$25,000 in Scholarships Awarded to South Dakota High School Students

The South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) Foundation, in cooperation with Farmers Union Insurance, have announced the recipients of the fifth 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 five years, the Foundation has awarded $125,000 in scholarships to students attending South Dakota post-secondary schools.

“It’s an incredible investment in the future of our state,” said Foundation Executive Director Leslie Rupiper Morrow. “We had a great group of young people apply for this year’s scholarships, and we couldn’t be more excited that these students will be staying right here in South Dakota to further their education.”

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.

“Every year it gets more difficult to choose from the great students who apply,” said Wayne Bartscher, Regional Manager of Farmers Union Insurance Agency. “It’s a way that our insurance agents can give back and invest in the future leaders of our state. Based on this year’s recipients, I’m confident that the future of South Dakota is bright.”



Tanna Becker



Tanna Becker – Pierre – T.F. Riggs High School



Breanna Cuka



Breanna Cuka -Wagner – Wagner High School



Nicole Ellis



Nicole Ellis – Watertown – Watertown High School



Adam Fendrich



Adam Fendrich – Salem – McCook Central High School



Laken Frericks



Laken Frericks – Northville – Northwestern Area High School



Jenna Frink



Jenna Frink – Beresford – Beresford High School



Kelli Garry



Kelli Garry – Lake Preston – Lake Preston High School



Ali Haines



Ali Haines – White Lake – White Lake High School



Michelle Holbeck



Michelle Holbeck, Armour – Armour High School



Danielle Knox



Danielle Knox – Highmore – Highmore High School



Jordan Lamb



Jordan Lamb – Onida – Sully Buttes High School



Allison Landmark



Allison Landmark – Britton – Britton-Hecla High School



Kelli Mammenga



Kelli Mammenga – Webster – Webster Area High School



Emily Meyer



Emily Meyer – White – Deubrook High School



Tanner Odegaard



Tanner Odegaard – Brookings – Brookings High School



Mahalia Olson



Mahalia Olson – Kimball – Kimball High School



Lacey Quail



Lacey Quail – White – Deubrook High School



Tristen Simons



Tristen Simons – White Owl – Faith High School



Taylor Steiger



Taylor Steiger – Kimball – Kimball High School



Tyler Swan



Tyler Swan – Newell – Newell High School



Mariah Taylor



Mariah Taylor – Northville – Northwestern Area High School





Katherine Van Gerpen – Pierre – T.F. Riggs High School



Alexa Volesky



Alexa Volesky – Webster – Webster Area High School



Kenton Welbig



Kenton Welbig – Dell Rapids – Tri-Valley High School



Jacquelyn Wilson



Jacquelyn Wilson – Lemmon – Lemmon High School