Hannah Lambertz is the recipient of a one-time two-year scholarship award, which was created in memory of George and Kay Means, long-time Yankton residents and business owners.
George Means’ parents made a life-altering decision when, in 1929, they moved their entire family from Carthage to Yankton so that a daughter, Vera, could attend Yankton College. She fulfilled that wish, as did George when he graduated in 1941 with a major in music.
While attending YC he met Kay Berry, who came from Armour to pursue her own higher education and graduated in 1942, teaching in Norfolk, NE, briefly before marrying George. They joined George’s parents in the family-owned dry-cleaning business in Yankton, then in 1956, opened their own family business, George Means Men’s Fine Apparel, a downtown destination until 1996.
George was a city councilman and a state legislator, and Kay was a member of the YC Board of Trustees as well as many other community organizations. Both were highly generous and philanthropic; George passed away in 2008 and Kay in 2012.
In their honor and memory, this scholarship was created.
Hannah Lambertz will be a junior at the University of South Dakota in the fall of 2013. She is pursuing a career in fine arts/performance arts thus meeting the criteria created by the donors of the George and Kay Means Scholarship.
In addition to her academic work, Lambertz is an assistant in the Fine Arts Department of the university during the summer. A multi-talented young lady, she is well-known in the Yankton community for her involvement in high school vocal and instrumental performances as well as her many appearances on the stage of the Lewis & Clark Theatre.
Yankton College is pleased to have facilitated presenting this significant award to a young woman of Lambertz’s character and attributes.