Madison Educational Foundation Awards 38 Scholarships to Seniors

Top Picture: Board Member Marli Wiese, Allison Bruns, Marian Wiese, Isabel Gors, and Rhonda Gramstad

The Madison Central School Educational Foundation Board of Directors and scholarship donors were present to award Foundation scholarships to MHS graduating senior. Executive Director, Renae Prostrollo said the foundation scholarships will total over $35,000 this year. Prostrollo said, “Scholarship donors value education. Donors give scholarships as a way to give back to MHS. Some have chosen to invest in a student’s future as a meaningful way to honor their loved one, through a scholarship.”

The LaMonte & Marian Wiese Scholarship was presented to Allison Bruns & Isabel Gors by Marian Wiese, Rhonda Gramstad & Marli Wiese.

The DSU Blue & Blue Scholarship was presented to Jackson Boldt by Scott & Sara Schlisner.

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Sara Schlisner, Jackson Boldt, and Scott Schlisner

Board President, Jennifer Gross presented The Cancer Club Scholarship to Carter Bergheim & Jackson Boldt.

The Jerry Johnson 1st responders Scholarship was awarded to Tyler Reck by Johnson’s daughters Michele Gran and Jennifer Yeo.

The Jim Thompson Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Casey Meadows by board member Carol Kleibacker

Board Member Lee Threadgold presented The MHS STEM Scholarship to Allison Sahr, attending USD, Kelsey O’Connell attending Black Hills State, and Callie Frantzen, attending SD School of Mines & Technology.

The Glen Wilbur Memorial Scholarship was presented to Autumn Barger & Logan Allbee by Foundation Board member Kleibacker. Two Ben Bundy Memorial Scholarships were presented by Joe Bundy to Caleb Scott and Brynn Olverson, in recognition of their school and community involvement and their concern for the well-being of other people.

Bob Cordts presented The Jim Cordts Memorial Scholarship to Jennifer Bernard, Megan Bierschbach, Brant Blessington, Abby Brooks, Allison Bruns, Savannah Dickey, Isabel Gors, Kelsey O’Connell, Ally Sahr, Brynn Olverson, Emily Van Liere and Truman Stoller in recognition of their participation in cross country, and demonstrating good character, leadership, community service and generosity-all traits that Jim Cordts embodied.

Board Member Marli Wiese presented The Julian Freitag Memorial Scholarship to Carter Bergheim and Jackson Boldt, recognizing their participation in school and community activities, and exemplifying the spirit in which their son, Julian, lived-loving life, family, and friends; appreciating his hometown, and brining a smile and a helping hand to those who needed it. Barb & Jeremy Hegg presented The Dennis Hegg Memorial Scholarship to Rachel Olson for her commitment to band at MHS.

Jeff & Trudi Nelson presented the Trudi Nelson Forensics Scholarship to Faith Smith, who will be attending USF this fall.

Timothy & Monica Campbell presented the Timothy & Monica Campbell Scholarship to Oliver Jankord, who will be attending Augustana in the fall.

A joint scholarship between the Madison Education Association and the MCSEF requires evidence of leadership experience and community service. Dawn Wiebers and board member Angi Kappenman presented the MEA/MCSEF Scholarship to Megan Bierschbach and Brittany Splonskowski.

Gross presented The Rotary/Don E. Gross Memorial Scholarship to Juliana Hodges, in recognition of her work ethic and academic achievement. Foundation board member, Lori Norby presented The George & Marcene Scully Scholarship on behalf of the Scully family to Mackenzie Ryan, in recognition of her academic achievement and involvement in student leadership.

Finally, board member Kappenman presented the Foundation’s Sprint Broadband Scholarships to Emily Van Liere & Ally Drew.

Prostrollo said that the Foundation hopes that students can learn about the donors who give scholarships and can be inspired to give back someday too. If you would like to give a scholarship or other contribution, please contact Prostrollo at or 605-256-7710.

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