Governor Praises Knights of Aksarben Foundation Scholarship Program

(Kearney, Neb.) - Today, Gov. Dave Heineman highlighted the work of the Knights of Aksarben Foundation Scholarship Program. While visiting the University of Nebraska - Kearney campus, Gov. Heineman and the foundation leaders spoke about the program and college opportunities for students.

"I'm very pleased that the Knights of Aksarben Foundation awards numerous scholarships to Nebraska students," said Gov. Heineman. "Throughout their history, the Knights of Aksarben Foundation has awarded over $8 million in post-secondary scholarships."

Founded in 1895, the Knights of Aksarben Foundation's mission is to build a more prosperous Heartland and is led by 50 of the state's top leaders of community and industry whose core values are youth, academics, agriculture & scholarships.

"The perpetual impact of the Knights of Aksarben Foundation is realized today through our member's deep commitment to youth and education," said Jonathan Burt, President of the Knights of Aksarben Foundation. "By awarding college scholarships to motivated youth throughout the Heartland, we hope to help ensure the continued prosperity of our region and the longevity of our cultural heritage."

The Aksarben Foundation has donated over $50 million dollars to the region throughout its history with nearly 100 percent of the proceeds of each Knights of Aksarben Foundation program, dedicated to post-secondary scholarships for area students. The foundation awards nearly $400,000 in post-secondary scholarships to up to 100 youth each year.

Aksarben's Coronation and Scholarship Ball is dedicated to celebrating volunteerism and philanthropy. It awards $300,000 in four-year college scholarships to 50 motivated youth who have experienced significant financial and personal obstacles throughout their childhood, through the Aksarben Scholars program, manages over $1.2 million in need-based college scholarships for 200 students and provides college and career mentoring by partnering with the TeamMates program, chaired by Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne.

Aksarben's River City Rodeo and 4-H Stock Show is dedicated to providing a community celebration of the region's agricultural and western heritage. It awards up to $80,000 in post-secondary scholarships to 30-40 youth dedicated to agriculture, and manages up to $240,000 in post-secondary scholarships for up to 150 youth.

The Aksarben Friends Program is a public membership wing of the organization dedicated to carrying out the Mission of Aksarben throughout Heartland communities. This program awards $10,000 in Community College scholarships to 10 deserving youth and manages $20,000 in Community College scholarships for 20 youth.

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