BHSU Names First Recipient of Neil Lyon King and Joan (Sunderland) King Memorial Scholarship Fund

Black Hills State University announced the first recipient of the newest history academic scholarship, the Neil Lyon King and Joan (Sunderland) King Memorial Scholarship.  
The $1,025 scholarship was awarded to Zachary Sundsted, a junior history major at BHSU. He is a graduate of Spearfish High School. The scholarship is funded by the Neil Lyon King and Joan (Sunderland) King Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund, which was established by Terry Neil King, the son of Neil and Joan. 
“Upon the passing of my parents, a large number of historical items, including manuscripts, documents, and photos related to BHSU during World War II, came into my possession. These had all been collected or created when the 93rd CTD was stationed on campus. Many of the items were personal to my family and difficult to part with, but as a former history major myself, I knew the items would be better utilized and appreciated by current and future students, historians, and Spearfish residents if they were returned to where it all happened. In 2019 my family and I were pleased to donate those items to the archives at BHSU,” explained Terry Neil King. “The next logical step seemed to be the creation of a scholarship fund. Established in my parents’ names, not only to honor their memory, but especially to provide deserving history majors at BHSU an opportunity to pursue and expand their already keen interest in, and knowledge of, all things historical.” 
To be considered for this award, recipients are required to be a full-time student at BHSU, a declared history major, have completed 48 credit hours, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and be a graduate of a high school located in Lawrence County. The scholarship is awarded to one student each year.  
Neil Lyon King was born in Greeley, Colorado, in 1910, but raised in Denver. He joined the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1942, serving in Spearfish. He was assigned to the USAAF 93rd College Training Detachment at Black Hills Teachers College, now BHSU, as adjutant. Following overseas service in the Pacific, he was discharged at the rank of Captain in 1946 and was awarded a Bronze Star. After returning home he resumed his occupation in the banking industry at the First National Bank of Denver serving as Vice President in advertising, public relations, and civic affairs. After 50 years in the banking industry, he retired in 1975. Actively involved in civic organizations, he had a passion for golf and Colorado history. He married Joan Sunderland during his service in Spearfish, and they enjoyed 39 years together until his passing in 1983. 
Joan (Sunderland) King was born in 1923 in Spearfish and married Lieutenant Neil Lyon King in 1944. After Neil's return from service, they made their home in Denver, where Joan became a dedicated homemaker, involved in her children's activities and various organizations, including the Assistance League of Denver and the Colorado Lung Association. Joan passed away in Aurora, Colorado, in 1996. 
Anyone wishing to contribute to the Neil Lyon King and Joan (Sunderland) King Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund may do so by contacting the Black Hills State University Foundation at (605) 642-6385.