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7 USD Students Awarded Critical Teaching Needs Scholarships

Seven University of South Dakota students have each been awarded $8,763 scholarships toward their pursuit of a teaching degree and commitment to become teachers in high-need areas after graduating.

The South Dakota Legislature established the Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship in 2013 to encourage high school graduates in the state to pursue a college degree in teaching and work in the profession in the state.

The USD students, their hometowns and area of study: Adriann Frankenhoff, Hayti, high school science; Katelyn Heisinger, Tripp, high school math; Kristin Pollema, Brandon, special education; Abby Roskam, Canton, high school math; Tucker Tornberg, Centerville, high school science; Erin Tounsley, Pierre, special education; and Brooke Vandersluis, Le Mars, Iowa, special education.

“The School of Education at USD is focused on preparing quality educators,” said Donald Easton-Brooks, education dean and professor. "Today we are witnessing a shortage of teachers both across the state and across the country. By awarding high school graduates an opportunity to have a meaningful impact on South Dakota schools, we are looking to promote quality teaching and address the shortage in the field. The students that received this scholarship are those who have a compassion for education and are those who are invested in having a positive impact on South Dakota communities."


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 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News