2014-2015 Class

The Nebraska Legends 2014-15 class—the third year of the program— listed below by sponsored chapter. To donate, click here.

Please Note: not all Nebraska Legend Scholarship recipients are represented on this page.

 

Arizona Chapters 

Huskers N Arizona

Ali Coufal, '18 - Derby, KS

Major: Pre Law, Political Science

UNL Activities: College Republicans, Iron N   |  Other Hobbies: Working out 

Why I Chose UNL: I was born and raised a Husker! GBR!

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: Both financially and academically, helped me navigate my way around campus resources/activities!

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Thanks for helping with the financial burden that I am accumulating on my journey to success!

 

Huskers N Arizona

Dakota Staggs, '18 - Phoenix, AZ

Major: Biological Sciences

UNL Activities: Tennis Club 

Why I Chose UNL: I've always been a Husker fan.

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: This scholarship has helped me get involved as well as pay for some of the expenses of college.

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Thank you for helping me to become a Husker and fulfill a dream.

 

Huskers N Arizona

Haley Bacon, '18 - Scottsdale, AZ

Major: Civil Engineering

UNL Activities: EWB, SWE  |  Other Hobbies: Playing guitar, listening to music, spending time outside

Why I Chose UNL: Both of my parents graduated from UNL and I wanted a change from the Arizona life.  I wanted to see seasons and UNL had the best engineering program for me.

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: I like meeting with our legends group and being a part of the Scarlet Guard.  

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to receive a better education. With this scholarship it will be easier for me to pay for a possible fifth year of school if needed.   



California Chapters

Bay Area Huskers

Allie Puatu, '18 - San Ramon, CA

Major: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

UNL Activities: Campus Impact, NSSLHA, SAA  |  Other Hobbies: Reading, writing, hanging out with friends

Why I Chose UNL: Money; good program for audiology; love for the area, campus and atmosphere.

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: Helped me come to one of the top universities in the nation for audiology and to a place I really enjoy.  

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Thank you so much for making my education possible and coming here realistic for me. I am having the best time of my life here and I would not change it for the world. Thank you so much!

 

San Diego Huskers

Becca Reicks - Petersburg, NE

Major: Pre Veterinary Medicine

UNL Activities: Block and Bridle Club, Pre-Vet Club  |  Other Hobbies: Playing softball and basketball, Reading, Hanging with friends

Why I Chose UNL: I really loved the campus and the friendly feeling of it!

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: It has provided opportunities help me succeed here at UNL.

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Thank you for helping me on my path to success!



Colorado Chapters

Coloradans for Nebraska

Devin McLean, '18 - Centennial, CO

Major: Architecture

UNL Activities: Currently nothing outside of the Nebraska Legends group.  |  Other Hobbies: I enjoy walking for relaxation, as well as light reading and drawing.

Why I Chose UNL: UNL had the best architecture program from among the schools I looked at.

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: The Legends Scholarship was an additional factor in my choosing UNL.  I felt that I was wanted as a member of the university community.    

My message to those who funded my scholarship: I am deeply grateful for your generosity.  I was honored and proud to be chosen for the Legends Program at UNL.

 

Coloradans for Nebraska

Casie Hilyard, '18 - Denver, CO

Major: Interior Design

UNL Activities: I'm in the sorority Tri Delta, and I'm in the Scarlet Guard since we get to be in it for Legends  |  Other Hobbies: I like to work out and play sports, I like to have my time to myself and draw or read a book, and I love hanging out with friends and going shopping

Why I Chose UNL: I chose UNL because my dad went here and showed me the campus one summer and I fell in love with it.  I also believe that it's the right place for the kind of person I am and what I want to do in life.

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: It has kept me on my toes at UNL. Having something else to do and having other responsibilities makes me even more focused in a way and dedicated to doing well.  

My message to those who funded my scholarship: THANK YOU SO MUCH!  Being able to have this opportunity makes me so grateful and it has helped me so much in many ways, and I believe it will help me in the future, so thank you!


Coloradans for Nebraska

Bryan McDonald, '18 - Denver, CO

Major: Biochemistry

Why I Chose UNL: I have family in Nebraska and I grew up wanting to come here.

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: It makes paying for college easier.  

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Thank you so much for your generosity. I truly appreciate your funding for students like me.

 

Coloradans for Nebraska

Christian Arneson, '18 - Golden, CO

Major: Computer Engineering

Why I Chose UNL: I chose UNL because my mom was from Nebraska, and I come out here a lot, and I really grew to love it here.

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: It has benefited me by allowing me to meet some really great people in my Legends group, and obviously helped me out with paying for my tuition.

My message to those who funded my scholarship: I would just like to say thank you so much for helping me out and allowing me to come out of college a little less burdened by debt.

 

Coloradans for Nebraska

Zach Nelson, '18 - Littleton, CO

Major: Biochemistry

UNL Activities: Biochemistry Club  |  Other Hobbies: Singing, playing video games

Why I Chose UNL: I have family in Nebraska and they have a really good biochemistry program.

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: It's allowed me to actually afford coming out to Nebraska from Colorado. Out-of-state tuition can be very expensive but this scholarship made it a lot easier on my family.  

My message to those who funded my scholarship: I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart! You're one of the main reasons why I'm at Nebraska.

 

Coloradans for Nebraska

JT White, '18 - Parker, CO

Major: Supply Chain Management

Why I Chose UNL: I chose UNL because I believe the business school will put me in the best position for my future career.

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: I used the scholarship to pay for my books. This was very helpful because it is very expensive and took a lot of stress off my back. I also like meeting with my small group.  

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Thank you so much for funding this scholarship and giving me the opportunity to participate in this program. It's nice to see the people who care about my success and do anything to better me as a student.

 

Coloradans for Nebraska

Erin Bohling, '18 - Johnson, NE

Major: Nutrition and Health Sciences (Exercise)

UNL Activities: Learning Community, UNL Softball Student Manager

Why I Chose UNL: Born and raised a husker!

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: Another support group to lean on when classes get tough. It also educated me on where all the necessary campus resources are located to be a successful student!

My message to those who funded my scholarship: I am eternally grateful for helping me receive a college degree to make me a prime candidate when applying for the work force! 

 

Coloradans for Nebraska

Mariah Johnson - Bellevue, NE

Major: Elementary Education

UNL Activities:  Intramural volleyball and swimming, Campus Rec lifeguard​  |  Other Hobbies: Dance, swimming, reading

Why I Chose UNL: I chose UNL because it was a lifelong dream. My family has attended here before and I believe that this was the best place for me to get my education. 

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: It has provided me with a community that I can go to with questions or concerns as a freshman. 

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Thank you so much! It is greatly appreciated for the opportunities that you have given me by funding my scholarship.

 

Coloradans for Nebraska

Kelsi Reiners, '18 - Lincoln, NE

Major: Elementary Education

UNL Activities: Scarlet Guard ​ |  Other Hobbies: Dancer, and teacher assistant at Hart Dance Academy; Listening to music; Spending time with family and friends

Why I Chose UNL: I could move out of the house, but still be close to home and my family!

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: The Legends Scholarship has benefited me by motivating me to succeed, and make me feel like an important part of the university.  I have also had the pleasure of meeting lots of new people!

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Thank you so much for your support of students like me! It truly is making a difference. 

 

Coloradans for Nebraska

Andrea Contreras, '18 - Fremont, NE

Major: Pre Law

UNL Activities: Younglife

Why I Chose UNL: UNL was able to give me the best opportunities for the lowest cost. It is a great school in a beautiful community and I definitely pictured myself here.

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: It has absolutely taken the stress of financial burden off of my shoulders. I am so appreciative for the opportunity to be able to study and not have to worry about paying for books or tuition. It has also given me the opportunity to meet other Nebraska Legends and get to know other students that have the same interests as I do.

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Thank you so much for this. I cannot explain how grateful I am for this scholarship. My family has worked so hard to get me here and for someone to help by funding my education, that is an unexplainable feeling and all I can muster up is my most sincere thanks. 



Florida Chapters

Tampa Bay Huskers

Kiera Welch - Niceville, FL

Major: Athletic Training

UNL Activities: I am currently an active member of Alpha Omicron Pi and I am working on getting involved in the College Republicans club. 

Why I Chose UNL: I chose UNL because of the impact the staff and the university itself had on me when I came for my official campus tour. Moving here from Florida, I wanted a college that I would feel at home at, and Nebraska is it. They also gave me a very generous scholarship and UNL was one of the best schools for my program of interest. 

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: This scholarship has majorly benefited me. It has helped me to be able to meet others with the same scholarship and it has also allowed me to come to the school that I wanted. 

My message to those who funded my scholarship: This scholarship program is such a benefit to the students that receive it. I am beyond grateful to have received this scholarship. 



Georgia Chapters

Georgians for Nebraska

Erica Yound, '18 - Exeter, NE

Major: Business Administration

UNL Activities: Floor Representative for Eastside Residential Association, UNL Smile​  |  Other Hobbies: Reading, playing sports, and hanging out with friends.

Why I Chose UNL: I love being able to have so many opportunities right in front of me. There are also many ways to make this big campus feel smaller. 

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: It has helped me be financially stable for my first year of college, but has also put me in a group of other extremely driven individuals looking to succeed.

My message to those who funded my scholarship: I am extremely thankful and honored to have the opportunity to receive this scholarship and be a part of this fantastic group of students.



Idaho Chapters

Idaho Huskers

Erin Hemberger, '18 - Hastings, NE

Major: Chemical Engineering

UNL Activities: Honors Program, Society of Women Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers,  and Campus Band ​ |  Other Hobbies: Readings, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family

Why I Chose UNL: I chose UNL for the academic program offered, the location, and the overall cost.

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: The Nebraska Legends Scholarship has provided me with opportunities to meet new people and network with new people. In addition to the needed financial help, it has given me an extra support system in my first year of college. 

My message to those who funded my scholarship: I am very grateful for the funding that you have provided for my education. Thank you for taking an interest in me and helping me reach my goals.



Illinois Chapters

Chicagoans for Nebraska

Katie Meeks, '18 - Elkhorn, NE

Major: Chemical Engineering

UNL Activities: Honors Program, Alpha Chi Omega sorority, AIchE, Women in Engineering ​  |  Other Hobbies: Running, piano

Why I Chose UNL: I chose UNL because it is close to my hometown, and because it offers a great program for my major.

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: The Legends Scholarship has offered me many benefits by introducing me to other UNL Legends and providing me with a peer mentor. This has helped me get to know more about campus and the people on campus.

My message to those who funded my scholarship: I would like to say thank you so much to the person(s) who have funded the Legends Scholarship. It really is an amazing scholarship program that I think will continue to help me in the future.



Iowa Chapters

Iowans for Nebraska

Rachel Lienemann, '18 - Waukee, IA

Major: Management

UNL Activities: College Republicans, Greek 

Why I Chose UNL: Family went here, felt like home, great education

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: It has helped make the financial burden better.

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Thank you very much! It helped me be able attend the University. Without the help I don't think I could have gone here. Thank you for your generosity. 

 

Siouxland Huskers

Alli Peterson, '18 - Iowa City, IA

Major: Secondary Education, Broadcasting

UNL Activities: I am on the Nebraska soccer team, a part of FCA and a member of Alpha Phi sorority  |  Other Hobbies: Dancing, singing, playing sports, nature walks, bike riding, volunteering 

Why I Chose UNL: From my first visit here I knew it would be the perfect fit for me. Not only did they have a great athletic program, but a great educational program. They provide so many opportunities for their students to excel both inside and outside the class room. It is a school where all faculty truly have your best interest in mind. 

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: It has provided me an opportunity to be more involved in my student body. I have a lot of opportunities for leadership that I would not have gotten otherwise. It is a great way to be more involved and more active. 

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Thank you so much for providing me the opportunity to be successful in the classroom and also develop to become the best person I can be all around. 

 

Siouxland Huskers

Jenel Wenndt, '18 - Lowden, IA

Major: Biological Systems Engineering, Agronomy

UNL Activities: SWE, Engineers without borders  |  Other Hobbies: showing cattle, running, riding horses

Why I Chose UNL: I chose UNL because of the friendly atmosphere and it felt like home. 

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: It has helped me meet many new people and get out of my bubble. 

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Thank you so much for the scholarship. It has helped me immensely.

 

Siouxland Huskers

Kayli Paul, '18 - Sioux City, IA

Major: Pre Law, Business Administration

Why I Chose UNL: For the pre law program. Close to home. 

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: Helped me pay the out of state tuition 

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Thank you for your kind donation

 

Siouxland Huskers

Casey Kirkendall, '18 - Smithland, IA

Major: Elementary Education

UNL Activities: Flag football, CEHS Ambassadors

Why I Chose UNL: Close to home, nice dorms, good scholarships

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: Created a way for me to meet more people than I could have on my own

My message to those who funded my scholarship: You made it a possibility for me to come to UNL! For that i cannot thank you enough!



Kansas Chapters

Kansas Cornhuskers

Kylie Gunderson, '18 - Overland Park, KS

Major: Advertising, Art

UNL Activities: Greek life, community service.  |  Other Hobbies: Swimming

Why I Chose UNL: The spirit, the location, the communication, the opportunity. Big school with a small school feel. 

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: Helped me make meetings and make connections with people who I likely would not have made myself. Pushed my comfort zone.   

My message to those who funded my scholarship: THANK YOU!! I am so happy to receive such a wonderful honor and I cannot wait to see where my leadership skills will take me. 

  

Minnesota Chapters

Minnesotans for Nebraska

Olivia Ring, '18 - Savage, MN

Major: Pre Medicine, Communication Studies

UNL Activities: Newman Center, Pi Alpha Chi sorority, MEDlife

Why I Chose UNL: I have a lot of family in Omaha, Nebraska. I've always loved Nebraska, and I really like the school.

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: The Legends Scholarship definitely aided in my decision to com to UNL. The amount of scholarship aid I received has and will truly help fund my college education. The peer mentoring has also been greatly beneficial. My mentors are very fun and helpful. The Legends program has been a great experience so far.

My message to those who funded my scholarship: I am immensely grateful to you. The scholarship that you have provided me with has given me the opportunity to attend an outstanding university, to make new friends within the legends program, and to ease the mind of my debt-concerned parents. Your generosity has truly made a difference in my life. Thank you so much!



Nevada Chapters

Las Vegas Nebraskans

Tayla Olmer, '18 - Wayne, NE

Major: Architecture

Why I Chose UNL: I chose UNL because of their architecture program. 

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: It has helped fund my education. 

My message to those who funded my scholarship: I greatly appreciate the help you have provided me with. 

 

Las Vegas Nebraskans

Brenna Crawford, '18 - Hastings, NE

Major: Interior Design

UNL Activities:  Learning community

Why I Chose UNL: To remain instate but still follow my passion of design. 

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: Being financially able to be unemployed while in school to have more time to focus on school.

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Just a special thank you!



New York City Chapters

NYC Huskers

Brook McCluskey, '18 - Newcastle, NE

Major: Undeclared

UNL Activities: Intramural Sand Volleyball, WHT Scholar, Intramural Basketball, Scarlet Guard

Why I Chose UNL: I chose UNL because I really couldn't see myself going anywhere else. UNL has tons of opportunities for students and I wanted to have some of those opportunities. 

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: This scholarship has benefitted me by not only helping me pay for my student bills, but also by helping me make new friends and experiences. I am now good friends with my mentors and a few others. Also, being in the Scarlet Guard has helped me make new experiences and new friends. 

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Thank you so much. I honestly can't thank you enough for providing me with this scholarship. I grew up in a small town and I was really worried about being able to afford going to UNL. You have helped me achieve my dream of going here and I am extremely thankful for that. 

 

NYC Huskers

Grady Wiedeman, '18 - Norfolk, NE

Major: Social Sciences 7-12 Field, Political Science

UNL Activities: UNL Debate ​ |  Other Hobbies: Boy Scouts of America

Why I Chose UNL: I looked at the best education within a price range that was affordable. 

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: It has given me the opportunity to advance my education.

My message to those who funded my scholarship: I know there are countless others who would benefit from this scholarship and I am honored that I was selected. 



North Carolina Chapters

North Carolina Huskers

JL Klinck, '18 - Durham, NC

Major: Music Performance

UNL Activities: Marching Band, Misty's Pep Band

Why I Chose UNL: I love the horn professor and music program here, and when I visited in February, everything just felt right. It's a great, welcoming community, and I feel right at home. 

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: The scholarship makes it possible for my parents to come up for a weekend in November, and makes it more affordable for me to go home on short notice in the case of an emergency.

My message to those who funded my scholarship: I am very grateful for your your support. Your contribution means a lot to me and makes it much easier for me to be here, because I know I will see my parents before the end of the semester and that I can get home if I need to. 

 

North Carolina Huskers

Chandler Nohr, 18 - Cape Carteret, NC

Major: Landscape Architecture

Other Hobbies: I enjoy gardening, travel, sports, and outdoor activities.

Why I Chose UNL: I chose UNL because they have so many different majors and class options to choose from, and the spirit and school pride is unparalleled.

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: The Legends Scholarship has better allowed me to afford my college journey to success.

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Thank you so much for your extremely generous donation. I applaud you for using your success and paying it forward to my generation in order to better help us succeed in today's economic climate. Your funding has been integral to my academic journey at Nebraska, and I hope I am able to use your aid to best cultivate my success in the next four years. Thank you.

 

Oregon Chapters

Oregonians for Nebraska

Aaron Gilbert, '18 - Wilsonville, OR

Major: Forensic Science

UNL Activities: Theater  |  Other Hobbies: Singing, acting, being active

Why I Chose UNL: Loved the campus and also has a great program for my major.

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: It has given me the opportunity to meet lots of great people. Also introduced me to resources like the academic coaches who can help me throughout my 4 years.

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Thank you so much for giving me this scholarship. Any amount of money helps me and family. It's a big financial load off my family since we aren't in an ideal financial situation.

 

Pennsylvania Chapters

Pennsylvanians for Nebraska

Ben McGill, '18 - Erie, PA

Major: Mathematics, French

UNL Activities: Marching Band, No Kill Advocacy Club  |  Other Hobbies: I love playing volleyball and hanging out with friends

Why I Chose UNL: I took a visit, and it seemed flawless. It was far from home, which is an experience I wanted to have. 

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: It made me really happy that UNL is so ready to appreciate a hard working, successful student. It also obviously knocked down the cost of this year's costs.  

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Thank you so much! It's so cool to know that in a school with 30,000 students, you guys still find special students and help them along their way! 

 

Tennessee Chapters

Nashville Huskers

Sadie Counts, '18 - Maryville, TN

Major: Global Studies

UNL Activities: Swim Club, Honors Program  |  Other Hobbies: Traveling, Hiking

Why I Chose UNL: I wanted to go on an adventure and expand my horizons while still going to school in a place I felt like I could call a second home. 

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: The Legends Scholarship has given me the ability to pursue an education and has also allowed me to meet new people and make new connections with other Legends Scholars. 

My message to those who funded my scholarship: I would like to say thank you for giving me this opportunity and the ability to be able to pursue an education in a new place that I may not have been able to do otherwise. 



Texas Chapters

North Texas Nebraskans

Alexis Blackwell - Fort Worh, TX

Major: Chemical Engineering

Why I Chose UNL: I choose UNL mainly for the engineering program but also because it was welcoming and it felt as a good fit for me personally.

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: The Legends Scholarship has allowed me to network with other students, but also it has allowed me to gain access and learn about resources that I can use to be successful.

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Thank you so much, I believe that this scholarship has had quite a positive influence on my academics.

 

North Texas Nebraskans

Morgan Swanson - Spencer, NE

Why I Chose UNL: I originally wasn't even considering UNL. For some reason, I decided to come visit. As soon as I stepped on campus, I knew this was the place for me.

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: The legends scholarship has allowed me the opportunity to get involved in a tremendous organization and also another way to network with different people around campus.

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Thank you so much for being a part of funding the necessary experience that is college. It's people  like you who make it possible for students that come from lower income families to be able to afford this experience.



Washington Chapters

Washington Cornhuskers

Sophie Podhaisky, '18 - Richard, WA

Major: Marketing

UNL Activities: Gamma Phi Beta, FCLA, Toastmasters, American Marketing Association, Cather Circle, Scarlet Guard, and I am a member of the College of Business Honors Academy Cohort.  |  Other Hobbies: Running, baking with friends, playing with my dog (Husker) 

Why I Chose UNL: I chose UNL because of the great scholarships and opportunities presented here.

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: The legends scholarship has helped contribute to my educational costs, and gave me a free membership for Scarlet Guard. I meet with my mentors often, who have given me great advice.  

My message to those who funded my scholarship: Thank you for your generous donation and investment in my future. 



Wisconsin Chapters

Mad City Huskers

Alli Hauger, '18 - Elkhorn, NE

Major: Biological Systems Engineering

UNL Activities: Kappa Kappa Gamma, Academic Tutor, ASABE, Scarlet Guard ​  |  Other Hobbies: Running

Why I Chose UNL: My family moved to Elkhorn from Ohio and UNL made the most sense to me because it is close to my family. Now, this school means the world to me and I am lucky I chose it.

Ways the Legends Scholarship has benefited me: The scholarship made my parents so proud of me, it has gotten me more involved at UNL than I ever imagined.

My message to those who funded my scholarship: I would like to say thank you so much for supporting me and my dreams of becoming an engineer, I would not be able to do it without their help. My scholarship made my parents so proud of me. I am so grateful.