POET announces Never Satisfied scholarship winners

Six $5,000 scholarships given to South Dakota students, additional scholarship given internally

Monday, April 3, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (April 3, 2017) – POET recently announced the seven recipients of its inaugural Never Satisfied scholarship program. Each Never Satisfied scholar will receive $5,000 toward his or her Fall 2017 semester at a South Dakota college or university. One scholarship was reserved for a student who has a parent, grandparent, sibling or aunt/uncle that works at any POET location.

“At POET, we believe that the world is changed by people who don’t know the meaning of ‘good enough,’” said POET Founder and CEO Jeff Broin. “Every day, we use our passion to change the world for future generations, and we are excited to support these outstanding students and the creative ways they apply their own passions. We look forward to following their journeys in the upcoming semester and beyond.”

Below are the Never Satisfied Scholars of 2017, as well as each scholar’s hometown and post-secondary school:

Dusan Mirkovic:
Hometown – Mitchell, SD
Rising junior at University of South Dakota, pursuing Medical Biology

Alexa Bruick:
Hometown – Seward, NE
Rising sophomore at Augustana University, pursuing Sign Language Interpreting

Madeline Antonson:
Hometown – Beresford, SD
Rising junior at Augustana University, pursuing Biology and Psychology

Mariah Volesky:
Hometown – Webster, SD
Rising freshman at University of South Dakota, pursuing Medical Biology

Melissa Montoya Mairena:
Hometown – Okatona, SD
Senior at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, pursuing Civil Engineering

Shane Mueller:
Hometown – Garretson, SD
Senior at South Dakota State University, pursuing Animal Science

Cooper Kelly Hansen:
Hometown – Hanlontown, IA
Enrolled at the University of Utah, pursuing Computer Science
Internal scholarship recipient

As part of the application process, students showed why they are “Never Satisfied.” Scholars will now have the opportunity to spend time job shadowing at POET Corporate Headquarters and will be featured on POET’s social media channels and website throughout the year.

For more information about POET’s Never Satisfied campaign, please visit

About POET

POET, the world’s largest biofuel producer, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 30-year-old company has a network of 27 production facilities. POET, through its joint venture with DSM, also operates a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. For more information, visit

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