Pictured, from left to right, front row: Allison Dockter, Wilmot; Chelsey Lehrke, Sisseton; Aria Meyer, Britton; Abigail Mitchell, Yankton; and Wayne Bartscher, regional manager of Farmers Union Insurance Agency. Back row: Thad Krause, Clear Lake; Thorn Dramstad, Huron; Shayna Frost, Redfield; Gavin Snook, Philip; and Andrew Puetz, Clear Lake. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
HURON — Recipients of the 2013 ‘Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow’ scholarships from the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation were honored Saturday as part of Farmers Union Day at the South Dakota State Fair.
A total of 26 students who graduated in 2013 received $1,000 scholarships. Nine of the students attended the ceremony held on the Freedom Stage at the State Fairgrounds.
“We’re honored to be able to help these young people achieve their dreams and pursue their post-secondary education,” said Wayne Bartscher, regional manager of Farmers Union Insurance Agency and vice president of the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation. “All of these young people are enrolled this fall in a South Dakota college, university or technical school, and it’s a pleasure for us to be able to invest in their education and in the future of our state.”
For the sixth straight year, the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation, in cooperation with Farmers Union Insurance Agency, awarded the funds through the “Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow” scholarship program. Over the past six years, the Foundation has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships to students attending South Dakota post-secondary schools.
The recipients were chosen from among a large pool of applicants. They were scored based on a combination of academic record, activities and awards, financial need, and an essay relating to how they will “Insure a Brighter Tomorrow” in South Dakota. Farmers Union Insurance agents throughout the state fund the scholarship program administered by the Farmers Union Foundation.
The full list of recipients is:
Anna Chicoine – Elk Point – Elk Point Jefferson High School
Benjamin Connot – Winner – Winner High School
Tate DeJong – Philip – Philip High School
Allison Dockter – Wilmot – Wilmot High School
Thorn Dramstad – Huron – Huron High School
Hadly Eisenbeisz – Pierre – Pierre TF Riggs High School
Rebecca Froehlich – Madison – Madison High School
Shayna Frost – Ashton – Redfield High School
Alyssa Jung – Warner – Warner High School
Thad Krause – Clear Lake – Deuel High School
Chelsey Lehrke – Sisseton – Sisseton High School
Aria Meyer – Britton – Britton-Hecla High School
Abigail Mitchell – Yankton – Yankton High School
Abby Ottenbacher – Eureka – Eureka High School
Emily Pederson – Aberdeen – Aberdeen Central High School
Brian Peterson - Warner – Warner High School
Cole Potter – Winfred – Howard High School
Andrew Puetz – Clear Lake – Deuel High School
Elizabeth Renner – Crooks – West Central High School
Dustin Santjer – Aberdeen – Aberdeen Central High School
Brooke Schwasinger – Vermillion – Vermillion High School
Kaylee Sehr – Canton – Canton High School
Gavin Snook – Midland – Philip High School
Whitney Specht – Yankton – Yankton High School
Kaylee Vander Wal – Volga – Sioux Valley High School
Megan Wieczorek – Mount Vernon – Mount Vernon High School
For the complete article see the 09-03-2013 issue.
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