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SCC student receives Kappa Beta Delta Scholarship

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Deb Gaspard, Business Instructor, Kathy Eitzmann, Business Dean, Nate Laushman, Scholarship Recipient, Bev Harvey, SCC Vice President

Southeast Community College student Nathaniel Laushman received the 2016 Dr. Andrew V. Stevenson Merit Scholarship from Kappa Beta Delta.

Laushman, of Lincoln, was awarded the $1,000 scholarship for his academic excellence and involvement in the community.

“I thought, is this real?” Laushman said. “It’s very exciting, and to be one out of 12 people to receive this scholarship is interesting to me.”

Laushman has been on the dean’s list several times and was inducted into the Kappa Beta Delta Honor Society. After graduating from SCC this December, he hopes to transfer to a four-year school where he hopes to earn a bachelor’s degree in business.

“My wife and I started SCC together, and we plan to graduate together,” he said about his wife, Kendra Laushman. They have five children.

Debbie Gaspard is one of Laushman’s instructors at SCC. She said he is a hard worker, both in and out of the classroom.

“Nate’s drive and dedication set an example for so many students facing challenges,” said Gaspard, an instructor in SCC’s Business Administration program. “He puts in extra time and effort but doesn’t hesitate to help a classmate with a project or assignment.”

Laushman, 40, had a rough start growing up, going back and forth from Omaha to California. He was even detained at a youth facility at one point. He left school at age 15 and got his GED. He enrolled at SCC 22 years later. He hopes to take his past experiences and open a youth home for troubled teens. He picked SCC because the price was right.

“It’s been great; a lot of wonderful instructors,” Laushman said about his time at SCC. “I had a lot of help, and a lot of people steered me in the right direction.”

Kappa Beta Delta is an international honor society that encourages scholarships among business students pursuing associate degrees. Laushman is one of 12 students receiving the Andrew V. Stevenson scholarship from around the region. Recipients of the scholarship must have a 3.5 or higher grade-point average and take part in community service in the past year.


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