SD Farmers Union (SDFU) Foundation Scholarship

HURON — Advancements in agriculture research and technology are essential to tomorrow’s farmers and ranchers. To support the future of South Dakota’s family farmers and ranchers, South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) Foundation provides a $2,500 scholarship annually to a South Dakota graduate student, pursuing an agriculture degree.

“The future success of South Dakota’s agriculture industry depends on the next generation of agriculture educators, professionals and researchers,” explains Doug Sombke, SDFU President and a fourth-generation Conde farmer.

Researchers like 2018 scholarship recipient, Jasdeep Singh. Singh’s graduate research focuses on the long-term impacts of cover crops, crop rotations and conservation tillage systems on soil health, moisture availability and economic profitability in South Dakota.

“Concerns regarding environmental quality and sustainable productivity of agroecosystems call for the adoption of conservation management strategies to safeguard soil, water and air resources,” Singh explains. “Cover crops, crop rotations and conservation tillage systems are among the most promising conservation practices. This project targets the corn, soybean, oats and wheat producers in South Dakota.”

Singh hopes his research will encourage the adoption of conservation management practices and systems to improve soil health, environmental quality, moisture availability and grower profitability.

Scholarship deadline is Dec. 15, 2019

Also sponsored by Travelers Motor Club, scholarship preference is given to students from South Dakota who have/had an affiliation with Farmers Union. Awards are for one academic year, beginning in the fall, and students may reapply at the end of the award period. Eligible graduate students include on-campus and distance education students who are pursuing any master’s or doctoral program, agriculture teacher certification program (CERT/FCSC) or graduate certificate program (GCERT).

To learn more, contact Karla Hofhenke, Executive Director, South Dakota Farmers Union, at or call 605-352-6761 ext.114.

To apply, visit

Elks ‘Most Valuable Student’ Scholarship

Once again it is time to seek outstanding high school seniors to apply for the second largest scholarship program in the nation; The Elks “Most Valuable Student Scholarship Award Program.”

Last year over $2,440,000 in scholarship monies was awarded to the best and brightest students our Nation has to offer. Five hundred scholarships are awarded each year with the largest being a $50,000 scholarship.

For local students who apply, the Yankton Elks #994 will be awarding six $300 Most Valuable Student Scholarships, three for boys and three for girls at the local level. The six local winners will then advance on to the State level where the award winners could receive additional scholarship dollars.

Applications for the Most Valuable Student (any high school senior) are available on the internet at The applications are available now, and must be submitted online. Legacy Awards (children or grandchildren of Elks) are also available to be completed online. The vocational grant application is still a paper form which can be requested via email at

There are four opportunities available for students.

ANY high school senior who is a U.S. citizen may apply for the Most Valuable Student Scholarships. Applications must be submitted online at by Nov. 5, 2019.

For the children or grandchildren of dues-paying Elks, they can apply for the The Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards. The application must be submitted online by at by Jan. 31, 2020.

The South Dakota Elks Association Vocational Grant is for students who will be enrolled in a Post Secondary Vocational/Technical School program. The paper applications must be submitted to the Yankton Elks Lodge, 504 W 27th Street, by Nov. 5, 2019. They must be received by the Lodge prior to the deadline, not postmarked.

Emergency Educational Grants are also available to children of deceased or totally disabled Elks members. For more details on the Educational Grant program, please visit,

If you have questions, contact the local scholarship chairman, Steven Pietila, at 605-760-4916.

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