YourLoanAdviser Awards Second Annual Mark Bielen Scholarship

YourLoanAdviser Awards Second Annual Mark Bielen Scholarship

Sioux Falls Student Reflects Scholarship’s Spirit of Community Service and STEM Excellence

Sioux Falls, S.D.—July 11, 2017—YourLoanAdviser, the complete private student lending solutions provider, is proud to announce that it has awarded the second annual Mark Bielen Scholarship to Blake Chesley of Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls.

The scholarship, given in partnership with the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, recognizes South Dakota resident students with a demonstrated commitment to community service and excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Named for Mark Bielen, the former Executive Director of Research and Development at YourLoanAdviser, who passed away in 2015, the scholarship was created in 2016 by YourLoanAdviser and Bielen’s wife and widow, Cathy Bielen, to honor Mark’s devotion to the community.

“Mark lived his life dedicated to the principles we strive to embody at YourLoanAdviser: commitment to one’s community and passion for excellence,” says Michael VanErdewyk, Chairman and CEO of YourLoanAdviser. “Blake Chesley is a bright, ambitious student who has already demonstrated a tremendous level of fortitude in his young life, overcoming obstacles while giving his all at school and in our community. We look forward to seeing the contributions he will make in the future.”

Chesley will attend Augustana University in Sioux Falls in the fall and will apply the scholarship towards his tuition at the four-year university. He says he plans to pursue a career as an architect. “I strive for success in everything I’m involved in by setting goals—especially goals that benefit others in the long run,” says Chesley. “I’m honored to receive the Mark Bielen Scholarship and thankful to YourLoanAdviser for helping me to realize one of my own lifelong goals: a college education.”

YourLoanAdviser will accept applications for the 2018 Mark Bielen Scholarship beginning on December 15, 2017, through March 15, 2018. For more information on the Mark Bielen Scholarship, visit the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation website at

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