HASTINGS – 180 high school seniors in nine Nebraska counties have been awarded a $1,250 scholarship through the Warren and Velda Wilson Foundation.

The funds will assist the recipients in meeting expenses during the 2017-18 academic year at a college or university of their choice in the state of Nebraska. The 180 scholarships total $225,000. A list of the recipients and their schools follows.

“Providing students with educational opportunities,” a quote taken from a letter written by the Wilsons, is what lies at the heart and soul of the scholarship program. Since 2003, when the Central Community College Foundation began coordinating the scholarship, more than $5.6 million has been awarded to 5,394 recipients in nine Nebraska counties. The counties are Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Hall, Hamilton, Nuckolls, Thayer, Webster, and York. All scholarship applicants must live in and graduate from a high school in one of those counties to eligible. Scholarship recipients must also attend an institution of higher education in Nebraska in the first year following graduation.

Warren and Velda Wilson devoted more than 60 years to farming. The couple had no children of their own and as part of their estate plan, they established an educational foundation to help deserving young people in the area where they had made their own living.

“It is our desire that these scholarships not be limited to graduating seniors with only the highest levels of academic achievement,” the Wilsons wrote. “Other factors are also important to us, including good citizenship, involvement in school and community activities, and potential for future academic success.”

The Warren and Velda Wilson Foundation Board is comprised of the following members: John Farrell, Jennifer Fleisher, Lu Loehr, Dr. Randy Gilson, Scott Kummer, and Jay Landell. The Wilson Foundation is currently undergoing a process to convert from a private foundation to a public foundation, which will enable the Warren and Velda Wilson Foundation scholarship program to be available in perpetuity.

Recipients from the York area are:

Aurora High School — Tiffany Conrad, Cheyanne Diessner, Lillian Epp, Jared Glinn, Adam Hahn, Jamie Hakinson, Benjamin Johnson, Leta Lohrmeyer, Grace McDonald, Ross Mosier, Keri Oswald, Ashley Pachta, Kelby Roberts, Kyla Stauffer, Bryce Sweeney, Carter Thompson, & Sharisa Tyma.

Exeter-Milligan High School — Trystan Brandt

Fillmore Central High School — Sophia Frook, Tanner Ourada, & Garrett Whitley.

Hampton High School — Ashlynn Arndt, Jaime Troester, & Madison Vanhousen.

Heartland Community High School — Leslie Braun & Brooke Weisheit.

McCool Junction High School — Amber Davis, Chelsea Fessler, Trevor Naber, & Chantelle Schulz.

Sutton High School — Makyah Calkins, Andrew Christ, Derek Drudik, Garrett Leach, Garrett Messenger, Ryan Ochsner, Gina Osterhaus, & Emily Overturf.

York High School — Jalen Alexander, Will Bailey, Paige Cradick, Bailey Gocke, Tayte Hansen, Madison Harcrow, Jenny Kadavy, Kennedy Mogul, Samantha Redfern, Morgan Rumery, Madison Smart, Hailey Troester, Hannah Way, & Ryan Way.

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