Caroline Christopherson, a Black Hills State University senior, has been awarded a $2,150 Haines Scholarship for the 2008-2009 academic year by the South Dakota Board of Regents. Christopherson, a native of Hermosa, currently has a cumulative grade point average of 3.85.

Administered by the Board of Regents, the Haines scholarship is awarded each year to a regental university sophomore, junior, or senior who is pursuing studies leading to a teaching certificate.  Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their GPA, high school and college memberships, services and activities, and statements of personal and educational philosophy.

The Haines Scholarship was established by Douglas Fugitt in memory of his wife, Dora Lee Haines, and her three sisters.  The four Haines sisters were all teachers in one-room rural schools in Perkins and Corson counties of South Dakota.  The fund is an open endowment to which additional gifts may be made at any time through the South Dakota Board of Regents.