Center for Independence awards 2023 scholarships

COURTESY PHOTOS L to R - Haleigh Ferguson, Justine Jacobs, Cole Ochsner

HURON — This year marks the 22nd year that the Center for Independence has awarded scholarships to assist children of current full-time employees in obtaining post-secondary education.

The program was implemented in 2001 to provide a means for employees to work cooperatively to meet the increasing costs associated with post-secondary education.

The Center for Independence Board of Directors matches a portion of the employee contributions demonstrating the agency’s commitment to helping the children of our employees further their education.

Since the inception of the Scholarship Program, 275 students have received $159,485 in scholarships.

This year’s recipients have each been awarded $700 scholarships.
• Haleigh Ferguson, daughter of Tara Mastel of Huron. Haleigh will attend Southeast Technical College, majoring in Licensed Practical Nurse.
• Justine Jacobs, stepdaughter of Karen and Jon Jacob of Redfield. Justine will attend Southeast Technical College, majoring in Medical Code and Billing.
• Cole Ochsner, son of Danny and Joani Ochsner, of Huron. Cole will attend either the Mitchell Technical Institute or Minnesota Western Technical College,majoring in Powerline Construction.
• Kayde Fernholz, daughter of Shawn and Kelly Fernholz, of Miller. Kayde attends Kansas State University with a major in Special Education.
• Spencer Fernholz, son of Shawn and Kelly Fernholz, of Miller. Spencer will attend Mitchell Technical Institute, majoring in Powerline or Business Management.
• Bree Ann Friesen, daughter of Francie and Jonathan Friesen of Huron. Bree Ann will attend Northern State University, majoring in Special Education.
• Macey Kline, daughter of Kristin and Neal Kline of Huron. Macey attends Dakota State University, majoring in Elementary and Special Education.

L to R: Kadye Fernholz, Spencer Fernholz, Bree Ann Friesen, Macey Kline