholarship has an estimated value of $54,000 as it covers three years of tuition and fees at the USD Knudson School of Law.

“This scholarship means the absolute world to me,” said Mueller. “Due to this scholarship, I will now be able to focus solely on school and excelling in law school without having the extreme financial burden and stress. Words cannot describe how honored and thankful I am to receive this award and I hope, one day, I too would be able to do something like this for a student. Scholarships and awards like this change lives; I know, because it has changed mine.”

Dr. Richard M. Brown, M.D./J.D. established this scholarship in 2020. Although he lives over 1,300 miles away, he says he was “impressed with Governor Kristi Noem’s advocacy of personal responsibility and individual liberty” and was compelled to honor his late wife Sima and Governor Noem with this named scholarship.

The Richard M. Brown and Sima J. Brown USD Knudson School of Law Scholarship, in Honor of Governor Kristi Noem, will be administered by the Siouxland Community Foundation located in Sioux City, Iowa. This is the second scholarship awarded, and as the scholarship fund grows, so will the number of full-ride scholarships it produces. The scholarship’s full criteria and application can be found on the foundation’s website,

“We are excited to be a part of this legacy,” says Katie Roberts, executive director of the Siouxland Community Foundation. “This scholarship will be life-changing for the student as it will greatly reduce the financial burden that many students face when deciding to continue their education by covering all tuition and fees at the USD Knudson School of Law.”

Established in 1988, the Siouxland Community Foundation is a trusted organization that connects people who care, with causes that matter by providing a vehicle to receive gifts and distribute scholarships and grants in response to community needs.

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