Investing in Our Shared Future






Investing in our Shared Future


Through the goodwill and generosity of our donors, nearly 400 undergraduate students were awarded scholarships this year, and roughly 120 graduate students were awarded fellowships. As a donor, the impact created does not stop at these students, but extends to the lives of others CEHS students reach with their innovative efforts. Thanks to this support, our students are achieving their dreams and CEHS continues to fulfill its mission.

VIRTUAL SCHOLARSHIP DONOR LUNCHEON: OCTOBER 9, 2020


STUDENT IMPACT: INSPIRED BY YOUR SUPPORT


Alejandro Gonzalez, Jr.

Alejandro Gonzalez, Jr.
Arthur V. Aguilar Memorial Scholarship
Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

I am majoring in elementary education because I love to inspire young children and I hope to do that with my teaching. I've viewed many of my teachers as role models for me and I want to replicate that as a teacher of young students. Because I am the first person in my family to go to college, I want to graduate so my siblings and my cousins can look up to me and know that if I made it through college, they can too.





Ashley Toney

Ashley Toney
Elinor Kerrey Excellence and Marjorie J. Engelkemier Memorial Fellowships
Nutrition and Health Sciences
GRADUATE STUDENT

Being a first-generation student and minority student, having scholarships makes my dream of receiving a doctorate degree a reality. Rather than worrying about funding, I am able to focus my efforts on serving my community which I have continued to do during graduate school. I am the graduate representative on the First Generation Nebraska Executive Board where I mentor other first-generation college students. I also mentor undergraduates in and out of the lab through UNL’s UCARE program. The goals of my research are to 1) investigate metabolic diseases disproportionately affecting Mexican and Mexican American communities using basic science techniques and 2) identify public health solutions to address health disparities in underserved populations.





Cassandra Leow

Cassandra Leow
Jeanne Vierk Yeutter Fellowship
Family Health and Wellbeing
GRADUATE STUDENT

Our students are eager to come up with ways that they can return the favor and find ways to help others. Cassandra Leow organized a group of more than 40 therapists to offer free mental health support for anyone who may be struggling. She developed the support system while serving as a teaching assistant for three classes, and quickly adapting to facilitating online instruction. She is also an international student, thousands of miles away from her family during an uncertain time. Through all of this, her focus was on helping others – a quality you’ll often find in our CEHS students.





Cesar Torres

Cesar Torres
Natalie Burn and Gordon Johnson Fellowship
Educational Psychology
GRADUATE STUDENT

Your generosity makes it possible for me to continue to earn my Ph.D. in School Psychology. I hope to use my skills to provide mental health services to people living in rural Nebraska, especially those with limited access to proper help. As a first-generation Latino who grew up in a rural town of 200 people, I know the difficulty of receiving help whether it be medical, educational, or mental health services. Sadly, the awareness and services available are limited. Once I graduate, I will use my experience to help my community and provide critical resources needed in rural communities.





Claire Kubicek

Claire Kubicek
Mary Pont Smith Scholarship
Special Education and Communication Disorders
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

I appreciate this generous gift more than you know. With the uncertainty brought about by COVID-19, I was unable to work as much as I had planned during the summer, and this scholarship helps make up for the lost income that was intended to help pay for my education. In the future, I hope to earn my master's degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and then work as a speech-language pathologist in a school system because I thoroughly enjoy working with children. UNL has provided me with endless opportunities to learn and grow. My experiences here at the University of Nebraska-­Lincoln have truly shaped me into the woman I am today.





Elizabeth Hasseler

Elizabeth Hasseler
Herbert Brownell Fellowship
Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education
GRADUATE STUDENT

My goal as a doctoral student is to work toward helping science teachers effectively incorporate science and engineering principles into their classrooms. The exposure of engineering principles into the classroom encourages diverse students to enter the STEM fields on a more widespread scale. The support provided to me by your fellowship enables me to focus more intently on this goal so that we may be able to make a real difference.





Elizabeth Nguyen

Elizabeth Nguyen
Judith A. Phillips Scholarship
Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

As a kid I always enjoyed playing outside and I had a passion for automobiles. After more than eight years working in the automotive industry, I decided to make a career change a little over a year ago. The passion for cars is still there, but I have a bigger passion in clothing and the active-outdoor gear industry, which led me to the College of Education and Human Sciences for Textiles, Merchandising, & Fashion Design. The world is shifting toward more sustainable products and clothing, which is something I want to be a part of. I want to have a hand in making the world a better place! My career plan is to work for a manufacturer or brand that pushes sustainability and the health of their employees when it comes to opting outdoors. It's a big world out there, and I think taking care of it and exploring it is the foundation to figuring out how we can live a better life.





Falah Rashoka

Falah Rashoka
Elinor Kerrey Excellence Fellowship
Nutrition and Health Sciences
GRADUATE STUDENT

You have lightened my financial burden and allowed me to focus more on learning and completing several manuscripts I am working on. Your kindness has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. As a refugee moved from a conflict area and belonging to the minority group who faced genocide many times in their history, I’d be the second person among 4,000 Yezidi here in Lincoln who attend graduate school. Your help is a great encouragement to me to achieve my educational dream. I promise to work hard in the hope of being able to help this community as you have helped me.





Faqrul Hassan

Faqrul Hassan
Dr. Joan Laughlin Fellowship
Textile Science
GRADUATE STUDENT

My educational pursuits would not be possible without your generous support. Receiving this fellowship motivates me to devote more time to research and the completion of my degree. I look forward to continuing my work to develop bio-based products toward establishing sustainable textile and agricultural industries. I thank you for your confidence and willingness to help me achieve my goals.