Two BHSU students receive the Dorothy Morris Memorable Scholarship

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, September 16, 2014/Categories: 2014


            Hunter Schmuck, elementary education major from Spearfish, was the junior recipient of the Dorothy Morris Memorable Scholarship.


           Rhonda Elwess, elementary education major from Chadron, Neb., was the senior recipient of the Dorothy Morris Memorable Scholarship.  

 
Two Black Hills State University education majors were awarded the Dorothy Morris Memorable Scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Rhonda Elwess, elementary education major from Chadron, Neb., received the senior $2,000 scholarship and Hunter Schmuck, elementary education major from Spearfish, was awarded the junior $1,000 scholarship.

Recipients of the Dorothy Morris Memorable Scholarship are chosen by the Scholarship Committee of the Black Hills Retired Teacher Association in Rapid City. Morris taught in South Dakota for more than 40 years. She began her career at country schools in western South Dakota before becoming a first-grade teacher in Rapid City.

The scholarship was created in memory of Morris&rsquo teaching career and is only offered to BHSU education students.

Elwess, who attended a rural school of 30 students in kindergarten through eighth grade, said she wants to use her education degree to teach in a small, ranching and farming community similar to the one she grew up in.

"The smaller school settings provide a unique opportunity for really working with a student&rsquos individual needs to give the best education possible," she said.

Elwess is a member of the BHSU chapters Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi. She also has been involved in Swarm Days Committees.

Schmuck said it was an honor to be selected as one of the scholarship recipients and that it shows her hard work has paid off.

"It&rsquos a huge honor for all my hard work I&rsquove done over the years," Schmuck said. "I&rsquove always known I wanted to work with children and that BHSU was where I wanted to earn my degree."

After graduation, Schmuck plans to teach students in preschool or kindergarten.

"I love the little ones," Schmuck said. "This age group is what really inspired me to become a teacher."

Schmuck has always enjoyed working with children. She worked in day care centers and preschools and taught dance classes over the years.

"Being able to witness learning experiences with a child is unexplainable," she said. "I love knowing that I am helping and making a difference for their future not only as a learner, but as a whole individual. I not only want to help children learn the basics of education, but also to be kind and caring children."
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