Initial monies for the fund are being generated by a community raffle. Tickets to popular events at the 2019 Logan County Fair and Rodeo will be awarded at a public drawing to be held at the end of the month. Pending proceeds from the raffle and subsequent donor solicitations, one or more awards will be given to prospective Northeastern students who enroll for the 2020-2021 school year.
“We are proud of the fact so many people throughout our regional communities are graduates of Northeastern,” said Northeastern President Jay Lee. “Many of those families have generations of NJC alumni, and we want to build upon that heritage with a scholarship that recognizes them while making it a little easier for new generations to afford college.”
“It’s no secret that the costs of higher education these days are daunting to students and their families,” said Jack Annan, director of the NJC Alumni Association. “This is a way of encouraging those children of NJC alumni to follow in the footsteps of their parents or grandparents, and do so with less stress about investing in their unique educational paths to greater prosperity.”
The college kicks off the scholarship funding campaign this Friday, July 5, at July Jamz, a community concert event held each Friday of the month on the grounds of the Logan County Courthouse Square in Sterling. Attendees can buy $10 raffle tickets for each of five drawings to be held for county fair events, which include one of two rodeo nights August 8-9, the fair’s headliner concert on August 10 (featuring Blackhawk, Restless Heart and Shenandoah), or the popular Demolition Derby on August 11. Raffle tickets can be purchased at any of the July Jamz Friday concerts through the final event in the series on July 26. Tickets may also be purchased during weekday business hours at the cashier’s office in the Hays Student Center on the Northeastern campus. Non-raffle donations are similarly being accepted at the cashier’s office and at the NJC Foundation office on campus at E.S. French Hall.
The drawing for all raffle prizes are scheduled during intermission of that last concert. Winners are to be announced at the time of the drawing, but need not be present to win. For more information about the raffle, contact the Northeastern Communications Office at 970-521-6611.