Destiny Garcia of Wallace, Neb., is among 32 North Platte Community College students receiving scholarships through the Oliver, Mildred, Marguerite, Mary and Albert Durbin Scholarship Fund this semester.
The fund was established in November of 2009 with a $1 million donation from the estate of Oliver Durbin. It is offered through the NPCC Foundation.
Oliver, who died Dec. 25, 2008 at the age of 102, was a strong proponent of continuing education and NPCC. According to those who knew him, Oliver was quite frugal by nature, but exceptionally generous at heart.
His scholarship was designed to help students going through financial hardships due to family circumstances attend college.
Applicants had to be full-time NPCC students, either freshmen or sophomores, who were not Pell Grant eligible. They also had to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.