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Following his retirement from the University of Nebraska - Kearney, Chancellor Emeritus William R. Nester and his wife, Mary Jane, established the Mary Jane and William R. Nester Student Leadership Award. The Nester Student Leadership Award recognizes senior students who have made significant contributions of scholarship and leadership to the student and academic life at the University of Nebraska - Kearney.
Members of the faculty, administration, and registered student organizations may submit nominations. Applicants must have senior standing (89 hours completed at the end of December 2015) and a 3.2 cumulative grade-point-average or higher.
Applications are due mid March 2016 by 5:00 p.m. and my be delivered to the Office of Student Life, located on the first floor of the Nebraskan Student Union. Applications may be picked-up at the Nebraskan Student Union Welcome Desk or by clicking here to access the Nester Student Leadership Award online application.
Congratulations to the 2015 Nester Student Leadership Award recipients!
Mr. Landon Fuller of Kearney, NE, son of Lance and Joanie Fuller, is a Business Marketing major with future plans to pursue creative copywriting in advertising in Los Angeles, California.
Ms. Margaret Jackson of Red Cloud, NE, daughter of Keith and Diane Jackson, is a Criminal Justice and Political Science major. Her future plans include attending the University of Nebraska College of Law and focus her studies on Family, Criminal, and Juvenile Law.
Ms. Morgan Kristensen of Minden, NE, daughter of Doug and Terri Kristensen, is a Political Science major with future plans to attend the University of Nebraska College of Law and the University of Nebraska Medical Center-College of Public Health. This joint degree program will allow her to obtain a law degree and a master's degree in public health. Morgan eventually wants to work in healthcare law and policy.
Mr. Wilfredo Lopez of Lexington, NE, son of Fredy Lopez and Maria Sandoval, is a Psychobiology major. After graduation Wilfredo plans to work as a teaching assistant while attending graduate school to pursue his Master's in Biology. After graduate school, he plans to attend medical school.
Ms. Cacia Lyon of Giltner, NE, daughter of Ross and Cassondra Lyon, is an Organizational Communication major with future plans to pursue a master's degree at Grace University in Omaha, NE to receive a Clinical Mental Health Counseling licensure. Cacia hopes to become a Marriage Counselor.
Ms. Sara Ritzdorf of Elkhorn, NE, daughter of Ken and Alice Ritzdorf, is an Elementary Education major with a Coaching Endorsement. Sara plans to student teach first grade in Gretna for the Fall semester and volunteer coach for the middle school or high school basketball team.
Mr. Christopher Schwaderer of Mullen, NE, son of Gary and Patricia Schwaderer, is an Athletic Training major. Chris will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Reserve upon graduation. His future plans include a dual master's degree program through the United States Sports Academy and then will attend the military's Physician Assistant Program to eventually work as a Certified Athletic Trainer and Physician Assistant.