April is Community College Month, and Southeast Community College recognized some outstanding students during a recent ceremony.
Four students representing SCC's three campuses each were presented $400 scholarships on April 16 by the College and Community Service Organization.
Lisa Cerveny, a Business Administration student from the Beatrice Campus; Tinh Doan, an Electrical/Electromechanical Technology student from the Milford Campus; Luis Quiroz, an Academic Transfer student from the Lincoln Campus; and Sheryl Kenworthy, a Medical Laboratory Technology student from the Lincoln Campus, were awarded. Doan was unable to attend the ceremony.
Selection criteria included a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, complete 24 quarter credit hours, declare their program of study, and be a non-traditional aged student. They also must submit an essay about their career goals and objectives.
"I was really excited about the scholarship," Kenworthy said. "Paying for college is kind of a struggle. I have a son with a chronic illness, and any help I can get for school is wonderful."
Kenworthy said she picked SCC because she wanted a college with smaller classes and more student-instructor interaction. When she finishes her degree next year, she will transfer to a four-year college, where she will further her education. She wants to be a medical laboratory scientist.
She would like to ultimately come back to SCC and give back to the College.
"I would like to teach at Southeast Community College in the lab tech department," she said.
Quiroz said it was important to him that his family knows it's never too late to go back to school and finish your education. He started in college years ago, but never finished.
"I am very grateful," Quiroz said about the scholarship. "It's a humbling experience, and the teachers here recognize there are everyday students with struggles."
The brunch and awards ceremony took place at Southeast Community College's Lincoln Campus. SCC Educational Foundation Associate Director Jeanette Volker spoke about "paying it forward."