Scholarships

From the management to the milk haulers, the vast majority of Valley Queen employees were educated in South Dakota schools. Valley Queen understands the importance of a quality education and is a long-time supporter of many of our state’s educational institutions.

 

Milbank Education Foundation – Valley Queen Cheese Factory Scholarship – $2,500.00

Established in 2000, this scholarship is available to Milbank High School Graduates. The scholarship is funded by employee and corporate donations to the Milbank Education Foundation.

2018 Recipient – Molly Rick, Alex Popowski
2017 Recipient -Emma VanVooren, William Mischel, Trevor Schmidt, Presley Peschong, Jimmie Berkner, Bailey Storm, Jake Anderson
2016 Recipient – Isaac Snaza
2015 Recipient – Courtney Folk, Alysha Madsen, Jamie Schell, and Jessica Seehafer
2014 Recipient – Katherine Leddy, Kasey Schmidt
2013 Recipient – Jessica Dornbusch
2012 Recipient – Briana Breske, Mackenzie Foss, Jesse Peschong, Jalen Snaza, Zach Waletich
2011 Recipient – Jacob Manlove
2010 Recipient – Emily Humpton, Jacob Ebsen
2009 Recipient – Andrew Leddy, Chase Breske, Aaron Schuelke
2008 Recipient – Grant Kuper
2007 Recipient – Haley Gonzenbach, Katie Jones, Lauren Leddy
2006 Recipient – Josh Schmeichel
2005 Recipient – Daniel Haag
2004 Recipient – Aubree Light
2003 Recipient – Nancy Jones
2002 Recipient – Jenny Cizadlo
2001 Recipient – Holly Neuharth
2000 Recipient – Cory Wellnitz

 

South Dakota State University – Dairy Science Major – $7,500.00

Established in 1970, this scholarship is available to juniors and seniors majoring in Dairy Science at South Dakota State University, with preferences given to students whose hometowns are in northeast South Dakota.

2018 Recipient – Rebecca Roberson – Akron, IA
2017 Recipient – Anna Hemenway – Brookings, SD
2016 Recipient – Morgan Goche – Burt, IA *Raised to $7,500
2015 Recipient – Audrey Souza – Milbank, SD *Raised to $6,000
2014 Recipient – Samantha Berg – Pipestone, MN
2013 Recipient – Taylor Jones – Huron, SD
2012 Recipient – Eric Flynn
2011 Recipient – Molly Paterson
2010 Recipient – Nicole Stevens – Pipestone, MN
2009 Recipient – Samantha Wahls – Postville, IA *Raised to $4,000
2008 Recipient – Isaac Randall – Dell Rapids, SD
2007 Recipient – Tori Boomgaarden – Pipestone, MN
2006 Recipient – Jared Denoble – Hills, MN
2005 Recipient – Jenna Mueller – Big Stone City, SD
2004 Recipient – Amber Sperlich – Parkston, SD
2003 Recipient – Amber Sperlich – Parkston, SD
2002 Recipient – Arlo Brower – Wolsey, SD
2001 Recipient – Brad Sharp – Bath, SD
2000 Recipient – Brad Sharp – Bath, SD
1999 Recipient – Michael Plucker – Chancellor, SD *Raised to $2,500
1998 Recipient – Paul Ruger – Fenton, IA
1997 Recipient – Paul Ruger – Fenton, IA
1996 Recipient – Christopher Swart – Renville, MN
1995 Recipient – Patrick O’Reilly – Canby, MN
1994 Recipient – Shawn Stoley – Harrisburg, SD
1993 Recipient – Troy Hansen – Irene, SD
1992 Recipient – Lloyd Metzger – Lester, IA
1991 Recipient – Lloyd Metzger – Lester, IA
1990 Recipient – Lloyd Metzger – Lester, IA

 

South Dakota State University – Valley Queen Cheese Factory – $1,000.00

Established in 2002, this scholarship is geared towards a preference of Milbank High School graduates who are interested in the Dairy Science Major at South Dakota State University.

2017 Recipient – Daniel Sharp
2016 Recipient – Alexandra Preszler – Roscoe, SD
2015 Recipient – Alysha Madsen – Milbank, SD
2014 Recipient – Anna Hemenway – Huron, SD
2013 Recipient – Audrey Souza – Milbank, SD
2012 Recipient – Franklin Hartway
2011 Recipient – Jeremy DeVaal – MIlbank
2010 Recipient – Kevin Berg – Baltic, SD
2009 Recipient – Kayla Holscher – Milbank, SD
2008 Recipient – Ana Schweer – Watertown, SD
2007 Recipient – Stephanie Nussbaum – Garretson, SD
2006 Recipient – Kathryn Norling – Beresford, SD
2005 Recipient – Craig Niemann – Clear Lake, SD
2004 Recipient – Stephen Plucker – Chancellor, SD
2003 Recipient – Travis Holscher – Milbank, SD
2002 Recipient – Donovan Halajian – Milbank, SD

 

University of South Dakota – School of Business – $2,500.00

2015 Recipient – Tyler Wenande
2014 Recipient – Thomas Kenny and Dominic Jankowski
2012 Recipient – Ashley Walter, Shelby Carlson, Martha Nino and Ian Williams
2011 Recipient – Ryan Nepodal and Jordan VanMeerteren
2010 Recipient – Alexa Davis and Jody Dienert
2009 Recipient – Jackson Freidel and Trevor Freudenthal
2008 Recipient – Stacy Bjorlie, Aaron Hansen and Rachel Linneman
2007 Recipient – Matt Wolff – Milbank, SD
2006 Recipient – Adam Halverson – Milbank, SD
2005 Recipient – Sarah Easterby
2004 Recipient – Sarah Easterby
2002 Recipient – Dave Hansen – Milbank, SD
2001 Recipient – Karissa Strege – Milbank, SD
2000 Recipient – Clay Cudmore

 

Lake Area Technical Institute – Stretch the Million Build Dakota Scholarship

Established in 2016, this scholarship is available in conjunction with the Build Dakota Scholarships to first year students attending LATI in one of the Build Dakota Scholarship designated “High Need” fields. Businesses are able to partner with the Build Dakota Scholarship and stretch the $50 million that Build Dakota has to award. The Stretch the Million Scholarship covers half of the full cost of tuition, fees, books and other required program expenses and the Build Dakota Scholarship covers the other half of the costs and expenses.

2016 Recipient – Richard McDonagh – Labolt, SD

 

Lake Area Technical Institute – $1,500.00

Established in 2013, this scholarship is available to second year LATI students who have successfully completed an internship with Valley Queen Cheese and are not the recipient of a Build Dakota Scholarship.

2018 Recipient – Jordin Sticherz – Renvillo, SD
2017 Recipient – Brady Graf – Watertown, SD
2016 Recipients – Nathaniel Johnson – Watertown, SD, Kyle Fossum – Brookings, SD, Taran Weaver – Hot Springs, SD
2015 Recipients – Lincoln Biermann – Hamburg, MN, Robert “Mac” Mercer – Pierre, SD, Alex Reyelts – Wilmot, SD
2014 Recipients – Ian Hasek -Fairmont, MN, Tim McCloud – Huron, SD, Steve Hamman – Milbank, SD
2013 Recipients – Dylan Zemlicka – Milbank, SD

 

Lake Area Technical Institute – $1,000.00

Established in 2013, this scholarship is available to high school seniors entering LATI’s Energy Operations, Energy Technology, Robotics, or Agriculture Programs with preference to student from the South Dakota counties of Grant, Roberts, Day, Codington, Hamlin, Deuel, along with students from Minnesota counties of Traverse, Big Stone, and Lac Qui Parle.

2014 Recipients – Alex Holzwarth – Hazel, SD, Christian Full – Canby, MN, Brett Knutson – Clear Lake, SD, Cory Janisch – Clark, SD
2013 Recipients – Justin Welling – Montevideo, MN, Chad Sjurson – Webster, SD, Trent Koistinen – Hayti, SD, Sawyer Giese – Clear Lake, SD

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