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Trinity Miller recipient of the first annual Connelly/Kreps Memorial Scholarship

COURTESY PHOTO: OFFUT FAMILY FOUNDATION - Trinity Miller is attending Oregon State University for Business – Design and Innovation. Centennial High School graduate Trinity Miller is one of three recipients of the 2021-2022 Connelly/Kreps Memorial Scholarship. Miller and other winners were awarded with $2,500 in scholarship funds.

The scholarship was open to children of RDO Equipment Co. employees who graduated high school and planned to pursue agricultural, construction or business-related postsecondary education. In addition to criteria including academic achievement and extracurricular activities, the scholarship sought to recognize students who exemplified strong work ethic, leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirit.

While at Centennial, Miller was involved in both sports and extracurricular student organizations including Closet to Closet and Food for Families. Miller maintained a high grade-point average while working more than 30 hours a week as an assistant manager of a Papa Murphy's pizza restaurant. Miller is attending Oregon State University for Business – Design and Innovation.

The scholarship was formed by the Offutt Family Foundation to honor Steve Connelly and Mark Kreps, two RDO Equipment Co. leaders who died in August 2020.

"We received so many outstanding applications, very remarkable students, it was difficult for the committee to choose just three," Jean Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Offutt Family Foundation said. "But what a wonderful problem to have," she added with a smile. "Mark and Steve's families were so impressed by the response and seeing their memory honored in a way that they both would have loved."

The Connelly/Kreps Memorial Scholarship is supported by donations from RDO Equipment Co. manufacturing partners, friends and members of the Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota communities where Mark and Steve lived and worked, and team members of R.D. Offutt Company, parent company of RDO Equipment Co.

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