Four Southeast Community College students were awarded scholarships from the College and Community Service Organization during a ceremony Saturday morning at the Lincoln Campus.
Jesica Dunn, Sara Enevoldsen, Laura Long, and Matthew Schellpeper each were awarded a $400 scholarship from CCSO.
Dunn is a Practical Nursing student from Beatrice and is scheduled to graduate in June.
Enevoldsen is an Early Childhood Education student from Lincoln and is scheduled to graduate in September.
Long is a Respiratory Care student from Lincoln and is scheduled to graduate in December. Schellpeper is an Electrical Technology student from Sterling and is scheduled to graduate in December.
The morning began with a brunch buffet for students, their guests and SCC faculty, staff and members of the Board of Governors. Scholarships were presented to each student, and the event wrapped up with a short talk by Jim Linderholm, retired chief executive officer of HWS Consulting/Alfred Benesch Co.
Linderholm's speech centered on the theme of "pay it forward."
"Benjamin Franklin was the first person to employ this concept," Linderholm said. "He gave a man a loan and told him that in order to repay him (Franklin), he must pay another man by lending the sum to him."
Linderholm said public education was "one of the finest examples of pay it forward."
Linderholm also cited examples of him personally experiencing the pay it forward concept.
"A brochure from the American Council of Engineering Companies crossed my desk," he said. "It talked about peer reviews where people come into your company and give you examples of what you could be doing differently. I signed up. A gentleman came in to my company, and I learned a lot. He told me that I needed to become a peer reviewer."
Linderholm conducted 22 peer reviews and said, "That was a great learning experience."
He also said that in lieu of sending Christmas cards his company would plant trees in many Lincoln parks.
CCSO has been a College team since 2011. It evolved from the American Association for Women in Community Colleges, which was formed in 1993. Besides awarding scholarships to students, the organization conducts numerous community service projects and holds fundraising activities. Judy Zieg, an instructor on SCC's Milford Campus, is president of the organization. Patty Haddow, who works in SCC's Registration and Records Office on the Lincoln Campus, is treasurer. Sandy Miles, assistant bookstore manager on the Lincoln Campus, is president-elect.
Students are nominated by faculty and staff and selected based on a set of criteria.
Each student said they were thankful to receive the scholarship.