Summer Scholars Program
The summer of 2006 marked the first summer of the Summer Scholars Program. Bruce Quernemoen, an engineer and a member of the class of 1968, gave a donation to the Foundation to get the program started. Mr. Quernemoen hopes that this program will get more students interested in engineering as a possible career choice. Engineers are in short supply in this country and more students need to be aware of the opportunities in the engineering field. Students attending engineering camps offered by the Summer Scholars Program receive full scholarships. Students attending other engineering and educational camps receive partial scholarships. We have awarded 13 scholarships for engineering camps totaling $5150 and 8 scholarships for other summer camps totaling $2230.
- South Dakota State University “Youth Engineering Adventure” – 5 students ($300 each)
- South Dakota School of Mines and Technology “Youth Engineering Adventure” – 3 students ($350 each)
- Iowa State University “Engineering and Beyond” – 2 students ($475 each); 3 students ($550 each)
- Concordia Language Villages Chinese Camp – 1 student ($200)
- People to People Student Ambassador Program – 1 student ($250)
- A Center for the Arts Songwriting Camp – 1 student ($30)
- National History Day Contest – 2 students ($250 each)
- Interlochen Music Camp – 1 student ($500)
- Congress of Future Medical Leaders – 1 student ($250)
- National Youth Leadership Forum: National Security – 1 student ($500)
2017 Recipient – Joseph Connelly
Robert and Elaine Olson Scholarship
The Robert and Elaine Olson Community Appreciation Fund Scholarship currently awards two $1000 scholarships to high school seniors with good character who wish to continue their education in whatever field they choose and who will always be a good citizen of the community they live in. To date, we have given out 27 scholarships totaling $22,400.
2017 Recipients – Hannah Hillstrom and Sarah Kowalski
Barnum and Blondeau Arts Scholarship
Jill Barnum and Tom Blondeau, both 1966 Fergus Falls High School graduates, had success in the arts during high school and beyond. This $500 memorial scholarship will be awarded to a student who has participated in the arts in high school and will continue to be active in the arts in college. To date, we have given out 8 scholarships totaling $4000.
2017 Recipient – Antonia Starzl
Wessberg Family Scholarship
The Wessberg Family Scholarship awards two $2000 scholarships to high school graduates and/or Fergus Falls High School alumni already in college. Recipients will be chosen based on family ties to the community, school and community involvement, and moral character. To date, we have given out 18 scholarships totaling $28,500.
2017 Recipients – Taylor Pikala and Sarah Kowalski
Bernice Roysland Music Scholarship
Bernice Roysland was an elementary music teacher in the Fergus Falls School District for 35 years. Ms. Roysland hopes that the scholarships given will help students reach their goals and find satisfaction in their life’s work. Two $1000 scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing a career in music education or the performing arts. To date, we have given out 4 scholarships totaling $4000.
2017 Recipient – Kara Anderson
Leonard E. Monke Agricultural Scholarship
Leonard Monke farmed the family farm until he was 43 years old and then continued in agriculture as a fertilizer salesman until his retirement. Mr. Monke was a life-long supporter of education and greatly appreciated any field of study that had anything to do with agriculture. One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who is pursuing a degree in the agricultural field (veterinary science, farm management, soil and conservation, natural resources, etc…) and has a strong work ethic. To date, we have given out 2 scholarships for $1500.
2017 Recipient – Eric Tysdal
Briggs Anderson Memorial Scholarship
Briggs Anderson, a kid “who needs understanding, loads of love and fun, and more DS games and less homework.” (That was taken from one of Briggs’ school writing assignments.) On July 29, 2013, Briggs passed away at only 14 years old. The 2016-2017 school year would have been Briggs’ senior year. Briggs had a passion for singing, loved reading and was a gifted writer. Recipients of these two $1250 scholarships are going into one of the following fields: English/literature, music/arts, animal science, food science/culinary school or an agricultural-related field. (This scholarship is only being awarded in 2017.)
2017 Recipients – Antonia Starzl and Sarah Onstad
Dennis Tuel Memorial Science and Engineering Scholarship
The Dennis Tuel Memorial Science and Engineering Scholarship will award $1000 scholarships to students who attend St. Cloud State University AND pursue a degree in engineering, math, physics, chemistry or any other science field. Applicants can be Fergus Falls High School seniors OR Fergus Falls High School alumni (who are already attending St. Cloud State University), but must have a GPA of at least 3.0. Students can reapply for the scholarship each year they are attending St. Cloud State University and pursuing any of the above degrees. To date, we have given out 1 scholarship for $1000.
2017 Recipient – No applicants