South Dakota Farm Bureau (SDFB) is pleased to announce ten winners of the annual SDFB Scholarship.

SDFB will award $7,500 in scholarship monies for 2023. Recipients are high school seniors and college students who themselves or parents/guardians are current members of South Dakota Farm Bureau and have been for at least two years. Applicants could be considered for an agriculture-focused or community-focused scholarship, depending on their major and experience with agriculture.

“Congratulations to these young people who have a passion for agriculture and their rural communities,” said Krystil Smit, SDFB Executive Director. “South Dakota Farm Bureau is proud to again offer this scholarship and wish them the best in their future endeavors.”

The South Dakota Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund was established in 2005 by Richard and Agnes Ekstrum of Kimball, S.D. Richard served as South Dakota Farm Bureau's president from 1975 - 1995.

2023 SDFB Scholarship Winners include:

Agriculture-focused applicants/awardees:

Emily Robbins of Aurora, S.D. will be attending South Dakota State University and plans to pursue majors in Agricultural Business and Agriculture Communications.

Mercedes Schueler of Willmar, Minn. is an Agriculture Business major at South Dakota State University.

Owen Bovill of Alcester, S.D. will major in Diesel Technology at Lake Area Technical College.

Danika Gordon of Whitewood, S.D. is majoring in Agriculture Business and Business Economics at South Dakota State University.

Danielle Nowell of Hitchcock, S.D. is majoring in Agriculture Communications at South Dakota State University.

Community-focused applicants/awardees:

Morgan Mackaben of Belle Fourche, S.D. plans to major in Nursing, attending South Dakota State University.

Landry Haugen of Sturgis, S.D. plans to major in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wyoming.

Keeleigh Reis-Elwood of Reliance, S.D. will major in Elementary Education at Dakota Wesleyan University.

Bailey Spaans of Armour, S.D. will attend Dakota Wesleyan University and major in Mathematics Education.

Mallory Valburg of Draper, S.D. plans to major in Chemistry and Pre-Veterinary at Dakota Wesleyan University.

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