Chase Florom awarded 2014 Buckle Excellence Scholarship

ChaseFloromKEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney Department of Computer Science and Information Technology has named Chase Florom as its 2014 recipient of the Buckle Excellence Scholarship.

Florom graduated this spring from Lincoln Southwest High School, where he was active in Campus Life and choir. He is the son of Dennis and Julie Florom.

The Buckle Excellence Scholarship is a two-year scholarship in the amount of $6,000. The scholarship was announced in 2012 when a $150,000 permanent endowment was established in the name of The Buckle, Inc. at the University of Nebraska Foundation. The annual scholarship is awarded to students interested in careers related to computer science or information technology.

“Chase is receiving the second-ever Buckle Excellence Scholarship. He stood out for his dedication to learning as much as he can for computing, and his ability to articulate how he likes to express his creativity using the software he writes,” said Sherri Harms, chair of UNK’s Department of Computer Science and Information Technology.

Florom became interested in technology at a young age, and his goal is to some day own his own software company. “I want to be part of the process of inventing new things to make the world a better place,” he said.

“Chase loves to explore and teach himself new things. He has an eye for design and an aptitude for all things technology related,” said Marge Kneifl, Florom’s computer teacher.

The Buckle and UNK Department of Computer Science and Information Technology ongoing partnership has afforded many students the opportunity to have an excellent internship experience with the company and provided many graduates with rewarding careers, Harms said.

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Contact: Sherri Harms, UNK Department of Computer Science & Information Technology, 308-865-8123, harmssk@unk.edu

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