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Norton County Community Foundation Awards $16,200 in Scholarships

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Norton, Kansas, June 2020 — Norton County Community Foundation (NCCF) has announced its 2020 Scholarship Recipients. A total of $16,200 was awarded to Norton Community High School seniors from five different funds. The funds, their cumulative award totals, and their 2020 recipients are listed below:

• Glenn & Wilda Bowman Family Scholarship Fund: $1,000
This fund was established in 2016 to assist Norton High School seniors who plan to attend Kansas State University and/or any Kansas Vocational Technical College.
o Brandon Vacura

• Candace Gay Memorial Scholarship Fund: $500
This fund is open to any graduating senior in good standing from NCHS who has participated in one or more of the following activities during their time at NCHS: Drama, Forensics, Art, Music, or Scholars Bowl.
o Corgan Nickelson

• Della Connell Scholarship Fund: $13,000
This fund was established to assist Norton High School graduating seniors with continuing their higher education.
o Carter Jones
o Connor Haresnape
o Mason Schulze
o Cole Amlong
o Tucker Pfannenstiel
o Brandon Vacura
o Judson Wiltfong
o Connor Hall
o Lexi Kats
o Weston Hayes
o Leah David
o Hadley Hauser

• Norton Rotary Scholarship Fund: $1,200
This fund was established in 2019 to benefit graduates of Norton High School who have been actively engaged in community service activities during their high school career.
o Cole Amlong
o Tucker Pfannenstiel
o Jaida McEwen

• NCHS Alumni Endowment Fund: $500
This fund has awarded scholarships since 2018.
o Carlie Voss

“Scholarship season is such a fun time of year at NCCF,” said Tara Vance, NCCF Executive Director. “Students are preparing for the next big chapter in their lives, and we hope that these scholarships are a reminder of the loving and supportive community they came from. And, of course, we hope they return home to Norton County to live and work someday!”

For more information, please contact Tara Vance at 785.874.5106, tara@nortonccf.org, or visit the NCCF office at the Heaton Building in Downtown Norton, located at 112 S. Kansas in Norton, Kansas.

About Norton County Community Foundation
The Norton County Community Foundation was established in 1994 for the purpose of supporting local charitable activities in Norton County through endowments made to the foundation. Dedicated to serving today for tomorrow, to make our community a better place in which to live. Connect with the Norton County Community Foundation at www.nortonccf.org.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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