Ralston Community Foundation Fund

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The Ralston Community Foundation Fund is dedicated to progress and long-term prosperity. A volunteer Fund Advisory Committee works actively to increase charitable giving and award grants to local worthy causes and projects that are addressing emerging needs and future opportunities in our community.

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Creating a Legacy

Ralston Community Foundation Fund holds accounts that honor the legacy of several Ralston alumni and community members.

Hal E. Kronberg Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Named in memory of Hal E. Kronberg, this endowed scholarship for academically talented graduating seniors was established at Ralston High School by Hal’s parents, Wendell and Joyce Kronberg. They created this scholarship following their son’s unexpected death during his senior year. Hal was known as an outstanding student who excelled in wrestling, football, band and choir. He was elected to National Honor Society his junior year. As a senior, he was a finalist for the Outstanding Boy Teen of the Year awarded by the Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce. Learn more.

Harry Weichel Endowed Scholarship for Educators

As an educator, Mr. Weichel was genuinely interested in students’ and colleagues’ lives, their growth, and achievements. He continually sought input on how Ralston schools could best serve everyone’s development as community-minded citizens, valued employees, and family members. When connecting with others, his positive and appreciative spirit lifted others up. His humble, lifelong commitment to service beyond self is an example for Ralston educators. Every year, this scholarship is awarded to Ralston Public Schools educators who demonstrate unwavering service to others and outreach within the community. The scholarship will help support their post graduate studies. Learn more.

Mickey Looney Team Spirit Endowed Scholarship

Mickey Looney represented the heart and soul of our teams and Ralston as a community. Mickey was a giver of his best to help others be at their best. This scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors who most exemplify Mickey’s character in their academic studies and co-curricular activities, such as sports, music, school clubs, or school projects, especially his strong and enduring commitment to helping others excel at Ralston High School. The monies the recipient receives from this scholarship will help support their higher education studies, an opportunity that was not available to Mickey due to his untimely death. Learn more.

RAM Forever STEM Endowed Scholarship

John H. Gamble, a Ralston High School graduate and his wife, Yvonne, established an endowed scholarship in memory of his parents, Tess and Vale Gamble for graduating seniors pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).  Dr. Gamble has previously contributed to the creation and funding of other endowed scholarships and legacy grants. He believes in and supports more post graduate educational opportunities for students, like the societal and economic impacts STEM education provides and wants to connect graduating seniors to those opportunities. Learn more.

LaDonna R. Johnson Legacy Grant Endowment

A piano teacher’s generosity and love for her community is forever changing the landscape of downtown Ralston. Established with a $7.5 million dollar gift from longtime Ralston resident, the late LaDonna R. Johnson, the Ralston Community Foundation Fund was entrusted with her charitable donation that will provide momentum to fuel the community’s longtime revitalization initiative, better known as the Hinge Project.

The Hinge Project will work to establish a distinct identity for the community located just nine miles southwest of Omaha. The idea came out of the city’s 10-year comprehensive plan and will include strategies to create a more vibrant and attractive downtown like filling empty businesses, creating more housing options and mixed-use developments, entertainment and dining areas, and new amenities for both Ralston residents and visitors to the community.

“LaDonna’s legacy will live on forever through her generosity and her belief in the future of Ralston,” said Bill Haas, FAC chair. “This is a gamechanger for our community.” Learn more.

Accounts

  • General

    An account used by the local Fund Advisory Committee to support and maintain the affiliated fund’s activities within the community.

  • Johnson Hinge Project Endowment Account

    Established with a gift from longtime Ralston resident LaDonna R. Johnson for the purpose of furthering the Hinge Project, a community revitalization initiative that will result in a more vibrant downtown primed to attract new residents and businesses, and provide more amenities to Ralston visitors and residents.

  • Hal E. Kronberg Memorial Scholarship Endowment Account

    This higher education studies scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors that are members of the National Honor Society who have demonstrated leadership, good character, citizenship, and have been involved in at least two extracurricular activities in different areas.

  • Harry Weichel Scholarship for Educators Endowment Account

    This post graduate studies scholarship is awarded to Ralston Public Schools educators who have demonstrated unwavering service to others and outreach within the community.

  • Mickey Looney Team Spirit Scholarship Endowment Account

    This higher education studies scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors who most exemplify Mickey’s character in their academic studies and co-curricular activities, especially his strong and enduring commitment to helping others excel at Ralston High School.

  • Ralston Dog Park

    The purpose of this account is to help raise funds to support a dog park in Ralston, NE.

  • RAM Forever STEM Scholarship Endowment Account

    This higher education studies scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors who have demonstrated good character, a strong work ethic, and community service in their pursuit of a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Fund Details

  • Opened: December 2003
  • Related Towns: Ralston
  • Related Counties: Douglas

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