South Dakota State University student Paige Cain has been named the 2020 recipient of the National Collegiate Honors Council Freddye T. Davy Scholarship Award. The award acknowledges her work with SDSU’s Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College.
As a recipient, Cain receives complimentary registration for the National Collegiate Honors Council’s virtual conference held this fall and a $1,000 scholarship.
“I have known Paige since August 2018 and observed her as a student in my honors orientation course and then as an invaluable teaching assistant in that same course,” said Rebecca Bott-Knutson, dean of the Fishback Honors College. “In this capacity, she served as a mentor to students in humanities and social science-based majors. Her passion for mentorship was evident, and she quickly became a female role model for the young women in our class.”
Cain, a junior majoring in American Indian Studies, is from Flandreau and a member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe.
“College has been a time of exploration for me especially an exploration of identity. I knew very little about my Indigenous background besides that I was a tribal descendant of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe,” Cain said. “However, Dr. Bassett’s AIS 211 class changed my whole perspective because it got me actively engaged within my Indigenous culture, as well as other Indigenous cultures, too. It all started with AIS 211, however, my role learning Indigenous culture continues to flourish to this day.”
Bassett has enjoyed having Cain in class. Cain is currently taking one class with Bassett and has completed two.
“Paige is a complex thinker. She can engage challenging texts and offer strong analyses. She demonstrates fantastic motivation in her classes, always going above and beyond, and always on time or early. Paige takes a challenge and runs with it, often surpassing assignment and course expectations,” said Sharity Bassett, an assistant professor in American Indian studies.