BHSU-RC student awarded 2015 Jacket Ride Scholarship

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, August 13, 2015/Categories: 2015








            More than 70 motorcyclists took part in the third annual Black Hills State University Jacket Ride, an annual motorcycle ride that raises funds for the BHSU Jacket Ride Scholarship. BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr., left, presents a check to BHSU-Rapid City student Tyler Rousselle, human services major from Custer, this year&rsquos BHSU Jacket Ride Scholarship recipient, at the Buffalo Chip Campground.



More than 70 motorcyclists took part in the third annual Black Hills State University Jacket Ride Aug. 4, raising more than $4,000 for student veteran scholarships.

The annual ride was held during the 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The BHSU Jacket Ride took motorcyclists on an 88-mile trip through the Northern Black Hills and eastern Wyoming. Proceeds from the ride go toward the BHSU Jacket Ride Scholarship, which awards annual scholarships to BHSU student veterans.

This year&rsquos Jacket Ride Scholarship recipient was BHSU-Rapid City student Tyler Rousselle, human services-justice studies major from Custer. He was presented a $500 scholarship at a ceremony following the ride at the Buffalo Chip Campground.

"It was an honor to receive the BHSU Jacket Ride Scholarship," Rousselle said. "Many of the riders were veterans themselves, so it was even more special that the money came from other veterans. It&rsquos a phenomenal and unique way to give back to student veterans at BHSU."

Rousselle said the scholarship money will help immensely in pursuing his degree. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. for five years, deploying three times overseas. While with the Marines, Rousselle was part of the fleet anti-terrorism team and worked as an infantry rifleman, both jobs that inspired him to pursue a degree in justice studies.

"Those skills I learned from the Marines, blended with the fact my grandfather was a police officer helped me decide what I wanted to do," said Rousselle.

Once he earns his degree, Rousselle hopes to work for the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation or the Custer County Sheriff&rsquos Office.

While studying at BHSU-RC, Rousselle said he experiences firsthand the assistance the University provides student veterans from registration and throughout their academic careers.

Rousselle is married with two children, and attending classes at BHSU-RC allows him to watch his kids during the day and take classes at night.

"I have been able to get my schedule to work for me. The counselors at BHSU-RC have been helping at planning and keeping me on the right track to graduating when I want to graduate."

Rousselle is actively involved in the BHSU ROTC program and he said the BHSU Student Veteran clubs provide another helpful resource for students.

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