MHS student awarded $6,000 per year scholarship

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

OMAHA, Nebraska -- Katelyn Rabas, a senior at McCook Senior High School, was one of 50 Nebraska students who has been awarded a 2014 Horatio Alger State scholarship from the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation.

The scholarship program is funded through Ak-Sar-Ben's Coronation and Scholarship Ball.

The 50 students were recognized for their commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities, despite facing significant adversity.

Collectively, the 2014 Horatio Alger State Scholarship recipients have maintained an average GPA of 3.6 and a mean SAT score of 1,593, while coming from a household with an average annual income of $21,482. Through the scholarship program, each recipient is awarded $6,000 per year for four years to apply toward the tuition of their selected college or university.

If a recipient chooses to attend a university in the University of Nebraska System, College of Saint Mary, Metropolitan Community College, Bellevue University or Creighton University his or her scholarship dollars will also be matched by that college or university, doubling the award received.

Additionally, State Scholars will have access to a variety of resources including college preparatory support, access to guidance and crisis counselors as well as mentoring through a partnership with Team Mates Post-Secondary Mentoring. A complete list of recipients can be found at

Founded in 1895, the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation is the premier philanthropic organization for the region's top corporate and civic leaders. Focused on youth, scholarships, agriculture, volunteerism, pro-business and economic growth, Ak-Sar-Ben provides $400,000 in scholarships annually, carrying out its mission of leveraging collective business leadership to build a more prosperous Heartland.

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