Black Hills State University says “thanks a million” to employees for their dedication and support through an upcoming employee campaign designed to show appreciation to faculty and staff while making them aware of the remarkable increase in student scholarships.

“We wanted to take a moment to let people know what BHSU has achieved in student scholarships and where we are headed in the future,” Steve Meeker, vice president for institutional advancement says. “We’d like to thank employees for their dedication and support of our students.”

The growth in student scholarships at BHSU has been tremendous in recent years. At the turn of the century, BHSU awarded approximately $374,000 in scholarships. This year more than $895,000 was awarded. According to Meeker, BHSU is projected to award more than $1 million in scholarships through the BHSU Foundation and the Yellow Jacket Foundation by the end of the decade.

“To reach our million-dollar goal, we need the participation of each and every faculty and staff member,” John Kietzmann, director of development, says. He suggests that employees consider donating the equivalent to one hour’s wage each month through payroll deduction.

“Our goal is to have 100 percent participation by faculty and staff this year. If you already make a contribution, consider increasing it,” Kietzmann says. “Remember you can choose specific programs or designate the contribution to the area with the greatest need.”

Employees have several options for their contributions including payroll deduction and electronic fund transfer. For more information, contact Meeker at 6228 or Kietzmann at 6832.