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Published February 23, 2010, 05:48 PM

DSU Foundation establishes Don Patterson Agriculture scholarship

The Dickinson State University Foundation has established the Donald Dean Patterson memorial scholarship fund to be awarded to a DSU Department of Agriculture student who is pursuing a B.S. in Agricultural Studies, with a Soil Science option or soil minor, who shows good promise of leadership and academic ability.

The Dickinson State University Foundation has established the Donald Dean Patterson memorial scholarship fund to be awarded to a DSU Department of Agriculture student who is pursuing a B.S. in Agricultural Studies, with a Soil Science option or soil minor, who shows good promise of leadership and academic ability.

Donald Patterson retired in 1991 after a distinguished career as a Professor in the Soil Science Department at North Dakota State University. He began working for the Agricultural Experiment Station in 1953 with a primary professional focus on the application of soil science to land valuation.

Patterson began the first comprehensive investigation of the soils in the state of North Dakota in the 1950s, an ambitious effort to map the state at a scale of 1”1 mile, resulting in generalized soils maps, defined by important soil associations, for each county. He trained many NRCS soil scientists and NDSU graduate students in proper methods of describing and mapping soils.

“Soils are 3 dimensional bodies,” Patterson said.

Patterson was a charter member of the Professional Soil Classifiers Association of North Dakota, and was instrumental in obtaining the first Soil Classifier registration law in the state, which was also the first in the nation. He served as Chairperson on the North Dakota Professional Classifiers Board of Registration for many years after his retirement and firmly believed, for the public good, the profession of soil science, particularly soil classification and mapping activities, needed to be done by people with proper training and experience. Mr. Patterson passed away on July 25, 2009.

The first $500 scholarship will be awarded in April for the 2010-2011 academic year and every other year thereafter.

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