Students receive scholarships from S.D. Farmers Union Foundation

Farm Forum

HURON – Dustin Santjer and Emily Pederson of Aberdeen, Brian Peterson and Alyssa Jung of Warner, Shayna Frost of Ashton, Abby Ottenbacher of Eureka and Aria Meyer of Britton have each been selected to receive $1,000 scholarships from the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation. They are among the 26 recent high school graduates to receive the $1,000 scholarships.

Santjer is a graduate of Aberdeen Central High School and is the son of Ross and Sheryl Santjer. He plans to attend the University of South Dakota this fall. Emily Pederson, also a graduate of Aberdeen Central, is the daughter of Layton and Dawn Pederson. She plans to attend South Dakota State University. Brian Peterson, a graduate of Warner High School, is the son of Kathy Gubin. He will attend South Dakota State in the fall. Alyssa Jung graduated from Warner High School this year and is the daughter of Stan and Kari Jung. She plans to attend Presentation College. Aria Meyer is the daughter of Bill and Jodi Meyer and graduated from Britton-Hecla High School this year. She will attend South Dakota State. Shayna Frost is a graduate of Redfield High School and plans to attend Dakota Wesleyan University. She’s the daughter of Travis and Kaylin Frost.

For the sixth straight year, the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation, in cooperation with Farmers Union Insurance Agency, are giving out thousands of dollars in total scholarships through the “Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow” scholarship program. The 26 high school graduates 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.”

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.”

Full list of recipients:

Anna Chicoine – Elk Point – Elk Point Jefferson High School

Benjamin Connot – Winner – Winner High School

Tate DeJong – Philip – Philip High School

Allison Dockter – Wilmot – Wilmot High School

Thorn Dramstad – Huron – Huron High School

Hadly Eisenbeisz – Pierre – Pierre TF Riggs High School

Rebecca Froehlich – Madison – Madison High School

Shayna Frost – Ashton – Redfield High School

Alyssa Jung – Warner – Warner High School

Thad Krause – Clear Lake – Deuel High School

Chelsey Lehrke – Sisseton – Sisseton High School

Aria Meyer – Britton – Britton-Hecla High School

Abigail Mitchell – Yankton – Yankton High School

Abby Ottenbacher – Eureka – Eureka High School

Emily Pederson – Aberdeen – Aberdeen Central High School

Brian Peterson – Warner – Warner High School

Cole Potter – Winfred – Howard High School

Andrew Puetz – Clear Lake – Deuel High School

Elizabeth Renner – Crooks – West Central High School

Dustin Santjer – Aberdeen – Aberdeen Central High School

Brooke Schwasinger – Vermillion – Vermillion High School

Kaylee Sehr – Canton – Canton High School

Gavin Snook – Midland – Philip High School

Whitney Specht – Yankton – Yankton High School

Kaylee Vander Wal – Volga – Sioux Valley High School

Megan Wieczorek – Mount Vernon – Mount Vernon High School