Weaving wool into scholarships

Farm Forum

BROOKINGS – Jackrabbit fans will be able to snuggle up in yellow and blue this winter while providing some green to South Dakota State University students.

A new scholarship effort was announced Sept. 27 that will be funded by the sale of scarves, stadium blankets and queen-sized blankets made from wool sheared by South Dakota sheep producers and designed by SDSU students and faculty.

Proceeds will fund scholarships in the Colleges of Agriculture and Biological Sciences and Education and Human Sciences.

Barry Dunn, dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, made the announcement at the South Dakota Sheep Growers convention in Brookings.

The products will be marketed through the SDSU Foundation and Alumni Association as well as at on-campus outlets, including the South Dakota Ag Heritage Museum, according to Dunn, who initiated the idea and approached the sheep growers.