Natural & Social Sciences

NSS Scholarships

(Please note that a number of these endowed scholarships are available to nominees from several departments.  While the college has chosen to list these as being available under each department named by the endowing family, applicants should be aware that they will be competing for these funds with candidates from the other named departments)

To apply for any of the scholarships below please consult the UNK Financial Aid Office.

Laddie & Iris Bicak Family Scholarship-This scholarship shall provide financial assistance for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a major in Biology.

John C. W. Bliese Endowment for Biology-Awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Biology.

Amanda Bosak Memorial-This scholarship shall be awarded to students majoring in Biology or Criminal Justice. Candidates shall be junior or seniors with a 3.0 or above GPA. Preference is given to students with financial need.

Rex Carr Endowed Scholarship-This scholarship shall be awarded to juniors or seniors who are active in the Wildlife Program and/or Wildlife Society or in Biology. The recipient(s) shall have a minimum 3.0 GPA, be full-time and be a resident of Scottsbluff County, an adjacent county or the Panhandle of Nebraska. If there are no eligible applicants from these areas, then the recipient may be a Central Nebraska resident.

Harvey E. Cole Memorial Scholarship-Candidates for this scholarship shall be undergraduates majoring in Biology with sophomore class standing or above and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

DeeAnna Delaet Endowed Scholarship-This scholarship shall be awarded to a full-time sophomore or above majoring in Biology and/or Chemistry with a GPA of 3.0 or above.

Mildred Bensen Hansen Biology Scholarship-This scholarship shall be awarded to a full-time junior or senior undergraduate student majoring in Biology.

David J. Keen, Jr. Memorial Scholarship-The scholarship shall be awarded to a sophomore majoring in Biology with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Candidates shall have expressed a desire to pursue a career in the area of medicine following graduation.

Dr. Ole A. Kolstad Memorial Scholarship-The scholarship shall be awarded to a student majoring in Biology with junior class standing or above with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Donald L. Liehs Scholarship Endowment-This scholarship shall be awarded to undergraduate students with sophomore or above class standing. Candidates shall be majoring in math, chemistry, physics, biology, pre-medicine, pre-engineering or a pre-professional health program. Candidates shall have demonstrated financial need and must be graduates of a NE high school. Candidates shall have a GPA of 3.0 or above and be enrolled full-time.

Dr. Mary L. Morse Memorial-This scholarship shall be awarded to a sophomore or junior student majoring in chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Biology.

Recyclers Ecology Scholarship-This scholarship shall be awarded to full-time students of sophomore, junior or senior class with a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrated interest in ecological concerns and/or majoring in Biology or Geography.

Emily Reiser Memorial Scholarship-This scholarship shall be awarded to an undergraduate with junior class standing or above with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above. Candidates shall be graduates from a Holt County NE high school and be involved in extracurricular campus activities. Preference shall be given to students majoring in Biology.

DeeAnna Delaet Endowed Scholarship-This scholarship shall be awarded to a full-time sophomore or above majoring in Biology and/or Chemistry with a GPA of 3.0 or above.

Donald E. Fox Scholarship-This scholarship will be awarded to second semester freshman with a major or minor in Chemistry to be used the following fall semester. Selection shall be based upon academic achievement, financial need, integrity and motivation.

Donald L. Liehs Scholarship Endowment-This scholarship shall be awarded to undergraduate students with sophomore or above class standing. Candidates shall be majoring in math, chemistry, physics, biology, pre-medicine, pre-engineering or a pre-professional health program. Candidates shall have demonstrated financial need and must be graduates of a NE high school. Candidates shall have a GPA of 3.0 or above and be enrolled full-time.

Dr. Mary L. Morse Memorial-This scholarship shall be awarded to a sophomore or junior student majoring in chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Biology.

Amanda Bosak Memorial-This scholarship shall be awarded to students majoring in Biology or Criminal Justice. Candidates shall be junior or seniors with a 3.0 or above GPA. Preference is given to students with financial need.

Sgt. Justin Duffy Memorial Scholarship-This scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in Criminal Justice or Health Science or be a member of ROTC with preference given to a student who graduated from Cozad High School. Candidates shall be a junior or senior in class standing with a 3.0 GPA or above.

Lloyd L. Frank Memorial Scholarship Fund-This scholarship shall be awarded to an undergraduate student with sophomore class standing or above pursing a major in Criminal Justice who is a resident of Nebraska. Preference shall be given to a member of any of the UNK varsity Athletic teams and/or expressed a desire to pursue a low enforcement career in Buffalo County.

James Gilbert Criminal Justice Memorial Fund-This scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student pursing a major or minor in Criminal Justice.

Dale L. & Ellen J. Schroeder Scholarship-This scholarship shall provide financial assistance to a full-time sophomore, junior or senior student. Recipients shall be majoring in Criminal Justice, Political Science or any major within the College of Business and Technology, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have graduated from a Nebraska high school.

Kendall L. Weyers Memorial Scholarship-Established to help full-time students who are seniors and are a son/daughter of a currently employed, deceased, or retired law enforcement officer within the state of Nebraska. Applicants in any major or minor may apply; however, Criminal Justice majors and minors will receive special consideration. Those who have proven academic excellence and provided proof of financial need shall be given first consideration.

ACM Academic Scholarship-The recipient of this scholarship shall be a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) organization at UNK. Candidates shall have a 3.0 or greater GPA and have completed 14 credit hours in computer science.

Platte Valley State Bank & Trust Company Scholarship-This scholarship shall be awarded to a student(s) who is majoring in Business, Mathematics or Computer Science with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Recipients shall be a high school graduate of Buffalo County or an adjacent county.

Riley & Rodney Oestreicher Scholarship Fund-Candidates for this scholarship shall be pursuing a major in psychology, history, geography or sociology. Recipients shall be sophomore, junior or senior in class standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Financial aid will be taken into consideration.

Recyclers Ecology Scholarship-This scholarship shall be awarded to full-time students of sophomore, junior or senior class with a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrated interest in ecological concerns and/or majoring in Biology or Geography

Copley Family Scholarship-This scholarship shall be awarded to a student majoring in History, Social Science or English with a minimum 2.5 GPA and have been a graduate of a Nebraska high school. Financial need is a primary criteria.

Gene Hamaker Memorial Scholarship-This scholarship shall be awarded to incoming freshman, upper-class and graduate students majoring in History. The award shall be based on academic performance. Incoming freshman recipients shall declare a History major and enroll in a History course. Upper-class recipients shall be majoring in History and complete at least one 3 hour upper division (300-400 level) course. Graduate students shall also complete History courses during semesters receiving scholarships.

Philip S. & Lois C. Holmgren Scholarship-This scholarship shall be awarded to a sophomore, junior or senior who is majoring in History or Social Sciences with a minimum 2.8 GPA. An International graduate student may apply for the scholarship and be considered if an undergraduate is not selected.

Dr. Lyle E. Mantor Memorial-This scholarship shall be awarded to an upper-class student majoring in History, who has a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selection shall be based on scholarship, accomplishment and professional goals. The award is for second semester.

Riley & Rodney Oestreicher Scholarship Fund-Candidates for this scholarship shall be pursuing a major in psychology, history, geography or sociology. Recipients shall be sophomore, junior or senior in class standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Financial aid will be taken into consideration.

David R. Stevenson Memorial History Scholarship Fund-The recipient shall be a full-time student majoring in History. The recipient shall have sophomore class standing or above and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Financial need shall be considered.

W.C. Stotts History Scholarship Fund-This scholarship shall be awarded to a History major with sophomore class standing or above and minimum GPA of 3.0.

O.T. Ventriss Memorial Scholarship-Recipient must be a full-time undergraduate majoring in History or in History-Social Studies. The student shall have sophomore standing or above and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Financial need will be a major factor in selection.

L.M. Larsen Memorial Mathematics Scholarship-The scholarship shall be awarded to undergraduate students majoring in Mathematics or Statistics. Candidates shall be juniors or above and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Financial need will be considered.

Donald L. Liehs Scholarship Endowment-This scholarship shall be awarded to undergraduate students with sophomore or above class standing. Candidates shall be majoring in math, chemistry, physics, biology, pre-medicine, pre-engineering or a pre-professional health program.  Candidates shall have demonstrated financial need and must be graduates of a NE high school. Candidates shall have a GPA of 3.0 or above and be enrolled full-time.

Harriet McFadden Memorial-This scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in Mathematics.

Dr. Mary L. Morse Memorial-This scholarship shall be awarded to a sophomore or junior student majoring in chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Biology.

Daniel H. & Debra L. Mowrey Statistical Excellence Fund-Recipients shall be juniors or seniors majoring in Mathematics or Statistics, with at least two courses in statistics with a grade of 3.0 or better and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Theodora Nelson Endowed Fund-This scholarship shall be awarded to a student(s) pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Education with a Math endorsement. Recipients shall have junior class standing or above and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.

James W. Nielsen Memorial-This scholarship shall be awarded to a junior or senior majoring in Physical Science and/or Mathematics. Eligible students shall have a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Helen E. Ogle Memorial-This scholarship shall be awarded to an undergraduate, full-time student majoring in Mathematics.

Platte Valley State Bank & Trust Company Scholarship-This scholarship shall be awarded to a student(s) who is majoring in Business, Mathematics or Computer Science with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Recipients shall be a high school graduate of Buffalo County or an adjacent county.

Jeff Sikes Scholarship Fund-This scholarship shall be awarded to a student pursuing any major in the College of Natural & Social Sciences with freshman or above class standing, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater and a graduate of a Nebraska high school. Preference shall be given to candidates who have demonstrated financial need.

Sue Stoetzel Withycombe Scholarship Fund-Established to help support students of UNK who might be displaced from agricultural occupations by adverse circumstances. Selection criteria considered includes past academic achievement and demonstration of potential for future academic and professional accomplishments.

Cushing & Anderson Memorial Scholarship-The scholarship shall be awarded to an undergraduate student(s) who is majoring in Pre-Medicine, Journalism or English with sophomore class standing or higher, 3.0 GPA or above and a graduate from a Nebraska high school

Sgt. Justin Duffy Memorial Scholarship-This scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in Criminal Justice or Health Science or be a member of ROTC with preference given to a student who graduated from Cozad High School. Candidates shall be a junior or senior in class standing with a 3.0 GPA or above.

Dr. O.D. Johnson Memorial-This scholarship shall be awarded to a junior Pre-Medical or Para –Medical major with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Edna Larsen Memorial Scholarship-Est. to help support a student(s) in the field of Special Education, Speech Pathology, Physical Therapy, or any area of teaching handicapped persons, and who have completed a full year of college work. Selection shall be based on past academic achievement and demonstration of potential for future academic and professional accomplishment

George & Alta Munro Memorial Scholarship-The scholarship shall be awarded to a junior or senior majoring in the Department of Health Sciences with a GPA of 3.5 or greater.

Richard & Joan Serbousek Memorial Endowed Scholarship-This scholarship shall be awarded to a student pursuing a career in medicine or medical technology. First preference shall be given to candidates who are graduates of Atkinson or Stuart High School, second preference shall be given to candidates who are graduates of Hay Springs or Chadron High School, and third preference shall be given to candidates who are graduates of any Nebraska high school.

Harriett J. Steele Nursing Scholarship-This scholarship shall be awarded to candidates in the pre-nursing program who have successfully completed a minimum of 18 credit hours at UNK including a biology or chemistry course and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Financial need shall be a criterion and preference shall be given to nontraditional students.

Dr. LaVerne C. Steffens Memorial-This scholarship shall be awarded to a student who is well-rounded and shows evidence of strong motivation. The recipient shall be a Nebraska resident, enrolled in the pre-medicine program, be at sophomore class standing or above and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

William Stehlik Memorial Scholarship Fund-This scholarship shall be awarded to a Nebraska high school graduate pursuing a major in nursing, pre-pharmacy or pre-medicine.

Dr. Kenneth & Phyllis Urwiller Scholarship Fund- This scholarship shall be awarded to two undergraduate students in the department of Health Sciences. Eligible candidates must be enrolled in Pre-Medicine program and have junior or senior class standing.

Richard D. Urwiller KHOP Scholarship-This scholarship shall be awarded to a student in good standing in the Pre-Medicine track of KHOP with a GPA of 3.5 or above. Preference shall be given to candidates who are of impeccable character, are caring and compassionate, and have demonstrated high integrity.

Elmer H. & Marian L. Beckmann Scholarship-Established to help support a student in the Department of Physics or Physical Science (preference to a student of Physics). Selection shall be based on past academic achievement and demonstration of potential for future academic and professional accomplishments.

Donald L. Liehs Scholarship Endowment-This scholarship shall be awarded to undergraduate students with sophomore or above class standing. Candidates shall be majoring in math, chemistry, physics, biology, pre-medicine, pre-engineering or a pre-professional health program. Candidates shall have demonstrated financial need and must be graduates of a NE high school. Candidates shall have a GPA of 3.0 or above and be enrolled full-time.

Dr. Mary L. Morse Memorial-This scholarship shall be awarded to a sophomore or junior student majoring in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Biology.

James W. Nielsen Memorial-This scholarship shall be awarded to a junior or senior majoring in Physical Science and/or Mathematics. Eligible students shall have a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Dale L. & Ellen J. Schroeder Scholarship-This scholarship shall provide financial assistance to a full-time sophomore, junior or senior student. Recipients shall be majoring in Criminal Justice, Political Science or any major within the College of Business and Technology, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have graduated from a Nebraska high school.

George Norris Scholarship-This scholarship shall be awarded to sophomore, Recipients shall have completed at least six hours of political science courses and demonstrated scholarship and interest in Political Science.

Riley & Rodney Oestreicher Scholarship Fund-Candidates for this scholarship shall be pursuing a major in psychology, history, geography or sociology. Recipients shall be sophomore, junior or senior in class standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Financial aid will be taken into consideration.

Psychology Faculty Scholarship Fund-This scholarship shall be awarded to a student(s) with sophomore class standing or above majoring in Psychology or Psychobiology with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Candidates shall have completed six or more credit hours in Psychology courses at UNK.

LeeAnn & Jeremiah Clouse Scholarship-This scholarship shall be awarded to students majoring in Social Work with junior or senior class standing with a 3.0 GPA or above. Preference will be given to non-traditional students.

Gary Henrie Scholarship in Social Work Fund-This scholarship shall be awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in Social Work with a GPA of 2.75 or above. Preference shall be given to candidates with a demonstrated service record to the Department of Social Work.

Margaret A. McMullen Memorial Scholarship-This scholarship shall be awarded to a senior Social Work major with a 3.0 GPA or above. Selection will be based on financial need.

Artice Miles Scholarship-This scholarship shall be awarded to a full-time sophomore or junior student enrolled in the Social Work program. The recipient shall have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate aptitude and potential for the profession of social work. Financial need will also be a consideration.

Dorothy A. & Dr. Frank V. Touchstone Memorial Scholarship-This scholarship shall be awarded to a student majoring in Social Work with 2nd semester sophomore class standing or above. Candidates shall have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.

Riley & Rodney Oestreicher Scholarship Fund-Candidates for this scholarship shall be pursuing a major in psychology, history, geography or sociology. Recipients shall be sophomore, junior or senior in class standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Financial aid will be taken into consideration.

Sociological Imagination Scholarship-This scholarship shall be awarded to a full-time Sociology major with sophomore class standing or above.