Dr. Ed Scantling
UNK College of Education Dean, 308.865.8502
For 13 students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, their Christmas bonus was a $2,500 scholarship, courtesy of the Nebraska Department of Education.
At the end of the fall semester, 13 UNK students were nominated by the College of Education for the new scholarships. All of the UNK nominees received scholarships.
“The University of Nebraska at Kearney and the College of Education are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to award these outstanding UNK students with scholarships funded by the Nebraska Legislature,” said Dr. Ed Scantling, dean of the UNK College of Education. “These scholarships are an investment in the future of Nebraska schools, because they provide a financial incentive to our best preservice teachers to stay and teach in Nebraska after graduation.”
In exchange for accepting the scholarship money, recipients are asked to teach in Nebraska for at least one year. The program is intended to retain education graduates in the state.
The 13 scholarship winners, along with their majors, are listed below, alphabetically by hometown.

Bridgeport  –      Jessica Porter, special education K-6 and elementary education
Grand Island  –      Hayley Zlomke, ESL and elementary education
Hastings  –      Megan Friesen, vocational business education
Holdrege  –      Dawn Schemper, vocational business education
Kearney  –      Johanna Bienhoff, ESL, middle grades teaching with concentration in language arts and social science, and elementary education; Jessica Gilbertson, ESL and middle grades education with concentration in language arts
Litchfield  –      Susan Poland, middle grades teaching with concentration in natural science and math
Lexington  –      Adriana Carnes, Spanish education and ESL; Amy Pepplitsch, special education K-12
North   Platte  –      Rebecca Gosnell, music education
Omaha  –      Samantha Brummer, special education K-6 and elementary education
Plattsmouth  –      Natalie Pauley, special education K-6 and elementary education
Seward  –      Heidi Weber, elementary education and early childhood unified