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Former BHSU Swarm Day queen donates money for scholarships

McLaughlin
The Russell Jonas Memorial Scholarship Fund was recently established at Black Hills State University through a donation from the estate of Donna Gail McLaughlin.

McLaughlin, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from BHSU in 1950, was a retired school teacher at the time of her death. She taught for over 30 years, beginning in Belle Fourche, then moving to Lewistown, Mont., and to Lead before settling in Rapid City in 1968, where she worked until her retirement in 1989.

As a student at BHSU, McLaughlin was a member of Kappa Delta Pi and was elected Swarm Day queen in 1949. She was involved in several local organizations and enjoyed dancing, skiing, traveling, computers, and helping with the senior center newspaper.

The scholarship will be awarded to an elementary and/or special education major with a middle school emphasis. Recipients must be full-time, with at least a sophomore standing and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

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