The Rosie & Vi Venard Scholarship was awarded to Harrison Hawley and Kyle Hubert. Harrison is the son of Linda Hawley and the late Cal Hawley. Harrison graduated from Vermilion High School this past May and will be attending South Dakota State University in Brookings to major in agricultural and biological sciences. Kyle Hubert, son of Joe and Jeanette Hubert, will be starting his second year at South Dakota State University where he is enrolled in the wildlife and fisheries program. Kyle was a 2006 graduate from Vermillion High School.
4-H Scholarships were awarded to John Lindstrom, Cody Cahoon, Andrew Jensen and Brittany Rederick. John, the son of Dean and Pearl Lindstrom, graduated from Beresford High School in May 2007. He plans to attend Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA, and major in agriculture.
Cody Cahoon, also a May 2007 Beresford High graduate, is the son of Barry and Vicky Cahoon. Cody will be attending the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Phoenix, AZ and will graduate with a motorcyle tech degree in motorcycles and ATVs.
Andrew Jensen and Brittany Rederick both graduated from Wakonda High School this past May. Andrew is planning to attend South Dakota State University in Brookings and major in agriculture education. Andrew is the son of Paul and Myra Jensen.
Brittany, the daughter of Dan and Diane Rederick, will be attending The University of South Dakota and major in nursing.
Centennial Scholarships were awarded to six young people this year. Philip Devine, a 2007 graduate of Wakonda High School, will be attending South Dakota State University where he will major in pre-medicine. Philip is the son of Jim and Joan Devine.
Jessie Rudd, the daughter of Timothy Rudd and Pamela Rudd will be attending South Dakota State University this fall to pursue a degree in pharmacy. Jessie is a graduate of Irene High School this past May.
Amanda Zalud, the daughter of Garreth and Trudy Zalud, is a May 2007 graduate of Vermillion High School. Amanda will be attending The University of South Dakota to major in chemistry/pre-medicine.
A May 2007 graduate of Wakonda High School, Courtney Nelson plans to attend Dakota State University and pursue a degree in English education. Courtney is the daughter of James and Peggy Nelson.
Adam Polley, the son of Rod Polley and the late Cheryl Polley, will be attending South Dakota State University to pursue a degree in civil engineering. Adam graduated from Wakonda High School in May 2007.
Mitch Hessman, a Wakonda High School graduate this past May, is the son of Lamont and Teresa Hessman. Mitch will be attending either The University of South Dakota or South Dakota State Univeristy to major in computer science.
The Clay County Youth Trust Fund awards are presented annually to Clay County residents. The Venard, 4-H and Centennial Scholarship applicants must be Clay County youth who are attending or will be attending a higher school of education. All applicants must demonstrate abilities in scholastics, leadership and citizenship.
Scholarships are funded from the Clay County Youth Trust Fund, Inc., a non-profit organization designed to provide financial aid to Clay County youth and youth activities. It is administered by a board of directors comprised of Cathi Powell, Barry Cahoon, Mike Lynch, Phyllis Sternquist, Mike Carlson, Deb Christensen and Mary Jensen.
Rose and Vi Venard were the principal founders and contributors to the fund. Memorials and gifts to the fund are tax-exempt. The board thanks all who donate each year. This generosity makes it possible to award so many Clay County youth help with their educational needs.
For more information, contact any board member or the Clay County Extension Office.