Two years ago, members of the dairy community made the decision to celebrate the life of Scotty Moes and honor his memory through a fund at Lake Area Tech called the Scotty A. Moes Memorial Fund. Scott “Scotty” Moes, 35, of Goodwin, passed away March 20, 2016 in a single-vehicle rollover accident. Moes had a strong connection with the Lake Area Tech agriculture program faculty, staff and students as co-owner of MoDak Dairy, Chairman of the Midwest Dairy Association, and a member of the South Dakota Dairy Producers. The fund, which was established at Lake Area Technical Institute for the Agriculture Program-Dairy Option and has now grown to the sum of $33,000 thanks to individual donations from dairy producers, the dairy industry, and numerous fundraising events.
Scotty’s mother, Julie Moes comments, “The dairy businesses and producers in South Dakota have been so generous to raise money and donate to the fund. This adventure has been two-fold in that we are supporting great students in the Lake Area Tech dairy program and raising awareness of the dairy industry.”
The first-ever Scotty A. Moes Memorial Fund Scholarship was awarded to ag-dairy student, Mackenzie Streich of Marietta, Minn. Streich graduated May 2018 from Lake Area Tech and began her dairy career as the current South Dakota dairy inspector. The second scholarship recipient, Brady Wielenga, of Akron, Iowa, is currently enrolled in the Ag-Dairy Option as a first-year student.
Lake Area Tech is the Aspen Institute’s “#1 Two-Year College in the Nation.” The college has almost 2,500 students enrolled in 30 programs of study with the agriculture program being one of the largest programs on campus with approximately 300 first and second year students enrolled in ten different agriculture options. The Lake Area Tech Agriculture program has been recognized as a leader in agriculture education has been cited as one of the Top Associate Degree producing programs in the United States. Overall, Lake Area Tech has one of the highest graduation rates for students in the nation. The recent Placement Report confirms that 99 percent of the 2017 graduates are employed or continuing their education.
Donations may be hand delivered or mailed to the Lake Area Tech Foundation Office at 1201 Arrow Ave Watertown, SD 57201. Online gifts can be submitted securely at http://www.lakeareatech.edu/foundation/index.html and all gifts are tax deductible. For more information about the Scotty A. Moes Memorial Fund at Lake Area Technical Institute, please contact the Foundation Office at 605-882-5284; Tracy Hlavacek (Ext. 268) or Morgan Johnson (Ext. 308). Gifts to the Scotty A. Moes Memorial Fund will be designated for the Ag-Dairy Program scholarships.