Carol A. Lengkeek Scholarship
Carol Ann Lengkeek
Carol was born on February 18th, 1955 in Madison, SD to Duane and Vonnie Lengkeek. Carol attended college at Dakota State University in Madison before transferring to South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. She graduated in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in Textiles and Manufacturing.
In December of 2017, Carol was diagnosed with Chondrosarcoma, a rare type of soft tissue cancer. By the time she was diagnosed, she was already at stage 4 with metastasis to her lungs. She underwent a radical amputation of her dominant right arm, scapula, and clavicle and began a tough journey of recovery.
Carol faced each surgery and medical procedure with unimaginable courage. She never felt sorry for herself or shed a tear in front of others. Her attitude was, “I am going to beat this or die trying”. She was a true inspiration to her doctors and other patients who had similar diagnoses. Most people who have this type of cancer pass away within 12 months, yet Carol lived 3 years.
In memory of Carol, a scholarship will be offered to a domestic or international graduate student who aspires to advance their education in healthcare through the achievement of a medical degree.
Cecilia N. Cabrero Scholarship
Cecilia Nanette Cabrero
Cecilia “Ceci” was born on July 16, 1962. She had a passion for life, art, nature, and helping others. Her true love was Jesus. She played the guitar and had a beautiful voice, but only sang to the Lord. After finishing her B.A., she was accepted by the University of Kansas to complete her graduate studies in social work.
Her zeal for life and love for the elderly was evident, and she wanted to dedicate her life to protect and defend the weak.
At 35 years old, Cecilia suffered a stroke soon after undergoing brain surgery. However, since she was an organ donor, she was able to give life to many others. Before entering the surgery she wrote on her arm, “I turn my eyes to the King on the throne…”. The Lord received her on Nov. 18, 1997.
In her memory, a scholarship will be offered to a domestic or international graduate student who wish to study in the field of social work.
HOW TO APPLY:
All applicants must be pursuing either a medical or social work degree at the graduate level. The minimum GPA required for consideration is a 3.2 out of 4.0 scale.
To apply for either of these scholarship opportunities, please provide the following:
- A completed application
- All official transcripts from accredited higher education institutions
- A resume or curriculum vitae
- Three recommendation letters (academic, professional, or personal - excluding family members)
We will begin accepting applications on January 1, 2023 - April 1, 2023.
No incomplete applications will be reviewed. Decisions will be announced in May by email.