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The Blue Hawk Scholarship Fund

is the unified effort of alumni athletes, sport-specific clubs, and University friends to support the student-athletes at Dickinson State University. Together, we build, maintain, and enhance scholarships and program support for Blue Hawk Athletics.  
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Ways to give

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Blue Hawk Scholarship Fund


By designating your gift to support the general scholarship fund, your dollars will support each athletic program at Dickinson State University, Go Blue Hawks!

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Donor VS Supporters


“A Donor to the Blue Hawk Scholarship Fund, is a person or business making a philanthropic gift to support the athletic programs at Dickinson State University. This is a tax-deductible gift to the DSU Heritage Foundation."

Annual Scholarship Donation, Unrestricted gifts to Athletics


“A Supporter of the Blue Hawk Scholarship Fund is an individual or company receiving services or products in return for a transactional agreement."

Sponsorships packages, purchasing auction items during an event 


Kyle Smith '12

Development Officer, Athletics & Rodeo

A Dickinson State graduate, Kyle originally found DSU by way of Ft. Collins, Colorado. In his time as a Blue Hawk, he has been a player, coach, announcer, and volunteer. In the spring of 2021, Kyle joined the DSU Heritage Foundation staff and was charged with leading the creation of the Blue Hawk Scholarship Fund, to support the student-athletes at Dickinson State University. Kyle is married to another DSU graduate, Brittney (Morast) Smith ’11 from Beulah, North Dakota. Together, they have two future Blue Hawks, Brannigan and Jett.


Annual Giving, Sport Specific Giving, Named Scholarships, Sponsorships, Season Tickets and Suite Sales, Alumni Networking

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Pete Stanton '89

Athletic Director

A pillar of consistency in the Dickinson State Athletic Department for over 30 years, Pete was named the 15th Head Coach of the Blue Hawk Football team in December of 2013. Adding to his list of duties in 2017, Pete was named Interim Athletic Director and soon after, Athletic Director of Dickinson State University.

Pete married his wife Candace (Johnson) Stanton ’91 in the winter of 2010. Their kids Luke ‘17 and Maddy ‘23 both attended DSU.


Athletic Department Engagement Requests, Season Tickets, Blue Hawk Booster Club, Blue Hawk Touchdown Club


Ty Orton

Executive Director

Originally hired as the Blue Hawks Men’s Basketball Coach in 2007, Ty has served Dickinson State in leading fundraising efforts since his arrival. Upon joining the coaching staff, Ty began working closely with the Blue Hawk Booster Club to assist in raising scholarships for student-athletes. In December of 2015, Ty was appointed, Executive Director of the DSU Heritage Foundation. Since his appointment, the DSU Heritage Foundation has raised millions of dollars in scholarships to deserving students at Dickinson State. On average, thanks to the generous support of alumni and supporters, the DSU Heritage Foundation awards $1.1 million in scholarships Ty and his wife Michelle have two sons, Tristan and Cooper.


Estate Planning, Endowment Creation, Major Gifts, Capital Projects

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long has the Blue Hawk Scholarship Fund been in existence? Rebranded in 2021, the Blue Hawk Scholarship Fund is the new name for Athletic Giving and Support at Dickinson State University. Formerly known as, the Booster Campaign and the Blue Feather Athletic Association, the mission is unchanged. Build the number one athletic program in the NAIA.

Is my gift to the Blue Hawk Scholarship Fund Tax Deductible? Yes, your gift to the Blue Hawk Scholarship Fund is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The tax-deductible receipt will be sent to you from the DSU Heritage Foundation.

Can I schedule my gift on a recurring schedule? Yes. Please contact the DSU Heritage Foundation office for more information.

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