College Notes: Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation Awards Scholarships | Youth


LINCOLN – The Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation has awarded 11 scholarships totaling $31,000 for the 2022/23 academic year to students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis and the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Allison Wilkens of Gibbon received an NCCEF 2,000 scholarship in honor of Michael S. Turner. The daughter of Mike and Kim Wilkens of Gibbon, will be a third-year NCTA student majoring in agribusiness and agricultural production systems. The Wilkens are members of Aurora Co-op Elevator Company headquartered in Aurora and CHS headquartered in Holdrege.

Blake Frink of Hastings received a $3,000 scholarship, also in honor of Michael S. Turner. Son of Jason and Shannon, he will be in his second year at UNL this fall with a specialization in agricultural economics. The Frinks are members of CPI headquartered in Hastings and the Aurora Co-op Elevator Company headquartered in Aurora.

The NCCEF scholarship program was launched for the 1993/94 academic year with funding from voluntary contributions from member agricultural cooperatives of the Nebraska Cooperative Council. Since the program’s inception, 231 scholarships totaling $313,600 have been awarded.

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To be eligible for scholarships, students must be majoring in agribusiness or agricultural economics at UNL, agribusiness or agricultural production systems at NCTA, or agribusiness at UNK. Eligibility is limited to sons/daughters of a parent/legal guardian who has been an active member, director or employee for at least the previous three years of a co-op who has been a board member in good standing for at least five years.

Area students graduate from Creighton University

OMAHA — Creighton University held its undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 14 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha.

Central Nebraska students among the 1,962 graduating students include: Alyssa Belitz, d’Archer, bachelor of science in business administration, cum laude; Hannah Sefton, of Cedar Rapids, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, cum laude; Aleece Fiala, Bachelor of Science, cum laude; and Reghan Kort, BA, magna cum laude, both of Grand Island; and Amanda Stramel, of Hastings; Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Kearney students receiving degrees were: Aaron Arkle, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Tyler Atchison, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Sarah Sommers, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude; Anna Trettel, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, summa cum laude; and Jared Wegner, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, cum laude.

Academic honors

Adrianna Smith of Marquette has been named to the University of Sioux Falls’ 2022 Spring Dean’s List. Smith specializes in criminal justice and psychology. Smith was among more than 600 students named to the Spring 2022 Dean’s List. To be eligible, students must achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Lauryn C. Bernt de Boelus has been named to the 2022 Spring Dean’s List at Mount Marty University in Yankton, SD The Dean’s List Honoree at Mount Marty University is defined as an undergraduate student at full-time who completes a full-time load of graduate course work with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5.

Grand Island’s Genevieve Czaplewski has been named to the University of Wisconsin-Stout Deans List for the Spring 2022 semester. Czaplewski is a senior majoring in applied social sciences. The award is given to students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Claire Vanderbeek of Kearney was recently inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the oldest and most selective of all-discipline collegiate honor societies in the country. Vanderbeek was initiated at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Vanderbeek is one of approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires the nomination and approval of a Chapter. Only the top 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors are eligible for membership.


Three Grand Islanders received their diplomas when St. Mary’s College presented graduations May 124, 13 and 15 at the college’s new Lied Fitness Center Fieldhouse on the Omaha campus. Cynthia Calderon earned a BA in Rehabilitation Studies Kira Oberschulte earned a BA in General Studies. Mallory Gotschall also earned a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation studies and graduated Magna Cum Laude. To earn this honor, a student must achieve a grade point average of at least 3.7.

Iowa State University honored more than 4,700 students who received degrees during spring commencement ceremonies May 12-14. Among the graduates were students from central Nebraska: Brylee Groskreutz of Kearney, Master of Business, Business Administration; Evan Stewart of Grand Island, Doctor of Philosophy, Nuclear Physics; Cody Newlun of Hastings, Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical Engineering; and Bailey Ziegler of St. Paul, MD, Veterinary Medicine, Cum Laude.

Blake Leiting earned an Associate of Applied Science in Building Construction Technology. Aaron Kelley received an Associate of Applied Science through the General Motors Automotive Service educational program.

Regina Dougla, of Kearney, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Graceland University. Founded in 1895 in Lamoni, Iowa, the college also has a campus in Independence, Mo.


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