LEXINGTON – After a decade of providing scholarships for non-traditional students, age 25 or older living in Nebraska’s rural communities, the Nebraska Rural Radio Foundation (NRRF) has announced it will dissolve on April 1, 2017.

“Following a strategic planning session last year it became apparent that without some major changes our Foundation was not large enough to sustain a full-time executive director and support staff and still continue to provide scholarships to qualified applicants,” noted Barb Bierman Batie, NRRF marketing director.

With Executive Director Eric Brown’s retirement approaching, the board began to research options for continuing the mission of NRRF. On Nov. 10, 2016, the NRRF voted to transfer $150,000 to the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation and create an endowment titled, “The Nebraska Rural Radio Foundation Scholarship in honor of Max and Eric Brown.”

“It has been enjoyable to work with the Rural Radio Foundation Board for the past ten years. It became apparent that we needed a strategic partner and the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation was a natural fit to continue providing scholarships,” said Brown.

“The Nebraska Rural Radio Foundation has made a tremendous positive impact on rural Nebraska. I am grateful for the confidence placed in the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation by the Rural Radio Foundation Board of Directors. Our staff is excited to continue the important work of providing scholarships to students in rural Nebraska,” said Megahn Schafer, executive director of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation.

A $5,000 donation has been made to the Nebraska L.E.A.D. Foundation and once all expenses have been paid, the remaining NRRF funds will be transferred to the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation endowment.

Non-traditional students seeking funding to complete a degree or pursue new education options are encouraged to apply for the NRRF scholarship through the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation’s website. Go to nefbfoundation.org, click on the Scholarships for Students and Awards tab and scroll down to the NRRF scholarship tab. Application forms for one-time funding up to $2,500 are available for download and are due April 1.

The mission of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation is to engage youth, educators, and the general public to promote an understanding of the vital importance of agriculture in the lives of all Nebraskans. The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. For more information about the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation, visit www.nefbfoundation.org.