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Custer County Foundation’s 2015 Scholarship Ceremony
The Custer County Foundation held their annual Scholarship Award Ceremony on Sunday, March 22nd, at the Municipal Auditorium in Ansley.
Board member, Julianna Jenkins conducted the welcome to the estimated 200 people in attendance on a beautiful spring day. Julianna introduced our guest speaker, Dr. Melissa Scott-Pandorf, a former graduate of Callaway High School. Dr. Scott-Pandorf attended UNO to receive her Undergraduate and Masters degrees, and then went on to receive her Doctorate from the University of Houston. She currently works as a scientist for a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. She has been working for NASA for 6 years performing research related to maintaining crew health during long-duration space flights.
Dr. Scott-Pandorf shared with us her journey after graduation to where she is today. She offered a great deal of useful advice for the students in the audience. She encouraged students to stay busy while in college, to work part-time, volunteer, and join student organizations. Many high school students start their day at 8 a.m. and end it at 8 p.m. Then, when they go to college, they may only have 15 hours a week dedicated to classes. This creates a great deal of down time, especially when compared to high school. Students can get lazy, so she advised students to stay active and exercise. Be someone who people can rely on and work hard. Being responsible and reliable are important to help you succeed through life. Dr. Scott-Pandorf believes she is where she is today because of her strong work ethic and having people know they can count on her. Performing these tasks and being very involved helped her establish a great network, which has been crucial in the advancement of her career.
This scholarship ceremony continues to be successful because of our special guests in the donors who travel from Kansas City, Lincoln, and Kearney, in addition to the many from Custer County. Not only are they in attendance to present their scholarships, but to share great stories about their families and offer words of advice and encouragement. Their presence also gives them an opportunity to meet the students whose lives they are directly impacting. Another element is that of surprise for the students receiving the scholarships. Until their name is called, they are neither aware of the scholarship they are receiving nor the amount. This anticipation makes the event even more enjoyable.
Executive Director, Lindsay Divan announced sixty-three scholarships would be presented to fifty-five students for a total amount of $72,150 awarded! She went on to explain the selection process and thanked the scholarship committee for their hard work and dedication in selecting the recipients. Over 750 applications were received and selecting the recipients was not an easy task. After all the awards were presented the guidance counselors were thanked for all the assistance they offer the students with the application process. The ceremony closed by inviting attendees to enjoy refreshments and cookies, while wishing the graduates best of luck as they begin a new chapter and thanking those in attendance.
The Custer County Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax exempt organization that was created in 1991 to promote charitable giving for the good of the communities of Custer County. The steady growth of the Foundation is driven by donors’ generosity, ideas and beliefs that the Custer County Foundation can make a difference in the lives of the people who live and work in Custer County. The Foundation exists because of people who have a desire to give back to the community where they lived, prospered, worked and played.
Scholarships offered through the Foundation are for various fields of study including, nursing, veterinary medicine, journalism, and even general studies.
Best wishes and congratulations to all of our Custer County High School graduates!
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