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To be eligible for the Black Hills Roundup Scholarship, the candidate must be enrolled in a post-secondary institution of their choice and have been active in rodeo during their high school years. Applicant must participate in the South Dakota Northwest Region. 2 scholarships will be awarded, one each to a male & female participant.

Applications are due May 1, 2024. Please submit online or mail to PO Box 714, Belle Fourche, SD 57717. For questions email info@blackhillsroundup.com.

Scholarship Recipients

2023 Jess Harper

Parents: Brian & Darci Harper

School: Faith High School

Plans: I will be attending Black Hills State University to study education and coaching. I want to teach middle school students and coach sports.

Activities: Student Council, National Honor Society, church and various community activities.

2021 Abby Fox

Parents: Kelly & Robert Fox

School: Harding County High School

Plans: I am planning to further my education at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming, this coming fall. I plan to major in nursing and hope to become a pediatric nurse. I will also be rodeoing for the Casper College rodeo team, participating in barrel racing, breakaway roping and team roping. I chose Casper College for its high-end nursing program. I am excited to begin my adult life and receive a degree that will allow me to help others and be close to the people I’m aiding.

Activities: State/National History Day, National Honor Society, English Excellence, Latin Excellence, Academic Olympics, Student Council, Youth Group, 2020 Volleyball Academic All-State, FFA, High School Rodeo, 4-H.

2023 Jaysee Jones

Parents: Eric & Chasity Jones

School: Faith High School

Plans: I plan to pursue my bachelor's degree in English Secondary Education at Dickinson State University and become a high school English teacher. I will also be competing in breakaway roping and goat tying for the Dickinson Rodeo Team. After obtaining my degree, I would love to come back to South Dakota.

Activities: Varsity basketball, FHS Rodeo Club, National Honor Society, 4-H, FFA, Faith Fellowship & Feeding South Dakota.

2021 Laney Mackaben

Parents: Chad & Shawnie Mackaben

School: Belle Fourche High School

Plans: My plans are to study animal science and animal biomedical science at North Dakota State University in the field of veterinary pharmacology, developing holistic animal health practices, increasing efficiency and overall cooperation with soil, water and herd health. Eventually, I would like to consult and develop individualized herd and farm/ranch management plans for producers.

Activities: National Honor Society, 4-H, FFA, Belle Fourche High School Rodeo Club, St. Pauls Catholic Church, Senior Center volunteer, Purple Pride, teacher’s aide.

2020 Shantell Brewer

Shantell Brewer graduated from Dupree High School with 3.9 GPA where she was active in student council, FFA, 4-H, National Honor Society, cross country, basketball, rodeo and peer tutoring. She plans on attending Montana State University to major in accounting and minor in business management and continuing to rodeo.

2020 Karli Verhulst

Karli Verhulst graduated from Harding County High School with a 4.107 GPA where she was active in basketball, FFA, Latin Club, student council, Reva Ranchers 4-H Club, and the Rodeo Team. She plans to attend Black Hills State University to pursue a degree in per-veterinary medicine. Her goal is to come back to Buffalo, SD and open her own clinic.

2019 Payton Burtzlaff

Payton Burtzlaff graduated from Newell with a 3.52 GPA where he was active in football, basketball, cross-country, track, FFA, rodeo, National Honor Society, SADD & student council. Other activities include 4-H & being active in the Newell Evangelical Church. He plans to go to Mount Marty College in Yankton to study Medical Radiological Technology.

2019 Tayla Thorstenson

Tayla Thorstenson graduated from Dupree with a 3.8 GPA where she was active in basketball, volleyball, rodeo, FFA, National Honor Society, student council & choir. Other activities include 4-H & Just Breathe Suicide Prevention Campaign. She plans to go to the University of Wyoming in Laramie to study Kinesiology & become a Physical Therapist.
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