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“The mission of the STEP Foundation is to enrich the quality of life in Nemaha County by encouraging philanthropy to develop a permanent endowment that will respond to changing needs and serve as a resource for the development of cultural, economic, educational, health and recreational opportunities.”

 

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As part of their continued support of local communities, Ag Partners Coop, Inc. has made a donation of $10,000 to be put towards the Nemaha County STEP Foundation's 2018 Capital Campaign. This donation is comprised of a contribution from Ag Partners Coop, Inc. and the CHS Foundation's Seeds for Stewardship Program. CHS's program matches funds for hometown projects selected and funded by local cooperatives.

Pictured: Tory Jost, STEP Executive Director receives a donation from Ag Partners Coop Marketing Specialist, Jessica Hermesch.

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In June of 1993, a town meeting, organized by Joan Lueger and Shirley Heideman, was held at the Nemaha Valley High School to discuss a community foundation development.  Eighty-five people attended and agreed to form a Vision Committee to formulate the goals with community input.  Using suggestions by local residents, the Vision Committee selected the name, STEP Foundation.  STEP is an acronym for “Striving to Ensure Progress” which fits the goals of the Vision Committee.  A group of people volunteered to begin the organization of the Foundation.

Goals, ideas and dreams became a reality in August 1993.  The Articles of Incorporation were filed with the State of Kansas for the Not-For-Profit Corporation status, followed by the writing of the By-Laws and filing of an application with the Internal Revenue Service to qualify the STEP Foundation as a 501c3 charitable organization.

Since that time, the STEP Foundation has been Striving To Ensure Progress in Nemaha County!

The STEP Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity incorporated under the laws of the State of Kansas.  Our mission is to enrich the quality of life in Nemaha County by encouraging philanthropy to develop a permanent endowment that will respond to the changing needs and serve as a resource for the development of cultural, economic, educational, health and recreational opportunities.

Unlike a private foundation, whose grant making is usually the result of a single donor, the Foundation is funded by gifts from many donors, ranging from a few to thousands of dollars.  Generally, only the income generated by the investment of these gifts is used for grants.  Thus, the STEP Foundation will serve our community is perpetuity.

The STEP Foundation is a “community” foundation in that we collect and administer charitable funds.  We are technically a charity.  We channel gifts of money from private and corporate donors to a variety of nonprofit organizations that serve the residents of Nemaha County.  The Foundation serves Nemaha County in three ways:

1. Seeking and soliciting gifts and bequests from individuals, families, corporations, and other nonprofit organizations,

2. Managing assets for optimum return and perpetuation of the donor’s intentions, and

3. Distributing funds through grants.

Amanda

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THE NEMAHA COUNTY STEP FOUNDATION
AWARDS $17,500 IN FALL GRANT CYCLE

The STEP Foundation Board of Directors has announced recipients for the second round of grants for 2017.  These grants are awarded for charitable purposes to enhance and improve the quality of life for the residents of Nemaha County. All $17,500 will come from the general undesignated fund. 

An award of $6,000 to the Centralia PRIDE Association will be used to improve the park in Centralia. Jessica Walters, grant administrator, said in the application that “they would like to remove the crumbling steps, replace the broken sidewalks and add a wheelchair ramp to the south side of the shelter house. While doing this, they would refurbish the Hidden Park sign at the park entrance and replace the old flag pole/move it to a more visible location.” Also, they would update the basketball goals to be adjustable and include more lighting. To complete the project, they would install new trash cans with rain resistant lids and reseed all the grass. With a total project cost of approximately $40,466, the Centralia PRIDE Association will be seeking other grants and donations as well. 

Eastridge Nursing Facility will receive an award total of $1,150 from the STEP Foundation. $500 of this money will be used to expand their music and memory program with the purchase of 15 iPods. Emily Gibbs, Director of Senior Services, stated in the grant application that “the music and memory program helps residents to find renewed meaning and connection in their lives through the gift of personalized music.”  The remaining $650 will be used to purchase a larger television for the residents to enjoy movie time and sporting events.

The Nemaha Valley Community Hospital will be awarded $10,350 for the purchase of a Pulmonary Function Test System (PFT).  According to Courtney Schmelzle, Foundation Director, “if we are able to have this equipment in our facility it will give us the ability to provide the full PFT service to our patients and patients in the surrounding communities with easy access and much less travel.” Along with the purchase of the equipment, there will be training for the three Respiratory Therapists.

Grants are awarded twice a year through the STEP Foundation, with the next deadline being January 15, 2018. For more information, follow us on Facebook or contact Tory Jost at 785-410-0543.

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Scholarships available through the Nemaha County STEP Foundation

In 2005, Pat and Patty Schmelzle and family established the Kathy L. Schmelzle Scholarship with the STEP Foundation in memory of their daughter.  The Kathy L. Schmelzle Academic Scholarship for $500, is awarded to a graduating senior from Nemaha Central High School who plans to enter a degree program with a major in teacher education. The deadline for the Kathy L. Schmelzle scholarship has been extended to March 26th and should be sent to the STEP Foundation PO Box 165, Seneca. Late applications will not be accepted.

            The Elmer Heiman Memorial Scholarship of $1000 is given in memory of our father and husband a 1939 graduate of Baileyville High School. We are honoring his support of the B&B school district and his service to the Baileyville and Seneca communities. Applicants must be a senior at Nemaha Central High School and a former B&B student. They also must plan to attend an accredited post-secondary school. The deadline for the Elmer Heiman Memorial Scholarship is April 15th to the STEP Foundation PO Box 165, Seneca. Late applications will not be accepted. 

The B & B Legacy Scholarships of $1000 total (given out twice in $500 increments) is provided through the STEP Foundation to graduating seniors who previously attended B & B High School. The Legacy Scholarships are a result of a challenge presented to the St. Benedict and Baileyville communities and alumni by Dr. August Bergman during the 2006 graduation ceremony.  Thus began the fundraising to match Dr. Bergman's seed money of $25,000.  During the fundraising, another graduate, Albert Wietharn added an additional $25,000 if the communities would match his gift.  Both challenges were met and the $100,000 was exceeded. The B & B Legacy Scholarships became a reality due to the dedication and generosity of the alumni and communities of St. Benedict and Baileyville. Applications for the B&B Legacy are due by April 21st to Laurie Niehues at the Nemaha Central Elementary & Middle School, Seneca. Late applications will not be accepted.

Burger I & Burger II Scholarships Announced

The STEP Foundation has announced the availability of the Harry C.M. Burger Nemaha Central Scholarship. This scholarship was established by the late Harry Burger to encourage youth to further their education.  The scholarships are renewable yearly throughout the students’ career at Kansas State University. For more information and applications, please contact Mrs. Bruna, Nemaha Central High School counselor. The deadline for applications for the Burger I scholarships is April 15th and late applications will not be accepted.

Harry Burger also established a Harry C.M. Burger Nemaha County Scholarship, the proceeds from which will be awarded to graduating seniors who plan to attend Kansas State University.  This scholarship is renewable for four years. For more information and applications, please see your local school counselor. The deadline for applications for the Burger II scholarships is April 6th and late applications will not be accepted. The STEP Foundation will administer both the Burger I and Burger II scholarships.

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BRETT STALLBAUMER RECEIVES
BURGER NEMAHA COUNTY SCHOLARSHIP

Debbie Tangeman and Brett Stallbaumer

Brett Stallbaumer, Sabetha High School senior, was recently designated by the Nemaha County STEP Foundation as the recipient of the Harry C.M. Burger Nemaha County Scholarship. Mr. Burger felt very strongly about ensuring America’s future through the education of its young people so he endowed this scholarship through the STEP Foundation, to be awarded to a graduating senior each year from Nemaha County who enrolls at Kansas State University. The scholarship is in the amount of $650 and is renewable for four years.

Brett is a 2018 graduate of Sabetha High School and is the son Dale and Jacque Stallbaumer.  He will attend Kansas State University where he plans on majoring in Nutritional Sciences and taking classes for Pre-Dentistry. Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree, Brett aspires to continue his education, eventually graduating from dental school and opening or joining a dental practice. While maintaining a 4.0 GPA during high school, Brett has participated in basketball, golf, cross country, baseball and served as the football manager. He was inducted into the National Honor Society, received 3rd place at the Peru State Business Contest in Accounting, assisted with the Bluejay Buddies (BIGS in school), KAY club, Legion Baseball, MAYB Basketball, Prom Server and CYO – Sacred Heart Church. During the summers, the Sabetha Aquatic Center has been where Brett has taught numerous swimming lessons and lifeguarded.

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B & B Legacy Scholarships Announced

The B & B Legacy Scholarships awarded seven $1,000 scholarships through the Nemaha County STEP Foundation this year to graduating seniors who previously attended B & B School. 

The Legacy Scholarships are a result of a challenge presented to the St. Benedict and Baileyville communities and alumni by Dr. August Bergman during the 2006 graduation ceremony.  Thus began the fundraising to match Dr. Bergman’s seed money of $25,000.  During the fundraising, another graduate Albert Wietharn offered an additional $25,000 if the communities would match his gift. 

Both challenges were met and the $100,000 was exceeded.  The B & B Legacy Scholarships became a reality due to the dedication and generosity of the alumni and communities of St. Benedict and Baileyville.

2018 Legacy Scholarships

This year’s recipients are graduates from Nemaha Central High School.

Professional Scholarships:

Zachary Buessing, son of Bruce and Michelle Buessing, plans to attend Kansas State University and major in Animal Sciences and Industry.

Angela Holthaus, daughter of Jeanne Holthaus and the late Nick Holthaus, plans to attend Washburn University and major in Nursing. 

Maxwell Holthaus, son of David and Teresa Holthaus, plans to attend Kansas State University and major in Computer Science. 

Bailey Schmitz, daughter of Kenny and Diane Schmitz, plans to attend Washburn University and major in Nursing.

Amanda Stallbaumer, daughter of Roger and Christina Stallbaumer, plans to attend Fort Hays State University and major in Elementary Education. 

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Vocational Scholarships:

Brett Heideman, son of Dennis and Janet Heideman, plans to attend Pittsburg State University and earn an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Technology. 

Brett Heideman

The Nemaha County STEP Foundation is honored to be able to assist in awarding these scholarships to these students.  STEP strives to assist in helping caring citizens develop ways to help others and leave a lasting legacy.

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STEP Awards Elmer F. Heiman Scholarship

Bailey SchmitzThe 2018 recipient of the Elmer F. Heiman Scholarship is Bailey Schmitz, the daughter of Kenny and Diane Schmitz. Schmitz, a graduate of Nemaha Central High School will attend Washburn University in the fall with the intent of majoring in Nursing.

She shared in her written application that after becoming a Registered Nurse she plans to work in a clinic or hospital with an emphasis in OB/GYN care. After receiving some in the field experience, Schmitz anticipates furthering her education and eventually becoming a Nurse Practitioner.

This scholarship was established in 2008 by Aurelia Heiman and her family in memory of Elmer F. Heiman. Elmer Heiman was a member of the first graduating class at Baileyville High School. After high school, he was drafted into the army and then later returned home to work at Baileyville State Bank.

The Elmer F. Heiman Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, is awarded to a graduating senior who is from the former B & B School.

It is with great pleasure that the Nemaha County STEP Foundation is able to assist Elmer Heiman’s family to leave a lasting “footprint” that carries on his name and memory.

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Burger Nemaha Central Scholarship awarded through STEP

Maxwell HolthausMaxwell Holthaus is the 2018 recipient of the Harry C. M. Burger Nemaha Central Scholarship awarded through the STEP Foundation. This endowed scholarship was established by the late Harry Burger to encourage youth to further their education.  The scholarship is in the amount of $700 and is renewable for four years throughout the student’s career at Kansas State.

Maxwell is the son of David and Teresa Holthaus of Seneca, Kansas. He plans to attend Kansas State University to major in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. He stated in his application, that after college, his “career dream is to start a startup company.” While attending Nemaha Central High School, during his senior year, he served as Student Council President and Yearbook Head Layout Editor.

He has also been active in both academic and athletic activities, which included National Honor Society, cross country, forensics, Future Business Leaders of America. Holthaus placed in the Top 15 as a National Finalist in the Mobile Application Development. Additionally, in Kansas he placed eighth in Intro to Information Tech and seventh in Networking Concepts.

Holthaus served three years at the Catholic Heart Work Camp along with singing in the choir and playing drums for the Kelly Youth Rally. He was the Catholic Youth Organization Secretary, helped with the Baileyville Benefit and served at the Red Cross Blood Drive.

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Amanda Stallbaumer Awarded Kathy L. Schmelzle Scholarship

Amanda StallbaumerIn 2005, Pat and Patty Schmelzle and family established the Kathy L. Schmelzle Scholarship with the Nemaha County STEP Foundation, in memory of their daughter. The Kathy L. Schmelzle Academic Scholarship for $500, is awarded to a graduating senior from Nemaha Central High School who plans to enter a degree program with a major in teacher education.    

The 2018 recipient of this scholarship is Amanda Stallbaumer, daughter of Roger and Christina Stallbaumer. From assisting in the grade school kinder prep classes to babysitting and leading future kindergarteners to a week of Bible study sessions, Stallbaumer has been around children her entire life. “I love the feeling of being in charge of children and getting the opportunity lead and help them learn,” she stated in her application.

Along with working at a daycare, Stallbaumer participated in several extracurricular activities during high school such as KAYS (president), FCCLA (vice-president), NHS (secretary), and Class of 2018 Secretary. As well as being extremely active in her high school, she sings in the church choir, plays the organ, is the lector, and serves in mass. Stallbaumer served as secretary in the Catholic Youth Organization her senior year. 

She plans on majoring in Elementary Education at Fort Hays State University this fall.

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Emily Meeks Awarded Droge Agricultural Scholarship

2017 Emily MeeksEmily Meeks grew up on a small crop farm in Nemaha County.  She was active in 4-H and FFA, holding leadership positions in both, which grew her passion for the agriculture industry.  Today, Emily is a Senior at Kansas State University majoring in Agribusiness with a minor in Animal Science.  During her time at K-State she worked for the Honey Creek horse arena for over six years and was an intern for the Fatted Calf Organization in Magdalena de Kino, Sonora, Mexico. Her primary responsibilities in Mexico were teaching and assisting the children at an orphanage in preparation for Expo Esperanza, which is similar to a 4-H fair in the states. This past summer, Emily worked as a corn hybrid research intern for Syngenta in Waterloo, Nebraska.

The Nemaha County STEP Foundation is proud to award Emily the $500 scholarship established in 2008 by Lola Droge and her family, called the Leslie Albert and Lola Fern Droge Scholarship for Agricultural Studies.  The scholarship honors Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Droge who lived and farmed most of their married lives in Nemaha County.  Leslie (deceased) and Lola, of rural Seneca, purchased and moved to the Droge family farm after Leslie returned from serving his country in WWII.  The couple was progressive and looked at new and modern ways of farming.  They became leaders in terracing and other land conservation methods.  Managing a cow and calf herd, along with grasslands, wheat, and row crops, they provided a living for their family while producing plants and animals to help feed the world.  Not only did they work hard in agriculture, they served in other activities as well.  Lola was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and was actively involved in her political party.  Leslie served in the State Senate and was chairperson of the Senate Agricultural committee.  Leslie and Lola, as well as their five children, all attended Kansas State University.

The Leslie Albert and Lola Fern Droge Scholarship for Agricultural Studies is awarded to a Nemaha County high school graduate who is a junior or above and enrolled in the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University.