March 25, 2024

The Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) awarded two Patefield-Green Memorial Scholarships to high school seniors in the 2023-2024 school year. LCNRD provides college scholarship funds to graduates who intend to pursue an agricultural-related career in hopes that they will return and contribute to local communities and to the protection and conservation of our natural resources.

The 2024 recipients of the Patefield-Green Memorial Scholarship are:

  • Elizabeth Wortmann, Crofton High School, will be studying Environmental Studies and Biology at the College of St. Benedict. Elizabeth is the daughter of Chris and Holly Wortmann of Crofton.
  •  Grayden Hochstein, Cedar Catholic High School, will be studying Agricultural Science at South Dakota State University. Grayden is the son of Frank and Andrea Hochstein of Hartington.

Recipients are presented with a $1,000 scholarship to use towards tuition and fees at the college of their choice towards an agriculture related course of study.

The Patefield-Green Memorial Scholarship is named after two outstanding LCNRD directors who served their communities and believed in providing educational opportunities to local youth to encourage natural resource awareness. Warren Patefield was from Laurel and was a local, state, and national conservation leader. Ken Green resided in Allen and was a man of quiet dignity who worked tirelessly on resource projects in the community.

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