2021-22 Recipient: Kylee
Kylee is from David City, Nebraska. She is currently pursuing an Associate's Degree in Business Technology and Administration. Kylee enjoys accounting and office administration, and ultimately hopes to achieve financial independence for her and her daughter.
At the age of 17, Kylee said a brave "Yes" to both parenthood AND her dreams for an education and career. She wants to encourage women with unexpected pregnancies, saying, "To all the young mamas or young expecting mothers, kids are a blessing and [they] change your life completely and for the better, despite it not being what you had planned". Her daughter is 20 months old and she keeps her mom on her toes! This little one loves the outdoors and loves walking by herself.
2020-21 Recipient: Alyssa Blair
Alyssa Blair is from Lincoln Nebraska! She is currently going to school for nursing, and has a year and a half left of her four year program. In the next few years she hopes to graduate from nursing school, pass her boards, and work in an emergency department or pediatric unit! She also hopes to spend a lot of time with her little guy as he is growing up so fast.
After she had Blake he was only four weeks old when she had to go back to school and it was difficult to leave him everyday for class and clinical but she knows that getting an education is important to her, and it will benefit the both of them and be so worth it in the end! Blake is now almost 11 months old, he has quite the personality and keeps her on her toes (especially now the he is running).
2019-20 Recipient: Ana Paez
Ana Paez was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. She is currently going to school for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In the next few years, she plans on graduating from Bryan College of Health Sciences with her BSN and will take the NCLEX to become a Registered Nurse (RN).
Her goal is to get a good job somewhere as an RN so she can make a difference in people's lives while supporting herself and her son. Her son is five years old and will be starting kindergarten in the fall!
2018-19 Recipient: Tiah Northway
Tiah Northway was born and mostly raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. Having barely dipped her toes into various parts of the world, Tiah is inspired by stories from perspectives that are different from her own and the exploration of identity that is unique to every individual.
She has received her Associate’s of the Arts and is currently working towards her Bachelor’s of the Fine Arts in Graphic Design. She is twenty-five years old and has a six-year-old son. She works to teach him to recognize the finer details are what create the most extraordinary of experiences. By constantly reviewing this philosophy, Tiah strives to create the best designed experience in attempts to create more inclusive social conditions.
Tiah currently resides in Lincoln with hopes of attending grad school somewhere outside of Nebraska.