Shelly Nissen receives livestock scholarship Christopher Hongslo, Alcester, Matthew Gunderson, Mission Hill and Shelly Nissen, Vermillion, have been named recipients of the Southeastern Livestock Cooperation Scholarship given by the Animal and Range Sciences Department for the 2000-2001 school year at South Dakota State University.
Nissen will be a junior animal science major at SDSU this fall. The daughter of Richard and Kathleen Nissen of Vermillion, she is a 1997 graduate of Vermillion High School.
In 1980, under agricultural specialist Marty Eitreim, the Southeastern Livestock Cooperative began guaranteeing livestock loans for low income farmers. The cooperative, which served the six-county area of Minnehaha, McCook, Turner, Union, Clay and Lincoln, helped preserve the small family farm during the difficult economic years of the early and mid-1980s.
When the cooperative ceased operations, its remaining funds were used to establish a perpetual scholarship in agriculture. Candidates for Southeastern Livestock Cooperative Scholarships are SDSU junior or senior animal science majors with at least a cumulative 2.7 grade point average. Selection is also based on participation in extra-curricular activities, leadership abilities and promise to the animal science profession.