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Education Major Cowan Wins Mrs. Schaefer's Scholarship

VERMILLION, S.D. – Courtney Cowan, a University of South Dakota senior elementary education major from Beresford, South Dakota, is a 2017 recipient of the Mrs. Gloria Schaefer’s Scholarship.

“I decided to pursue a career in education because I wanted to make a difference in students' lives,” said Cowan. “I want to make learning fun so that students enjoy coming to school.”

Cowan credited the USD School of Education for preparing her to succeed in her future career as a teacher. “There are so many aspects that I love about the School of Education. The staff is amazing,” said Cowan. “I also love that we have a year-long student teaching experience. You get to see what a full school year is like and you get to know the students better. “

The Mrs. Schaefer's Scholarship honors the life of longtime South Dakota educator Gloria Schaefer. Known as "Mrs. Schaefer" to hundreds of students, her family now supports her legacy by providing an annual $1,000 scholarship award to a South Dakota junior or senior collegiate student who exemplifies Schaefer's energy and selfless dedication to others. Though academic success is considered, the nominee must demonstrate drive and integrity. Most importantly, the candidate should be known for humble appreciation of family, friends and strangers.


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, kinesiology and sport management, and teacher residency and education.


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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News