LINCOLN, Neb. -- EducationQuest announced Monday that 14 Nebraskans have been awarded a total of $68,400 in Reaching Your Potential Scholarship funds.

EducationQuest’s Reaching Your Potential Scholarship Program provides renewable scholarships to low-income Nebraska students who face obstacles to college. Applicants are referred by community agencies and schools statewide. Recipients attending a two-year college receive $3,000 annually, and recipients attending a four-year college receive $6,300 annually.

Since the program began in 2000, EducationQuest has awarded more than $7.4 million in scholarships to 584 Nebraskans. Of these, 81 percent are either currently enrolled in college or have graduated.

Vice President of Grants and Scholarships Eric Drumheller said, “We welcome these recipients to our program and are humbled by the challenges they face. We are excited to work with them as they earn their college degree.”

Thirteen of the scholarship recipients are listed below alphabetically by hometown, along with the college they are attending or plan to attend. One student chose to remain anonymous.

Central City: Doug Beck, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Columbus: Jada Lloyd, Doane University

Crawford: Karen Norton, Western Nebraska Community College

Kearney: Jesse Bustos, Central Community College; Macie Whalen, Central Community College

Lincoln: Terry Bronson, Southeast Community College; Haifa Khurmish, University of Nebraska - Lincoln; Fiona Walker, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Melbeta: Hunter Maglitto, Western Nebraska Community College

Omaha: Sushmitha Chandrasekaran, Creighton University; Tricia Cox, Nebraska Methodist College; Cameron Groves, Metropolitan Community College; Paw Wah, University of Nebraska at Omaha