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(Neb)-Gift Funds $600,000 Scholarship Endowment At WNCC

By: John Axtell Posted at: 07/06/2019 10:19 PM
SCOTTSBLUFF -  The estate of the late Alliance businessman and longtime Western Nebraska Community College board member John Perrin and his wife have established a new $600,000 scholarship program for the school.

      The John and Laona Perrin Scholarship Endowment fund will begin awarding about $20,000 per year in scholarships each year beginning in 2020 to students pursuing careers in trades and vocational fields as well as those studying vocal or instrumental music education.

     WNCC Dean of Workforce Development Charlie Gregory says the Perrin Scholarship, coupled with a grant from Aksarben to support workforce development programming, will provide exciting opportunities to serve students studying in high-demand trade fields in the Panhandle.

     College board vice chair Rich Stickney says the school is "so thankful" for their commitment to education and their decision to continue their generous support of WNCC and the WNCC Foundation beyond their lifetimes with a gift that will "benefit a multitude of students for many years."

     John Perrin, who founded Perrin Refrigeration and Perrin Manufacturing in Alliance, taught coursework in electrical and HVAC at WNCC and served 13 years on the college board, including 12 as chairman, before serving 5 years on the Foundation board until his death in 2004.

       He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Alliance Learning Center - the current site of WNCC Alliance Campus main offices.

    Laona Perrin regularly attended WNCC performing arts events and participated in community economic development forums to further enhance the work of the college while also joining her husband as a strong advocate of advancing educational opportunities in the Panhandle.


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