Pelzer selected as recipient of Butch Raymond Scholarship award

Pelzer selected as recipient of Butch Raymond Scholarship award
Friday, May 6, 2016
Pelzer selected as recipient of Butch Raymond Scholarship award

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) -- The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) announced 16 recipients of the third annual Butch Raymond Scholarship today, which included Bemidji State University women’s basketball guard Aimee Pelzer. The $5,000 scholarship is sponsored by Sanford Health and is given to one student-athlete from each of the NSIC’s 16 member institutions.

Pelzer, entering her senior season for Beavers Women’s Basketball in 2016-17, was one of the key members in the team’s first season under Head Coach Chelsea DeVille. Pelzer paced the team with 13.1 points per game, ranking tied for 17th in the NSIC, while playing in all 27 games with a team-high 929 minutes of action on the court. Her .399 3-point percentage led the team and helped the Beavers rank third in the conference in shooting from behind the arc. Pelzer finished the season with placement on the 2015-16 Winter Academic All-NSIC Team.

Pelzer is the first member from the women’s basketball program to be honored with the Butch Raymond Scholarship. She majors in community health and exercise science with a minor in psychology. Pelzer plans to work as a physician assistant following graduation from BSU.

The scholarship is in recognition of Butch Raymond, the NSIC Commissioner from 2004 to 2014. For over a decade, Raymond led the NSIC from an eight-team league to a 16-team super conference. During his tenure, the league won 13 team national championships while achieving a high level of academic success.

“Congratulations to the student-athletes who have dedicated themselves to excellence in the classroom and in competition,” said Sanford Health President and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft. “Sanford Health is honored to invest in the next generation of health care professionals through the Butch Raymond Scholarship. Butch’s service to the NSIC always prioritized the student-athlete experience, and it’s fitting his name be attached to this scholarship.”

To be eligible for the scholarship, the recipient must be a senior academically in 2016-17, have a GPA of 3.20 or higher, be participating in intercollegiate athletics and plan to work in a health related field or attend graduate school in a health related field.

2016-17 Butch Raymond Scholarship Recipients




Jordan Bormann


Women’s Golf

Aimee Pelzer

Bemidji State

Women’s Basketball

Sam Johnson

Concordia-St. Paul


Zachary Podoll



Sierra Trost

Minnesota Crookston


Taylor Wissbroecker

Minnesota Duluth


Taylor Glover

Minnesota State

Track and Field

Megan Selanders

MSU Moorhead

Women’s Soccer

Nathan Mertens

Minot State

Men’s Basketball

DJ Pollard

Northern State

Men’s Basketball

Mackenzie Johnson

Sioux Falls

Men’s Basketball

Austin LaFollette

SW Minnesota State

Track and Field

Stephanie Waletzko

St. Cloud State

Track and Field

Jace Hanna

Upper Iowa

Men’s Basketball

Monique Alyea

Wayne State


Tara Roelofs

Winona State

Women’s Basketball/Track and Field

The NSIC is a 16-team, 18-sport, NCAA Division II conference with teams located in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).


Portions of this release courtesy of the NSIC