Sonja Pederson, a senior at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, was the winner of the Black Hills State University Smile, Send, Win social media contest. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
 Black Hills State University student Zolboo Tsogoo, professional accounting major from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, amassed the highest number of likes with 5,050.
A prospective Black Hills State University student recently earned a scholarship by using her social media skills.  

BHSU recently announced that Sonja Pederson of Sioux Falls won a $1,000 scholarship in the Smile, Send, and Win social media contest.

Pederson is a senior at Roosevelt High School who plans to attend BHSU this fall. “My parents encouraged me to look at the campus when we were in the Hills last summer, and the first time I saw (BHSU) I knew it was the school for me,” said Pederson. “Having to pay for school on my own, I thought the contest would be a fun and easy way to get money for school. I was extremely surprised, excited, and grateful [of winning] for any help I can get to pay for schooling.”

Pederson is planning to study business with an emphasis in tourism and hospitality management as well as photography while at BHSU.

Britney Weber, math and science major from Rapid City, was the winner of the contest for current students. She received a $100 gift card to the campus bookstore.

To enter the contest students submitted a photo of themselves posing with the BHSU displays at either the Rushmore Mall in Rapid City or the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls. All submissions were posted in the contest album on the BHSU Facebook page. Students who got the most “likes” for their photos were entered in a drawing for the scholarship.

 The two students who received the most ‘likes’ for their photos received special recognition.  BHSU student Zolboo Tsogoo, professional accounting major from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia amassed an incredible 5,050 likes and prospective student Shaylee Flint of New Underwood, gathered more than 1,200 likes.

“We were really impressed with the level of participation in our first ever social media scholarship contest at Black Hills State,” says Corinne Hansen, director of marketing and communications. “The students showed their social media connectedness by gathering thousands of ‘likes’ for their photos. This was a fun interactive way for students to earn scholarship funds.”

The BHSU Alumni Association sponsored the scholarship and prizes for the contest.