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Bringing Educational Dreams to Life

September 23, 2016

s059qdgbogAt Nelnet, helping families achieve their educational goals is not just a dream; it’s a reality. In line with our core values, Nelnet’s charitable efforts are centered around building a more educated and fiscally responsible world.

This summer, Nelnet associates participated in the Good Starts Here campaign for the United Way. A large portion of the money raised will go toward supporting educational advancement in the communities in which Nelnet associates work.

“One of the primary focus areas for United Way across the country is education,” Susan Hoover, United Way Coordinator at Nelnet, said. “Focusing on academic achievement early in a child’s educational career leads to learning and opportunities for better employment over a lifetime. By supporting United Way, Nelnet is supporting pre-K programs, family literacy, summer enrichment, workforce development and mentoring.”

In addition to raising funds to help further these community goals, many associates joined together on June 21 for the United Way Day of Action. On this day, associates volunteered at educational institutions across Lincoln.

Nelnet associate Jackie Green, along with colleagues, spent the day at the Malone Community Center reading to school-age children.

“During our time together, we were able to share about how reading helps us in our jobs and how it helped us in school and college,” Jackie said. “I believe this kind of exposure and interaction helps to support what parents and teachers tell their children in the home and at school.”

From first-hand experience, Nelnet knows that an important step to building a more educated and fiscally responsible world begins with higher education. That is why, for more than a decade, the Nelnet Scholars program has been an important focus for the Nelnet Foundation.

Nelnet Scholars grants scholarships to children of Nelnet associates to help begin or continue higher education. During the last school year, the Nelnet foundation donated more than $90,000 in scholarships. This year, 15 children of associates will receive scholarships through Nelnet.

“As a company with such a large focus on making educational dreams a reality, we wanted to make educating the children of associates a priority,” Ben Kiser, Managing Director of Communication Services and President of the Nelnet Foundation, said. “Through Nelnet Scholars, we’ve helped more than 100 families access education.”

One of the 2016-2017 recipients is Alex Stogdill, the son of the Traffic Supervisor for Nelnet Communications, Ron Stogdill. Alex is entering his sophomore year at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, where he plays football and is studying biology.

“I hope to attend medical school after receiving a biology degree from Hastings, and the Nelnet Scholars Program scholarship is playing an important part in providing me a foundation to achieve that goal,” Alex said. “College has allowed me to sample the realities that life has to offer. I have had to step out of my comfort zone quite a bit and grow as a more well-rounded individual.”

Whether it’s through mentoring, volunteering, or raising money, Nelnet continues to encourage its associates and the community to share the vision of a world that never stops learning.

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