Endowed scholarships honor Warners

Endowed scholarships honor Warners An endowed scholarship program has been created for The University of South Dakota Department of Computer Science in the names of three lifetime Vermillion residents, Mervin C., Bertha E., and Gerald E. Warner.

The endowment was created by Mervin and Bertha Warner's son, Mervin B. Warner, of Richmond, VA, who received a bachelor of science degree from USD in 1957. The scholarship was created for outstanding, undergraduate computer science majors who display a clear sense of community service and desire to help others.

A native of Vermillion, Mervin C. Warner, a USD alumnus, was a restaurant owner and U.S. Postal Service employee. His wife, Bertha Eichel Warner, originally of Parker, received a bachelor of science degree in history from USD in 1931. She worked for the university for many years in the registrar's office. Mervin and Bertha were married in 1934. Mervin's brother, Gerald E. Warner, graduated from USD in 1937. Gerald Warner was killed in action in World War II, flying a B-24 bomber over Var, France.

The mission of the USD Foundation is to provide private financial resources for the university, in order to increase the excellence of the educational experience provided by USD, with the goal of creating the best small public university in the nation emphasizing excellence in teaching.

Total new giving to the USD Foundation last year was almost $4 million, up 33 percent from the previous year. Total new assets of the foundation increased by 16 percent in FY98, to $50 million in assets as a result of generous gifts and bequests from alumni and friends of USD.

Last year, the USD Foundation granted more than $1.5 million in scholarships, about $1.1 million for support of the academic departments of the university and over $540 thousand for capital projects and equipment. New endowments for scholarships or other purposes that benefit the university may be created within the USD Foundation for as little as $5,000, contributed over two years.

For more information,

contact the USD Foundation

at (605) 677-6703 or http://


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