Available to UNL Chemistry Majors

All UNL Chemistry majors are eligible for the following chemistry scholarships. The Chemistry Scholarship Committee meets late in every Spring Semester to examine the performance of all UNL Chemistry majors to determine the awards. Every year, about 30 majors are awarded about $40,000 in scholarships based on criteria in the order: (1) academic excellence; (2) need; and (3) any special criteria related to the particular scholarship.

To be eligible for a need-based scholarship, Chemistry majors must fill out the one-page FAFSA form on the UNL Scholarship website.

To help the Scholarship Committee make its assessments, it is helpful for students to complete the application form in the Scholarships and Aid folder on the Chemistry Majors’ Blackboard site.  This form provides the Committee with information about your career aspirations, interests, and other related records. There are separate application forms available in the Scholarships and Aid folder for the Hach ($6000) and Upson ($5000) Awards.

For full consideration for other scholarships for which you might be eligible, we recommend you visit the following web sites for the most up–to-date information, supplemental applications, and deadlines:



Special criteria beyond being a chemistry major



Committed to a career in chemistry, especially medicinal chemistry



No special criteria



Committed to a career in chemical research



Committed to a career as a high school chemistry teacher



"Promise of leadership", a phrase that is interpreted broadly



No special criteria; may be made to undergraduates or graduates



No special criteria; College of Arts & Sciences determines Chemistry's portion of these funds



Seniors committed to pursuing graduate work in chemistry or medicine



Awarded in even-numbered years; committed to a career in chemistry; shall have taken or committed to take CHEM 481 Physical Chemistry I



No special criteria; may be made to undergraduates or graduates



At the discretion of the UNL Chemistry Scholarship Committee



Committed to a career in teaching, or have a secondary interest (or minor) in Music



At the discretion of the UNL Chemistry Scholarship Committee; often used for Chemistry Day Scholarships



The applicant must be a sophomore or junior attending a Nebraska college and have declared a major in a natural science discipline (chemistry, physics, biology, geology).



Nebraska resident for not less than 10 years; academic excellence; may be made to undergraduates or graduate students



Graduate of a Nebraska High School



No special criteria besides need

*Indicates need-based scholarships.
1Please see current chemistry major advisor for scholarship forms.


Ed F. & Clara M. Degering Award
The "Ed F. & Clara M. Degering Award" was established in 1962 by Edward Franklin Degering of Natick, MA. Edward Franklin Degering was born in Dodge City, KS in 1898 and was an undergraduate at Walla Walla College in 1919-20.  For two years after that, he was a professor of mathematics at the Canadian Junior College in Alta, Canada.  He earned his BA in 1924 from Union College in Lincoln, NE, his MS in 1929 and PhD in 1930 in Chemistry at the University of Nebraska.  He did one year of postgraduate work in Chemistry at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.  His career took him to Armour Research Foundation, Miner Labs, Buckman Labs Inc., and Office of the Quartermaster General. He finished his career as the chief of the physical chemistry section and head of the radiation chemistry lab in the Pioneering Research Division of the US Army Natick Labs in Natick, MA.

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Edwin H. Flynn Scholarship
The "Edwin H. Flynn Scholarship" was established in 1985 by Edwin H. Flynn of Indianapolis, IN, after he retired. Edwin H. Flynn was a University of Nebraska Chemistry graduate of the class of 1944.  His wife Helen Dudek Flynn was a graduate of the class of 1943 and her brother Frank Dudek taught psychology at UNL.  Flynn was a synthetic chemist at Eli Lilly & Company.

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Clarence Jackson Frankforter Memorial Scholarship
George H. Brother established the "Clarence Jackson Frankforter Memorial Fund" in 1968 in grateful appreciation of the assistance and encouragement given to him by Prof. Frankforter when Brother was a student at the University of Nebraska from 1909 to 1913.  The initial endowment was a symbolic $10 but this was followed by other larger gifts. Clarence Jackson Frankforter was a professor in the Nebraska Chemistry Department who had earned his degrees in our Department.  Frankforter’s mother was an early settler in Lincoln, NE, and he was born and raised here.  He earned his Chemistry BS in 1908 and his Chemistry MA in 1909.  As an undergraduate, he played on the football team.  His instructional and research specialties were industrial chemistry.  During the Great War, he served as a chemist in the Army’s Chlorine Division.  After the War, he was heavily involved with the University’s ROTC program.

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U. S. Harkson Memorial Scholarship
The "U. S. Harkson Memorial Scholarship Fund" was established between 1963 and 1971. Ulysses Severin Harkson was a native Nebraskan who earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska in 1916.  He had been a member of the Innocents Society, Sigma Delta Chi Journalism Fraternity, and the Varsity Gym Team.  During his career, he was an international entrepreneur with business enterprises in Rio de Janiero and Sao Paolo, Brazil, Calcutta, India, and Shanghai, China.

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Dr. B. Clifford Hendricks Memorial Scholarship
The "Dr. B. Clifford Hendricks Memorial Fund" was established in 1997 by Glen & Margaret Leymaster. Dr. Bernard Clifford Hendricks was a professor in the Nebraska Chemistry Department. He earned a teaching certificate in 1906 from Peru State College, a Chemistry BA in 1910 from University of Nebraska, a Chemistry MS in 1924 from University of Chicago, and a Chemical Education PhD in 1923 from University of Nebraska. He earned his PhD under the guidance of Prof. Horace G. Deming. Hendricks taught most of the Department’s Introductory Chemistry courses, published dozens of articles in the field of chemical education, helped to create the American Chemical Society’s standardized chemistry exams, and served as chairman of the ACS division of Chemical Education in 1938.

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Ed Hirsch Scholarship
The "Ed Hirsch Scholarship Fund" was established by Ed Hirsch of Lincoln, an officer and a director in the University of Nebraska Foundation.

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Hach Scholarship
The Hach Scholarship was created by the Hach Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Hach Corporation, run by Clifford and Kitty Hach. The Corporation was founded in 1947 in Ames, Iowa, but later moved its headquarters to Loveland, Colorado. The Corporation focused on water analysis, instrumentation, and chemistry. The Scholarship program was originally limited to Universities in Iowa, Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska. In 2008, the Scholarship program was transferred to the American Chemical Society, through which UNL Chemistry can award up to two every year.

The scholarships of $6000 can be renewed for a second year. The UNL Scholarship Committee accepts applications year round until both scholarships have been awarded. The Hach Scholarship is intended for students who will use their UNL Chemistry degree as a platform for becoming a high school chemistry teacher. The scholarship selection process targets students in this order: 1) Undergraduates working towards a UNL chemistry degree at UNL who have junior standing and who have plans to pursue post-baccalaureate certification leading to a career as a high school chemistry teacher; 2) Students who have completed or are completing an undergraduate chemistry degree at UNL and who have been accepted into the UNL College of Education and Human Sciences to pursue post-baccalaureate certification leading to a career as a high school chemistry teacher.

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Viola C. Jelinek Scholarship in Chemistry
The "Viola C. Jelinek Scholarship in Chemistry Fund" was established in 1973 by Viola C. Jelinek of Pacific Palisades, CA. Viola Carmen Jelinek was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and was the daughter of a prominent polka bandleader.  She earned her MS in 1927 at the University of Nebraska working with Prof. Cliff S. Hamilton in the area of synthetic medicinal chemistry.  After publishing her thesis work in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, she published over a dozen more research articles between 1938 and 1963 in journals such as JACS, Journal of Biological Chemistry, and Science.  Her first job was with the USDA in the Human Nutrition and Home Economics in Washington, DC.  In 1944, she began working at the Research Laboratories of Merck & Co. in Rahway, NJ, where she remained at least until 1963.

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Kingsbury Scholarship
Prof. Charles Kingsbury of Lincoln established the "Kingsbury Fund" in 2009.  Kingsbury earned his BS in Chemistry from Iowa State University, his PhD in Organic Chemistry from UCLA, and did postdoctoral work at Harvard University. Kingsbury was a professor of organic chemistry in the Chemistry Department from 1967 to 2007.

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Lester C. and Joan M. Krogh Scholarship and Fellowship in Chemistry
The "Lester C. and Joan M. Krogh Scholarship and Fellowship in Chemistry Fund" was established in 1996 by Lester C. Krogh of Woodbury, MN. Lester Christensen Krogh earned both his Chemical Engineering BS in 1945 and Chemistry MS in 1948 from University of Nebraska.  His graduate work involved organic synthesis with Prof. Cliff S. Hamilton.  He had a very successful career at 3M Corporation where he rose to become Senior Vice President of Research and Development.  In 2001, UNL named the “Dr. Lester C. Krogh Unit Operations Laboratory” in Donald F. Othmer Hall to honor his contributions.

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Robert Kimberley Loerch Memorial Scholarship
The "Robert Kimberley Loerch Memorial Scholarship Fund" was established in 1980 by Mr. and Mrs. Russel D. Loerch of Lincoln, NE.  Robert Loerch had earned a BA in 1974 and a MS in 1977 from the University of Nebraska both in Chemistry.  Loerch had been working toward his PhD when he was killed in an automobile accident.

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Ralph F. Nielsen Scholarship
The "Ralph F. Nielsen Scholarship" was established in 1997 by Margaret Nielsen of King City, OR to commemorate the life of her brother. Dr. Ralph Nielsen was born in 1901 in Blair, NE, received his BS in 1924 from the University of Nebraska, his MS in 1925 from the University of California, and his PhD in 1927 from the University of Nebraska.  His PhD work was with Prof. Denton J. Brown, an analytical/physical chemist. From 1940 until 1967, Nielsen was professor of petroleum and natural gas at the University of Pennsylvania.  During those same years, he was the organist at his church.  After retirement, he was professor of petroleum engineering at the Universidad de Oreinta in Venezuela.

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Sandoz Foundation Scholarship
The "Sandoz Foundation Scholarship Fund" was created in 1984 by Craig Burrell, Vice President of the Sandoz Foundation. Since then, Novartis Consumer Health Inc. acquired Sandoz Pharmaceutical Corporation, but kept the facility located on Cornhusker Highway in Lincoln.

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C. Bertrand and Marian Othmer Schultz Collegiate Scholarship
The Nebraska Academy of Sciences Schultz collegiate scholarship was established in memory of C. Bertrand and Marian Othmer Schultz. The scholarship will be offered to a Sophomore or a Junior enrolled in an accredited college or university in the state of Nebraska. The applicant must have a declared major in a natural science discipline (chemistry, physics, biology, geology) and be anticipating a career in a science related industry, science teaching or scientific research.

1Please contact the current chemistry major advisor for scholarship forms.

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Fred W. Upson Grant-in-Aid
The "Fred W. Upson Grant-in-Aid" was established in 1968 by John F. Upson of Lincoln. Dr. Fred Wilbert Upson earned both his Chemistry BA in 1907 and Chemistry MA in 1908 from University of Nebraska.  He worked with Prof. Samuel Avery whose specialty was synthetic chemistry.  Upson earned his PhD from University of Chicago in 1910, where he studied sugar chemistry. He was hired as a professor in the University of Nebraska Agricultural Chemistry Department in 1909 and became its Chair in 1913.  He became the Chair of Chemistry when the two Departments were merged in 1918 and served in that capacity until 1939, one year before his retirement.  His research specialty was the chemical characterization of fatty acids and sugar acids.

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Clyde and Elva Weyenberg Scholarship
The "Clyde and Elva Weyenberg Scholarship Fund" was established in 1988 by Dr. Donald R. Weyenberg of Midland, MI in memory of his parents. Don Weyenberg was Senior Vice President of Research & Development at Dow Corning Corp. 

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Ervin S. Wilson Chemistry Scholarship
The "Ervin S. Wilson Chemistry Scholarship Fund" was established in 1967 from the estate of Ervin Wilson of Palo Alto, CA. Ervin Wilson graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1911 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.

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