Welcome to the YaBud Club

After the untimely death of our son, David, we formed a charitable organization that supports students interested in furthering their education- a college degree, a program requiring licensure, or a vocational career requiring further eduction. Our students have an acute desire to build, create and inspire others with their hands and hearts. We offer scholarships to help these young students in pursuing their dreams in those fields~ often the students are forgotten. Our inspiration comes from the spirit of David... a young man who dreamt big, inspired others to reach higher, to try challenging things, and who passionately loved working with his hands. 

David embodied kindness, selflessness and the offering of a helping hand to anyone.  He had the ability to create inspiration, a smile and camaraderie amongst all that knew him.  This is what we refer to as "Ya Bud". It is this spirit that has been the building blocks of The YaBud Club. Our scholarships are meant to bring this spirit to life, to keep David's spirit alive, and to help inspire young people to reach for their dreams and pay-it-forward as they live.  Please join us on this journey.

 
 
 
 

MORE TO KNOW

David was a 2017 graduate of Tri-Valley High School and played on the 2015 2A championship football team, and was attending Heartland Community College. David worked at his family-owned business, Adrian’s Shoes & Repair and the Red Wing Shoe Store in Bloomington. He was kind and genuine, had an infectious smile, never knew a stranger and was always there to lend a hand to anyone in need. Anyone who ever met him became an instant friend for life. David had the kind of personality that was loved by all and as a result was loved by everyone whose life he touched. When you met him, you were never able to forget him.

David’s pride and joy was his family, friends and his big black truck. He enjoyed loud trucks with big tires and if it rolled coal even better. Some of his happiest and most memorable moments was when he would go boating, snowmobiling, cleaning his truck with his friends, time with his pets and all the family vacations, especially Mexico. David adored his sister Sydney. He lived life to the fullest.

“ROLL COAL ... YA BUD.”

 

APPLICATIONS

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Our mission is to support young people who want to pursue careers in vocational fields.  Applicants are invited to apply if they meet the below criteria:

- Registered for a vocational program that requires advance training or licensure OR

- Entering college to pursue a degree  

WHEN

Applications are due on May 1st, by midnight.  Any applicants that are submitted after the deadline will not be considered. The application process opens April 1st at 8am. Scholarship recipients will be announced no later than June 15th.  

HOW

Please submit, via email, a written statement of no more than one page outlining what you are wanting to study or what you are studying. Include in your statement why this field of study is of interest to you and your plans. Please discuss why you like this type of work and how this work contributes to the YaBud Spirit (read our website for details on this). Also, please submit no more than 5 photos of your work AND three short letters of recommendation that verify your commitment to this vocation and your work ethic. Your whole packet – written statement, photos, and three letters should be made into one pdf and submitted to yabudscholarships@gmail.com . Multiple attached documents WILL NOT be considered. 

 

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

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The David D Stiles V Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to graduates for their future education

ANDREW WILLIAMS- U OF I
TRI VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE
CLASS OF 2018

COOPER GOBLE- PARKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
TRI VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE
CLASS OF 2019

NATALIE STRICKLAN- HEARTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
TRI VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE
CLASS OF 2019

ABIGAIL HARRISON-HEARTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
NORMAL COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE
CLASS OF 2019

WADE KNOBLOCH- HEARTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
EL PASO GRIDLEY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE
CLASS OF 2019

CARTER SCHMIDT- CARTHAGE COLLEGE
GERMANTOWN (WISCONSIN) HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE
CLASS OF 2019

 

EVENTS

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CONTACT

Thank you for visiting our page and taking time to get to know what the YA BUD CLUB is all about! Contact us with any questions you may have and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

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