The Austin Hallsted Memorial Scholarship was created in order to honor our son Austin. Since 2012 we have awarded 63 applicants with $44,800.00 in scholarships to assist with college expenses.
Please help us congratulate this year's well deserving, hard working Scholarship winners! Jaleigh Hallsted, Spencer Walahoski, Berren Strope, Jacie Wolfinger, Abby Stallbaumer and Autumn Hoppe!
Thank you for being great examples for so many other young people!

Jaleigh Hallsted

Pender, NE

SDSU studying Agricultural Communications, Animal Science & Graphic Design.

Proverbs 31:25- She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.


Spencer Walahoski

Overton, NE

West Texas A&M studying Animal Science.

St. Pope John Paul II- Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.

                                          Berren Strope

O’Neill, NE

KSU studying Agricultural Economics & PreLaw.

Isaiah 43:2- When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.

Jacie Wolfinger

Lexington, NE

OSU studying Animal Science, Ag Business & PreLaw. 

Isaiah 40:31- But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.




Abby Stallbaumer

Oconto, NE
OSU studying Agricultural Communications.
Philippians 4:13- I can do ALL things through Him that strengthens me.






Autumn Hoppe

Atkinson, NE

NECC studying Agribusiness.

Jeremiah 29:11- For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


2022 Winners


Carly Johnson

Greely, NE

NECC studying Agribusiness.

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou

 Mattison Beattie

Sumner, NE

UNL studying Animal Science.

"Always be kind no matter the circumstances"




Levi Schiller

Scribner, NE

UNL Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences. Major in Agricultural Education-Leadership option.

Ephesians 6:10-11-Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.

 Anna Karnopp

Oakland, NE

UNL studying Animal Science.

“Luck to me is lots of determination, hard work, faith in myself, and God” -Lane Frost

 Wyatt Walker

Alliance, NE

Dickinson State University studying Ag production and Agribusiness.

“Life is getting up one more time when you’ve been knocked down.” -John Wayne


2021 Winners

Jace Stagemeyer

Page, NE

SDSU studying Agricultural Systems Technology.

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of our faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." -James 1:2-6

Cassidee Stratman

West Point, NE

Bryan College of Health Sciences studying Nursing.

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” -Dr. Seuss









Ashley Ostrand

Pender, NE

UNO studying Kinesiology.

“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” -J.K. Rowling 










Logan Buhrman

Wisner, NE

Fort Scott Community College studying Animal Science.

"Be happy with what you have, while working for what you want" -Helen Keller



Abby Scholz

Loomis, NE

Northeastern Junior College studying Agricultural Business. 

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” -2 Corinthians 13:9


Evie Schlickbernd

West Point, NE

Midland University studying Natural Science.

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.” -Romans 12:12






Riley Setlik

Ord, NE

Fort Hays State University studying Agribusiness and Animal Science.

"Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest." -Ecclesiastes 11:4



2020 Winners

Jayce Vrbka

Shelby, NE

NECC studying Pre-Dentistry.

"Put your heart and soul into everything you do, as though you are doing it for the Lord Himself." -Colossians 3:23





Kylie Kempf

Carroll, NE

Chadron State College studying Ag Education.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:6-7



Jadyn Fleischman

Herman, NE

UNL studying Animal Science and Agribusiness. 

"Put your heart and soul into every activity you do, as though you are doing it for the Lord himself." -Colossians 3:23






Payton Schiller

Scribner, NE

UNL studying Animal/Plant Science. 

"She is clothed in strength and dignity, she laughs without fear of the future." Proverbs 31:25





 Elizabeth Karnopp

Oakland, NE

UNL CASNR studying Biochemistry. 

"We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do." -Mother Teresa of Calcutta





2019 Winners


Layne Miller

Oakland, NE

UNL studying Agribusiness.

"For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future." -Jeremiah 29:11








Megan Skibinski

Ord, NE

SCC-Beatrice studying Agribusiness.

"In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly." -Romans 12:6-8 NLT

Megan Schroeder

Wisner, NE

UNL studying Agribusiness/Finance. 

"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You." -Isaiah 26:3







Megan Groth

Beemer, NE

UNL studying Communication Sciences/Speech Language Pathology.

"What lies behind us and what lies before user small matters compared to what lies within us." -Ralph Waldo Emerson



2018 Winners


Tejlor Strope 

O’Neill, NE

UNL studying Ag Education. 

"We are never defeated unless we give up on God." –Ronald Reagan 



Jentri Sherman 

Kearney, NE

Central Community College Major studying Dental Hygiene. 

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." –1 Corinthians 13:13 

Amanda Grice 

Laurel, MI

Jones County Junior College studying Pre–Veterinary Medicine.

 "Once you become unwilling to learn, you will fail." "Look in the mirror – That is your competition."