Scholarship established in Elsberry's memory An endowed scholarship fund has been created at The University of South Dakota in memory of the late Dorothy Elsberry, the first chair of USD's Department of Occupational Therapy.
The Dr. Dorothy Anne Elsberry Scholarship Endowment was created by the USD Occupational Department using several memorial gifts received by The University of South Dakota Foundation. The scholarship is for students who have shown qualities and performance that emulates the values that were important to Elsberry. Those values include creativity, pragmatism, and promotion of occupational therapy, service to others and above normal participation in extracurricular activities.
Elsberry, originally of Arkansas, attended the University of Kansas where she received a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy. In Wisconsin, she practiced as an occupational therapist before returning to the University of Kansas to complete her master's and doctorate degrees. While on the occupational therapy faculty at the University of Kansas, she developed and became director of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. She moved to Memphis, TN, in 1986 to develop and chair the University of Tennessee's Undergraduate Occupational Therapy Program.
In 1991, she moved to Vermillion to develop the entry-level master's degree program.