Black Hills State University recently announced the names of eleven students who were awarded over $17,000 as the Dakota ASSETS scholarship winners.
The recipients of a $3,500 scholarship were: Celisty Cadotte, senior secondary education certification from Rapid City; Jim Leuthold, senior secondary education certification from Black Hawk; Matthew Parsons, freshman K-12 teacher certification from Laramie, Wyo.; Christie Schwendeman, senior history major from Belle Fourche; and Nicole Uhre, freshman secondary education certification from Black Hawk.
Students awarded scholarship amounts of $2,846.40 were: Amber Anker, senior elementary education major from Newell; Lauren Beckett, senior elementary education major from Anchorage, Alaska; Elke King, senior elementary education major from Sturgis; Tara Knowlton, senior elementary education major from Rapid City; Kristie Lindskov, senior early child/spec education major from Rapid City; and Kimberly Yeoman, senior elementary education major from Rapid City.
Dakota ASSETS, an acronym for All Students are Served by Exceptional Teachers, is a major collaborative grant awarded to BHSU, Technology and Innovation in Education (TIE), and Teach for America. The five-year $5.9 million grant will support the recruitment, training, and placement of talented individuals into teaching positions in high need K-12 classrooms and support them during their first year in the classroom.
BHSU, which has the largest teacher education program in the state, calls upon the strengths of the existing education programs as these new initiatives are developed. All of the Dakota ASSETS programs stress theory into practice, which means participants will work toward certification as they teach regularly in a classroom, matched with a mentor teacher. Scholarships of up to $3,500 support the cost of tuition, transportation, living needs and childcare for individuals teaching in high-need schools upon graduation.