The Nebraska Independent College Foundation announced the receipt of a $10,000 grant from Black Hills Energy, provider of natural gas service in Nebraska.

The grant will be used to help expand educational opportunities for the state’s young people at the Foundation’s eight member colleges and universities, six of which are in communities where Black Hills Energy provides natural gas service: Bellevue University, Bellevue, Neb.; Concordia University, Seward, Neb.; Doane College, Crete, Neb.; Nebraska Wesleyan University and Union College, Lincoln, Neb.; and York College, York, Neb.

Black Hills Energy serves 196,000 natural gas customers in 106 eastern Nebraska communities. Black Hills Energy is a subsidiary of Black Hills Corp. — a diversified energy company with a tradition of exemplary service and a vision to be the energy partner of choice — based in Rapid City, S.D., with corporate offices in Denver and Papillion, Neb. Black Hills Corp. serves 762,000 natural gas and electric utility customers in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming, and its non-regulated businesses generate wholesale electricity, produce natural gas, oil and coal, and market energy. Black Hills’ 2,100 employees partner to produce results that improve life with energy.

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