Nebraska Chamber Announces 2018 Scholarship Winners

Nebraska Chamber Announces 2018 Scholarship Winners

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 4:15pm

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry has announced the recipients of its 2018 scholarships.  All six scholarship winners will be honored at the chamber’s Nebraska Business Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony on Feb. 1 in Lincoln.  Each scholarship winner will receive $2,500.

The following is a list of the State Chamber’s scholarships – each named in honor of key Nebraska business leaders – and this year’s scholarship winners:

  • Jack Swartz Scholarship: Katherine Ford of Creighton University. Ford is a junior from Omaha, majoring in marketing with minors in economics and journalism.
  • Virgil Eihusen Scholarship:  Natalie Knott of Hastings College.  Knott is a sophomore from Louisville, majoring in marketing and business administration.
  • Robert and Cynthia Milligan Scholarship:  Maya Mercer of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Mercer is a sophomore from Nebraska City, majoring in marketing and management.
  • Roy Smith Scholarship:  Treyten Nelson of Peru State College.  Nelson is a junior from Lincoln, majoring in business administration.
  • Moe Beardmore Scholarship:  Grant Schirmer of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Schirmer is a junior from Lincoln, majoring in actuarial science.
  • Bob Harris Scholarship:  Jenna Schroeder of Nebraska Wesleyan University.  Schroeder is a junior from Plattsmouth, majoring in accounting and communication studies.

The State Chamber has provided scholarship assistance to deserving students since 1997.  To be eligible for a chamber scholarship, students must attend a recognized Nebraska college or university and be pursuing degrees in a business-related field of study.  


To date, 84 students have received State Chamber scholarships since inception of the scholarship program.  All scholarship money is donated by chamber members to the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame Scholarship Foundation. 


“The business community understands that while recognizing past accomplishments is important, we must also build our future to ensure strong business growth,” State Chamber President Barry Kennedy said.  “The State Chamber is proud to honor these deserving young adults. They are tomorrow's business leaders."