Scholarships & Fellowships
The Center for Grassland Studies has several funds available to provide Academic and Professional Development scholarships for eligible undergraduate students pursuing degrees in grassland management and stewardship. The Center and our students are very fortunate to have donors passionate about the Nebraska grasslands and committed to the education of our future professionals and grassland stewards.
Scholarships are available for students who fulfill the intent of the donor. Scholarships are awarded to current students based on the following criteria: cumulative grade point average, financial need, and a resume of activities. Applications for incoming students (freshmen or transfer) are evaluated based on their academic history recorded in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln application database (primarily ACT score for freshmen and cumulative college GPA for transfer students).
In addition to the Academic Scholarships, eligible students may apply for Professional Development Scholarships to be considered for partial funding to attend the following: Nebraska Grazing Conference, Nebraska Range Short Course (offered even-numbered years only) and Nebraska Ranch Practicum.
Students may complete one application, which will be considered for all appropriate Center for Grassland Studies scholarships. The application must be completed online and submitted by March 15. Notification of scholarship awards will be made in April.
Please contact our office with any questions:
The Center for Grassland Studies, 203 Keim Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 68583-0953
Joseph O. Young Scholarship
Commemorates the distinguished career of Professor Joseph O. Young, to provide support for students who, with proper academic training, might enhance the quality of management in production agriculture, balancing the need for near-term profits with long-term preservation of natural resources.
Dr. Kenneth C. Stout Grassland Studies Fund
Established to honor the grassland heritage of Nebraska and Dr. Stout's alma mater. Dr. Stout's deep passion for education and vision for sustaining Nebraska grasslands for future generations will be addressed through programs that support the stewardship, and management and utilization of our grassland and ranching heritage for future generations.
Nebraska Sandhills Task Force Scholarship
The goal of the Sandhills Task Force is to enhance the Sandhills wetland-grassland ecosystem in a way that sustains profitable private ranching, wildlife and vegetative diversity, and associated water supplies. Their scholarship supports students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Grazing Livestock Systems with a professional interest in the Nebraska Sandhills.
Stock Seed Farms — Dr. Laurence C. Newell Scholarship Fund
Commemorates the life and long-time career of Dr. Laurence C. Newell, former grass breeder with the USDA, Agricultural Research Service, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Preference will be given to students studying forage production and/or range management. Students must have a junior or senior standing upon receipt of scholarship funds.
Martin & Ruth Massengale Grassland Studies Scholarship Fund
This fund commemorates the distinguished career of Dr. Martin Massengale culminating as the founding Director of the Center for Grassland Studies (1994-2017) and the Massengale’s passion for undergraduate education. The scholarship supports students pursuing degrees in Grazing Livestock Systems, Grassland Ecology and Management, or any subsequent degree focused on grassland management and stewardship through the Center for Grassland Studies.
Leu Foundation Fund Scholarship
Commemorates Frank and Margaret Leu, who had a deep passion for education and vision for sustaining the stewardship of the Nebraska Sandhills for future generations.
Graduate Fellowships Available
Arthur W. Sampson Fellowship
The fellowship honors Arthur W. Sampson, the “Father of Range Management.” The award supports graduate students who have a special interest in pasture and/or range management in the state of Nebraska. The one-year funding is available to students in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, School of Biological Sciences, the School of Natural Resources, or who are working with faculty from those units conducting research in Nebraska pasture and/or range management. More information on the Arthur W. Sampson Fellowship.