Columbus, Neb. – The Central Community College Board accepted proceeds totaling $16,000 from Nebraska Public Power District Board Member Jerry Chlopek Thursday, October 17.
The funding, which is used for scholarships awarded to students enrolled in the state’s community college systems, was part of $80,000 raised by the 22nd annual Wells Fargo Nebraska Open golf tournament held in September. In total, eleven community college campuses throughout Nebraska benefit from the Wells Fargo Nebraska Open. NPPD will present the remaining funds to the boards of Mid-Plains, Northeast, Southeast, and Western Community College Systems in the near future.
“Money raised by the Nebraska Open has helped hundreds of Central Community College students over the last 22 years,” said Central Community College – Columbus Campus President, Matt Gotschall. “The scholarships make it possible for some students to obtain their goal of graduating from college.”
NPPD coordinates the tournament which raises money through sponsorships and golfer registrations. The proceeds are divided between the tournament’s purse and the Community College Foundation. Since its start in 1991, the Open has raised more than $1,200,000 for students across Nebraska.
“What has become the second largest golf event in the state remains faithful to its original purpose of supporting the educational needs for hundreds of Nebraska’s youth,” said Chlopek. “NPPD is proud to be part of the tournament’s 22-year tradition in benefiting so many.”
The Wells Fargo Nebraska Open is endorsed by the Nebraska Section of the PGA and the Nebraska Golf Association.