Forty first-year students in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering – including 11 who will be based on Scott Campus in Omaha – have been chosen to the 2023-24 cohort of the Peter Kiewit Foundation Engineering Academy.
The academy seeks to recruit and retain students committed to supporting and advancing women in engineering in the state of Nebraska and to providing students who have financial need with the resources and support to pursue careers in engineering, computing and construction.
More than 100 applications for this cohort, the second for the academy program.
Students in the academy will receive a full-tuition-and-fees scholarship for four years and may receive funding for a fifth year, on a case-by-case basis. The scholarship will also cover the students' housing and meals for up to four years in a University Housing residence on campus. Academy students will have a common living experience during their first two years in the program, will enroll in cohort-specific freshman and sophomore seminars, and will receive success coaching from dedicated program staff. Students also receive a $500 book stipend to the University bookstore, and a laptop for their studies.
The work of the academy is grounded in The Complete Engineer®, a College of Engineering initiative designed to ensure students participate in experiential learning in tandem with the technical expertise provided by a Big Ten degree. Through a cohort-based program of 40 scholars each year, these students will be empowered to make a positive impact in their field through exclusive seminar courses, dedicated success coaching, and support of staff and faculty.
Beyond developing students individually, the academy will foster an environment in the engineering community at large to increase gender diversity in the workforce and a sense of belonging for women in engineering, computing and construction.
The students in the 2023-24 cohort of the Peter Kiewit Foundation Engineering Academy, with their hometowns and majors, and sorted by primary campus base:
Lincoln (City and East Campus)
Dahlia Acolatse, Omaha, computer science
Zehra Almaleki, Lincoln, computer science
Evin Anderson, Dakota City, mechanical engineering
Zachary Corey, Omaha, civil engineering
Elizabeth Evans, Omaha, environmental engineering
Krishnaraj Ganesan, Sidney, software engineering
Sonny Gonzalez, Alliance, software engineering
Layla Hernandez, Norfolk, civil engineering
Samantha Hintz, Omaha, software engineering
Kareem Hudson, Omaha, mechanical engineering
Samantha Johnston, Columbus, electrical engineering
Trent Kisker, Trenton, mechanical engineering
Jameson Krab, Ogallala, chemical engineering
Joshua Martinez, Lincoln, computer science
Jonathan Massey, Bennington, mechanical engineering
Alieka Matzner, Grand Island, mechanical engineering
Emma McManus, Bellevue, biological systems engineering
Lila Mock, Omaha, civil engineering
Tyra Onyango, Omaha, software engineering
Kathleen Peklo, Omaha, software engineering
Alexander Rice, Springfield, chemical engineering
Caitey Ruzicka, Orchard, civil engineering
Shreenaya Sanjeevi, Omaha, mechanical engineering
Heather Smith, Fremont, chemical engineering
McKenzie Thayer, Fremont, computer engineering
Hannah Tlamka, Lincoln, chemical engineering
Anna Woodshank, Lincoln, mechanical engineering
Elianah Wunderlich, Seward, mechanical engineering
Sergio Zavala, Lincoln, electrical engineering
Omaha (Scott Campus)
Keirsten Colton, Imperial, architectural engineering
Seth Dobrusky, Lincoln, computer engineering
Lauryn Hodges, Papillion, architectural engineering
Corbin Hough, Ralston, civil engineering
Madeline Oetting, Gretna, environmental engineering
Wendy Pacheco-Menjivar, Omaha, undecided
Shaw Reh, Omaha, civil engineering
Grant Ryan, Wahoo, architectural engineering
Kashau Scott, Omaha, mechanical engineering
Claudia Vasquez, Grand Island, construction management
Kaitlyn Vuong, La Vista, architectural engineering
The program is funded and developed in partnership with the Peter Kiewit Foundation, a private independent philanthropic trust that has awarded more than $750 million in grants and scholarships since its founding in 1979.
The Peter Kiewit Foundation was established by Peter Kiewit, a generous philanthropist and community leader who believed that Omaha was the best place to live in the United States. He attributed his success to the hardworking people of Nebraska and was determined to return his wealth and good fortune to its communities. After thoughtful planning throughout his lifetime, the bulk of his personal estate was set aside upon his death to create a foundation to support charitable and public purpose projects in Nebraska and other limited geographic areas. The foundation is a private independent philanthropic trust that is not legally or administratively affiliated with the operating companies that also bear Peter Kiewit's name.
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