The Horne family stand together as Hannah Horne is presented a $80,000 scholarship check to attend the College of Saint Mary. From left to right, Ben Horne, Hannah Horne, Connie Horne, and Caleb Horne.
EXETER — Hannah Horne, a senior at Exeter-Milligan High School, was surprised with the Marie Curie Scholarship on Monday afternoon, which is a $80,000 scholarship from the College of Saint Mary in Omaha.
Patricia Saavedra, the director of enrollment services at CSM, visited Exeter-Milligan High School to present the check to Horne in front of her peers.
The scholarship was given to Horne based on her academic talent and outstanding leadership. She was on the honor roll in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and has been a member of National Honor Society since 2016. Other extracurricular accomplishments include: Lincoln Journal Star Academic All-State for Softball and Track in 2016, York News-Times All-Area Team for Softball in 2016, and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in 2017.
Horne has also served in numerous leadership roles at Exeter-Milligan Public Schools, which include being a four-year member of Family, Career, and Community, Leaders of America (FCCLA), serving as FCCLA’s chapter president, and helping start a program aimed at the prevention of drug and alcohol called Timberwolves Together.
During her time as CSM, she intends to major in biology. Horne is one of five recipients of this year’s Marie Curie Scholarship.
The Marie Curie Scholarship is funded in part by the National Science Foundation, which provides significant financial support and resources to outstanding young women pursuing the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field. Programs like the Marie Curie Scholars seek to provide women from all backgrounds with the ability to pursue an affordable college experience filled with career-driven coursework and lifelong leadership skills.
Horne’s family and teachers could not be prouder. She had set her heart on attending CSM a while ago, so receiving this scholarship helps make her dream possible.
“Hannah is one of those students that participates in almost every activity and still puts academics in front of everything else,” said Lorie Sliefert, one of Horne’s teachers at Exeter-Milligan High School.
Horne was completely surprised by the scholarship award because her family and teachers worked hard to keep it from her. She was speechless when Saavedra entered the gym with a huge check and flowers.
“I don’t even know what to say,” said Horne, commenting on her reaction to receiving the scholarship.
Horne is excited to be attending CSM this fall to study biology, and she is looking forward to all the opportunities this school and scholarship will provide for her.