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August Stelter

Recognizing his grandfather's business sense and persistence, Robert Stelter, of Hopkins, has chosen to honor his grandfather's memory by giving Northwest Missouri State University freshman agriculture students financial help. Stelter's grandfather, August, came to America from Germany with his parents in 1855. On the voyage, August's father became ill and died, leaving his mother and five younger siblings alone in a foreign country, and none of them could speak English. They settled in Burlington, Iowa, where August, at only 13 years old, got a job laying tile lines.  August and his wife, Henrietta, successfully expanded their farming operation and were able to give a farm to each of their three daughters and three sons.

The August Stelter Scholarship fund was created in 2002 by Stelter's cousin, Bea Lemon Hansen. The fund provides assistance to entering freshmen majoring in agriculture. The late Robert Stelter and his wife, Ruth, provided additional funding to boost the fund for qualified Northwest students.
Scholarships associated with August Stelter
  • August Stelter Scholarship