The North Bend Eagle


Scholarship season memorializes many

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 5/1/13

It is May. The North Bend Central class of 2013 is about to graduate and make a path toward the future. For many, this commencement is the time they “commence,” begin the journey, toward their life’s work. Many are looking at higher education. Whether it be technical school, a community college or a university, all will cost money. It is said that no one should consider further education after high school an impossibility. Where there is a will, there is a way.

One way young people plan for their future is with scholarships that help fund their education plans. At North Bend Central High School there are a number of scholarships that were started in memory of someone who was at one time a part of the community. Some have been gone so long that the scholarship is just a name to the student receiving it.

The following are some of the scholarships awarded and the people behind the donations.

Darlene Ough - The Ough family moved to North Bend in 1984 when Mike Ough became superintendent of schools. Darlene was a substitute teacher and active in the community and her children’s activities. She died in 1994 at the age of 46 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery. The family remained in North Bend, with all three of the Ough children graduating from NBC, until Mike took a job with ESU 2 in 1999. The scholarship was established in Darlene’s memory after her death.

Lloyd and Lorraine Manske lived at McGinn’s Lake for 15 years and simply liked North Bend. When Lorraine died in 1998, Lloyd established a scholarship in her name, with his name added after he died. The family continues to support the scholarship.

“We read over the applications but we let the school pick out the recipient,” son Doug Manske of Omaha said. “And we always get a thank you letter from the student.”

Lorraine had worked as a nurse’s aide most of her life, so the scholarship goes to a senior interested into going into the medical field.

Janet Kavan Memorial Scholarship - Janet Kavan was a 1949 graduate of North Bend High School. She worked at the school in the kitchen and as a bus driver until her death in 1994 at the age of 63. Janet was married to Ray Kavan, and their five children were all graduates of NBC. Her scholarship goes to someone involved in the music programs at NBC.

Jeffrey Mines Memorial Scholarship is named for a 1971 North Bend Central graduate. He was a Naval aviator who died in a training accident over the South China Sea in 1990 at the age of 37.

“We started out giving it to someone with a math interest,” Jeff’s mother Dorothy Mines said, “but now we are more open to those with other qualities that Jeff exhibited.”

Jim and Sandra Kruger of Omaha have long been generous to Jim’s hometown of North Bend. A scholarship is just one more way they show their support to the community.

Legge Scholarship - Started in memory of Alex Legge, who lived in the Rogers and North Bend area most of his life. His family built the former popcorn plant that remains on the north edge of town. His wife Edee served on the District 95 school board for 12 years and remains a North Bend resident. Legge died in 1994 and the family established a scholarship in his name. The original intent of the scholarship was for someone interested in studying wildlife management, honoring Legge as an outdoorsman.

“Now there are not many going into wildlife management so we spread out to include someone studying natural resources, veterinary or agriculture,” Eddee said. “We do give it out every year
because we know the need is there.”

Geraldine “Geri” Kinney taught business at NBC for 19 years, retiring in 2000 due to poor health. Throughout her career she was a strong advocate for lifetime learning. The family started the scholarship after her death, with the scholarship given to a senior going into a business-related field and demonstrating some of the qualities Kinney had.

Ellen Wolf Scholarship - Ellen Wolf was a Columbus native, marrying Morse Bluff native Arden Wolf in 1938. They lived their married life in North Bend, raising three children, all NBHS graduates. Ellen served on the school board from 1959 to 1963 and was president of the State School Boards for a year. She died in 1999 and the scholarship was first given in 2000. Applicants for this scholarship are asked to include a personal statement about their future goals, plans, and the reasons why they are pursuing education or the importance of education in our society.

Allison Wolf was a 2001 graduate of NBC. She died in an automobile accident in Jan. 2003 at the age of 20. Allison was active in track while at NBC, qualifying for state in the high jump. Her family designated the scholarship to be awarded to the “senior track girl who gives great effort and is a friendly and supportive team mate.”

Jack O’Connor Scholarship is in memory of an Ames farmer with the scholarship going to someone seeking a degree in ag related field.

Cheryl Kronke was the mother of four children who have all graduated from NBC. She died suddenly at the age of 48. A nurse by profession, Cheryl was very involved in her children’s lives and her family started the scholarship to keep her involved in the lives of young people. The scholarship goes to a senior interesting in studying nursing or medical related field

The Paul Hamilton Scholarship is named for the 1939 NBHS graduate. Paul Hamilton started Hamilton Oil Company, the forerunner of today’s Casey’s General Store. He died in 2006. His grandson, Rob Williams, was the one who brought the scholarship idea up to the family and keeps everyone informed about it.

When the bicentennial was celebrated in 1976 a quilt made by several North Bend women was raffled off at Old Settlers that became the seed money for the Bicentennial Scholarship.

The Katie Emanuel Scholarship was established in memory of the daughter of 1979 NBC graduate Doug Emanuel and his wife, Lavonna. Kate attended North Bend schools through her sophomore year where she was active in Student Council, Show Choir, the Claw, volleyball and basketball and was a cheerleader. The family moved to Lincoln for her last two years of high school, but Katie still maintained many friends in North Bend. She was killed in a car accident in Oct. 2006.

The Rick Johnson Scholarship was started by friends after his 2010 death. A golf tournament in August helps fund the scholarship. It is awarded to kids studying agriculture with preference given to hose on the softball, golf or bowling team, sports Johnson loved.

“Rick would have liked (the scholarship) for kids who can’t afford to goes to college,” Lenora Johnson said.

Alice Diffey came to North Bend with her husband, Ralph, in 1956. Their four children are all NBC graduates. She was a musician, playing the organ in churches and was a member of the community band. This is the second year for the Alice Diffey scholarship. The recipient selected by her family.

There are other scholarships given to seniors from different organizations. The Board of Trustees of the North Bend Central Foundation gives out six scholarships, just increased from $500 to $1,000 in the last two years.

“Any amount donated (to the NBC Foundation) will help us fund scholarships,” Jim Havelka said. Havelka serves as director of the Foundation. There is a Foundation that will match funds donated to the NBC Foundation so this will double a person’s donation.

All scholarships have similar requests for a student to be active in their school and community and to be a person of good character.

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