BHSU will name the second Make a Difference Initiative scholarship recipient

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, April 6, 2017/Categories: 2016

 Dr. Jim Hess, a professor in psychology and chair of the School of Behavioral Sciences at BHSU, pledged a $1 million gift to the University in 2014. Student Shenae LaCroix, exercise science major from Newcastle, Wyo., received the first-ever BHSU Make a Difference Initiative Scholarship for the 2014/15 calendar year, a $2,500 scholarship that encourages recipients to develop a sustainable community project.

Black Hills State University will announce the 2015-2016 Make a Difference Initiative scholarship recipient during the Make a Difference Ceremony, Wednesday, April 13, 4 p.m. in the Joy (Proctor) Krautschun Alumni/Foundation Welcome Center (Joy Center). For the second year in a row, BHSU students submitted applications outlining their ideas for a program to make a difference in the lives of others.

Dr. Jim Hess, a professor in psychology and chair of the School of Behavioral Sciences at BHSU, pledged a $1 million gift to the University in 2014 to establish the Make a Difference Initiative. Through the Initiative, in exchange for scholarship funds, students are challenged to develop a sustainable community project that will bring a positive impact to people's lives.

Sandy Klarenbeek, health educator in the BHSU College of Education and chair of the Make a Difference Initiative Board of Directors, said the Make a Difference Initiative awards students a $2,500 scholarship that goes towards college expenses, and an additional $2,500 to be used for the implementation of their service project.

"The impact of the initiative is almost immeasurable. Students who receive the award connect the University and the community with their winning ideas, and initiate a positive change in peoples' lives" added Klarenbeek.

The Make a Difference scholarship is available to BHSU School of Behavioral Sciences students with declared major(s) in exercise science, human services, psychology, sociology, or outdoor education.

The applications for the 2015/16 calendar year closed March 28. The results will be announced after the committee reviews and scores the submitted applications.

"The ceremony is a great opportunity for students to learn more about the initiative and for guests to donate to the scholarship fund benefiting our students and community," adds Klarenbeek.

The Make a Difference Initiative will continue to award students with future scholarships. Those interested in making a donation to the initiative can contact BHSU University Advancement at 605-642-6385 or donate online at http://bhsu.edu/Alumni/GetInvolved/Donate.

For more information about Make a Difference Initiative, contact Klarenbeek at 605-642-6042 or Sandy.Klarenbeek@BHSU.edu.
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