Margaret Wengert dedicated her life to educating and promoting the importance of music and the arts. Wengert, who died in February, now leaves a legacy that will help others follow her same path.
Black Hills State University recently announced a gift of $54,000 from Wengert for music and art scholarships.
“This generous gift will have a tremendous impact on the lives of students who might not otherwise have been able to achieve their dream of a college degree,” said Steve Meeker, BHSU vice president of university of advancement. “Donors do so much for the University as we were able to provide nearly $1 million in scholarships to students last year.”
Wengert, who was also a member of the BHSU Friends of Music, was a Huron College Huronian, a member of Phi Gamma Nu, Pi Lambda Theta, and is listed in the Who’s Who Among Graduates of American Colleges and Universities. She taught school for several years in South Dakota before accepting a position as a vocal music teacher in the Ketchikan Public Schools in Ketchikan, Alaska in 1947.
To augment her teaching skills, Wengert attended graduate classes at universities in Alaska, Arizona, Montana and Wyoming. In 1967, she was the Alaska Teacher of the Year, and in 1969, she was selected as an outstanding young civic leader in the United States. She was also a Master Teacher. She retired from teaching in 1974 and moved to Spearfish in 1979.
In addition to her love of teaching, Wengert was a talented musician and artist.
The first Wengert Scholarships will be awarded in the fall of 2013.