Western Nebraska Community College today announced that it has received gifts totaling $100,000 from Simmons Olsen Law Firm and the families of its individual attorneys.
The gift is in honor of Howard Olsen, who has served as the WNCC Foundation Board President for 27 years. As part of the WNCC Works: Expanding the Possibilities Campaign, the gift will support an endowed scholarship for special needs students, to be named the “Howard P. Olsen, Jr. Scholarship.”
Steve Olsen, President of Simmons Olsen Law Firm stated, “It has always been one of the missions of our law firm along with the attorneys and staff to support our communities. The WNCC Foundation has been a part of Howard’s life for years. It is a great honor to recognize Howard for all his efforts on behalf of WNCC, which is such an important part of our community,” he added. “We are excited that our gift will assist students in their educational pursuits for many years into the future.”
Simmons Olsen Law Firm has been a fixture in the western Nebraska legal community for decades. With locations in Scottsbluff and Alliance, the firm’s 11 lawyers practice in a variety of legal areas throughout Nebraska and into Wyoming.
The donation comes in the midst of the fundraising campaign for the college, which extends through the fall of 2016. This year also marks the landmark 90th anniversary of Western Nebraska Community College. The campaign has raised $8,500,000 so far, more than 90 percent of its goal. WNCC joins many community colleges that have launched campaigns to raise private donations and individual giving.
“This generous donation will be directly invested in our students through a long-term scholarship fund that will help dozens of future students,” said WNCC President Todd Holcomb. “Many of our students would not be able to attend college without the generosity of our local partners who establish scholarship funds. This fund is doubly special to us at WNCC due to Howard’s long-term commitment and impact to helping further the college and support our students. He is an example of everything we could hope for in a long-time volunteer,” he added.