The Custer County Foundation held its annual presentation of scholarships to students in Custer County on Sunday, March 18th at the One Box Convention Center. The scholarships are made available through generous donations by individuals and businesses. The Foundation has supported area youth for many years by administering and providing a platform to encourage students to continue their education after High School. This year $84,500 was awarded to students through 73 different scholarships.
This year’s guest speaker was Chelsea Rice. Ms. Rice is the daughter of Russ and Lisa Rice. Chelsea grew up in Custer County and graduated from Broken Bow High School in 2009. She attended the University of Nebraska and received her degree in 2013. She is currently working as a Creative Marketing Strategist with Archrival Marketing in Portland Oregon. Chelsea works with companies to enhance their outreach and branding.
Ms. Rice’s message to the award winners highlighted several aspects of what life after high school can be. She suggested meeting new people and trying new things to create new interests that may open up new opportunities. Rice also highly recommended taking time to have some fun to recharge and prepare for all the challenges ahead.
Custer County Foundation Executive Director, Lindsay Divan closed by telling the large crowd how difficult it was to select the recipients due to the quality of all the applications.