Black Hills State University graduate Marla (Hershey) Barnard, Class of '81, pledged to donate $12,500 to establish the Marla Hershey Barnard Scholarship Fund. The endowment will award $2,000 annually to a BHSU junior majoring in human resource management with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. Recipients must also be members of the BHSU student organization Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

While at BHSU, Barnard earned her bachelor’s degree in speech communications with a minor in business. She was also a member of the cheerleading squad and created the dance/cheer group - the Golden Sting. In addition, she was selected Miss Black Hills State and represented the University in the Miss South Dakota pageant.

Barnard is currently senior vice president of Human Resources for Fiserv, a Fortune 500 company that delivers integrated solutions to help financial service institutions, insurers, health benefit administrators, and employers manage and profit from information. She has had a successful career in public relations and human resources and has held management and senior-level executive positions at companies such as Duke Energy, Enron, Time Warner, and Comcast.

She also has many years of involvement with non-profit organizations. Barnard is currently serving as president for Child Advocates and Business Volunteers for the Arts. She is also a board member for the Volunteer Center, United Way, ESCAPE Family Resources, Society for the Performing Arts, and ChildBuilders. She is a graduate of Leadership Houston, which is a local organization recognizing and supporting Houston leaders. Barnard also served on the BHSU Foundation Advisory Board from 1994 to 1997.

For more information on establishing a scholarship at BHSU, contact Steve Meeker, vice president of University Advancement, at 605-642-6385 or Steve.Meeker@BHSU.edu.