Walk through the halls of Blair High School and it’s easy to see why teachers and fellow students describe Kolton Hammer as a natural leader who is incredibly dedicated to his community.
Hammer didn’t expect to be chosen for the Maverick in the Making Scholarship, but the opportunity has him excited for the doors that UNO has opened up for him.
“As I toured the campus I saw all the students walking through, and I could see all the things that they get to experience daily,” Hammer said. “UNO is kind of like a community. It's in the heart of Omaha, and I involve myself in the community a lot.”
The Maverick in the Making Scholarship recognizes high school seniors like Hammer who make a difference in their communities, go against the grain, and explore without the fear of failing. UNO recognizes these changemakers by awarding them with a $4,000 scholarship to UNO.
He has been deeply involved with the Blair High School Student Senate for four years, two of which he served as president. In that position, his hard-working nature shone through and his achievements prove his dedication to the community.
Additionally, Hammer has been able to maintain a high GPA as well as earn his Eagle Scout designation all while navigating changes due to COVID-19.
Hammer’s plan is to study graphic design at UNO and then return to Blair to start a small business, while freelancing on the side.
“Since there's not a lot of small businesses left on Main Street, I want to take that first step and grow that presence of a local community,” Hammer said.
His mother, Ronna, is excited to see where this opportunity will take him and is proud of all he has and will accomplish.
“Being a student during the pandemic has not been easy ... Kolton is a hard-working determined young man. When he sets his mind on something, he overcomes any obstacles to obtain it.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.