Honoring life through the Alumni Scholarship

Scholarship serves as a tribute to MacKenna Milhon’s life
Published: Jan. 14, 2021 at 9:09 AM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - MacKenna Milhon was set to turn 20 years old in January of 2020 before she tragically lost her life. To honor that life, and leave a legacy, MacKenna’s family created the Alumni Scholarship alongside the Stuhr Museum Foundation.

Growing up, MacKenna spent every summer in Grand Island with her Grand Parents and took part in Stuhr Museum’s Summer Adventures Program. That reason is why her grandparents thought a scholarship allowing others to follow in her footsteps would be a great idea.

“MacKenna truly loved, had a deep love of the museum, and the museum programming,” Bonnie Smith, the Executive Director of the Stuhr Museum Foundation, said. “So the scholarship was a natural fit. The family loved the idea and it was born.”

Each year Stuhr Museum has somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 children on the property and this scholarship will allow 50 new children to partake in a Summer Adventure Program with free tuition, free transportation to and from Stuhr Museum and, if enough funding can be raised, a potential meal plan as well.

Growing up MacKenna was also a part of the Living History Apprentice Program.

Applications for the scholarship are open to children ages 5-18 and the only requirement is that the child be nominated by a teacher or social worker.

The deadline to apply is April 30. You can find the application link here. You can make a donation or learn more about Stuhr Museum here.

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