Scholarship started in memory of BHSU alum and longtime University business manager

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, October 20, 2014/Categories: 2014

           Oretta Jastorff donated $10,000 to Black Hills State University to establish the Marvin Jastorff Scholarship Fund in honor of her husband.  Marv received his bachelor&rsquos degree from BHSU and later served as a University accountant and business manager.

Oretta Jastorff, the wife of the late Marvin (Marv) Jastorff, Class of &rsquo59, donated $10,000 to establish the Marvin Jastorff Scholarship Fund to provide assistance to future generations of Black Hills State University Yellow Jackets. Marvin passed away in August 2010 and with this scholarship his dedication to BHSU will live on.

Marv grew up in Sturgis and went to BHSU where he studied business. He received his bachelor&rsquos degree from BHSU and then earned his master&rsquos degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota. Prior to working at BHSU, Marv was a special investigator for the federal government. One of his personal highlights was when he had the opportunity to interview former U.S. President Harry S. Truman. Marv was hired by BHSU President Dr. Russell Jonas as a University accountant and then became the business manager. He retired in 1987.

While at BHSU, Marv was a proud advocate of the student activities on campus.  Michael Jastorff, son of Marv and Oretta who is now the director of the University Bookstore at BHSU, said he remembers going to almost all the sporting and theatre events on campus as a child.  

"He knew where the resources were being placed and filled the gap with moral and financial support, professionally and personally," said Michael

The Jastorff scholarship is awarded to a freshman or sophomore music major from Spearfish or Sturgis. The scholarship will alternate annually and is based on merit or need basis.   

"Marvin wanted to help the programs that were overshadowed by others," said Michael.

During his 26 years at BHSU Marv served four presidents and received the inaugural Student Services award by the BHSU Student Government. He was also recognized as Phi Sig Man of the Year.

Oretta now lives in Lady Lake, Fla., where Marv retired and spent his last days.


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