The Lincoln Cornhusker Kiwanis Foundation received funding Dec. 27 from a new benefactor for an additional college scholarship. The “William and Debra Saxton Scholarship for Community Leadership” was initiated by their son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Carissa Saxton, of Broomfield, Colorado.
The scholarship will be made available annually to a graduating senior from any high school in Lancaster County. The scholarship will recognize students of diverse ethnic backgrounds that have made a difference in their world with respect to their leadership and service skills regardless of their academic achievements.
The application process, managed by EducationQuest, is accessible through the Kiwanis Club of Lincoln-Cornhusker website, cornhuskerkiwanis.com.
The Kiwanis Club of Lincoln-Cornhusker receives funding for its scholarships through its affiliated foundation, which is an established 501(c)(3) nonprofit that receives funding from numerous donors.
William Saxton is a retiree who has lived in Lincoln for the past 36 years. He has been a Cornhusker Kiwanis Club member since 2001 and is currently serving a second term as club president. He was president in 2008-09 and served as Lt. Governor for the local division No. 22 in 2012-13.
Richard Saxton is a visual artist and professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder. His work focuses primarily on rural knowledge and landscape, and he is a native Nebraskan where these interests undoubtedly were formed. Saxton is the founder of M12 STUDIO, an interdisciplinary team that focuses on art initiatives that explore community identity and the value of often under-represented rural communities and their surrounding landscapes.
Richard has published two books and works internationally as an artist. His recent exhibitions have been at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C.; The Santa Fe Art Institute and the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. Saxton and M12 STUDIO have received numerous awards including those from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Gates Family Foundation.