2016 Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow Scholarship winners announced

Farm Forum

The South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation, in cooperation with Farmers Union Insurance Agency, have announced the recipients of the 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 ten years, the Foundation has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships to students attending South Dakota post-secondary schools.

Each of the 25 scholarship recipients will receive $1,000 to put toward their postsecondary 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 Jason Wells, Regional Manager of Farmers Union Insurance Agency. “This is a remarkable group and they make me excited about the future of our great state. We’re choosing to invest in these outstanding individuals to help them pursue their goals and aspirations.

The scholarship winners are:

• Kierra Determan, daughter of Gordon and Kay Determan, Hanson High School.

• Caleb Whitmyre, son of Robert and Tonia Whitmyre, Webster Area High School.

• Alyssa Stevens, daughter of Kathy Stevens, Wolsey-Wessington High School.

• Garrett Snook, son of Gary and Deborah Snook, Philip High School.

• Paul Schwasinger, son of Tim and Patty Schwasinger, Vermillion High School.

• Emily Schmitz, daughter of Jerry and Sally Schmitz, Vermillion High School.

• Rex Schlicht, son of Shelley Schlicht, Woonsocket High School.

• Reid Sawatzke, son of Jim and Connie Sawatzke, Yankton High School.

• Madigan Moore, daughter of Steve and Mitzi Moore, Watertown High School.

• Bailey Moody, daughter of Perry and Tracy Moody, Sanborn Central High School.

• Libbey Miles, daughter of Jodie Miles, Doland High School.

• Nichole Metter, daughter of Mike and Peggy Metter, Huron High School.

• Molly Koisti, daughter of Tim and Alyssa Koisti, Hamlin High School.

• Jaclynn Knutson, daughter of Jason and Alicia Knutson, Viborg-Hurley High School.

• Kennedy Kirsch, daughter of Shannon Kirsch, St. Thomas More High School.

• Hannah Kilker, daughter of Andrea Kilker, Britton-Hecla High School.

• Jessica Houser, daughter of Robert and Darla Houser, Hill City High School.

• Marlee Jones, daughter of Mendy Jones, Groton Area High School.

• Molly Heyn, daughter of Steven and Jodi Heyn, Chester Area High School.

• Miranda Henglefelt, daughter of Donald and Jody Henglefelt, Hanson High School.

• Kaitlyn Hague, daughter of Randy Hague, Highmore-Harrold High School.

• Logan Ellingson, daughter of John and Nicole Ellingson, Warner High School.

• Tasha Determan, daughter of Gordon and Kay Determan, Hanson High School.

• Kayla Bailly, daughter of Kenn Bailly, Suzanne Moen, Warner High School.

• Lily Cutler, daughter of James and Lisa Cutler, Groton Area High School.