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Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Rapid City, S.D., announced the recipients of the 2013 VIBZ scholarships. The six high school seniors were selected from more than 50 applicants from 16 area schools in western and central South Dakota. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship toward attending the college of their choice. The recipients are members of Black Hills Federal Credit Union’s VIBZ teen program, which is designed to promote financial literacy among young adults and assist them in effectively managing their personal finances. The 2013 recipients are Shelby Burtzlaff, Spearfish High School, who plans on attending Mitchell Technical Institute; Kassandra Herding, Rapid City Central High School, who plans on attending South Dakota School of Mines & Technology; David Langerman, St. Thomas More High School, who plans on attending South Dakota School of Mines & Technology; Ray McKee, Homeschool in Nemo, who plans on attending Cedarville University; Dakota Nelson, Rapid City Stevens High School, whose future college is undecided; and Jarrett Weimer, Hot Springs High School, who plans on attending Musicians Institute.

BluCurrent Credit Union, Spring­field, Mo. announced three winners of the BluCurrent Harry Witherspoon $2,000 Scholarships: Louis Claussen of Springfield, Pamela Morris also of Springfield, and Coy Schrode of Ozark. Applications for the scholarships were offered exclusively to graduating high school seniors that are ­members of BluCurrent, and this year were doubled from the $1,000 offered previously to $2,000 each. Claussen is a Claussen Homeschool Academy graduate, a lifetime member of BluCurrent and plans to attend Missouri State University to pursue a degree in music. Morris is a Central High School graduate and plans to attend Drury University to pursue a degree in molecular biology before going on to medical school to become a pediatric oncologist. Schroder is an Ozark High School graduate. He has only missed one day of school during his entire high school career and plans to attend University of Missouri to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering before going on to enlist as a commissioned officer with the United States Marine Corps.

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