Oregon Trail Community Foundation Awards$105,500 in Scholarships


The Oregon Trail Community Foundation has selected 41 students to receive a total of
$105,500 in scholarships for the 2024-2025 academic year. A special thank you to Jim and Nancy Kerr for sponsoring the OTCF scholarship software, which allows applying for a scholarship easier, faster and more comprehensive than our traditional applications of the past.

Winners of the Oregon Trail Community Foundation scholarship include:

A Hand Up Scholarship (NEW in 2024): Jennifer Eickmann of Humboldt, NE, $6,000

Agribusiness Scholarship: Erin Fitts of Gering, $2,000 and Justin Dobrinski of Bridgeport, $2,000

Autumn H. Elsen Memorial Scholarship (NEW in 2024): Grace Dean of Bridgeport, $4,000 and Jackson Howard of Gering, $4,000

Dorothy Bronson Scholarship: Elia Ybarra of Scottsbluff, $1,000; Goshen County High School students attending International Thespian Festival: $3,000

Joan Cromer Memorial Scholarship (NEW in 2024): Rodolfo Avalos of Scottsbluff, $1,000

Class of ’66 Scholarship: (Scottsbluff High School Scholarship): Abigail Pieper, $1,000

CSI Scholarship (Scottsbluff High School Scholarship): CSI-A: Emilee Bentley, $6,000; CSI-B: MaCee Neu, $6,000

CSPM Scholarship (Gering High School Scholarship): CSPM-A: Grady Robbins, $6,000; CSI-B: Mason Gaudreault, $6,000; CSPM-C: Braeleigh Rein, $2,000

Alan Dill Scholarship: Gabriella Anderson of Mitchell, $1,000

Clara E. Muehlberger Scholarship: Hans Bastron of Scottsbluff, $4,000; Grace Dean of Bridgeport, $4,000; Jaleigh Kumm of Gering, $4,000; Rebecca Reece of Harrison, $4,000; Cadence Schleicher of Gering, $4000; and Sarah Wiese of Gering, $2,000

Jane & Chet Fliesbach Scholarship ($1,000 Scottsbluff High School Scholarship): Hans Bastron, XayVian Gonzales and Tallon McDonald

Fliesbach McAllister Scholarship: Kaylee Barnett of Bridgeport, $1,000

Sharon Hoffman Music Educator’s Scholarship: Aiden Zaro of Alliance, $1,000

Floyd’s Truck Center/ Brian Greif Scholarship: Ehran Cantu of Pierre, SD, $3,000; Ryan Nate of St. George, UT, $2,000; Trey Peterson of Powell, WY, $2,000; Jonathan Young of Mitchell, $2,000

Hispanic Advisory Scholarship ($1,000 scholarship): Lluvia Montelongo of Scottsbluff, Collin Ramirez of Mitchell, Zach Aguallo of Gering

Lawrence Lemons Scholarship (Scottsbluff High School Scholarship): Megan Peister, $500
Lawrence and Pauline Lemons Scholarship ($4,000/ scholarship): Emma Robbins of Mitchell and Katelyn Shimic of Gering

Mitchell Community Scholarship (Mitchell High School Scholarship): Emma Robbins, $1,000

Panhandle Drug-Free Scholarship: Grace Dean of Bridgeport, $500

Pre-Engineering Scholarship: XayVian Gonzales of Scottsbluff, $2,000

Don and Dian Roth Scholarship: Kathyrn Blakenship of Gering, $1,000

Shane Siegfried Memorial Scholarship (Bayard High School Scholarship): Zachary Araujo, $1,000

“Our scholarship program is designed to benefit students in western Nebraska and
eastern Wyoming. We’re pleased to offer both academic and vocational scholarships that help regional students pursue their educational interests and hope that, ultimately, they will return to our communities to live and work,”
said Joanne Krieg, Oregon Trail Community Foundation board member and scholarship committee chair.

For information about the Oregon Trail Community Foundation’s scholarship program,
visit the website at