Romkema Running Scholarship established at BHSU

Author: BHSU Communications/Wednesday, June 7, 2017/Categories: 2017

A new scholarship has been established at Black Hills State University by community leaders Fred and Priscilla Romkema. Avid runners, the Romkema Running Scholarship will be awarded annually to a member of the BHSU Cross Country Team. Fred and Priscilla Romkema are pictured here after completing the 2016 Bolder Boulder Race.

A new scholarship has been established at Black Hills State University by two longtime community leaders, Fred Romkema, former state representative, and Dr. Priscilla Romkema, former dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences at BHSU.

The Romkema Running Scholarship will be awarded annually to a full-time student at BHSU who is an active member of the BHSU Cross Country Team, with preference given to students with a declared major in business or natural sciences.

Both Fred and Priscilla Romkema are avid runners, having competed in many half and full marathons over the years including the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon.

"Priscilla and I are pleased and proud to assist aspiring students and athletes to complete their academic degrees and to excel at a lifetime sport, running," said Fred.

Fred served eight years in the South Dakota House of Representatives from 2009-2016, including service on the House Appropriations Committee. He worked at the Northern Hills Training Center in Spearfish for more than 38 years, serving as CEO of the organization he co-founded to provide quality residential and vocational options for adults with developmental disabilities. Fred served as Mayor of Spearfish (1987-1996) and as a member of the Spearfish City Council (1979-1987). In the 1970s, Fred served as a speech and hearing therapist in the Lead-Deadwood School District.

Priscilla served for 20 years at BHSU, her alma mater, as dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences (10 years) and as a business faculty member, department chair, and center director (10 years). Past key leadership and international opportunities included serving as President of the National Business Education Association from 2016-2017, as Zonta International District 12 Governor (SD, MT, WY, CO) from 2008-2010, and as a training advisor with the Environmental Policy and Technology Project in Russia in the early 1990s. Priscilla recently accepted the position of President of the Regional Health Foundation and will start her new position in late June 2017.

The first $1,000 Romkema Running Scholarship will be awarded to a BHSU student this fall.
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