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Six SCC students receive scholarships

A Koch Scholarship 2018
From left: Anjilynn Antonelli, Marquis Weers, Ben Geyer, David Walker, Jake Joda, Chris Naughton, Nick Ruskamp, and Matt Schroeder.
Milford, NE (May 18, 2018) – Six Southeast Community College students each received $2,500 scholarships Friday from Koch Fertilizer.

Energy Generation Operations program students Nick Ruskamp of Adams and Jake Joda from Shorewood, Illinois; Electrical & Electromechanical Technology students Chris Naughton of Lake City, Iowa, and Marquis Weers of Diller; and Electronic Systems Technology students Ben Geyer of Lincoln and David Walker of Valparaiso received the scholarships. They were recognized for their achievements during a luncheon on SCC’s Milford Campus. Walker is a two-time recipient of the scholarship.

Matt Schroeder, operations leader at Koch, and Anjilynn Antonelli, HR leader at the company, attended the luncheon, sponsored by the company.

“I encourage all of you to continue your education,” Schroeder said. “I’d also encourage you to apply to Koch Industries as a whole.”

Naughton, who interned at Molex in Lincoln, graduates in June and has a job as a controls tech with Harold K. Scholz Co., a custom switchgear manufacturer in Omaha.

Ed Koster, vice president for technology and Milford Campus director, thanked Koch for its ongoing support of SCC’s students.

“Your support of SCC with these scholarships is both critical and appreciated,” Koster said.

Also attending the luncheon were Ken Reinsch, chair of SCC’s Electrical & Electromechanical Technology program; David Madcharo, Energy Generation Operations program instructor; and Mike Aalberg, chair of the Electronic Systems Technology program.

Koch Fertilizer is part of Koch Industries, a multinational corporation based in Wichita, Kansas. Koch and its affiliates offer an array of production, research and marketing capabilities worldwide. The company employs around 90 people at its Beatrice plant.

The company established the scholarship fund with SCC’s Educational Foundation in May 2013 with an initial $40,000 investment. To be eligible, students entering the programs must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in high school, have applied for an SCC scholarship and have a desire to relocate after graduation.


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