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Panhandle Drug-Free Youth Scholarship

For Drug-Free High School Seniors In The Nebraska Panhandle

​The Panhandle Substance Abuse Council established this fund in 2010. One $500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a high school senior. Applicant must currently be a member of a drug-free youth group in the Nebraska Panhandle

Applicants must complete online application and all supporting information to the Oregon Trail Community Foundation in an organized, readable form must be uploaded to the online portal.

Deadline for application and supporting documents is April 1st. Recipients will be announced in May.

To qualify for the Panhandle Drug-Free Youth Scholarship, students must:

  • Be involved in the community
  • Be involved in school activities
  • Be involved in alcohol and other drug prevention activities
  • Submit a typed essay regarding their drug-free lifestyle
  • Submit three reference letters – from a high school faculty member, a non-relative community member, and drug-free program sponsor.

Scholarships are paid directly to the school (college).

The scholarship will be rescinded and awarded to the alternate if the recipient does not enroll as a full-time student for the first semester for which the scholarship is awarded.


Scholarship Recipients

  • 2012  Brandon Karpen, Mitchell ($500)
  • 2014  Isabella Irish, Hemingford ($500)
  • 2015  Christa Horn, Alliance ($500)
  • 2016  AndreAnna Ernest, Bridgeport ($500)
  • 2017  Madison Couch - Sidney ($500)
  • 2018  Dana Dunbar - Chadron ($500)
  • 2019  Kenzey Kanno - Mitchell ($500)
  • 2020  Hannah Splattstoesser ($500)
  • 2021  Victoria Eckerberg ($500)
  • 2022  Lily Teeple ($500)
  • 2023 Kaden Bohnsack ($500)

Our Impact - 2022

  • Funds Managed by OTCF


  • Community Grants Awarded


  • Scholarships Awarded


  • Net Assets


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