Milestone Birthday '50 for 50 Campaign' to Raise Money for AU Impact Scholarships
A new decade begins!
In honor of our leader’s bold heart and belief in the transformational power of education, we celebrated President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin's milestone birthday with the 50 for 50 Campaign.
The 50 day countdown to the big celebration on Thursday, December 3, was filled with special memories and sparked tremendous support for the campaign. Our original goal was to raise $50,000 for Augustana Impact Scholarships. Viking Bold generosity provided matching gifts totaling $60,000. Our new goal was to meet this match and we did — raising a grand total of $141,405!
The Augustana Impact Scholarships are awarded annually and will be available immediately to both new and upper-level students with great financial need, ensuring they have the resources necessary to pursue their bold futures at AU.
Thank you for joining us throughout the 50 days of the campaign, as we told the inspirational story of this proud South Dakotan, whose deep roots in the prairie have kept her grounded and provided strength for her trailblazing journey, which has broken barriers, built bridges, and created female firsts.
Follow @AugustanaSD to learn more about her incredible journey:
- Herseth Sandlin has a great appreciation for the arts as she loves to play the piano. She played basketball for Groton High School and was a 1600 meter state champ.
- Herseth was elected governor of South Dakota Girls State in 1988, and returned to Girls State as Congresswoman Herseth Sandlin in 2009.
- Herseth attended college in Washington, D.C., graduating summa cum laude from Georgetown University, and cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center.
- Herseth Sandlin was elected to the U.S. House of Representative in 2004. She was the first woman elected to the U.S. House from South Dakota and the youngest woman serving in Congress during that time.
- On September 15, 2017, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin was inaugurated as the 24th president of Augustana University.
- During President Herseth Sandlin's time at Augustana, she has celebrated two national championships.