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April 6, 2013

DWU receives $1M donation from Randalls


At left, Ron and Charlys Randall, of Mitchell, present Connie and President Bob Duffett with a $1 million-check toward the Randall Endowed Scholarship fund at Dakota Wesleyan University.


MITCHELL — Dakota Wesleyan University recently received a generous donation from the Randall family to support an existing endowed scholarship by the same name.

Ron and Charlys Randall, of Mitchell, recently presented a check for $1 million to DWU President Bob Duffett. The gift was made to the F. Dwain Randall Endowed Scholarship, which is the most prestigious academic award given at DWU.

The Randall Scholarships were established in 1983 by the Randalls in memory of Ron’s father, F. Dwain “Doc” Randall. Starting with a small grocery store in Flandreau, Doc Randall built a grocery business encompassing 37 stores in a seven-state area. Doc served on the board of trustees for Dakota Wesleyan University from 1975 until his death in October 1981.

Ron is the former owner and CEO of Randall Stores Inc., and Charlys is a past member of the DWU Board of Trustees. The first Randall Scholarships were awarded in February 1984.

The Randall Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to academically successful high school seniors who display a strong talent for leadership and service. Students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and 24 ACT or 1090 SAT to compete for a Randall Scholarship. A current leadership resume must be submitted and attendance at Randall Scholarship Day is required, at which a personal interview is conducted. A limited number of Randall Scholars are named each year.

“Scholarships, especially merit-based scholarships like the Randall, tell students that someone believes in and is supportive of their dreams,” said Breanna Clark, a junior from Loveland, Colo., who was named a Randall Scholar in 2010. “By knowing that someone was willing to make an investment in your future, that they trust you to work hard and make a positive difference, gives you a sense that you can accomplish everything you ever wanted.”

Clark, who is double majoring in business administration and leadership and public service, has been on three mission and service-learning trips through Dakota Wesleyan and is active in three campus clubs and organizations. She is also an admissions office student worker, TRiO peer tutor, volunteers for new student orientation, and is planning to participate in this spring’s mission trip to Peru through campus ministry.

Like many students, scholarships would determine her college course and she said she would not have had the ability to come to Dakota Wesleyan if had not been for the Randall Scholarship.

“Right in the middle of my campus tour (during Randall Scholarship Day), as we were just coming out of the McGovern Library on our way to the Rollins Campus Center, I can remember looking across the snow-covered grass and having this feeling that Dakota Wesleyan was where I needed to be and would be where I would thrive,” Clark said. “I kept reminding myself that I could never afford any school without a scholarship. When I was told that I had received the Randall Scholarship, I was more than overjoyed. I knew that I would be able to have amazing opportunities that I never would have dreamed of at another college. The Randall Scholarship awarded me not only a monetary investment in my future, but also a secure feeling in knowing that my dreams were in fact possible.”

This year, five students were named Randall Scholars, including Clark’s sister, Dyrani Clark, Loveland, Colo., daughter of Gary and Sherry Clark; and Jasmin Fosheim, Pierre, daughter of Tory and LeAnna Fosheim; Rachelle Moore, Artesian, daughter of Jerry and Pam Moore, Randall Academic/Athletic winner; Ann Thury, Parkston, daughter of Leo and Irene Thury; and Kellan Willet, Lincoln, Neb., son of Scott and Danis Willet, Randall Academic/Athletic winner.


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