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South Dakota Farm Bureau awards 2021 scholarships

Everett Paul, Faith, S.D., was among the recipients of a SDFB scholarship. He will major in precision machining at Lake Area Technical College.

HURON, SD – South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) is pleased to announce eight winners of the 2021 SDFB Scholarship.

SDFB awarded $7,600 in scholarship monies to high school seniors and college students whose parents or guardians are current members of South Dakota Farm Bureau, and have been for at least two years. Applicants are considered for an agriculture-focused or community-focused scholarship, depending on their major and experience with agriculture.

“South Dakota Farm Bureau takes great pride in recognizing young people that have a passion for agriculture and their rural communities each year with this scholarship,” said Krystil Smit, SDFB Executive Director. “We are proud to continue this tradition and wish them success in their educational journey.”

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John Piroutek
Beth Nagel
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Ruth Trautman
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Scholarship winners include: Everett Paul of Faith, S.D., a Precision Machining major who will be attending Lake Area Technical College, Beth Nagel of Gettysburg, S.D. an Agriculture Communications and Agricultural Leadership major attending South Dakota State University, John Piroutek of Milesville, S.D., an Ag Business major attending South Dakota State University, Brycen Cheney of Wall, S.D., a Human Biology major attending South Dakota State University, Laney Mackaben of Belle Fourche, S.D., an Animal Science Biomedical Science major attending North Dakota State University, Malia Schumacher of Pierre, S.D., a Human Biology/Pre-med major attending South Dakota State University, and Ruth Trautman of Huron, S.D., an Accounting major attending Southeast Technical College.

The South Dakota Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund was established in 2005 by Richard and Agnes Ekstrum of Kimball, S.D. Richard served as South Dakota Farm Bureau’s president from 1975 – 1995.

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