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Black Hills State University recently received a gift of $37,919 from former educator, Edith Gutsche Anderson.

A lifelong interest in education motivated Anderson to leave this gift to the BHSU Foundation for scholarships. The funds will assist students from Butte and Meade counties with educational costs.

Anderson graduated from Newell High School in 1928 and attended Northern State Teacher’s College for one year to receive her first grade teaching certificate. While still in college, she received a letter from school board president Madge Milberg, offering her a contract to teach at the Upper School in the Webb District. She had seen Anderson work with children and decided she would be a great teacher.

Anderson later received her diploma from Black Hills Teacher’s College after several years of teaching. Although she began her 42-year teaching career in a Butte County country school, Edith spent most of her teaching years in the Nisland and Vale schools. Anderson died June 14, 2009, at the Sturgis Regional Health Care Center.

“This is a wonderful gift for BHSU,” said Steve Meeker, vice president of University Advancement. “We deeply appreciate Edith’s gesture and the confidence she has shown in our university.”

The first scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2010. Anderson also donated $12,961 to the Newell School District for students to attend BHSU.