The Harry & Reba Huge Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit providing scholarships and opportunities for student scholars with the drive and potential to be leaders. Through international student and professional exchange and development programs, students, donors, and teachers are given the chance to expand their view and excel.
Students receive unparalleled personal attention from the Foundation's founders and leaders, funds that assist with or pay for their education, and the opportunity to bridge their home culture and experiences with different ones across the world. Together, it means that students are given an even rarer chance - to make a difference.
The roots of The Harry & Reba Huge Foundation stem from Harry's mother, Dorothy Vorderstrasse Huge. Raised by an aunt on a farm near Stoddard, Thayer County, Nebraska following the death of her mother, Dorothy attended a one-room schoolhouse during the Dust Bowl Depression era.
She graduated from 8th grade, but due to her rural location and the constraints of her era, did not have the opportunity to attend high school nor college. In 1936, she married Arthur Huge, and together they raised three sons - who, due to her discipline and insistence - were all college graduates. Two sons earned law degrees and another a master's degree. Her eight grandchildren are all college graduates, including two more law degrees and a master's degree.
On her deathbed, Dorothy gathered her sons and developed the idea for a scholarship fund for women in Nuckolls and Thayer Counties to ensure that rural
women with the will and talent to succeed had the opportunity. Dorothy Vorderstrasse Huge passed away on March 8, 2004 at the age of 90, and true to their promise, Harry, his siblings, and Reba awarded the first Dorothy Vorderstrasse Huge Scholarship in 2005.
Today, The Harry & Reba Huge Foundation provides men and women scholars from small towns, rural communities, and surrounding cities the opportunity to achieve goals, that through perceived limits in geography or financial situation, they never thought possible. The Foundation offers two distinct scholarship opportunities - The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation Scholarship and the Dorothy Vorderstrasse Huge Scholarship. And, as the Foundation continues to expand its reach across the country and the world, so too does everyone it touches.
Our goal in founding and developing both The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation and the DVH Scholarship Fund is to focus on a broad range of programs supporting education for young students in the United States and abroad. These programs center on scholarships, which include not only the funds toward a college education, but hands on mentoring of the students by us and the board members of the two foundations during and beyond the students' college years.
The other programs building on the scholarships are relationships with colleges in the United States, and a dynamic relationship with the University of Tartu and the country of Estonia.
Students, faculty, well-known figures from the sciences, politics, business, and medicine give lectures, conduct seminars, further economic development, and assist in finding jobs and internships for the students involved in the programs. The focus is on the students becoming leaders in their chosen fields, states, and countries where they live and work.
Mr. Huge is co-founder and chairman of The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation. Mr. Huge practices law nationally and internationally in the areas of commercial litigation in federal and state courts, international business and transaction law, corporate matters, including securities, venture capital, biotechnology, communication, and investment transactions. Mr. Huge received his B.A. from Nebraska Wesleyan University and his J.D. from Georgetown University.
Mrs. Huge is co-founder and Vice Chair of The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation. A licensed real estate broker, Mrs. Huge is active in numerous civic organizations in the Charleston, South Carolina area, including the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Aquarium, the Arts Council at the College of Charleston, the Board of the Charleston Art and Antiques Forum, the Board of the Spoleto Festival USA (1991-1996), and the Board of the Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina (1996-2002).
Jack Siemsen is the President and CEO of The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Siemsen served as the Dean of University College at Nebraska Wesleyan University. He has worked in higher education for over 40 years.
Ted Huge, the son of Harry and Reba Huge, has been a director of The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation since 2005.
He practices law in Charleston, South Carolina and represents individuals and small businesses on a wide range of legal matters. He is admitted to practice in Virginia, South Carolina, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He attended Duke University where he earned bachelor degrees in public policy and mathematics, was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity, participated in a variety of club-level sports, and played guitar and bass in a rock band on campus.
Mr. Huge has been a director of The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation since 2005.
For the past 25 years, Mr. Huge has served as a consultant to schools, educational institutions, large corporations, small businesses, and professional and trade associations, both nationally and internationally, in the areas of organizational analysis and design, executive selection and coaching, student achievement, conflict management, communication, interpersonal relations, and organizational development.
Dr. Mohr joined The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation as a director in 2010. Dr. Mohr is currently Professor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. He received his A.B. and M.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He did his post-doctoral medical training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Blaine Rieke has been a Director of The Harry and Reba Huge Foundation since 2010. Mr. Rieke graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1955, received his law degree from the University of Nebraska in 1960 and his MBA from the Booth Chicago Business School in 1970.
He began his business career in 1960 with the Continental Bank in Chicago (now part of Bank of America). Mr. Rieke joined the First Wisconsin Trust Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (now part of U.S. Bank) in 1973 and served that organization as Chairman and CEO from 1976 until his retirement in 1996.
Kayla grew up in Superior, Nebraska and graduated from Superior High School in 2006. She was a recipient of the DVH Scholarship in 2006. She attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and received her Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance in 2009.
Kayla began working at Bryant, Katt & Associates, P.C., an accounting firm in Lincoln, Nebraska in December of 2008. She has continued her employment there after graduation and is an accountant with the firm.
Kayla is currently working on obtaining her C.P.A. license and resides in Lincoln.
Ben Wiese, originally from Ashland, NE, where he attended high school, graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2012 with a B.S. degree in biology. While at NWU, he was one of the first biology students to take part in the Capitol Hill Internship Program, where he spent the spring of 2011 in Dr. Donald Rau and Dr. Nina Sidorov's lab at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, studying the intermolecular interactions of various macromolecules, particularly within DNA.