Nine College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources students at UNL have received scholarships from the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Scholarship Program.'
The Engler Program began 2010 with a generous gift of $20 million over 10 years by Paul Engler, a Nebraska native and founder and chief operating officer of Cactus Feeders in Amarillo, Texas.'
Mark Gustafson, founding director the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program at UNL, says the purpose of the program is to identify students with entrepreneurial drive and then teach them the skills necessary to succeed. "It has been extremely exciting to see the program develop and grow rather quickly, which indicates that students are interested in learning how to start and run their own business."'
Enrollment has more than doubled in just its second year. "Last year, there were 19 students in the EAEP working towards a minor in entrepreneurship. This year, an additional 40 students joined the program," he says.'
Four of the students were designated Engler Scholars and received scholarships of up to $10,000, based on their need and existing scholarships and grants. These scholarships are renewable for up to three years based on student performance. Students designated as four-year Engler Scholars are:
Joseph Duba, a freshman majoring in agronomy from Wilber.
Doug Grotrian, a freshman majoring in mechanized systems management from Johnson.
Matthew Rozic, a freshman majoring in animal science from Mead.
Rachel Stevens, a freshman majoring in horticulture from Falls City.'
In addition, five students were awarded one-year Engler Scholarships of up to $5,000. The scholarship amount students actually receive is based on student need and their existing scholarships and grants. The students are:
Haylie Lechtenberg, a sophomore majoring in agricultural business from Butte.
Matraca Meyer, a sophomore majoring in agricultural business from Edgar.
Jessie Nielsen, a freshman majoring in horticulture from Deshler.
Paul Rezac, a freshman majoring in agricultural business from Valparaiso.
Emily Woeppel, a freshman majoring in food science and technology from Firth.