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Pictured from left to right: Steve Meeker, BHSU vice president of University Advancement; Linda Bowman, daughter to Frank and Florence Schwalm; Sam Koedam, Philip resident who purchased the brand; Mary Scott, daughter to Frank and Florence Schwalm; and Jerry Nemec, seller of the brand.

Proceeds from a recent brand sale will be donated to Black Hills State University for scholarships for South Dakota students.  

Frank and Florence Schwalm’s F7 quarter circle brand, purchased by Midland residence Jerry and Sonia Nemec, was put up for auction at the Philip Livestock Auction sale recently.  The Nemecs had purchased the brand several years ago, but recently decided to sell the brand and designate the funds to a scholarship at BHSU. The Schwalm’s daughters, Linda Bowman and Mary Scott, supported the sale and the donation to BHSU.

The scholarship funds from the brand sale were added to an existing scholarship fund established by Olga Meyers and Harold DeYoung, relatives of the Nemecs.

Meeker said the brand sale is just one of several ways people can support BHSU. “We are very appreciative of the Nemec and Schwalm families for their gifts to this scholarship fund.  In this particular case, the donors have given both cash and proceeds from the sale of the brand.  Many people are on tight budgets, however, and can’t give cash.  The sale of this brand is an example of how people can give to BHSU without giving cash.”