Berns create scholarship for Webster County area engineering students

Berns create scholarship for Webster County area engineering students

Calendar Icon Jul 25, 2008      Person Bust Icon By Carole Wilbeck | Engineering     RSS Feed  RSS  -  Submit a Story

The University of Nebraska Foundation announced a new scholarship, through a gift from Henry and Marilyn Berns, for students from Nebraska's Webster, Adams and Kearney counties who study at the UNL College of Engineering.

The first Berns Scholarship was awarded by UNL to Ben Wademan, a sophomore industrial engineering major who is a graduate of Blue Hill High School. The $1,000 scholarship is renewable for three more years.

Henry Berns graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1961 and a master's degree in 1962. He then attended Kansas State University, where he received a doctorate in mechanical engineering in 1968 before going to work for Deere and Co., in Moline, Ill.

Berns recalled that being a student, and paying for college, is not easy. "I got along on peanuts, and I was glad to receive a scholarship or two. I've always thought if I ever got to where I could help someone else, I'd like to do that."

Henry and Marilyn Berns also give their time to a program through the United Methodist Church, Nomads on a Mission Active in Divine Service. With their 10 years of involvement in NOMADS, the Berns most recently volunteered at a boy's ranch in Gore, Okla., which helps troubled youths.

The University of Nebraska Foundation is a private, nonprofit corporation that has raised private gifts to support the University of Nebraska for 72 years. Last year, almost $90 million was provided for students, faculty, academic programs, research, and for campus and building improvements on all four campuses. More information is available at

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