Elementary Education

Jane Bartling Christensen Scholarship

First consideration for this scholarship is given to undergraduate students enrolled in the USD School of Education. Recipients must be elementary education majors in their third or fourth year of their discipline and are selected based on the recommendations of the internship faculty member upon review of lesson plans, the evaluation and comments of the field-based supervisor and evidence of high-quality work submitted during the internship.

Donna D. Dwyer Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to two students pursuing a major in elementary education. Consideration is given to students in the USD Scholars program.

Edward G. Ezrailson Memorial Scholarship

This award is given to a graduate student planning to teach biology or chemistry.

Norman G. and Mildred L. Herren Scholarship

Undergraduate elementary education majors enrolled in the School of Education at USD are eligible for this scholarship. First preference is given to a Vermillion High School graduate.

Viola & Cecil Kipling Jr. Family Scholarship

First preference for this scholarship is given to students who are majoring in elementary education in the School of Education. Second preference is given to any School of Education student.

Robert T. and Dorothy M. Lang Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who are pursuing their degree in elementary education. Preference is given to those who intend to be first-grade teachers. Consideration is given to students in the USD Scholars program.

Bessie Lang Owens Scholarship

Recipients of this scholarship will be juniors or seniors majoring in elementary education and planning a career of teaching in that field. Preference is given to students planning to teach reading at the elementary level.

Robert "Bid" and Jonette "Joni" Miller Scholarship

One scholarship is awarded to one student for their four years at USD. The student must be enrolled in or accepted by USD School of Education. and majoring in elementary education. The recipient must:

  • Be an elementary education major
  • Rank in the top 25 percent in their high school graduating class
  • Be a full-time, on-campus student
  • Be a South Dakota resident
  • Have aspirations to remain and teach in South Dakota

Unless the student's cumulative GPA falls below the dean's list ranking, the same student will receive the scholarship for four years.

Allan D. and Lois E. Nelson Family Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who have been accepted to the elementary education major.

Bernice Newell Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a senior majoring in elementary education who shows promise of being a good teacher. Financial need is taken into consideration. Preference is given to students who are residents of South Dakota.

One Room Rural School Teacher Commemorative Scholarship

Juniors in the USD School of Education who are preparing to teach in elementary schools are eligible for this scholarship. Criteria for the award includes students' academic records and likeliness of success in the field of elementary education. Other criteria include being a resident of South Dakota and having official acceptance into the teacher education program.

Tom Walter Memorial Scholarship

A sophomore or junior majoring in elementary education who graduated from Vermillion High School is eligible for this scholarship. Preference is given to a student in need of financial help.

Secondary Education

Donald L. Bechtel Scholarship

Preference for this scholarship is given to students interested in secondary education. Recipients must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

Mavis Fry Bye Scholarship

This annual scholarship is for secondary education majors in good standing. First preference is given to women applicants.

Genevieve R. Cool Memorial Scholarship

First consideration is given to students in the USD Scholars program and first preference is given to students who wish to become middle school math and science teachers.

E. Louise Coover Memorial Scholarship

This annual scholarship is awarded to students who have earned a degree but have returned to the university and are registered in the master's plus certification program to obtain their teaching certificate.

Apply for the Coover Scholarship

Mathnasium Scholarship

An annual Achievement Coyote Commitment scholarship is given with preference to an education major with an emphasis in math.

Andrew D. and Carrie Aust Olson Memorial Scholarship

This annual scholarship is for a junior who is a South Dakota resident and working toward a degree which would permit him/her to teach science courses at the secondary level. Consideration is given to a student who, without some financial assistance, would not be able to complete his/her education.

Norman Ward Memorial Scholarship

These scholarships are given to juniors and seniors enrolled in the School of Education who are preparing to teach in secondary schools. Recipients must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and special consideration is given to those with financial need.

Barbara M. White Scholarship

Undergraduate students in the School of Education's secondary teacher preparation program or who intend to teach in the fields of business education or music are eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship may be renewed for succeeding years if the recipient makes satisfactory progress toward graduation in secondary education.

Special Education

Elizabeth Fritsch Memorial Scholarship

This annual scholarship is for a senior at USD majoring in special education. The recipient should be active in community volunteer work and service, especially in the area of assisting the handicapped.

Patricia Tschetter Mendell Memorial Scholarship

Scholarships are given to students who are residents of South Dakota and graduate students preparing to teach in the area of special education.

Apply to the Mendell Scholarship