10 Area Students Receive $10,000 in Scholarships from Dakotaland Federal Credit Union
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Dakotaland Federal Credit Union recently honored 10 area students with $10,000 in College Scholarships for the 2020-21 school year. Each recipient submitted an application and an essay highlighting their thoughts on their ‘financial future’.
Submissions were judged by a scholarship committee made up of 12 individuals. "I was impressed with our scholarship applicants this year, as many went above and beyond the requirements. This special group of people have positively impacted their communities already in many ways and I have no doubt they will continue to do so in the future. As a former recipient of a credit union scholarship myself, I have been fortunate to see first hand how these scholarships alleviate the financial burden of a higher education. Playing a role in an organization that helps its members achieve their goals is truly rewarding, and I must say, providing these individuals with scholarships is one of my favorite things we do as a credit union”, stated Colin Claeys, Scholarship Committee Member and Member Services Representative of the Brookings Branch Office.
The following winners were each awarded $1000 to use toward their continued education. Kevin Shan of Madison, SD is a former graduate of Madison High School and currently attending the University of Minnesota-Rochester in Rochester, MN majoring in Biology. Abigail DeJong of Huron, SD will graduate from Huron High School and will be attending South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD majoring in Pharmacy. Casey Miller of Fulton, SD will graduate from Mitchell High School and will be attending the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD majoring in Medical Biology. Allison King of Virgil, SD is a former graduate from Wolsey-Wessington High School and currently attending Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD majoring in Elementary & Special Education. Megan Linke of Woonsocket, SD will graduate from Woonsocket High School and will be attending South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD majoring in Nursing and/or Ag Science. Landon Hegg of Huron, SD will graduate from Huron High School and will be attending South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD majoring in Ag Systems Technology. Gabriel Clark of Hitchcock, SD will graduate from Hitchcock-Tulare High School and will be attending Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD majoring in Biology. Nathan Gauer of Huron, SD will graduate from Huron High School and will be attending Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, SD majoring in Building Trades & Technology. Makayla DeDeyne of DeSmet, SD is a former graduate of DeSmet High School and currently attending South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD majoring in Agricultural Business. Wendy Bragg of Santa Cruz, CA is a non-traditional student and a former resident of Huron, SD currently attending the University of California-Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, CA working toward a PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.
“The talent and passion we see in our credit union members is an inspiration. We are delighted to see the accomplishments and goals these students have reached. Our scholarship and student loan programs will continue to be our commitment to these individuals and the generations to come”, added Credit Union President, Dan Cumbee.
Dakotaland Federal Credit Union has locations in Huron, Volga, Brookings, Madison, Redfield, Aberdeen, De Smet, Mitchell, Watertown and Woonsocket. With 38,000 members and $372 million in assets, Dakotaland continues to be locally owned and operated offering a full-line of financial services to its membership since 1935.