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Aksarben Foundation Announces New $275,000 Scholarship paired with Internship Opportunities

Students entering Nebraska and Iowa Western Community Colleges to study high-skill, high-wage, high-demand “STEM” courses (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are eligible to apply for a newly-announced, statewide Aksarben Foundation Scholarship. “Aksarben has been awarding scholarships to hard-working students for decades,” says Sandra Reding, President of the Aksarben Foundation. “What makes this scholarship special is… Read more »

96% of graduates from first class will continue education, work in state

Nebraska’s “brain drain” — the net loss of college-educated people through migration to other states — has more than quadrupled in the past decade. That’s a blow to the state’s potential economic growth and future prospects. A decade ago, Nebraska was seeing a net loss of just over 1,000 college graduates annually. But by 2016,… Read more »

Aksarben Announces the 2024 Court of Honor Inductees Court of Honor to be Celebrated at the 129th Aksarben Ball on October 19, 2024

The Aksarben Foundation is proud to announce the 2024 Aksarben Court of Honor to celebrate individuals and families who have left a profound impact on the state of Nebraska through one of 10 categories that include: agriculture, arts, business and industry, community service, education, philanthropy, professions, public service, sports or service to youth. The Court… Read more »

Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, named NU System President

Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, a first-generation college student, heart surgeon and longtime college administrator who for the last decade has led the University of Nebraska Medical Center through a period of record growth, was confirmed today as NU’s ninth president by the Board of Regents. Dr. Gold, who also serves as the NU system’s executive… Read more »

Wayne State Celebrates First Cohort of Career Scholars Graduates

Dr. Paul Turman, chancellor of the Nebraska State College System, speaks at the Career Scholars Senior Dinner on April 19 at Midtown Event Center in Norfolk. Wayne State College celebrated the graduating seniors in its inaugural Growing Together Career Scholars cohort on April 19 at the Midtown Event Center in Norfolk. The event marked the… Read more »

City of Norfolk Receives $1.125 Million Grant

The City of Norfolk announced the receipt of a $1.125 million Civic and Community Center Financing Fund (CCCFF) grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) to support the further enhancement of Norfolk’s downtown and riverfront areas. This grant, in conjunction with matching funds, will fuel a series of projects aimed at improving pedestrian… Read more »

Groundbreaking makes way for $7 million iHub makerspace facility

A group of roughly 100 people gathered on a windy Thursday morning in downtown Norfolk to officially break ground on Northeast Community College’s newest facility. iHub, when it opens in August 2025 near South Seventh Street and West Norfolk Avenue, will contain a fabrication lab, collaboration spaces and office space in downtown Norfolk. It’s intended… Read more »

A Tribute to Bruce Lauritzen

From Aksarben Board Chair, Leslie Andersen, “We are saddened to learn of the passing of Bruce Lauritzen. A generous and beloved figure in Nebraska business and philanthropy. Nebraska is a better place because of Bruce Lauritzen’s commitment to helping others.” Aksarben is proud to have had Bruce Lauritzen serve as a Governor from 1988 to… Read more »

Sidney one of five schools statewide entered in High School Tech Ambassador Kick Off

SIDNEY — Nelnet announced a partnership with Nebraska Tech Collaborative February 12. The announcement was made at the Sidney School District Board of Education meeting February 12. The announcement was made by Cory Keen, Software Development Manager overseeing the Nelnet office in Sidney. “Nelnet, and Sidney Public Schools, Sidney High School specifically, partnered together. We’re… Read more »

New scholarship to support Nebraska students with top ACT scores

As part of a plan to compete more effectively for top talent, Gov. Jim Pillen, interim University of Nebraska President Chris Kabourek and Board of Regents representatives announced a new scholarship for the state’s top ACT scores. The program will cover the total cost of undergraduate attendance, plus stipends, at any University of Nebraska campus. “By aligning… Read more »