The family of Steven Haataja established a scholarship in memory of the Black Hills State University graduate who was teaching mathematics at Chadron State College at the time of his death.

One $500 scholarship will be awarded annually through the 2010-2011 school year in memory of Haataja. Recipients must be a junior or senior majoring in math at BHSU. Preference will be given to students from western South Dakota.

Haataja, who graduated summa cum laude from BHSU in 1985, joined the Chadron State College faculty after spending six years working on his doctorate and serving as a teaching assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He lived the first 10 years of his life in the Twin Cities of Minnesota before his family moved to Spearfish. Haataja earned a master’s degree from UNL in 1987 and was a teaching assistant there until 1991. During the next two years, he taught math at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. He then spent the next 6 ½ years working in technical support and training for a Sioux Falls computer firm before beginning work on his doctorate.

For more information on scholarships contact Steve Meeker, BHSU vice president of University Advancement, at SteveMeeker@BHSU.edu or call (605) 642-6385.