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Wyoming educator’s impact inspires scholarship legacy at BHSU

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, July 12, 2018/Categories: Alumni, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Staff, Scholarships

The Guthmiller and Burgess families donated $10,000 to the Black Hills State University Foundation to create the Betty Lloyd Memorial Scholarship Endowment at BHSU. 
 
An annual scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior at BHSU majoring in Elementary Education with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Preference will be given to students from Casper, Wyo. The first award will be given the fall of 2018. 
 
The scholarship honors Betty who was an award-winning elementary teacher who taught more than 30 years in Wyoming. She spent most of her career teaching third and fifth grade at Pineview Elementary, Fort Casper Elementary, and University Park Elementary in Casper.
 
“My grandmother Betty made a positive impact on everyone she met. As an educator, she touched the lives of hundreds of children throughout her career,” said Kanda Guthmiller, scholarship coordinator at BHSU and an alum of the University. “I decided to start this scholarship in Betty’s memory so that her legacy would last in perpetuity.”
 
Steve Meeker, Vice President of University Advancement, says “we very much appreciate the generosity of the Guthmiller/Burgess families and it truly is a deserving memorial to Betty who taught for 30 years in the state of Wyoming.” 
 
For more information on the scholarship or if you wish to donate to the fund, please contact Steve Meeker at 605-642-6385.
 
About the School of Education at BHSU
BHSU has the largest teacher preparation program in the state of South Dakota. The elementary education degree can be completed in Spearfish or at BHSU-Rapid City. BHSU graduates have a 100 percent pass rate on licensure exams. A high percentage of graduates from the BHSU education program are hired immediately in classrooms throughout the region from kindergarten through grade eight. Fall classes begin Aug. 20 and there is still time register. Visit www.BHSU.edu for more information.
 
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