(Lincoln, Neb.) EducationQuest Foundation has awarded 23 Nebraskans nearly $145,000 in Reaching Your Potential Scholarship funds.
EducationQuest’s Reaching Your Potential Scholarship Program provides renewable scholarships to low-income Nebraska students who face obstacles to college. Applicants are referred by community agencies, colleges, and select high schools across the state. Recipients who attend a two-year college receive $3,000 annually; those who attend a four-year college receive $6,300 annually.
Since the program began in 2000, EducationQuest has awarded more than $8.5 million in scholarships to 657 Nebraskans. Of these, 80 percent are either enrolled in college or have graduated.
Vice President of Grants and Scholarships Eric Drumheller said, “We are humbled and inspired by the challenges our Reaching Your Potential Scholars face. We are excited to welcome them into the program and work with them as they earn their college degree.”
McCook native Carsyn Craig, who attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was named this year’s Tammi J. Peterson Scholar. The recognition is named after the late Tammi Preston, EducationQuest’s long-time director of Outreach Services, who passed away in 2011. The recognition honors the top-qualifying Reaching Your Potential recipient in each scholarship cycle.
Scholarship recipients are listed below alphabetically by hometown, along with the college they are attending.
Alma: Swara Patel, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln
Bancroft: Grace Johnson, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Bellevue: Daniel Reza, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Callaway: Delanie Pinkerton, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Columbus: Charlee Salinas, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Elba: Kayleigh Poss, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Grand Island: Clark Boettger, Hastings College
Kevin Chen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Danny Rendon, Creighton University, Omaha
Lincoln: Judy Alkreiz, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Aaliyah Solorio, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Madisyn Zeiger, Bryan College of Health Sciences, Lincoln
McCook: Carsyn Craig, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Tammi J. Preston Scholar
Omaha: Ashly Garcia, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Hope Holcomb, Hastings College
Sun Pro Htoo, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Jacqueline Koch, College of Saint Mary, Omaha
Rae’shawn McGlothlin, Nebraska Methodist College, Omaha
Way Oo, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Nevaeh Sanders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Tah Si Soe Thaw, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Julissa Valencia-Chavez, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Schuyler: Cirilo Mejia, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
For additional information about the Reaching Your Potential Scholarship program, click here<https://educationquest.org/professionals/reaching-your-potential-scholarship/>.