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Escorts are young women between 21 and 24 whose family members have actively contributed to their community in Nebraska or western Iowa. Forty-eight women were named this year.

The Aksarben Foundation has been an important part of the region for more than a century. Workforce development has become an important focus for the foundation. The organization also provides college scholarships and supports agriculture and communities in the region. Meet some of the stude…

On New Year’s Eve in 1955, Dale and Dorothy Pillen drove from their farm in Platte Center, Nebraska, to the hospital in Columbus. After having two boys, Tom and Clete, they were beyondhoping for a baby girl. However, James Douglas Pillen completed their family as their third son.

Aksarben | Horatio Alger State Scholarships can be life changers for recipients. Like the rags-to-riches characters in Horatio Alger novels, these young people have overcome great personal adversity. They also need financial assistance to earn a college degree.

The Aksarben Foundation’s generosity has been evident throughout Nebraska and western Iowa for more than a century. Meet some of the college students who have benefited from scholarships the foundation funds. We'll also introduce the Court of Honor and others who exemplify the Aksarben mission.

The 20-year-old University of Nebraska-Lincoln junior from Omaha was crowned the 121st queen of Aksarben Saturday evening at Baxter Arena as the civic and scholarship group honored her parents, banker Kirk and fitness instructor Teresa Kellner.

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