VERMILLION, S.D. – Kaylee Mediger, a graduating senior from Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the inaugural recipient of the Jonette “Joni” and Robert “Bid” Miller Scholarship presented to an incoming South Dakota first-year student intending to major in Elementary Education. Mediger will receive $5,000 per year for a total award of $20,000.
Mediger credited her parents, particularly her mother Robin ’97 who taught kindergarten in the Sioux Falls area for 20 years, for instilling in her a desire to teach. Ryan ’96 and Robin Mediger are both USD graduates.
“I’ve always known I wanted be a teacher,” said Mediger. “My mom is a kindergarten teacher so I’ve been exposed to it my entire life.”
The recipient of the Jonette “Joni” and Robert “Bid” Miller Scholarship Endowment must satisfy a number of criteria including being in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class and must hold a desire to live and teach elementary education in South Dakota after graduation.
Mediger said she appreciated the financial assistance as well as the recognition from the scholarship.
“Any scholarship takes a load off financially but it also said I did enough work in high school,” said Mediger. “It was a pat on the back and it felt good to be rewarded.”