Scholarship need is focus of 2020 DSU Gala

Raising money for scholarships is the focus for this year’s annual Gala for Dakota State University in Madison.

The DSU Gala is February 21st at the District in Sioux Falls. This year’s theme is One Night – One Cause.  

There were one-point-three-million dollars in scholarships given out at Dakota State last year, helping alleviate students’ financial burdens and making college more feasible.  

Mark Millage, DSU vice president of Institutional Advancement, said DSU enrollment is rising, the achievement level of students at Dakota State is increasing, and the demand for financial assistance is growing for both academic and needs-based scholarships.  To meet these needs, the goal for the 32nd annual event is to raise 150-thousand dollars for scholarships, which will help even more students earn a college degree.

More than 300 attended the 2019 event, which raised $110,000 to support student scholarships. Organizers expect 400 to attend this year’s Gala, and options are also available for online giving. 

The 2020 Gala begins at 5:30 p.m. on February 21st with a social hour, followed by dinner and a short program.  There are also live and silent auction items, including Elton John concert tickets, and packages to national league sporting events.   The items can be viewed at and bidding will go live Monday, February 17th.  Tickets to attend the event are available at through February 3. Questions may be directed to the DSU Foundation office at 605-256-5693.