USD Foundation announces new scholarship

The University of South Dakota Foundation announces the creation of The Harry and Kitty Koenig Scholarship Endowment.  To honor their parents, Dr. Joyce Koenig �78 B.A., �83 M.D., and Dr. Carolyn Koenig �80 B.S., created this scholarship to benefit Vermillion High School graduates attending The University of South Dakota.

Dr. Harry and Kitty Koenig were long-time Vermillion residents of Vermillion with strong connections to the university and community.  Dr. Koenig taught French, German and Spanish and served as Head of the department of modern foreign languages and a Fulbright advisor.  He retired as a Professor Emeritus in 1982.  Kitty gave private Spanish lessons and taught part-time.  Both were avid readers and life-ling learners. 

�Education was very important to our parents.  In memoriam, we established the Harry and Kitty Koenig Scholarship Endowment to be awarded to a graduate of Vermillion High School who will be attending the University of South Dakota.  In that way, they will also be giving back to two groups that were very important to them,� said Carolyn.

Vermillion High School 2011 graduates are eligible for this newly created scholarship, which offers $1,200 per year for four years and is given based on financial need and academic merit.  Interested students should email  More information is available by contacting Joni Friedel, Director of Scholarship Administration at USD at 677-6297 or Cyndie Madsen at VHS Guidance office at 677-7033.  Deadline is May 18.

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