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2015 Beatrice Educational Foundation scholarship winners | Beatrice Educational Foundation

2015 Beatrice Educational Foundation scholarship winners

April 20, 2015 10:33 am

One by one, more than 20 Beatrice High School students made their way to the podium Sunday afternoon to be recognized for scholarships awarded by the Beatrice Educational Foundation.

Thirty-four scholarships totaling $74,975 were presented during the ceremony at the BHS commons area.

John Brazell, secretary treasurer for the foundation, said the total figure has increased each of the five years he’s been with BPS, which demonstrates the quality of education Beatrice provides.

“I think it’s just a real testament to our school and all the hard work that they do to prepare our kids for their next role in life,” he said. “It’s exciting to see kids getting ready to take that next step. It’s a testament to the quality of kids that we do have in our school.”

A selection committee from the foundation, which aims to provide financial support for the expansion of learning opportunities in Beatrice, read 65-70 applications to select the scholarship recipients.

Foundation members with children applying for scholarships are not allowed to participate on the selection committee.

“It’s a blind application process so the selection committee does not know who’s receiving the scholarships until they’re awarded,” Brazell said. “All they know is the number on the application. It is difficult to go through and sort because some of the scholarships have requirements, so trying to balance that out can be challenging, but it’s also very enjoyable.”

The funds come from a handful of donors who give their donations to the foundation to handle. The current endowment is a little over $1.3 million.

Some donors request that their donation goes toward a scholarship for a particular area of study, such as elementary education or biological sciences.

Throughout the year, along with providing scholarships, the foundation gives out about six $1,000 classroom grants.

Sunday’s event was led by School Board President Lisa Pieper, who said announcing the scholarship recipients is a highlight of being involved with BPS.

“To me, this is one of the crowning moments of our year,” she said. “I don’t think anything gives us greater pleasure than rewarding these kids, not only for their scholastic abilities, but so many of the scholarship requirements talk about leadership, community involvement, and citizenship. I think when we hear those things, it restores my faith that the next generation is going to do great things.”

In addition to recognizing current students for their work at BHS, past graduates were honored during the Hall of Fame and Friend of Education awards ceremony.

“As far as the hall of fame, it’s great to find out that Beatrice graduates have gone on to do such great things,” Pieper said.

This year’s Hall of Fame recipients were Theodore (Ted) R. Muenster, Robert Cherny and Max Martz.

Muenster graduated in 1958 and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating in 1962. His more than 40-year career has included serving as Campaign Manager for Clair Callan’s successful bid as Nebraska’s First Congressional District representative, Former Chief of Staff to the Governor of South Dakota and many other roles.

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Cherny graduated in 1962, and later earned a degree from UNL. He became a history instructor at San Francisco State University in 1971. Cherny became a Professor Emeritus in 2012 and served as department chair for six years. He has also coauthored six books.

Martz graduated in 1956. He went on to play football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and lettered three years in varsity football. After college he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Later he attained the title of captain. Martz also served as dean of students at John J. Pershing College.

This year’s Friend of Education award was presented to Dennis Hynek.

The Friend of Education award acknowledges someone who had a major impact or contribution in education within the district.

Hynek taught science and biology at the Beatrice junior high school for 12 years, later became the assistant principal, then principal until his retirement in 1998.

Students receiving scholarships were

Allison Carothers: Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship, $6,000; Flint Hills Biodiesel Scholarship, $1,500; The Francis Fellwock Reed Scholarship Alternate.

Tanner Lusk: The Francis Fellwock Reed Scholarship, $7,000; The Leatha Grimes Scholarship, $100.

Chauncey Kleveland: Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship, $6,000; Colin Hays Legacy Scholarship, $500; The Diane Cornelius Scholarship, $350; The Esther L. Damkroger Scholarship, $250.

Ty Bardsley: The Francis Fellwock Reed Scholarship, $7,000.

Jarrett Schultze: Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship, $6,000; The Virgil Jurgens Scholarsip, $375; The Francis Fellwock Reed Scholarship Alternate.

Adam Eisenbarth: Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship, $6,000.

Rachel Hoffman: Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship, $6,000.

Ian Doyle: The Robert Taylor Scholarship, $4,000; Flint Hills Biodiesel Scholarship, $1,500.

Rebecca Garland: Dr. Alan Fiala Natural Science Scholarship, $4,000.

Andrew Venneman: Neil and Allison Henry Scholarship, $2,500.

Rachel Bishop: The Jepsen Scholarship, $1,700; The Rhoda and Virgil Pethoud Scholarship, $500.

Margaret Eubanks: The Jepsen Scholarship, $1,700; The Perley F. and Bessie V. Bates Scholarship, $400.

Heath Hovendick: Neva and Ernest Smethers Scholarship, $1,000; Brandon Villafane Scholarship, $1,000.

Madison Blum: David Fry Award, $1,000; The Ben Stindt Scholarship, $1,000.

Tyler Parthemer: The Jepsen Scholarship, $1,700.

Elizabeth Cowan: Klaus Dueck Scholarship, $1,250.

Hunter Cook: Klaus Dueck Scholarship, $1,250.

Bryce Trisler: Irene Sokolik Scholaship, $750.

Aryssa Borrenpohl: Don Linn Scholarship, $700.

Kimberly Higgins: BHS Class of 1961 Scholarship, $700.

Samantha Caver: The Rhoda and Virgil Pethoud Scholarship, $500.

Nichole Weaver: The Harold R. Deitemeyer Scholarship, $500.

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