Extension Center celebrates 150th birthday and awards scholarships

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - (KNEP) - It was a celebration for the Panhandle Research and Extension Center while hosting University of Nebraska administrators.

As part of the 150th birthday for University of Nebraska, the extension center held an open house. The crowd heard from Chancellor Ronnie Green as well as the Gering High School Jazz Band and Scottsbluff High School Accapella Choir.

The celebration also included the announcement of a new scholarship fund offered to students in the Panhandle. The Samsung for Tomorrow PHREC Student Scholarship is in conjunction with the past success of Gering High School’s STEM students.

While competing in statewide and national competitions for Samsung Solve for Tomorrow, the program saw an award of $20,000. They partnered with the extension center. When University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds heard about it, he decided to match the funds.

The group decided to create a scholarship fund for the Panhandle’s deserving high school students. The scholarship can be used towards tuition for any of the University of Nebraska campuses.

Later on in the program, the Panhandle Alumni Association announced the winners of their scholarships. In total the association gave out seven scholarships with three students from Gering High receiving the award. The schools who saw an award winner include: Hemingford High School, Scottsbluff High, Mitchell and Bridgeport High School. All of the winner intend on going to University of Nebraska.