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2014 ‘Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow’ Scholarship Applications Now Available

For the seventh year in a row, Farmers Union Insurance Agency, in cooperation with the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation, is offering $25,000 in scholarships to eligible high school seniors in South Dakota through the “Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow” scholarship program. DOWNLOAD THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION Twenty-five high school seniors from across the state who plan to continue […]

Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow Scholarship Recipients Honored

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 […]

Rural Dakota Pride Recipients Honored During Farmers Union Day at the S.D. State Fair

Tom and Barb Paepke of rural Groton, Rep. Dean Schrempp of Lantry, Laurie Smith and Larry Brink both of Huron, and Jerry Martin of Meadow are all recipients of this year’s Rural Dakota Pride Award from the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation. The award is given annually to South Dakotans who are actively involved in […]

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

2014 ‘Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow’ Scholarship Applications Now Available

For the seventh year in a row, Farmers Union Insurance Agency, in cooperation with the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation, is offering $25,000 in scholarships to eligible high school seniors in South Dakota through the “Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow” scholarship program.

DOWNLOAD THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Twenty-five high school seniors from across the state who plan to continue post-secondary education at a college, university, or technical school in the state of South Dakota will each receive $1,000.

The scholarships are funded with support from Farmers Union Insurance agents in South Dakota and the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation. The application deadline is April 15, 2014. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the applicant’s academic records, school and community involvement, and financial need. The applicant will also be required to submit a written essay entitled, “How do you hope to impact a Brighter Tomorrow in South Dakota?”

Applicants Must Meet One of the Following Requirements:

• South Dakota high school senior whose parent or parents are current policyholders of Farmers Union Insurance Agency
• Member of South Dakota Farmers Union
• A “Friend of the Farmers Union Foundation” (Defined as those who have contributed $25 or more to the Foundation in the past year)
• Participant in any South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) sanctioned event

Applicants Must:

• Complete Application Form
• Provide Copy of High School Transcript and ACT/SAT Score
• Provide a Letter of Recommendation
• Submit Written Essay (Less than 500 Words)
• Provide Billfold Sized Portrait Picture

APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 15, 2014 (Postmark Date)

Return Materials to:

Farmers Union Insurance Agency
Attn: Wayne Bartscher
P.O. Box 1388
Huron, SD 57350

For more information call Farmers Union Insurance: 1-800-933-2841.

 

Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow Scholarship Recipients Honored

Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow Scholarship Recipients WEB

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.

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 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 over $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.

Rural Dakota Pride Recipients Honored During Farmers Union Day at the S.D. State Fair

Tom and Barb Paepke of rural Groton, Rep. Dean Schrempp of Lantry, Laurie Smith and Larry Brink both of Huron, and Jerry Martin of Meadow are all recipients of this year’s Rural Dakota Pride Award from the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation. The award is given annually to South Dakotans who are actively involved in their communities, are tireless volunteers, and display a large amount of pride in bettering their communities. A ceremony honoring this year’s award recipients was held Saturday, August 31, during Farmers Union Day at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.

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SDFU President Doug Sombke, Tom and Barb Paepke, Karla Hofhenke

“The Paepkes are a great South Dakota family that have given so much to their local community,” said SDFU Foundation President Doug Sombke. “They’re always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need and to make their local area stronger.”

Tom and Barb are members of the local Ferney Farmers Union Cooperative and are longtime volunteers for the “Friends of the Fair” committee, a volunteer group that helps the Brown County Fair
come to life each year. They are both past Brown County Fair board members.

The Paepkes are both active members of the County Emergency Response Team (CERT), and are often called to help in emergencies in Brown County.

Tom is active in Groton’s Kiwanis Club, helping children in the area, and will be the group’s president next year. He’s also a past FSA board member. Both Tom and Barb are active members in a local hospice.They donate and volunteer at the Thanksgiving Dinner in Groton each year, a dinner for those who don’t have family or a place to go for Thanksgiving Dinner.

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SDFU President Doug Sombke, Rep. Dean Schrempp, Karla Hofhenke

 

“Dean is a fighter,” said SDFU Foundation President Doug Sombke. “Not only does he love boxing and help youth get started in the sport, he has fought on behalf of farmers, ranchers, and all rural South Dakotans as a member of the state Legislature for many years.”

Schrempp has worked with youth in his area for 40 years and founded the local Golden Gloves Club. He’s made a dramatic impact on many young lives over those years, having more than 500 young people go through his boxing program. Schrempp was instrumental in saving the Eagle Butte Community Clinic. In 1991, the clinic was $10,000 in debt. Dean helped the clinic become solvent again and helped raise $70,000. Then he worked with Gov. George Mickelson to secure $200,000 in state funds for the clinic that is still running today and provides health care to as many as 40 patients every day.

Schrempp has also served many years as an elected official. He was a Dewey County Commissioner from 1980-1988 and has served several terms in the South Dakota Legislature. He’s currently a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives from District 28A.

“Jerry’s the kind of person who likes to say under the radar and does a lot of work for his local community without asking anything in return,” said SDFU Foundation President Doug Sombke. “He’s always been a quiet but stabilizing force in his area and we’re so glad we can honor him for all he’s done.”

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SDFU President Doug Sombke, Jerry Martin, Karla Hofhenke

 

Martin is a third-generation farmer and rancher in Perkins County who graduated from Black Hills State College with a science degree. He taught in the Faith School District for nine years before going to farm and ranch full time. Martin is a lifelong member of Indian Creek Lutheran Church. He has served on the Lemmon Federal Credit Union board of directors, was on the Grand Electric Cooperative board for 21 years, many of those years as president. He was the secretary/treasurer of the Glad Valley Volunteer Fire Department for 12 years and is currently in his third year as president. Jerry’s been an active member of Perkins County and District VI Farmers Union for over 30 years and served as co-op director on the county and district boards for several of those years.

“Laurie Smith believes we have to teach our children the importance of service in our communities,” said SDFU Foundation President Doug Sombke. “She involves her family every chance she gets as she makes a difference in the Huron area.”

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SDFU President Doug Sombke, Laurie Smith, Karla Hofhenke

 

Smith is involved in Make-A-Wish South Dakota as a wish granter. She also helps with fundraising for the organization and helped raise over $15,000 during the Wild, Wild Wish event. She’s also active in Mitchell’s Summer’s Last Dance event and Hot Harley Nights in Sioux Falls which raise funds for Make-A-Wish. Smith also serves as the chairwoman of Coats for Kids in Huron and is on the Huron Little League board of directors. She is also active in the Huron Christian Church and James Valley Christian School and serves as a volunteer for Boys Scouts and Girls Scouts.

“Larry is described by his friends as a man full of kindness with a big heart who is always willing to help anyone in any way possible,” Sombke said. “We’re honored to present him with this award for his lifetime of service to others.”

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SDFU President Doug Sombke, with Brink’s family: Kay Hammond, Amy Kruse, Jane Miller, and Dan Brink. SDFU Executive Director Karla Hofhenke.

 

Brink has served on the Huron Christian Church board as an elder and many times has called upon those in the hospital, nursing homes and homebound people throughout the community. He’s a board member for Diamond Willow Ministries in Ft. Thompson and takes trailer loads of hay bales for horses involved in the ministry. He also takes clothes and household items to residents in the Ft. Thompson area. Larry worked as the superintendent for many years at Dakota Energy Electric Cooperative. Brink was unable to attend the ceremony. His children accepted the award on his behalf.

“This year’s Rural Dakota Pride Award recipients are what make South Dakota such a great place to live,” Sombke said. “They make their community stronger each and every day and serve others selflessly. We’re honored to give them this small token of appreciation for all they’ve done for our state and this community.”

$26,000 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 sixth annual “Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow” scholarships. Twenty-six high school seniors from across South Dakota will share $26,000 in scholarships to be used to further their education at a South Dakota post-secondary school. Over the past six years, the Foundation has awarded over $150,000 in scholarships to students attending South Dakota post-secondary schools.

“We’re investing in our future by helping young people fulfill their dreams,” said Foundation Executive Director Leslie Rupiper Morrow. “Each year we get incredible applicants, and it’s so difficult to decide the recipients. This year’s scholarship winners are some of the best students in the state and we’re confident that they’ll be the leaders of tomorrow. We’re excited to honor this great group and couldn’t be more excited that they’ve chosen to stay in South Dakota to further their education.”

Each of the 26 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.”

Anna Chicoine

 

Anna Chicoine
Elk Point, SD
Elk Point-Jefferson High School
Will attend South Dakota State University

 

 

Benjamin Connot

 

Benjamin Connot
Winner, SD
Winner High School
Will attend the South Dakota School of Mines & Tech

 

 

 

Tate DeJong

 

Tate DeJong
Philip, SD
Philip High School
Will attend South Dakota State University

 

 

 

Allison Dockter

 

Allison Dockter
Wilmot, SD
Wilmot High School
Will attend Northern State University

 

 

 

Thorn Dramstad

 

Thorn Dramstad
Huron, SD
Huron High School
Will attend the University of South Dakota

 

 

 

Hadly Eisenbeisz

 

Hadly Eisenbeisz
Pierre, SD
Pierre TF Riggs High School
Will attend South Dakota State University

 

 

 

Rebecca Froehlich

 

Rebecca Froehlich
Madison, SD
Madison High School
Will attend the University of South Dakota

 

 

 

Shayna Frost

 

 

Shayna Frost
Ashton, SD
Redfield High School
Will attend Dakota Wesleyan University

 

 

Alyssa Jung

 

Alyssa Jung
Warner, SD
Warner High School
Will attend Presentation College

 

 

 

Thad Krause

 

Thad Krause
Clear Lake, SD
Deuel High School
Will attend South Dakota State University

 

 

 

 

Chelsey Lehrke
Sisseton, SD
Sisseton High School
Will attend Northern State University

 

 

 

Aria Meyer

 

Aria Meyer
Britton, SD
Britton-Hecla High School
Will attend South Dakota State University

 

 

 

Abigail Mitchell

 

Abigail Mitchell
Yankton, SD
Yankton High School
Will attend the University of South Dakota

 

 

 

Abby Ottenbacher

 

Abby Ottenbacher
Eureka, SD
Eureka High School
Will attend Northern State University

 

 

 

Emily Pederson

 

Emily Pederson
Aberdeen, SD
Aberdeen Central High School
Will attend South Dakota State University

 

 

 

Brian Peterson

 

Brian Peterson
Warner, SD
Warner High School
Will attend South Dakota State University

 

 

 

Cole Potter

 

Cole Potter
Winfred, SD
Howard High School
Will attend Dakota State University

 

 

 

Andrew Puetz

 

Andrew Puetz
Clear Lake, SD
Deuel High School
Will attend South Dakota State University

 

 

 

Elizabeth Renner

 

Elizabeth Renner
Crooks, SD
West Central High School
Will attend Augustana College

 

 

 

Dustin Santjer

 

Dustin Santjer
Aberdeen, SD
Aberdeen Central High School
Will attend the University of South Dakota

 

 

 

Brooke Schwasinger

 

Brooke Schwasinger
Vermillion, SD
Vermillion High School
Will attend South Dakota State University

 

 

 

Kaylee Sehr

 

Kaylee Sehr
Canton, SD
Canton High School
Will attend the University of South Dakota

 

 

 

Gavin Snook

 

Gavin Snook
Midland, SD
Philip High School
Will attend South Dakota State University

 

 

 

Whitney Specht

 

Whitney Specht
Yankton, SD
Yankton High School
Will attend South Dakota State University

 

 

 

Kaylee Vander Wal

 

Kaylee Vander Wal
Volga, SD
Sioux Valley High School
Will attend Dakota State University

 

 

 

Megan Wieczorek

 

Megan Wieczorek
Mt. Vernon, SD
Mt. Vernon High School
Will attend the University of Sioux Falls

 

 

 

 

 

SDFU Foundation’s ‘Dakota Prairie Open’ Golf Tournament June 19, 2013

The 11th 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 Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Broadland Creek National Golf Course in Huron. 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. The top prize at this year’s tournament is a golf destination package at The Prairie Club near Valentine, Neb. It includes two rounds of golf for four, one night’s stay for four, breakfast for four, and golf carts for both rounds. The prize package was generously sponsored by Travelers Motor Club.

DOWNLOAD THE BROCHURE AND REGISTRATION FORM HERE.

Participants can download the brochure and registration form above and send to:

SDFU Foundation
PO Box 1388
Huron, SD 57350

Please send in your registration form by Friday, June 14, 2013. You can also call SDFU Foundation Executive Director Leslie Rupiper Morrow at 605-940-9070 or email her at lrupiper@sdfu.org to register or for more information.

We’re excited to see you on the links!

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