2008.10.01 > For Immediate Release
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Scholarship in Williams’ Memory Reaches Endowment Level
Omaha - Less than a year after Brittany Williams was tragically killed, donations to a memorial scholarship honoring her memory have exceeded the monetary level needed to endow the fund. Nearly $20,000 has been donated to date.
The scholarship, which was created shortly after her death, provides financial assistance to a student who is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority or the Goodrich program, two organizations Williams was actively involved in at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). University of Nebraska President J.B. Milliken gave the initial $5,000 to establish the Brittany Williams Memorial Scholarship through the University of Nebraska Foundation. The additional funding was raised through a variety of efforts.
In April, members of the UNO Greek system held a 5K violence awareness run during their Greek Week and raised nearly $3,000 for the fund.
Another significant contribution honoring State Sen. Ernie Chambers’ 38 years of service came from Senate colleagues, staff and others in the 100th Nebraska Legislature.
“Brittany was such a leader in her community and showed what young people are capable of,” said State Sen. Kent Rogert of Tekamah. “Sen. Chambers specifically asked that any gift we were planning on giving to him be given to someone else, and we couldn’t think of a better cause.”
In addition to these efforts, several community organizations and generous individuals donated both time and funds to ensure Brittany’s dream of higher education is perpetuated for generations to come.
“This endowment will be a wonderful living memorial to Brittany Williams,” said Dr. Jerry Cedarblom, director of the Goodrich program. “The faculty, staff and students of the Goodrich Scholarship Program miss her still, but we are gratified that future students will benefit from this scholarship.”
The first scholarship will be awarded this fall.
UNO’s ultimate goal is to raise enough money to make the Brittany Williams Memorial Scholarship a full-tuition award. Additional funds are needed to accomplish this objective. To make a donation, contact the University of Nebraska Foundation at (402) 502-0300 or 2285 South 67th Street, Suite 200, Omaha, NE 68106 or visit www.nufoundation.org.
The University of Nebraska Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization that has been raising private gifts to support the University of Nebraska for more than 70 years. Last year more than $89 million was provided for students, faculty, academic programs, research and campus capital improvements. More information is available at www.nufoundation.org.
UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.
UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.
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