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Feb 15
Durbin funds awarded to 32 NPCC students

A total of 32 North Platte Community College students will receive scholarships through the "Oliver, Mildred, Marguerite, Mary and Albert Durbin Scholarship Fund" this semester. 

The fund was established in November of 2009 with a $1 million donation from the estate of Oliver Durbin. It is offered through the NPCC Foundation. 

"The NPCC Foundation works hard to gather these types of funds for scholarships, so we're always excited to see the efforts pay off," said Grant Schramm, chairman of the NPCC Foundation scholarship committee. "We find it very rewarding that so many students will be using the Durbin funds to further their education and better themselves." 

Oliver, who died Dec. 25, 2008 at the age of 102, was a strong proponent of continuing education and NPCC. According to those who knew him, Oliver was quite frugal by nature, but exceptionally generous at heart. 

His scholarship was designed to help students going through financial hardships due to family circumstances attend college.  

More than $210,000 in Durbin funds have been awarded since 2009. This spring, $25,000 was up for grabs to be used for tuition, fees, books or tools.   

Applicants had to be full-time NPCC students, either freshmen or sophomores, who were not Pell Grant eligible. They also had to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5. 

The following students received scholarships from the Durbin fund: 

  • Ainsworth - Whittney Pirnie
  • Arapahoe- Collin Frink
  • Broken Bow – Baily Kirkpatrick
  • Cozad – Michael Cannon, Jenna Hall, Tristin Lindstedt
  • Gothenburg – Elizabeth Ostendorf
  • Hershey – Ashleigh Cardwell
  • Imperial – Eric Chavira
  • Indianola – Justine Jones
  • Lexington – Gabriela Gonzalez-Huiseng, Magali Ruiz-Martinez
  • McCook – Kayla Bauer
  • North Platte – Rebecca Chessmore, Adam Dobesh, Kaleen Dunbar, Remingten Elsen, Andrew Feeney, Treu Gibson, Cheralee Hasbrouck, Taime Hill, Zachariah Huerta, Ashleigh Matson, Treyann Miller, Jamie Norton, Christine Pfortmiller, Ariel Quiroga
  • Ogallala - Michelle Walker
  • Sutherland – Scott Taylor
  • Valentine – Jackilyn Potter
  • Wallace – Destiny Garcia
  • Mason City, Iowa – Stephanie Jensen

The Durbin funds are part of a total of $96,000 worth of scholarship money the NPCC Foundation awarded this year. A variety of other academic and technical scholarships are also available. 

Those interested in applying for a scholarship can do so online at www.mpcc.edu/financial-services/scholarships.

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​