This scholarship was established in 1996 by Josephine, to honor the memory of her husband, Don, and in honor of their daughters, Kristine Tank, Diane Stockman, and Pamela Bornemann. When Josephine died in 2012, the scholarship was renamed to include her.
Music was always a focus and joy in the family. Don liked to sing, especially in the car when driving. Songs from his youth like Stardust, Deep Purple, and My Blue Heaven were his favorites, and O Holy Night at Christmas. He liked to say that music is a universal language – it communicates across all countries and cultures. Jo played the piano, accordion and guitar, all by ear. She would often bring out the accordion to sing and play songs like You Are My Sunshine, Beautiful Brown Eyes, and Life in the Finnish Woods, a Norwegian schottische.
The business emphasis in the scholarship pays homage to Don’s business, SECO, Inc., where all three girls worked in high school. SECO was a truck parts and equipment business located on Highway 2 North of Williston for over 30 years.
Jo and Don were born and raised in Northwestern North Dakota and, after their marriage in 1949, life long residents of Williston. Don and all three daughters were graduates of Williston High School. Their daughters are pleased to continue this scholarship memory of their parents.
Scholarship amount: $500