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Current Scholarship Awards

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Scholarships available include the Vernon P. Ostrom Scholarship, the Harvey K. Nelson Scholarship, and the Dean A. Elmer Scholarship, plus any additional scholarship awards approved by the Board of Directors. Qualifications for scholarship awards are determined by the Board of Directors and may be found on the scholarship applications. The amount of each scholarship and the number of scholarships available are determined annually in accordance with available funds.

Five $500 post-secondary scholarships for 2018 were awarded by the PHCT Board of Directors at their March meeting.

Rachel Holmes, Elbow Lake, received the Harvey K. Nelson scholarship award. Rachel attends the University of Minnesota, Morris, majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Geology. She plans to graduate after completion of the fall 2018 semester and start a career in the field of sustaining and recovering clean water for the environment and for communities.

Sarah Koep, Parkers Prairie, has been awarded the Vernon P. Ostrom scholarship. Sarah is studying Civil and Environmental Engineering at North Dakota State University, Fargo, and is currently performing undergraduate research on hydroponic systems.

Reed Peterson of Hoffman received the Dean A. Elmer scholarship award. Reed majors in Environmental Science and minors in Chemistry at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Reed will graduate in December 2018, one semester early due to college credits received while in high school.

Taylor Koefod, Ashby, earned a General Scholarship award. Taylor graduated from high school in May 2016 and has a cumulative GPA of 3.92 for her 2016-2017 college studies. She will attend the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, beginning Fall, 2018, majoring in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology.

Taylor Ann Rehovsky, Alexandria, has been given a General Scholarship award. Taylor is an honor roll senior in Alexandria Area High School and will graduate in June 2018. She is enrolled at North Dakota State University for the Fall 2018 semester with a major in Agriculture Education.

Seven $500 post-secondary scholarships were awarded for 2017.

Two graduating seniors at Minnewaska Area High School, Glenwood, each received Vernon P. Ostrom Scholarship awards. Natasha Nemmers will attend Vermillion Community College, Ely, majoring in natural resources/wildlife management. Jordan Koubsky has registered for classes at South Dakota State University, Brookings, to study Natural Resource Management.

Dean A. Elmer Scholarship awards went to two Alexandria Area High School seniors. Erin Doyle plans to study Atmospheric Science at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Molly Doyle has also enrolled at UND and will major in Biology.

Three students currently attending the University of Minnesota, Crookston, also received awards. Melissa Schilling, Frazee, is the recipient of a General Scholarship award and studies in the field of Natural Resources—Wildlife Management. Page Trana, Ottertail, and Dalton Skonseng, Fergus Falls, each earned Harvey K. Nelson Scholarships for 2017. Page majors in Natural Resource Law Enforcement. Dalton majors in Natural Resources Management.

No scholarship applications were received by the Trust in 2016.

The Harvey K. Nelson scholarship was awarded to Tiffany Muellner in March, 2015. Tiffany graduated from high school in 2013 and now attends the University of Minnesota, Crookston, where she majors in Natural Resources Wildlife Management. She grew up on her family’s dairy farm near Sauk Center, MN.

The Dean A. Elmer scholarship went to Arthur Schilling in March, 2015. Arthur, of the Frazee/Vergas area in northeastern Otter Tail County, graduated high school in 2012. He is a Natural Resource Management major at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, and plans to graduate in 2016.


PHCT Motto

Our time on earth is brief, yet the land goes on forever, carrying with it the marks of each succeeding landowner. As fleeting trespassers on land that belongs to future generations, we must touch the land gently, caring for it as true stewards, so that those who assess our record will see our love and respect for the land and life. (Robert B. Oetting)