Nano Nagle, our Irish foundress, began her ministry by teaching children when Ireland’s penal laws forbade it. Her belief in the power and importance of education has spanned the centuries and continues to shape the ministry of Presentation Sisters around the world. Through education people are better equipped to answer the challenges with which they are faced. Education is the underlying fabric that weaves itself into all of the Presentation ministries.

In the 1880’s, Bishop Martin Marty asked the Presentation Sisters in Ireland to come to Dakota Territory and teach children of the Lakota Sioux and European settlers. In 1886, Father Haire invited the Presentation Sisters to open the first school in Aberdeen. Two hundred thirty-two Presentation Sister teachers have touched the lives of over 300,000 students over the years.

Today the Presentation Sisters can be found ministering to the needs of those in all walks of life, yet they remain grounded in their first ministry: education. Their education ministry has grown from primary and secondary schools to include colleges, parishes, ESL classes, hospitals, seminars and other venues where education is a key component.


Presentation Sisters Catholic School Scholarship Applications

Education is the foundational element in our Sisters’ ministry efforts and has been a part of our Mission since we opened our first school in Aberdeen in 1886. As teachers, 232 Presentation Sisters have educated over 300,000 students in the region since that time.

As we have adapted to meet the needs of those we serve, our areas of ministry have shifted and we are no longer teaching at the elementary and secondary level in our Catholic schools. However, our commitment to Catholic education remains strong. In 2009, in partnership with donors, we established a Catholic Tuition Assistance Fund to foster Catholic educational opportunities in our Sioux Falls Diocese.

Each spring, a dedicated committee reads and discusses each submitted application form and essay regarding the value of Catholic education and how the scholarship would financially impact their family. For the 2022-2023 school year, 40 students received a $750 scholarship for Catholic education and three students received a $1,500 Catholic high school scholarship. We believe an investment in the Catholic education of area youth will nurture their Catholic values and provide a solid foundation for their futures.

We are pleased to announce that we will once again be accepting applications for Presentation Sisters Catholic School Scholarships. We will be awarding 40 – K-12 $750 tuition assistance scholarships and 3 – $1500 high school tuition scholarships for the 2023-2024 school year. Catholic School principals and priests in the Sioux Falls Diocese have received the application forms for the upcoming school year. We invite any interested student to complete the application process. Submission deadline is Friday, March 10, 2023. Links to download the application forms are below. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Schaffer at 605-229-8417 or

Thank You! You have blessed our lives more that you can imagine!

Our family wanted to thank you so much for your gift of a scholarship to continue our child’s catholic education. We pray that we are able to someday pay it forward to someone else.

K-5 Scholarship Application for 2023-2024
6-12 Scholarship Application for 2023-2024
High School Application Form for 2023-2024

Presentation Sisters’ Internship Opportunities

Education is the underlying fabric that weaves itself into all of the Presentation ministries. We continue to value education through our internship program in the Mission Development office, by providing hands on experiences and leadership opportunities. We aim to empower students and add a component to enhance their academic career and personal development.

Click here for a detailed list of information regarding our internship program.

To apply, please contact: 
Jen Rothenbuehler
605.271.0468 or 605.360.2457 (cell)

Past intern, Tori Vogt, returns to the annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta to volunteer her skills and sign for attendees.

Presentation College

Presentation College is an independent Catholic educational institution, sponsored by the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM).  It has origins in Mitchell, South Dakota, in 1922 when the Right Reverend Monsignor J.M. Brady, Pastor of Holy Family Church, established Notre Dame Junior College, a parochial junior college.  Notre Dame Junior College continued to operate in Mitchell until 1951, when Monsignor Brady gave sponsorship of the school to the Presentation Sisters who had staffed Notre Dame Junior College since its beginning.

The name was changed to Presentation Junior College and it was relocated to Aberdeen, South Dakota.  For three years (1951 – 1954) it was housed in Butler Hall on the same location of the Presentation Convent of that time.  Upon completion of the new convent and college of the Presentation Sisters it was moved to the 100-acre property located in North Aberdeen.  The property was also known as Presentation Heights.  Its primary function continued to be the education of sister-students and young women who aspired to teaching.  In 1962 the Presentation School of Nursing affiliated with Presentation Junior College and in 1965 the title was officially changed to “Presentation College” and became co-educational in 1968.

Today the Presentation Sisters continue to play an active role the lives of the students and sponsor the college.

Lighting the Way

The Presentation Sisters strive to share their faith and religious life experiences with Presentation College students in an effort to help them reach their fullest potential and develop the whole person. Worldwide, Presentation College is the only college sponsored by a congregation of Presentation Sisters. Since 2012, Sister Marilyn Dunn has inspired Presentation College students, staff, co-workers and other Presentation People with her weekly reflections. Her digital reflections titled, “Lighting the Way,” share the philosophy, mission, values and history of Presentation Sisters and Presentation College.