2024 Community Foundation Scholars

Celebrating Tomorrow's Leaders

They are dedicated to excellence, committed to their communities, and motivated to create a brighter, stronger tomorrow.

Meet our 2024 scholars.

2024 Scholarship Recipients

The Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation holds more than 70 scholarship funds established by donors who are passionate about the power of education.

Choose a scholarship from the list below to meet the 2024 recipient(s).

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  • Future Plans: University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
  • Anticipated Major: Medicine
  • Career Goals: TBD

Mateo Kleinhans, Alcester-Hudson High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Aviation
  • Career Goals: Commercial Pilot

Baily Teveldal, Baltic High School

  • Future Plans: University of Minnesota Crookston
  • Anticipated Major: Sports Science
  • Career Goals: Registered Dietitian

Ella Peterson, Sioux Falls O'Gorman High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Elementary Education
  • Career Goals: Guidance Counselor

Duyen Nguyen, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Anticipated Major: Entrepreneurial Management
  • Career Goals: "My future aspiration is to be a CEO of my own business one day."

Alexa Maopraseuth, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Anticipated Major: Biology
  • Career Goals: Family Physician or Dermatologist

Felix Irancunguye, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Artificial Intelligence
  • Career Goals: TBD

Hannah Hageman, Brandon Valley High School

  • Future Plans: University of South Dakota
  • Anticipated Major: Political Science
  • Career Goals: Attorney

Alanna Smith, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: Augustana University
  • Anticipated Major: Biochemistry
  • Career Goals: Doctor

Brenda Khatthanam, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Microbiology
  • Career Goals: Infectious Disease Doctor

Grace Fromknecht, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Music Education
  • Career Goals: Music Teacher or Professor

Hannah Hageman, Brandon Valley High School

  • Future Plans: University of South Dakota
  • Anticipated Major: Political Science
  • Career Goals: Attorney

James Bruns, Sioux Falls O'Gorman High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Construction Management
  • Career Goals: Construction Business

John Mortrude, Dell Rapids High School

  • Future Plans: Augustana University
  • Anticipated Major: Government
  • Career Goals: Attorney

Natalie Haase, Parker High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Agricultural Business
  • Career Goals: TBD

Samuel Prairie, Sioux Falls O'Gorman High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University University
  • Anticipated Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Career Goals: Engineer

Shelby Welbig, Dell Rapids High School

  • Future Plans: Southeast Technical College
  • Anticipated Major: Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Career Goals: OB/GYN Sonographer

Blake Leiferman, Kimball High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Agriculture Business/Agriculture Marketing
  • Career Goals: TBD

Tatum Tyrrell, Kimball High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • Anticipated Major: Computer Engineering
  • Career Goals: TBD

Elly Doering, Alcester-Hudson High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Pre-Veterinary/Animal Science
  • Career Goals: Veterinarian

Alexa Johnson, Brandon Valley High School

  • Future Plans: Northern State University
  • Anticipated Major: Music Education
  • Career Goals: High School Band or Choir Teacher

Faith Gaye, Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School

  • Future Plans: Augustana University
  • Anticipated Major: Nursing
  • Career Goals: CRNA or Nurse Practitioner

Cloee Reding, Canton High School

  • Future Plans: Northwestern College
  • Anticipated Major: Social Work
  • Career Goals: TBD

Elijah Anderson, Canton High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Business
  • Career Goals: Small Business Owner

Allison Hill, Rapid City Christian School

  • Future Plans: University of South Dakota
  • Anticipated Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Career Goals: Speech Language Pathology

Anika Main, Belle Fourche High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • Anticipated Major: Chemical Engineering
  • Career Goals: Chemical Engineer

Trevor Johnson, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Civil Engineering
  • Career Goals: Civil Engineer

Mason Tschetter, Doland High School

  • Future Plans: Lake Area Technical College
  • Anticipated Major: Agriculture
  • Career Goals: Farmer

Danica Rozeboom, Canton High School

  • Future Plans: Lake Area Technical College
  • Anticipated Major: Licensed Practical Nursing
  • Career Goals: Pediatric Nurse

Alyvia Trumm, Canton High School

  • Future Plans: Mount Marty University
  • Anticipated Major: Business Administration
  • Career Goals: Health Care Administrator

Elly Doering, Alcester-Hudson High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Pre-Veterinary/Animal Science
  • Career Goals: Veterinarian

Duyen Nguyen, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Anticipated Major: Entrepreneurial Management
  • Career Goals: "My future aspiration is to be CEO of my own business one day."

Gabriel Prairie, Sioux Falls O'Gorman High School

  • Future Plans: Augustana University
  • Anticipated Major: Computer Science
  • Career Goals: TBD

Halle Uphoff, Dell Rapids Public High School

  • Future Plans: Black Hills State University
  • Anticipated Major: Theater/Creative Writing
  • Career Goals: TBD

Natalie Becker, Canistota High School

  • Future Plans: Buena Vista University
  • Anticipated Major: Accounting/Finance
  • Career Goals: Financial Manager

Samuel Prairie, Sioux Falls O'Gorman High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Career Goals: Engineer

Anna Bisbee, Groton Area High School

  • Future Plans: Northern State University
  • Anticipated Major: K-12 Music Education
  • Career Goals: Music Teacher

Payton Colter, Harrisburg High School

  • Future Plans: Augustana University
  • Anticipated Major: Studio Arts and Business Administration
  • Career Goals: Creative Director

Joshua Jackson

  • Current School: Purdue University
  • Anticipated Major: Aerospace Financial Analysis
  • Career Goals: Airline Finance/Operations

Kennedy Hansen-Essem

  • Future Plans: University of Sioux Falls
  • Anticipated Major: Elementary Education
  • Career Goals: Elementary School Teacher

Felix Irancunguye, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Artificial Intelligence
  • Career Goals: TBD

Alexander Poitra, Sioux Falls Lincoln High School

  • Future Plans: Augustana University
  • Anticipated Major: Accounting or Actuarial Science
  • Career Goals: TBD

Hadlie Groen, Sioux Falls Lincoln High School

  • Future Plans: Creighton University
  • Anticipated Major: Occupational Therapy
  • Career Goals: Occupational Therapist

Matthew Krueger, Sioux Falls Lincoln High School

  • Future Plans: Vanderbilt University
  • Anticipated Major: Biochemistry
  • Career Goals: Medical Professional

Nolan Davis, Sioux Falls Lincoln High School

  • Future Plans: Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Cyber Operations
  • Career Goals: Cyber Security

Savanna Stimpert, Sioux Falls Lincoln High School

  • Future Plans: Augustana University
  • Anticipated Major: TBD
  • Career Goals: TBD

Anthony Herberg, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: Augustana University
  • Anticipated Major: Education
  • Career Goals: History Teacher and Soccer Coach

Elliott Morehead, Sioux Falls Lincoln High School

  • Future Plans: University of South Dakota, Sioux Falls
  • Anticipated Major: Business
  • Career Goals: Nonprofit Leader

Luke Schoolmeester, Dell Rapids High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Architecture
  • Career Goals: Professional Architect

Hannah Anhalt, Dell Rapids High School

  • Future Plans: Augustana University
  • Anticipated Major: TBD
  • Career Goals: TBD

John Mortrude, Dell Rapids High School

  • Future Plans: Augustana University
  • Anticipated Major: Government
  • Career Goals: Attorney

Elizabeth Russell, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: University of South Dakota
  • Anticipated Major: Dental Hygiene
  • Career Goals: Dental Hygiene

Felix Irancunguye, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Artificial Intelligence
  • Career Goals: TBD

Jenisha Gurung, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: University of South Dakota
  • Anticipated Major: Business Administration
  • Career Goals: "I would love to open up a Nepali dance studio someday."

Sureh San, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Computer Science and Machine Learning
  • Career Goals: AI Engineer
Tabila Kela
  • Future Plans: University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Anticipated Major: Business
  • Career Goals: TBD

Kennedy Hansen-Essem

  • Current School: University of Sioux Falls
  • Major: Elementary Education
  • Career Goals: Elementary School Teacher

Mason Tschetter, Doland High School

  • Future Plans: Lake Area Technical College
  • Anticipated Major: Agriculture
  • Career Goals: Farmer

Alexandra Juhnke, Harrisburg High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: General Studies with Focus on Radiology
  • Career Goals: Radiologic Technician

Brock Ellingson, Tea Area High School

  • Future Plans: Northern State University
  • Anticipated Major: Digital Media
  • Career Goals: TBD

Lucy Zomer, Canton High School

  • Future Plans: University of Sioux Falls
  • Anticipated Major: Nursing
  • Career Goals: TBD

Siyanne Redda, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: Harvard University
  • Anticipated Major: Neuroscience
  • Career Goals: Neurologist

Sureh San, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Computer Science and Machine Learning
  • Career Goals: AI Engineer

Cassidy Steever, Lennox High School

  • Future Plans: Augustana University
  • Anticipated Major: Nursing
  • Career Goals: Nurse at Sanford Health

Elijah Homan, Lennox High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Data Science
  • Career Goals: Data Scientist

Lauren Grinde, Tri-Valley High School

  • Future Plans: Mount Marty University
  • Anticipated Major: Nursing
  • Career Goals: Nurse Practitioner

Siyanne Redda, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: Harvard University
  • Anticipated Major: Neuroscience
  • Career Goals: Neurologist

Ella Peterson, Sioux Falls O'Gorman High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Elementary Education
  • Career Goals: Guidance Counselor

Grady Bott, Huron High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • Anticipated Major: Electrical Engineering
  • Career Goals: Engineer

Brock Ellingson, Tea Area High School

  • Future Plans: Northern State University
  • Anticipated Major: Digital Media
  • Career Goals: TBD

Jennifer Argueta Castillo, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Medical Lab Science
  • Career Goals: TBD

Anna Leuning, Sioux Falls Lincoln High School

  • Future Plans: Belmont University
  • Anticipated Major: Music Business
  • Career Goals: Manager of an Artist or Lawyer for Copyright Law

Baily Teveldal, Baltic High School

  • Future Plans: University of Minnesota Crookston
  • Anticipated Major: Sports Science
  • Career Goals: Registered Dietitian

Jason Fisher, Douglas High School

  • Future Plans: University of Minnesota Morris
  • Anticipated Major: Exercise Science
  • Career Goals: TBD

Audrey Akkerman, Sioux Falls Lincoln High School

  • Future Plans: Stanford University
  • Anticipated Major: Linguistics and Spanish
  • Career Goals: Lawyer

Hayden Groos, Sioux Falls O'Gorman High School

  • Future Plans: Northwestern College
  • Anticipated Major: Biology/Pre-Health Professions
  • Career Goals: Emergency Room Doctor

Jessalynn Olsen, Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Human Biology
  • Career Goals: Medical Field

Johnny Skyberg, Sioux Falls Christian

  • Future Plans: Grand Canyon University
  • Anticipated Major: Exercise Science
  • Career Goals: Physical Therapist

Michaele Gebremedehine, Sioux Falls Jefferson High School

  • Future Plans: Augustana University
  • Anticipated Major: Biology
  • Career Goals: Researcher

Taya Swier, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Exercise Science
  • Career Goals: Physical Therapist

Avery Ostrem, Tea Area High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Pre-Pharmacy
  • Career Goals: Pharmacist

Jaci Stemwedel, Brandon Valley High School

  • Future Plans: Northern State University
  • Anticipated Major: Elementary and Special Education
  • Career Goals: Teacher

Elly Doering, Alcester-Hudson High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Pre-Veterinary/Animal Science
  • Career Goals: Veterinarian

Duyen Nguyen, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Anticipated Major: Entrepreneurial Management
  • Career Goals: "My future aspiration is to be CEO of my own business one day."

Elly Doering, Alcester-Hudson High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Pre-Veterinary/Animal Science
  • Career Goals: Veterinarian

Arthur Benoit, Canton High School

  • Future Plans: University of Nebraska Lincoln
  • Anticipated Major: Pre-Med
  • Career Goals: Physician

Jordan Van De Stroet, Canton High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Agricultural Education
  • Career Goals: Agriculture Teacher

Anna Johnson, Aberdeen Central High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Dairy Production and Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Career Goals: Large Animal Veterinarian

Anthony Herberg, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: Augustana University
  • Anticipated Major: Education
  • Career Goals: History Teacher and Soccer Coach

Braeden Benda, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: Lake Area Technical College
  • Anticipated Major: Aviation/Professional Fixed-Wing Pilot
  • Career Goals: Cargo Pilot (UPS)

Maria Leon Francisco, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: Southeast Technical College
  • Anticipated Major: Land Surveying
  • Career Goals: TBD

Quinn Hawley, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: Southeast Technical College
  • Anticipated Major: Electrician
  • Career Goals: Electrician

Shayla Welbig, Dell Rapids High School

  • Future Plans: Lake Area Technical College
  • Anticipated Major: Dental Assisting
  • Career Goals: "I plan on working in a dental or orthodontist office after I complete my program."

Shelby Welbig, Dell Rapids High School

  • Future Plans: Southeast Technical College
  • Anticipated Major: Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Career Goals: OB/GYN Sonographer

Angela Panic, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: University of South Dakota
  • Anticipated Major: Kinesiology
  • Career Goals: Physiatry

Jennifer Argueta Castillo, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Medical Lab Science
  • Career Goals: TBD

Mohamed Muse, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Cyber Operations
  • Career Goals: Cyber Security

Natalie Berg, Dell Rapids High School

  • Future Plans: University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Anticipated Major: English
  • Career Goals: Editor

Sophia Godwin, Dell Rapids High School

  • Future Plans: University of South Dakota
  • Anticipated Major: Dental Hygiene
  • Career Goals: TBD

Bailey Monson

  • Current School: University of South Dakota
  • Major: General Studies
  • Career Goals: Estimator

Jefferson Michael, Sioux Falls Jefferson High School

  • Future Plans: Augustana University
  • Anticipated Major: Business Management
  • Career Goals: "Create my own company that will help solve people's daily problems."

Mohamud Ibrahim, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: University of South Dakota
  • Anticipated Major: Business Administration
  • Career Goals: Realtor Agent

Yazmin Kennedy, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Anticipated Major: TBD
  • Career Goals: Lawyer

Kennedi Cooper, Bancroft-Rosalie Public School

  • Current School: University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Major: Psychology and Neuroscience/Pre-Med
  • Career Goals: Psychiatrist

Mya Watkins, Dell Rapids High School

  • Future Plans: Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Elementary Education
  • Career Goals: Elementary Teacher

Lexi Nichols, West Central High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Agricultural Business
  • Career Goals: Agricultural Sales and Agronomy

Jaci Stemwedel, Brandon Valley High School

  • Future Plans: Northern State University
  • Anticipated Major: Elementary and Special Education
  • Career Goals: Teacher

Kaitlyn Crawford

  • Current School: Augustana University
  • Major: Education and History
  • Career Goals: Teacher

James Bruns, Sioux Falls O'Gorman High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Construction Management
  • Career Goals: Construction Business

Sutton Williams, Dell Rapids High School

  • Future Plans: Lake Area Technical College
  • Anticipated Major: Electrical Construction
  • Career Goals: Electrician

Andy Van Surksum

  • Current School: University of Sioux Falls
  • Major: Accounting
  • Career Goals: Tax Accountant and Financial Planner

Avery Ostrem, Tea Area High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Pre-Pharmacy
  • Career Goals: Pharmacist

Brayden Cambier, Tea Area High School

  • Future Plans: Northern State University
  • Anticipated Major: Music Education
  • Career Goals: Music Professor

Haley Korver, Tea Area High School

  • Future Plans: Lake Area Technical College
  • Anticipated Major: Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Career Goals: Art Therapist at a Hospital or Assisted Living Activities Director

Brandon Pimentel, Colman-Egan High School

  • Future Plans: Southeast Technical College
  • Anticipated Major: Computer Programming
  • Career Goals: TBD

Halle Huss, Dell Rapids High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Business Economics
  • Career Goals: TBD

Sutton Williams, Dell Rapids High School

  • Future Plans: Mitchell Technical College
  • Anticipated Major: Electrical Construction
  • Career Goals: Electrician

Sutton Williams, Dell Rapids High School

  • Future Plans: Mitchell Technical College
  • Anticipated Major: Electrical Construction
  • Career Goals: Electrician

Chezaray Martinez, Canton High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Human Development and Family Studies
  • Career Goals: Child Life Specialist

MaKenna Laleman, Canton High School

  • Future Plans: Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Anticipated Major: Elementary Education
  • Career Goals: Teacher

Andy Van Surksum

  • Current School: University of Sioux Falls
  • Major: Accounting
  • Career Goals: Tax Accountant and Financial Planner

Angela Panic, Sioux Falls Washington High School

  • Future Plans: University of South Dakota
  • Anticipated Major: Kinesiology
  • Career Goals: Physiatry

Hannah Anhalt, Dell Rapids High School

  • Future Plans: Augustana University
  • Anticipated Major: TBD
  • Career Goals: TBD

Caden Selby, Faith High School

  • Future Plans: TBD
  • Anticipated Major: TBD
  • Career Goals: TBD

Skylar Vig, Faith High School

  • Future Plans: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • Anticipated Major: Chemical Engineering
  • Career Goals: Data Analyst