In 2016, the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation scholarship program was established. This scholarship aims to identify and reward students who are interested in the improvement of beef production and promotion.

Scholarships of $5,000, $4,000, $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 will be awarded to five students from South Dakota enrolled in any post-secondary institution in the state of South Dakota.


Colin Geppert, Kimball
Mariah Kessler, Pierre
Sadie VanderWal, Brentford
Collin VanderWal, Volga
Hannah Noonan, Howard



Shane Mueller – Garretson, SD
Kaley Nolz – Mitchell, SD
Justin Ringkob – Lake City, SD
Ellen Schlechter – Orient, SD



Brianna Buseman – Canistota, SD
Kiera Leddy – Stockholm, SD
Jonathan Linke – Woonsocket, SD
Abby Repenning – Mitchell, SD


South Dakota Fed Cattle Challenge

CLICK HERE for more information and to register for the 2019-2020 Fed Cattle Challenge

Applications are due August 15, 2019

The Fed Cattle Challenge will provide an opportunity for youth to learn about the science and economics of finishing cattle by participating in a calf finishing program. Participants will understand the process for finishing cattle through ownership of three head of cattle at a custom feedlot, participate in education webinars, calculate a closeout and present what they have learned to a panel.

“Part of the goal of the Cattlemen’s Foundation includes educational opportunities, not just through our scholarship program, but also to develop the next generation of feedlot managers and owners. In our state, as we look at continued rural development, cattle feeding can be a significant part of that if we have people who understand how to do it well and be a good steward and community partner,” said Ryan Eichler, President of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation

[Winners will be announced at the 2020 Prime Time Gala]

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