The Austin Hallsted Memorial Scholarship was created in order to honor our son Austin. Since 2012 we have awarded 45 applicants with $32,550.00 in scholarships to assist with college expenses.

Please help us congratulate this years well deserving, hard working Scholarship winners! Jayce Vrbka, Kylie Kempf, Elizabeth Karnopp, Payton Schiller and Jadyn Fleischman!

Thank you for being great examples for so many other young people!


2020 Winners

Jayce Vrbka

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

Elizabeth Karnopp

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

Jadyn Fleischman

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

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

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; Southeast Community College-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."