Olson awarded Volstorff Scholarship

Olson awarded Volstorff Scholarship
Michelle Olson of Meckling was awarded the Vivian V. Volstorff Scholarship for the 2006-2007 school year at South Dakota State University.

Olson, a freshman at SDSU, is the daughter of Warren and Roxane Olson of Meckling and a 2006 graduate of Vermillion High School.

She has been active in Students Against Drunk Driving, German Club, Natural Helpers, Girls State, band, Bergen Lutheran Youth Group, basketball, volleyball and soccer. An honor student, she was homecoming queen and has served as a Sunday School teacher and volunteers in various capacities.


Vivian V. Volstorff, born in Chicago in 1907, graduated with a bachelor's degree in history in 1928 and a master's degree in history and political science in 1929. She entered the doctoral program at Northwestern and attended summer school at Harvard while conducting research at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. In 1932 she completed her doctorate and sought work as a history professor.

Volstorff joined South Dakota State College as dean of women and history professor in 1932 and found herself working in five main areas: supervising female students; counseling; arranging housing; assisting in job placement; and, most importantly, directing the social programs. Volstorff retired in 1973 after 41 years of listening to student problems, welcoming new students, and serving on countless committees. She worked unceasingly to prepare State's young women for productive, fulfilling futures. She left a mark now permanently etched in the history f SDSU. She died Oct. 2, 2002 at the age of 95.

Volstorff scholarship recipients are incoming female freshman with ACT scores of 24 or higher majoring within the College of Arts and Sciences.

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