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Supporting students through need-based scholarships

Supporting students through need-based scholarships

Ameritas provides $15,000 to fund scholarships for Bright Lights student summer programs

LINCOLN, Nebraska, (January 13, 2020) – Bright Lights recently received $15,000 from the Ameritas Charitable Foundation to help provide need-based scholarships to elementary and middle school students to participate in summer hands-on learning opportunities.

Started by two Lincoln women over 30 years ago, Bright Lights typically offers over 100 camps to more than 1,500 students each summer.

During their camp, students are immersed in their chosen topic for a week of hands-on learning not often offered to students during the school year. Parents know the camp teaches their children valuable STEAM (i.e., science, technology, engineering, arts/literature and mathematic) principles. Programs expand children’s views of the world and help them build new relationships with students who share similar interests in a fun and unique way.

Camps will be hosted at Holmes Elementary and various community sites around Lincoln.

“As a nonprofit organization serving students in our area, we are incredibly grateful for the generous support of Ameritas,” said Lori Paulsen, Bright Lights executive director. “Because of this gift to our scholarship program, more students will have the opportunity to participate in our camps and therefore further fuel their exposure to science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.”

“Education is a crucial element of our community’s overall well-being,” said Liz Ring Carlson, Ameritas second vice president, corporate communications and community relations. “By providing these educational services, Bright Lights is able to prevent learning gaps and shepherd tomorrow’s leaders. What a great organization to have in our community.”

About Bright Lights
Bright Lights is a nonprofit organization that takes learning beyond the classroom by providing youth with unique, motivating, hands-on learning opportunities. Since 1987, Bright Lights camps allow elementary and middle school students maximize the fun of summer vacation while allowing parents to know their children are avoiding learning loss. Bright Lights offers over 100 camps to more than 1,500 students each summer. For more information on the Bright Lights program, please visit

About Ameritas Charitable Foundation
Ameritas Charitable Foundation was formed in 1985 by Ameritas Mutual Holding Company to support our community through grants that reflect our mission and tagline of Fulfilling Life. Ameritas awards grants for educational programs, civic improvements, cultural opportunities, and health and welfare initiatives. Based in Lincoln, Neb., the foundation awards grants twice a year. For more information, visit

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