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2011.09.02 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

OLLAS Distributes $20,000 in Next Generation Leadership Scholarships

Omaha - Twelve University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) students received 2011-2012 scholarship awards, sponsored by the Mammel Foundation and administered by the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS).

The Next Generation Leadership Scholarship fund was established within the University of Nebraska Foundation for the purpose of encouraging and rewarding academic excellence and community engagement among UNO students with significant financial need.

Up to two of the awards have been especially designated for incoming freshmen. The remaining awards are available to students in their sophomore, junior and senior years enrolled in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education, Communication, Fine Arts and Media, Public Affairs and Community Service, or University Division.

Only students who have graduated from the Omaha, Bellevue, Ralston or Papillion-La Vista Public School Systems are eligible to apply.

Chosen students participate in activities organized by OLLAS and are required to submit end-of-the year reports about their community engagement and academic progress. Testimonials by scholarship recipients attest to the significance of this scholarship.

"This scholarship means more than just money to me. It means opportunity, open doors and less stress about finances. It means that I can actually get involved on campus as well as off-campus activities and participate in the real college experience," said student Gerson Manriquez.

UNO and OLLAS thank the Mammel Foundation for its support.

Applications for the 2012-2013 academic year will be available on the OLLAS website. The deadline for submitting complete application packets is June 15, 2012.

Awards are typically announced by mid-July. A committee made up of UNO faculty and staff, as well as community representatives, awarded the 2011-2012 NGLS scholarships to the following students:

Alejandra Aguilar, freshman
Magda Batiz, sophomore
Kyle Carruthers, senior
Paige Garcia, senior
Shaleana Johnson, senior
Maria Laskley, senior
Gerson Manriquez, senior
Carley Martinez, senior
Maria Olvera, senior
Gabriela Peña, freshman
Xuan Pham, senior
Deibi Sibrian, senior

For more information about the scholarship, contact the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS): (402) 554-3835 or www.unomaha.edu/ollas/ and click on the “Student Opportunities” link.

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