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Engler Scholarships
Robin Coulter Lapaseotes Memorial Scholarship
International Study Stipends
Engler Scholarships

The Engler scholarship program is designed to empower enterprise builders. Approximately 200 students at UNL are pursuing the development of their entrepreneurial skills and capacity in the program. In 2020-21, 72 students earned Engler scholarships totaling over $200,000. The scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $6,000 for an academic year with students eligible to reapply each year of their undergraduate career. A limited number of renewable scholarships are also awarded each year.

Eligibility

Engler scholarship students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be an undergraduate student in the College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources (If you are currently a high school senior or planning to transfer from another college, please apply if you plan to declare a major in CASNR.)
  • Must have had FFA or 4-H experience previously.
  • Demonstrate a passion for entrepreneurship, have experience in business enterprises as an employee, owner, family member, FFA SAE project, or any number of other avenues that have stoked the fire in your belly for free enterprise.

Traits We Seek

  • Strong work ethic, accountable, risk-taker, self-starter, creative, innovative, results-oriented, team-oriented, tenacious, competitive, and resilient.

Process:

  • The scholarship application will open on October 10, 2021, with a deadline for
    all submissions of midnight (CST) on January 15, 2022.

  • Semi-finalists will be notified on January 26, 2022.

  • Phone interviews will be conducted from February 1-3, 2022.

  • Finalists will be notified on or before February 9, and awards offered to those not
    advancing to the Finals.

  • Finalist interviews will be conducted on campus on February 18, 2022.

  • Final awards will be offered by March 1, 2022.

 
Robin Coulter Lapaseotes Memorial Scholarship

In honor of the memory of founding advisory board member Robin Coulter Lapaseotes, $6,000.00 scholarships will be awarded annually to two students who meet the same criteria as the Engler Scholarship, with the additional requirement of having completed at least one year of study at UNL. Additionally, successful applicants will have demonstrated a deep commitment and capacity to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities in agriculture upon graduation. The application and process is the same as described above.

Eligibility

Robin Coulter Lapaseotes Memorial Scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate students in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources who have declared a minor in the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program.
  • Demonstrate a passion for entrepreneurship, have experience in business enterprises as an employee, owner, family member, FFA SAE project, or any number of other avenues that have stoked the fire in your belly for free enterprise.

Traits We Seek

  • Strong work ethic, accountable, risk-taker, self-starter, creative, innovative, results-oriented, team-oriented, tenacious, competitive, and resilient.

Process:

  • Complete the application and submit to us by January 15, 2022. ***Same application as our general scholarship
International Study Stipend

The development of international experience and knowledge is highly recommended for the next generation of entrepreneurs in agriculture. To encourage undergraduate students to pursue these opportunities, the Engler program provides international scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 to successful applicants.

Eligibility

International Study Stipend applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Declared minor in the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program.
  • Sophomore status or higher at the time of the international experience.
  • The program must be officially recognized as a study abroad or international study tour by the University of Nebraska and the Director of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program.
  • Students may only receive Engler financial assistance for one international experience.
  • Deadlines - October 15 for international experiences occurring in the spring semester; March 15 for experiences occurring during the summer session; and June 1 for experiences occurring in the fall semester.

Process:

  • Complete this application.
  • Submit the application before one of the following due dates: October 15 (for a spring semester abroad), by March 15 (for a summer session abroad) or by June 1 (for a fall semester abroad).

Get the Application