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Hartenstein Selected as Most Outstanding Applicant for NEA Scholarship

Morgan Hartenstein photo Morgan Hartenstein is an English education major in the School of Education.

VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota School of Education major Morgan Hartenstein was awarded the most outstanding submission for a scholarship to attend the National Education Association’s Leadership Summit in Orlando, Florida Feb. 24-26.

"We are honored to have such strong student leaders who are willing to represent our state and bring value to the field of education," said Donald Easton-Brooks, dean of the School of Education.

The purpose of the national leadership summit is to develop and train activist leaders with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to lead a relevant and thriving organization.

Hartenstein is secretary of the USD South Dakota Education Association Student Chapter and an English education major in her third year in the School of Education.


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.