NSU endowment honors longtime South Dakota educator

Portrait of a man and a woman

ABERDEEN, S.D. – A new endowment through the Northern State University Foundation honors a Northern alumna who worked for almost 40 years in education in South Dakota.

The $105,000 Norma Brugman Endowment was started by Bruce Brugman of Rapid City to honor the legacy of his wife, Norma. Both are 1969 Northern graduates.

Norma Brugman taught seventh grade for 38 years in Doland, Clark, Blunt and Dakota Middle School in Rapid City. As an educator, Brugman was known for her innovation as well as her caring nature with students. She was also known as a supportive mentor to her colleagues.

Brugman passed away in 2018 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Now, the Norma Brugman Endowment will fund an annual scholarship for a female NSU student who is a native born South Dakotan; current South Dakota resident; and majoring in secondary education, with an emphasis on English and social studies.

For more information or to donate to the endowment, please contact the NSU Foundation at 605-626-2550.

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a regional university that offers outstanding academics and exceptional extracurricular activities at an affordable price on a safe, welcoming campus. Northern State recently announced its Educational Impact Campaign, with a goal of raising $55 million for a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, new athletic and recreation fields, and an on-campus regional sports complex. Once the campaign is complete, NSU will be the recipient of more than $100 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.