CASNR announces undergraduate and 6-11 grade Change Maker scholarship recipients

UNL East Campus
June 30, 2020

Lincoln, Neb. —The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has awarded two full-tuition scholarships to returning CASNR students for the 2020-21 academic year. In addition, the college has awarded 9 $1,000 scholarships for youth in 6th through 11th grades.

The scholarships were awarded through CASNR’s first ever Change Maker Competition, which encouraged prospective and current students who dare to dream big and do the extraordinary to address worldwide issues. Applicants submitted a quick-pitch video in which they outlined their plans for addressing some of the biggest challenges facing global society. The competition attracted more than 50 submissions.

Returning CASNR students who received full-tuition scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year are:

  • Emma Hoffschneider, agricultural and environmental sciences communication; Burwell, Neb.
  • Kayla Vondracek, environmental studies; Salem, S.D.

The 6-11th grade who received $1,000 CASNR scholarships are:

    • Emma Barney
    • Mackenzie Evan
    • Matteo Gibbs
    • Wynand Hanssen
    • Maya Hildago
    • Kylie Roeber
    • Madeline Spreeman
    • Cambrea Vogel
    • Liam Wiig

Additionally, eight incoming CASNR students also received full-tuition scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year. Those winners were announced June 8.  

All submissions were selected by a committee of CASNR and emeriti faculty, staff and students who evaluated applicants’ creativity in tackling the grand challenge or challenges of their choosing; their plan for addressing the challenge; and how their idea aligned with the goals and mission of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. More information on the scholarship competition is available online at


Taylor Hart
Recruitment Associate
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources