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Farmers Union Now Taking Nominations for 2015 Rural Dakota Pride Awards

Helping women in her community has been Cindy Wilk’s calling for more than 30 years. It began when her mother, Jan Manolis, was among a group of women to open a domestic violence shelter in Huron. “Domestic violence is something that is very dear to my heart. Years ago there was no place for women […]

SDFU Foundation’s ‘Dakota Prairie Open’ Golf Tournament June 16, 2015

The 13th annual ‘Dakota Prairie Open’ golf tournament to benefit the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation and the many youth and adult education programs it supports will be held Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell, SD. Registration begins at  8:00 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. The golf tournament […]

SDFU Foundation Offers $2,500 Graduate School Scholarship

The South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation is offering a $2,500 scholarship to a continuing full-time student pursuing their graduate degree in an accredited agriculture-related field (i.e. research, animal science, ag business, ag eduction, etc.) and who shows a strong interest in working in South Dakota upon completion of their degree. Eligible graduate students include on-campus […]

Farmers Union Now Taking Nominations for 2015 Rural Dakota Pride Awards

Rural Dakota Pride-page-0 (1)Helping women in her community has been Cindy Wilk’s calling for more than 30 years. It began when her mother, Jan Manolis, was among a group of women to open a domestic violence shelter in Huron.

“Domestic violence is something that is very dear to my heart. Years ago there was no place for women to go for help. If they didn’t have help from family or friends, there was nothing – no shelters or no counseling,” explains Wilk, who serves as a volunteer advocate.
Today, thanks to the Jan Manolis Family Safe Center and numerous volunteer advocates, not only do victims and their children (the shelter also helps men who are abused) have a safe place to stay if they are in an abusive situation, but they also have an advocate to help them move forward. “We make sure they are not alone,” Wilk says.
As an advocate, she carries a shelter cell phone for two weeks at a time, answering calls from victims and helping them with anything they need. “We are there to let them know we are on their side.”

In 2014, Farmers Union recognized Wilk with the Dakota Rural Pride Award.

“Rural communities depend on these unsung heroes. They are the people who do what needs to be done,” says Karla Hofhenke, Executive Director of South Dakota Farmers Union.

Each year, the Rural Dakota Pride Award recognizes five individuals who give back to their rural communities.

As an organization which supports South Dakota farmers and ranchers, Hofhenke explains that Farmers Union understands the integral connection between those who work in South Dakota’s number one industry and their rural communities.

“One survives with the other,” she says. “Without thriving communities, it’s difficult to encourage young people to return to their family’s farm or ranch. Rural communities are key to the future of South Dakota’s agriculture industry; which is why we like to recognize those individuals who help them thrive.”

2015 Nominations Due July 1, 2015Rural Dakota Pride-page-2 (1)
South Dakota Farmers Union is currently accepting nominations for the Rural Dakota Pride Award.  For a nomination form check out www.sdfu.org or contact Hofhenke at 605-352-6761 ext. 114. The five awards will be presented during Farmers Union Day at the 2015 South Dakota State Fair.

 

SDFU Foundation’s ‘Dakota Prairie Open’ Golf Tournament June 16, 2015

Golf Tournament Sponsorship-page-0 (1)The 13th annual ‘Dakota Prairie Open’ golf tournament to benefit the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation and the many youth and adult education programs it supports will be held Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell, SD. Registration begins at  8:00 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m.

The golf tournament will feature teams of four in a scramble format. Single golfers are welcome; the foundation will place you on a team.

You can also call  Karla Hofhenke at 605-352-6761 ext. 114 or email her at khofhenke@sdfu.org to register or for more information.

We’re excited to see you on the links!

 

 

 

 

$25,000 in scholarships awarded through ‘Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow’ program

The South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation, in cooperation with Farmers Union Insurance Agency, have announced the recipients of the seventh annual “Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow” scholarships. Twenty-five high school seniors from across South Dakota will share $25,000 in scholarships to be used to further their education at a South Dakota post-secondary school. Over the past seven years, the Foundation has awarded over $175,000 in scholarships to students attending South Dakota post-secondary schools.

Each of the 25 scholarship recipients will receive $1,000 to put toward their post-secondary education at a South Dakota college, university or technical school. 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 this scholarship program administered by the Farmers Union Foundation.

“Our insurance agents are committed to building a brighter future in South Dakota,” said Wayne Bartscher, Regional Manager of Farmers Union Insurance Agency. “We’re committed to giving back to our communities, and this is a way we can help shape the lives of future leaders and build our state for tomorrow.”

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SDFU Foundation Offers $2,500 Graduate School Scholarship

The South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation is offering a $2,500 scholarship to a continuing full-time student pursuing their graduate degree in an accredited agriculture-related field (i.e. research, animal science, ag business, ag eduction, etc.) and who shows a strong interest in working in South Dakota upon completion of their degree. Eligible graduate students include on-campus and distance education students pursuing any master’s or doctoral program, agriculture teacher certification program (CERT/FCSC), or graduate certificate program (GCERT). To apply for the scholarship, download and complete the application and return it to the address listed below.

Applicants must also supply the following documents:

• A resume or personal statement/essay outlining your activities in college; including field of study and future plans.

• Two letters of recommendation from faculty members of the university you currently attend.

• A transcript of your grades.

• Information on any other scholarship or grant aid you are now receiving.

DOWNLOAD THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM

Completed application can be emailed to khofhenke@sdfu.org or mailed to: South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation PO Box 1388 Huron, SD 57350

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