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The Beatrice Educational Foundation presented 42 scholarships at the 2018 Scholarship and Hall of Fame Program on Sunday afternoon, worth a total of $80,275 for Beatrice High School students to use in furthering their education.

They’ve come a long way since their first year, said presenter and foundation board member Kay McKinzie.

McKinzie began the ceremony with a quote from Benjamin Franklin, who said “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

“That's what we hope to be doing as we give our students their scholarships today,” McKinzie said. “We're investing in them, gaining their knowledge with the idea that they're going to return interest back to their communities, their families and to themselves.”

Among those scholarship recipients honored Sunday were: 

Mikayla Linn Bletscher, who will attend Cloud County Community College to major in sports medicine, took home the Virgil and Rhoda Pethoud scholarship for $500.

Allison Carothers, who is currently attending the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and will be conducting research on how environmental toxicology affects sea turtles in Mexico, received the Klaus Dueck Scholarship for $1,250.

Dillon Dean Damme, who will major in software engineering at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, was awarded the Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship for $6,000.

Hannah Joy Drent, who plans to become a middle school math teacher after attending Peru State College, received the Lela A. Blas Scholarship for $500.

Arial Jean Eggert, who will major in elementary education at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, received the Peter W. Jepsen Scholarship for $1,700.

Brayden James Frerichs, who will attend University of Nebraska—Lincoln and major in agronomy, was awarded the Amber (Goossen) Schroeder Scholarship for $1,500.

Jessica Marie Fujan, who plans to major in architecture at University of Nebraska—Lincoln, received the George W. McNenny Scholarship for $250 and the Brandon Villafane Scholarship for $2,000.

Monica Jane Fujan, who plans to major in civil engineering at University of Nebraska—Lincoln, received the Irene Sokolik Scholarship for $750.

Benjamin Bryan Garland, who will major in aerospace engineering at Iowa State University, was awarded the Virgil Jurgens Scholarship for $375 and the Flint Hills Resources Discovery Scholarship for $1,500.

Colton Montgomery Gronewold, who will major in mechanical engineering at University of Nebraska—Lincoln, received the Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship for $6,000.

Elijah James Havekost, who will major in physical therapy at University of Nebraska—Lincoln, received the Harold Deitmeyer Scholarship for $500.

Austin Dean Hinz, who will major in physical therapy at Nebraska Wesleyan University, was awarded the Beatrice High School Class of 1961 Scholarship for $700.

Tessa Anne Hoffman, who will attend Nebraska Wesleyan University before a career in health research, received the Frances V. Fellwock Reed Scholarship for $7,000.

Rachel Hoffman, who is majoring in elementary education at University of Nebraska—Lincoln and will be studying abroad in Scotland this summer, received the Klaus Dueck Scholarship for $1,250.

Jerad B.G. Humble, who is planning a career in financial advising and will attend University of Nebraska—Lincoln, received the Karla Hays Loving Heart Scholarship for $1,000.

Michala Marie Janzen, who plans to major in physical therapy at Southeast Community College, took home the Don Linn Scholarship for $700.

Jenna Leigh Junker, who will be majoring in physical therapy at University of Nebraska—Lincoln, was awarded the Neil and Alison Henry Scholarship for $2,500.

Kole Thomas Jurgens, who will be a diversified agriculture major at Southeast Community College, received the $150 Eighth Grade Leadership Beatrice Class VII Scholarship.

Whitley Clarice Kleveland, who will attend University of Nebraska—Lincoln to major in music education, was awarded the Esther L. Damkroger Scholarship for $250, the Margaret Kassing Scholarship for $1,000 and the Robert Taylor Scholarship for $5,000.

Nathan James Lancaster, who will major in agricultural engineering at University of Nebraska—Lincoln, received the Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship for $6,000.

Trevor John Schmale, who is planning a career in ministry after attending Moody Bible Institute, was awarded the Perley and Bessie V. Bates Scholarship for $400.

Haley Lauren Sexton, who is planning an ultrasound technician career after attending University of Nebraska—Lincoln, won the Virgil and Rhoda Pethoud Scholarship for $500.

Graham Larkin Southwick, who will attend Nebraska Wesleyan University to pursue a financial advisor career, took home the Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship for $6,000.

Samuel Austin Steffen, who will pursue a career as a farm manager after attending University of Nebraska—Lincoln, received the Diane Cornelius Scholarship for $350.

Samuel Carter Streeter, who plans to be a medical researcher after attending Nebraska Wesleyan University, was awarded the Colin Hays Legacy Scholarship for $1,000, the Neva and Ernest Smethers Scholarship for $1,000 and the Peter W. Jepsen Scholarship for $1,700.

Evan J. Sueper, who will attend South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to major in computer engineering, received the Frances V. Fellwock Reed Scholarship for $7,000.

Jamison Elizabeth Theye, who will attend University of Nebraska—Lincoln to major in accounting, received an Eighth Grade Leadership Beatrice Class VII Scholarship for $150, the Max Manes Scholarship for $1,000 and the Fred and Virginia V. Vette Scholarship for $6,000.

Angela Marie Thornburg, who will attend University of Nebraska—Lincoln to pursue a career in global leadership, took home the Delvin Koch Scholarship for $500.

Abigail Marie Witulski, who plans to be a certified nurse midwife after attending Missouri Western State University, was awarded the Leatha A. Grimes Scholarship for $100, the Colin Hays Legacy Scholarship for $1,000 and the Greg Replogle Scholarship for $1,000.

Joseph Vaugh Wright, who is planning to attend the University of Nebraska—Omaha to major in software engineering, received the Ben Stindt Scholarship for $1,000, the Flint Hills Resources Discovery Scholarship for $1,500 and the Peter W. Jepsen Scholarship for $1,700.

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