Nebraska's Central Community College campuses received more than $17,000 in scholarship money Thursday from Nebraska Public Power District through donations made during the Wells Fargo Nebraska Open golf tournament.
Checks were given out from the Central Community College Foundation to the three campuses for current and future student scholarships before the school’s Board of Directors meeting held at CCC-Columbus. The Columbus campus, Grand Island campus and Hastings campus each received between $5,000-6,000 for the scholarships. The CCC golf team also received $500.
CCC Foundation Executive Director Dean Moors said that the distribution of scholarships to the campuses was important just in terms of providing opportunities for students to get a quality education.
“When they’re coming to school here, they’re looking for scholarships,” Moors said. “For a lot of these students, that scholarship may be the difference in coming to school or not coming to school. Coming to Central Community College, although it’s very affordable, these students are looking for opportunities and scholarships and this gives them the opportunity to come to Central, the Columbus campus and make a difference in their life.”
NPPD Media Relations Specialist Grant Otten said that the scholarships can help with providing a more educated future workforce, something that could greatly benefit the company.
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“Having people who are educated and are ready to go into the workforce is important for us,” Otten said. “People retire and you need new people to step into those positions. Helping to provide scholarships through these donations, you are able to get these kids educated and potentially have some more people in our workforce later in their life.”
CCC-Columbus President Kathy Fuchser praised those who donated money during the tournament to provide her current and future students with a great opportunity.
“I think the significance of any donation that people make from their own time and talent is always significant for our students,” Fuchser said. “These people enjoy a pastime and yet they come together and rally around one another to have a great time all in the plan of supporting students so they can carry on and fulfill their achievements.”
Zach Roth is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com.