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(L-R) Janae Kubik, Rachel Schopke and Sydney Heineman

(L-R) Janae Kubik, Rachel Schopke and Sydney Heineman

Three 2015 Pender (Neb.) High School graduates were awarded scholarships as part of a Blue Ox Academic Scholarship program, according to Blue Ox President and CEO Ellen Kietzmann.

This year’s honorees include:

Janae Kubik, daughter of Blue Ox Associate Todd Kubik and his wife, Dawn, from Pender, Kubik graduated with a 3.70 grade point average (GPA). Janae will attend Wayne State College with a major in pre-physician assistant.

Rachel Schopke, daughter of Paul and Janet Schopke from rural Pender, graduated with a 3.78 GPA. Rachel will attend University of Nebraska at Kearney, with a major in pre-nursing.

• Sydney Heineman, daughter of Matt and Krista Heineman from rural Thurston, Neb., graduated with a 3.82 GPA.  Sydney will attend University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a major in journalism/advertising with a minor in public relations.

In order to qualify for a Blue Ox Academic Scholarship, students must submit an application letter and are awarded scholarships, as determined by a selection committee comprised of Blue Ox officers, based upon on the following criteria:

•   Scholastic aptitude:  a minimum GPA of 3.0 plus ACT/SAT scores.
•    Participated in extra-curricular and community activities.
•    The quality of the student’s application letter.
•    Financial need.
•    A 3.0 GPA must be maintained while attending college.

Dependents of Blue Ox associates graduating from Pender High School or other regional high schools and all Pender High School graduates are eligible to apply for a Blue Ox Academic Scholarship. Dependent students of Blue Ox employees may attend a technical college or any accredited institution that offers a four-year degree.  Non-dependent graduates of Pender High School must attend an accredited institution offering a four-year degree.

Kietzmann noted, “I, along with the entire Blue Ox team, congratulate this year’s scholarship winners.  Although we lost our former President and CEO Jay Hesse last year, the Blue Ox Academic Scholarship has been and will continue to be an important part of Jay’s legacy. Jay always believed in giving back to his community, and our scholarship program is one of the many ways he demonstrated that responsibility.”