The Baruth Scholarship was established in 2017 to honor the memory of Tena Baruth and her dedication to education and athletics. Born in Tzum, Netherlands, to Sam and Minnie Boomsma, Tena immigrated to the United States with her parents and five sibliings when she was a little girl, settling in South Dakota. She married Roger Baruth in 1967, and together they raised five sons on the family farm.
As a teacher, guidance counselor and coach (the first female basketball coach in Carthage High School [S.D.] history), Tena had a positive, lasting impact on thousands of children. She shared her commitment to education, love of athletics and solid work ethic with her sons, all of whom participated in college athletics and earned degrees.
This scholarship is established to assist those in teh SVSU basketball program to achieve degree completion.
The scholarship will be administered according to the following criteria.
1. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must:
a. be an incoming, current or past member of the varsity men's basketball team;
b. maintain academic good standing;
c. be enrolled full- or part-time;
d. demonstrate ability or potential to make a positive contribution to the basketball program
2. Recipients will be selected by the men's basketball coach and the director of athletics.
3. The number and amount of awards will be determined by the funds provided by the donor for that purpose.
4. The Office of Scholarships and Student Financial Aid will disburse the annual award according to regular University fiscal procedure.
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