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Three USD Students Named Faithe Scholars

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Faithe Family Scholarship awarded more than $8,000 to three University of South Dakota Master of Public Health (MPH) students this year.

Amanda Kronberg lives in Sioux Falls and works full-time at Sanford USD Medical Center as a medical laboratory scientist. Kiara Pochardt lives in Fargo, ND and works as a clinical research coordinator for the BioBank at Sanford Health. Tasha Wendel lives near Sioux City and is a full-time dental hygienist. She has been working in the dental community for more than 11 years. All of the scholarship recipients are in their second year of the MPH program and were each awarded $2,715.

The Faithe Family Scholarship Endowment was designed to recognize University of South Dakota students who demonstrate high achievement, plan to serve the healthcare delivery system and who show financial need. The Faithe Family gave an $8.7 million scholarship fund in 2005 to the University of South Dakota’s School of Health Sciences to support students studying healthcare.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


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.