Chris Nelsen Memorial Scholarship for Agriculture & Agronomy

The Chris Nelsen Memorial Scholarship is funded by generous donations from the friends and family members of Chris Nelsen. Ongoing, the scholarship is awarded on an annual basis using interest gained from investments managed by the York Community Foundation in York, Nebraska. The objective of the scholarship is to honor Chris’ dedication to agriculture, agronomy and the business of farming.

Continued support for the scholarship will come from private donations from family and friends of Chris. A five‐person committee comprised of two (2) family members and three (3) non‐family will award one scholarship based on the availability of those funds.

Deserving high school seniors or currently enrolled, non‐graduating undergraduate or graduate students will have the opportunity to complete the application process. Qualified applicants will have a permanent address or family member within York, Frontier or Lincoln County. Ranking of applications will be based on the embodiment of Chris’ belief in agriculture, agronomy and/or the farming community. The scholarship is merit‐based; however not based on a demonstrated financial need.

Applications will be reviewed in the spring term of each academic year and awarded to the college based on terms detailed in the respective academic calendar starting in the following fall.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants of the Chris Nelsen Memorial Scholarship are required to:

  • Be a graduating high school senior or a currently enrolled, non‐graduating undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Have a permanent address or family member nomination from York, Frontier or Lincoln County.
  • Intend to, or be enrolled into an agriculturally‐based academic program or focus tied to a degree (Associates,Bachelors, Master’s or Doctoral).

Application Procedure

Applicants must complete the following steps to be considered for the scholarship:

  1. Statement of Involvement & Commitment to Agriculture, Agronomy and/or the Farming Community (limit one‐two pages)
  2. Résumé
  3. Three letters of Recommendation (at least two non‐family members)
  • An interview may be added this year if the candidates are numerous.

Deadline to Apply: February 28

Only complete application packets on or before the deadline will be accepted. All required documents must be submitted to the York Community Foundation either by post mail or e‐mail

Selection of Recipients

Selections will be based on student’s overall academic progress, agricultural/agronomy/farming commitment and demonstrated service to the farming community.

Term of Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded for the term of one (1) academic year and is based on funds available as determined by the endowment. The award will be included within the school’s financial aid award for the following academic year, per academic term. No awards will be made directly to the student. Enrollment will be verified each term prior to scholarship awarding.

Revocation of Aid

The York Community Foundation reserves the right to cancel any scholarship or aid awarded at any time if the applicant fails to meet the standards of academic progress set forth by the school, fails to meet the aforementioned scholarship requirements, or falsifies any information reported on the application.

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