Brett Wiese Scholarship Essay

CPNRD-Ron Bishop College Scholarship Program     

2018-2019 Application

Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) is accepting applications for the CPNRD-Ron Bishop College Scholarship Program. For the 2018-2019 school year,  five students will be awarded $1,000 scholarships.  The District ranks applicants on natural resources major and essay questions.  Students must be a junior, senior, or 5th-year college student. The applicant or their parent(s) must reside within CPNRD boundaries; which reach from Gothenburg to Columbus along the Platte River (see map below). Some of the careers that qualify:

-Agriculture: Business Rep, Engineer, Inspector, Agronomist, Applied Science/Diversified      -Biologist (Wildlife)
-Engineer: Civil, Mechanical, Chemical             -Conservationist, Resources Management          -Environmental Educator
-Geographic Information Systems Specialist    -Geology Engineering                                              -Grazing Livestock System
-Hydrologist, Hydrogeologist                               -Mechanized Systems/Soil & Water Conservation
-Rangeland Management                                      -Soil Conservationist/ Soil Engineer                    -Vocational/Agriculture Educator
-Water Resources Specialist                                 -Other related careers

Contact Marcia Lee at (308) 385-6282 or with any questions.

Jami Harper Scholarship

The Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival and Jami Harper offer an annual $250 scholarship for students entering a water resources field.  Jami Harper has presented at the Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival since she was a junior at Northwest High School in Grand Island. She created a class called H20Wood Squares based off of the popular game show Hollywood Squares~only her version teaches students about water issues.

Due to her success in creating this class and trying to educate students about the importance of our groundwater, she was in the running for the Volvo for Life award.  Jami Harper placed 3rd in the Volvo for Life Contest and $25,000 to give to any educational event she preferred. She selected to give the Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival $10,000 for a scholarship and grant program. The scholarship program is set up to allow any Nebraska high school student that is pursuing a career in water to apply for a one-time $250.00 scholarship. The recipient is selected by Jami and the Festival Committee. Miss Harper’s goal is for high school students to be aware that anyone can make a difference in the world. Scholarship Application: 

Past CPNRD Scholarship Recipients

  • Courtney Anthony, Lexington. Fisheries & Wildlife, UNL
  • Mitchell Baker, Grand Island.  Civil Engineering, UNO
  • Brett Bendfeldt, Shelton. Agronomy, UNL
  • Kristi Block, Cozad. Public Relations/emphasis in Agriculture, UNL
  • Briana Brooks, Gothenburg. Grazing & Livestock Systems/Animal Science, UNL
  • Karen Buettner, Grand Island. Agricultural Education, UNL
  • Julia Burchell, Kearney.  Biological Systems Engineering, UNL.
  • Kurtis Burden, Sumner. Horticulture/Sports Turf Management, Nebraska College of Technical Ag in Curtis
  • Noel Bruner, Shelton, is majoring in Biochemistry, UNL.
  • Michael Clevenger, Shelton. Wildlife Biology/Elementary Education
  • Bridget Czaplewski, Grand Island. Secondary Education with a natural resources endorsement, Chadron State College
  • John Czaplewski, Grand Island. Biology, UNL
  • Jacob Dexter, Central City. Diversified Agriculture, Southeast Community College-Beatrice
  • Hiram Dexter, Central City. Diversified Agriculture, Southeast Missouri State University
  • Allison Dush, St. Libory. Advertising/Marketing with minor in Environmental Sciences
  • Jacob Fleischmann, Osceola. Wildlife Biology/Agriculture
  • Chandler Flynn, Lexington. Bio-Chemistry, Doane College
  • Daniel Gill, Wood River. Computer Science for Ag, UNK
  • Mitchell Glaus, St. Libory. Agribusiness, UNK
  • Matthew Gloe, Wood River.  Agribusiness, Hastings College
  • Isabella Gomez, Central City- Biology with emphasis in Wildlife Management, UNK
  • Holly Green, Grand Island- Organizational Communications with minor in Wildlife Management, UNK
  • Kristen Harders, Wood River. Geology, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
  • McKinley Harm, Gothenburg- Civil & Environmental Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
  • Amanda Hefner, Archer.  Environmental Sciences with emphasis in Natural Resources, UNL
  • Alexandra Hempleman, Shelton. Agricultural Business, UNK
  • Mitchel Herbig, Central City.  Mechanized Systems Management, UNL
  • Aaron Huston, Central City. Agribusiness then Agronomy, Southeast Community College-Beatrice
  • Alec Ibach, Sumner.  Animal Science, UNL
  • Anastasia Johnson, Central City. Animal and Plant Science
  • Doran Johnson, Gothenburg. Agronomy, UNL
  • Erica Jobman, Gothenburg. Agricultural Journalism, Chadron State College
  • Phillip Johnson, Central City. Diversified Ag/Agronomy, Southeast Community College-Beatrice
  • Drew Kime, Grand Island. Agribusiness, UNL
  • Carlye Kush, Grand Island.  Fisheries & Wildlife, UNL
  • Jason Line, Miller. Agricultural Business, UNL
  • Travis Line, Miller.  Agricultural Economics, UNL
  • Elizabeth Lutz, Grand Island.  Environmental Sciences, UNL
  • Ryan McFarland, Eddyville. Agricultural Sciences, Northeast Community College-Norfolk
  • Derek Mettenbrink, Grand Island. Wildlife Management
  • Tyler Plejdrup, Cairo.  Agricultural Business, UNL
  • Eric Puckett, Columbus. Ag Business/Agronomy, Northwest Missouri State
  • Issac Richter, Kearney.  Agronomy, UNL
  • Jonathan Royle, Central City. Rangeland Livestock Management, Chadron State College
  • Scott Saltzgaber, Grand Island. Wildlife Biology, UNK
  • Carson Schultz, Wood River.  Wildlife Biology, UNK
  • Beau Sheen, Kearney. Agronomy or Agricultural Business Administration, UNL
  • Chris Skeen, Grand Island.  Civil Engineering, UNO
  • Scott Sorensen, Centura High School in Cairo, Nebraska. Fisheries and Wildlife, UNL
  • Drew Tickle, Kearney. Biology at Nebraska Wesleyan, Lincoln
  • Tyler Tomasek, Hordville.  Agronomy at CCC, Columbus
  • Benjamin Trampe, Sumner.  Agronomy, UNL
  • Madison Vahle, Grand Island. Rangeland Ecology & Watershed Management, University of Wyoming
  • Dillon Vogt, Grand Island. Water Science-Hydrology, UNL
  • Justin Wadkins-Meyer, Gibbon. Bio-Chemistry, UNL
  • Evan Wiese, Grand Island- Agribusiness/Agronomy, UNL
  • Shannon Wietjes, Central City. Agricultural Business/Marketing, Nebraska Wesleyan
  • Blake Williams, Doniphan. Agronomy, UNL
  • Sage Williams, Eddyville. Ag Education, UNL
  • Alex Stocker, Grand Island. Ag Education, UNL
  • Courtney Woodman, Kenesaw. Environmental Science, Doane College

It has been four years since the untimely passing in 2013 of Brett Wiese. However, it hasn’t deterred his closest family and friends from trying to make a positive impact on special students at the University of Calgary.

On July 7, Colton Lewis and others close to Wiese banded together to host a Stampede-themed fundraiser, The Bucking Horse Bash, where all proceeds were donated to support the Brett Weise Memorial Scholarship fund. The fund is set to pay the tuition of one student who exemplifies the good nature and character that Brett embodied.

“Since the incident, we would host an annual golf tournament that was more about celebrating Brett’s life than fundraising,” says Lewis. “We have been hoping to do a fundraiser for three or four years.”

Lewis was determined to impact the lives of more students. The fundraiser featured food, entertainment and live music provided by Oscar-winning musician Ryan Bingham.

“One day we were listening to Ryan Bingham and knew that his music would be perfect for a fundraising event. We had a contact who knew his wife. So we tracked him down and the planning started from there.”

It was a private event, which had about 175 guests. “We wanted to make sure that everyone who knew Brett was part of it,” continues Lewis. “Along with the music, we had a large art gallery that was silent-auction based.”

The Bucking Horse Bash raised $56,000 for the fund.

Lewis hopes to make this event an annual occurrence, but is set on keeping it private to those who knew Brett in order to keep his memory alive.

“For me, it is a form of therapy,” says Lewis. “It has helped me quite a bit over the last four years. Due to the attention and publicity around the trial, I like to host these events to spin the whole thing on its head and find the silver lining. When I think about Brett, it is positive.”

“It drums up a lot of the emotion. The positive outweighs the negative in these types of situations,” concludes Lewis.

Read more about the Brett Wiese Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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