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BankWest Awards 21 Scholarships to Area Students

BankWest Chairman, President and CEO Charles H. Burke III recently announced the awarding of 21 BankWest Scholarships to students from across South Dakota for the 2023-24 school year. Students will each receive a $1,500 scholarship to pursue post-secondary education at a school of their choice.

“Investing in students is vital because they are the future leaders, innovators, and problem-solvers who will shape the future of South Dakota,” Burke said. “By providing them with the necessary resources and support, BankWest is empowering them to achieve their full potential and make meaningful contributions to society.”

BankWest has awarded $547,500 in academic scholarships during the past 30 years. Burke said 62 students applied for this year’s scholarships. The BankWest Scholarship program recognizes outstanding achievement by student account holders at BankWest. Students receiving $1,500 BankWest Scholarships include:

Iris Anderson, daughter of Ronald and Melissa Anderson of Mitchell, is a freshman at Columbia University where she is studying biology and psychology.

Hattie Baldwin, daughter of Jason and Deide Baldwin of Pierre, is a senior at T.F. Riggs High School. She plans to attend Chadron State where she will study human biology.

Tyrus Bietz, son of Jason and Jennifer Bietz of Scotland, is a senior at Scotland High School. He plans to attend South Dakota State University where he will study aviation education.

Isabella Brouwer, daughter of Heath and Jessica Brouwer or Armour, is a senior at Dakota Christian High School. She plans to attend South Dakota State University where she will study pre-physical therapy.

Taylor Even, daughter of Don and Lisa Even of Burke, is a senior at Burke High School. She plans to attend South Dakota State University where she will study pre-veterinary medicine.

Morgan Gill, daughter of Brent and Charli Gill of Colome and Tish Gill of Wood Lake, NE, is a senior at Colome High School. She plans to attend Dakota Wesleyan University where she will study criminal justice and forensics.

Landon Hepker, son of Ann Hepker of Onida and Brent Hepker of Newcastle, WY, is a senior at Sully Buttes High School. He plans to attend South Dakota State University where he will study sports and recreation management.

Hannah Hetland, daughter of Paul and Deanna Hetland of Mitchell, is a junior at South Dakota State University where she is studying Spanish and global studies.

Lydia Hill, daughter of Jody and Cherie Hill of Onida, is a senior at Sully Buttes High School. She plans to attend South Dakota State University to study agricultural broadcasting and journalism.

Sadie Kludt, daughter of Todd and Heidi Kludt, is a senior at Mitchell High School. She plans to attend South Dakota School of Mines where she will study chemical engineering.

Preston Koster, son of Dean and Bonnie Koster of Armour, is a senior at Armour High School. He plans to attend the University of Kansas where he plans to study human biology.

Isabella Lambert, daughter of David and Virginia Lambert of Mitchell, is a freshman at Missouri State University where she is studying communications.

Micah Leonard, son of Jerry and Mira Leonard, is a senior at Armour High School. He plans to attend Wayne State College where he will study skilled and technical sciences education.

Luke Murray, son of Michael and Colleen Murray of Gregory, is a freshman at Lake Area Technical College where he is studying aviation maintenance technology.

Vy Nguyen, daughter of Mai Khuu and Joe Nguyen of Gregory, is a senior at Gregory High School. She plans to attend Augustana University where she will study biology.

Zach Rotert, son of Mike and Melanie Rotert of Potter, NE, is a senior at Potter-Dix High School. He plans to attend South Dakota State University where he will study aviation education.

Angela Rowse, daughter of Lealan and Cheri Rowse of Ft. Pierre, is a senior at T.F. Riggs High School. She plans to attend Northern State University where she will study business administration.

Grace Sargent, daughter of Doug and Trish Sargent of Pierre, is a senior at Stanley County High School. She plans to attend South Dakota State University where she will study ag communication and ag leadership.

Kyra Wallace, daughter Boyd and Sara Wallace of Pierre, is a senior at T.F. Riggs High School. She plans to attend South Dakota State University where she plans to study biochemistry.

Katelyn Welker, daughter of Dewayne and Laura Welker of Winner, is a freshman at Concordia University where she is studying biology with an emphasis in radiation technology.

Jordan Zirpel, daughter of Chris and Katie Zirpel of Kennebec, is a freshman at Dakota State University where she is studying elementary education.

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