Vermillion student earns scholarship of $1,800 for academic achievement The University of South Dakota has presented 10 students the Akeley-Lawrence-Norgren Scholarship for their academic achievements, including Becky Rahm, Vermillion, daughter of John Donner.
This award was established in 1951 by Carl A. Norgren, president of the C.A. Norgren Company in Englewood, CA (manufacturers of Pneumatic Products), and Ernest O. Lawrence in memory of Lewis Akeley, who influenced generations of USD students.
Akeley served as the dean of the Engineering School at USD from 1907 to 1933. One of the most outstanding students was E. O. Lawrence, who later became a Nobel Laureate. The scholarship honors both Akeley and Lawrence. Norgren's name was added to the scholarship after his death.
Ten $1,800 scholarships are awarded to junior and senior students majoring in the following areas of study: earth sciences, physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics or computer science.
The selection committee consists of the president of USD, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and an alumnus appointed by the president. The committee is guided in its selection by specific qualifications enumerated by the donors with respect to initiative, leadership, interest in physics or allied sciences, general scholarship, and other indications of promise.