Announcing the 2017-18 Christopherson Scholars

Six Augustana students have been awarded Fred C. and J. Marie Christopherson Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year.

Faculty and staff can nominate students for the awards. From there, the Augustana Faculty Scholarship and Awards Committee makes selections on the basis of scholarship, campus/community service, and how well the nominees fit the donors' description as someone “equipped for life.”

Fred C. Christopherson, who died in 1989, was the editor of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader for 31 years. J. Marie Christopherson, who died in 1989, wrote the "Driftwood" column published in the Argus Leader for 20 years.

The 2017-18 Christopherson Scholarship recipients are:

  • Shelby Baatz '19, an athletic training major from Sioux Falls
  • Sarah Cunningham '19, an English and secondary education major from Grove City, Minnesota
  • Grace Fjellanger '19, a communication studies and media studies major from Sioux Falls
  • Jacob Knutson '19, an English, journalism and government major from Black Hawk, South Dakota
  • Mary Raes '18, a sign language interpreting major from Slater, Iowa
  • Lydia Simmons '18, a philosophy and Spanish major from Sioux Falls


Kelly Sprecher
Director of Media Relations
605.274.5526