Black Hills State University recently received gifts from donors. “These generous gifts will provide significant financial support for BHSU students,” says Steve Meeker vice president of University Advancement. “All of us at the University appreciate the support. These gifts will provide needed financial support for students as they begin to transform their life by earning their degree.”

• Dr. Jim Hess, Black Hills State University professor of psychology, has pledged an additional $50,000 to the Lois Watts Scholarship for BHSU psychology majors.

Hess established the scholarship in honor of his grandmother Lois Watts. “I gave the contribution because I believe strongly something my grandmother taught me as a small child. We all need to give more than we take and this donation was a part of my commitment to honor her message to me," said Hess.

Steve Meeker, vice president of University Advancement at BHSU commented, “Dr. Hess has been a true leader on campus for many years and is a great example for all employees. This generous gift shows his commitment and passion for psychology students, his colleagues, and BHSU.”

• Jim Hood, Class of '69 and Kathleen (Donahue) Hood, Class of '77, have donated $50,000 to establish the Kathleen G. Hood Elementary Education Scholarship.
The scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior elementary education major. Jim is a long-time attorney in Spearfish and Kathleen is an elementary school principal in Sundance, Wyo.

• David Mickelson, Class of ‘94, and Valerie Mickelson, Sioux Falls, along with his mother Linda Mickelson Graham, his brother Mark Mickelson, his sister Amy Brecht, and their families, donated $50,000 to establish the Mickelson Family Athletic Endowment. David was a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Honorable Mention and an All-American Offensive Tackle for the Yellow Jacket football team while attending BHSU.

• First Premier Bankcard/First Premier Bank contributed an additional $48,000 to the BHSU scholarship fund. Twenty thousand dollars will be used for athletic scholarships and the additional $28,000 will provide scholarships for full-time students that work part-time at First Premier Bankcard in Spearfish. First Premier’s giving has now totaled nearly $300,000 to BHSU.

• Dan Dryden, Class of '68 and Judy (Boydston) Dryden, Class of '70, have made a commitment of $25,000 to BHSU. Dan served in the Rapid City School System as an assistant superintendent for Business Affairs. Judy was the director of Special Services for the Rapid City School System. Judy serves on the BHSU Foundation Board.

• The Cowboys and Candle Light Dinner and Auction, held in conjunction with the annual Will Lantis Yellow Jacket Stampede Rodeo, had an attendance of over 300 and raised $13,000. The funds that were raised, which included $2,000 donated by the Lantis Foundation, will help with travel expenses and scholarships for the rodeo team.