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Black Hills Stock Show Foundation


The non-profit Black Hills Stock Show Foundation is truly committed to preserving the legacy of the Western Way of Life and Investing in the Future. In support of this commitment the Foundation provides three annual Scholarship Programs to the youth of our communities who intend to pursue careers, either in or in support of agriculture. High school seniors planning on continuing their education through university, college and or technical institutions are invited to apply.

Rapid City Chamber of Commerce

Ag & Natural Resources Scholarships, Sponsored by the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce

The Agriculture and Natural Resources Scholarship is sponsored by the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. There are four (4) $1,000 scholarships available as well as two (2) $500 scholarships to Western Dakota Tech. Finalists will be interviewed during the Black Hills Stock Show on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 8:00-11:00am. Please note: should you be chosen as a finalist you must be present for your scheduled interview or you will be disqualified.

The Scholarships are for young men and women pursuing a career in agriculture and natural resources related fields and attending a South Dakota accredited university, college, technical school or other recognized program. Eligibility is limited to young men and women who were South Dakota high school students in the spring of 2017 or who will graduate from a South Dakota high school in the spring of 2018. Former scholarship winners are not eligible.

Chamber Ag Scholarship Application

Lloyd W. Rypkema Memorial Horse Award

Lloyd Rypkema , Pennington County rancher and businessman, was a staunch supporter of his community. Born in 1918, Lloyd worked as a cowboy, served in World War II, came home and went into business with brothers Eddie and Milo in Deadwood and Rapid City. Lloyd raised cattle and horses in Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. He was very community-oriented... served as a Pennington Co. Commissioner, served on the Rapid City School Board, SD Stockgrowers, Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, Pennington Co. Fair Board, and many other organizations. He also helped many young people and young ranchers get their start in agriculture, running cattle or horses on a share basis, giving a young person a good heifer or mare, encouraging, providing advice when asked, He strongly supported the Central States Fair and Black HIlls Stock Show and actually donated part of the property for the Central States Fairgrounds to the community.

Lloyd passed away in September 2010 and, like his brothers Milo and Eddie, has left a legacy of hard work, integrity, love of agriculture and service to the region. In his memory, a quality, registered Quarter Horse colt, carrying bloodlilnes from Lloyd's horse program, will be awarded to a young person that is involved in agriculture in the Black Hills area.

Youth ages 12-18 are eligible to apply... applications will be available after the first of the year.

Contact Marv Rypkema 605-381-4570 or Jim Hunt 605-538-4450 for more information.

James Carmichael Memorial Scholarship Foundation

James Carmichael, Meadow, SD, was a lifelong Hereford Breeder & Cattleman. James
Carmichael was a quiet man, very devoted to his family and friends. He had a great
appreciation of all livestock, but especially his Hereford cattle. He very much appreciated
the quiet, peaceful range country they lived in. James Carmichael passed away in
September 2007.

The Carmichael Family has dedicated this scholarship fund to James Carmichael’s
memory. His widow and children wish to honor his name and memory by giving young
people that have a love for Hereford cattle and agriculture an opportunity to further their
education in the hope of providing strong leadership for the agricultural world in the

Applicants are eligible from South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and

This application is available to all High School Seniors and those already attending
colleges or universities.

Applications due December 15
Call Jill or Marc Hotchkiss for more information: 605-866-4495
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