SDATAT ANNOUNCES 2018 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
South Dakota Association of Towns and townships is very pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 SDATAT Scholarships. The South Dakota Association of Towns & Townships offers one $1,000 and one $500 scholarship to senior high school students who reside in South Dakota, are currently attending a South Dakota public, private, parochial high school or a home school program, and lives in a town or township who is a current member of SDATAT.
Receiving the $1,000 scholarship is Matthew Sperry of Aberdeen, SD and receiving the $500 scholarship is Faith Crissman of Aberdeen, SD. Our essay topic this year was, 'Alive at 25'. This training program is conducted by the SD Department of Public Safety and the SD Safety Council.
Matthew Sperry is from Bath Township in Brown County and graduated from Aberdeen Roncalli High School. He has aspirations to become a 4th generation farmer after pursuing education in Precision Agriculture and Agronomy at SDSU. He is the son of Scott and Kathy Sperry. Matthew has already completed 32 collegte credits while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. He was active in SADD, Students for Life, Robotics Team, band, and theater. He also particpated in 4-H at the state level, as a camp counselor for specail needs children, and an active community volunteer with Dacotah Prarie Museum, Salvation Army, and Kids Against Hunger, as well as serving in his local church. Influenced by Matthew's impressive essay, community involvement, and education excellence at Aberdeen Roncalli High School, the SDATAT board agreed to select Roncalli High School as the recipient of the 'Alive at 25' award for the upcoming school year.
Faith Crissman is from Henry Township in Brown County. Faith shared in her essay some thoughtful ideas to market the 'Alive at 25' program through posters. She shared ideas that would bring light to the dangers of distractive driving. Faith is the daughter of Korey & Wanda Freudenthal of Groton and graduated this year from Aberdeen Central High School. She intends to pursue a Doctorate of Pharmacy with a specialization in Pharmacogenetics. She chose the health profession because she values others and has a deep sense of compassion for humanity. Faith has been a dancer for 13 years and was crowned Miss Aberdeen 2018. She maintained a 4.0 GPA, participated in show choir, theater, and One Act plays. She enjoyed community involvement by volunteering with local blood drives and working at the Boys and Girls Club and the Humane Society.
About the SDATAT
Scholarship Program. . .
When Did it Begin?
The SDATAT Scholarship program was started in 2003 and began as two separate $500 scholarships, then was revised the following year to award a single $1000 award. In 2013 it was once again revised to be one $1000 and one $500 scholarship.
Who Can Apply?
Any senior high school student who resides in South Dakota and is currently attending a South Dakota public, private, parochial high school or home school program is eligible. The student must use the scholarship for a college, university or vocational school which has a physical presence in South Dakota; and lives in a town or township that is a current member of SDATAT.
What Are Some of the Guidelines?
Essays must be no more than 500 words and must be typed with double spacing. Applicants can not name themselves, their school, town or township, or their local officials in the essay. Essays will be judged on originality, knowledge of subject matter in relationship to the title, correct grammar, spelling and punctuation; and finally, the application may be accompanied by no more than two, one-page support letters.
How Are the Winners Chosen?
As the scholarships are received at the SDATAT Office the Dep. Admin Director will go through each submission to be sure all the guidelines are met and disqualifying any that are not. The qualifying essays are numbered and then sent on to the Scholarship Committee. Only the essays are forwarded to the Scholarship Committee to assure anonymity. After the Scholarship Committee chooses a winner the number is given to the Dep. Admin. Director and the name is released.
When and How is the Scholarship Paid?
The scholarship award will be paid to the appropriate financial aid office upon receipt of verification of enrollment at a SD college, university or technical school in September of the winnerís second year of study.