Scholarships presented at BCHS Awards Night

The following scholarships were presented at Awards Night, May 7, at the Activity Center.

PEO, $400 each, Jessica Begeman and Josie May.

PEO Star Scholarship, $2,500, to Jessica Begeman.

Martin Grade School, $250 each, Jessica Begeman and Carson Knecht.

Golden West, $1,000, Cameron Good.

Security First Bank , $1,000, Carson Knecht.

Living Word Community Church Scholarship, $200, Isaiah Johnson.

Next Step Scholarship, $250, Cameron Good.

Rodeo Club, $400, Keisha Rayhill.

The Bennett County Hospital Scholarship, awarded at Prom, $500, Lainee Link.

James Ursano Military Dependent Scholarship, $500, Lainee Link.

Ride Across South Dakota, $500, Cameron Good.

Midwest Fertilizer and Seed Producer’s Hybrid Scholarship, $500, Tarryn Petrak.

The following scholarships are funded by early Bennett County residents who believed in education after high school. 

The Anderson Memorial Scholarship, is an award of $500. Ralph and Lena Anderson were originally from Ainsworth, Neb. They farmed and ranched southwest of Martin. The Anderson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Keisha Rayhill.

The Sommer Scholarship is an award of $500 by June and Bob Sommer. June is the daughter of Ralph and Lena Anderson. June worked as a nurse and Bob an engineer for Exxon. They live in Houston, Texas. The Sommer Scholarship is awarded to Cameron Good. 

The Knight I and Knight II Scholarships are awards of $500 each. Richard Knight, originally from Wisconsin, was a bee keeper who moved to Martin and worked for Schmidt Honey. The Knight I Scholarship is awarded to Lainee Link. The Knight II Scholarship is awarded to Josie May. 

Sullens I and Sullens II Scholarships are awards of $500 each. Mike Sullens ranched in wouthwest Bennett County. The Sullens I Scholarship is awarded to Erica Bakley. The Sullens II Scholarship is awarded to Jessica Begeman. 

The Cozad Memorial Scholarship is an award of $500 in memory of Fred and Luella Cozad. Fred was originally from Martin and Luella from Iowa. They practiced law in Martin since 1949. The Cozad Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Carson Knecht. 

South Dakota Engineering Society Scholarship, $900, Cameron Good. 

Whirlwind Horse I Scholarship, $1,000, Jessica Begeman.

Rushmore Electric Federal Credit Union Scholarship, $1,000, Erica Bakley.

Lacreek Scholarship, $1,000 each, awarded at Lacreek Banquet, Cameron Good, Jessica Begeman, Erica Bakley, and Tee Allen.

Dean and Hazel (Coats) O’Bryan Scholarship, $1,000, chosen based on letters of recommendation, academic study, work experience, community service, extracurricular activities, school attendance, and an interview, given to Cameron Good.

Chadron State College, $1,000, Vernon Plenty Bull.

The Silver Eagle Scholarship for $1,500 is awarded to Tarryn Petrak.

Eastern Wyoming College, $1,500; and a College Rodeo Scholarship for $4,812, Keisha Rayhill.

Western Colorado University, Mountaineer Athletic Grant for $500; Academic Scholarships for $4,335; and Athletic Scholarship to play football, $8,000, Tee Allen.

Dakota Wesleyan University, the Presidential and Academic Scholarship, $12,000, Erica Bakley.

Dakota State University, Champion First Year Scholarship, $3,000, Carson Knecht.

University of South Dakota, Legacy Scholarship, $1,000; and the Coyote Commitment Promise Scholarship, $4,000, Josie May.

South Dakota State University, Jackrabbit Priority Scholarship, $1,000; Scholars Weekend Scholarship, $4,000; and Avera Wokini Scholarship, $20,000, Jessica Begeman.

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Silver Scholar Scholarship, $22,000, Cameron Good.

Looby Scholarships, $2,000 each, on Behalf of Henry and Elizabeth Looby and the Looby family. This year’s recipients were chosen based on points during their past four years at Bennett County High School for business classes, work experience, community service, extracurricular activities, school attendance, grade point average, and an interview: Tee Allen, Erica Bakley, Jessica Begeman, Lainee Link, and Josie May.

Opportunity Scholarship, $6,500 over four years, Jessica Begeman and Cameron Good.

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