College Scholarships

CPNRD-Ron Bishop Memorial College Scholarship Program   
2021-2022 Application

Congratulations! The 2020-2021 scholarship recipients are:
Amanda Fay, Grand Island
Jason Line, Miller
Myles Mendell, Gothenburg
Klint Gill, Cozad
Joshua Wiese, Shelton

The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s college scholarship program was implemented in 2007 and has provided $115,00 to 115 students. In 2014, the scholarship name was changed to the CPNRD-Ron Bishop Memorial College Scholarship to honor former manager, Ron Bishop, who managed Central Platte NRD from 1972-2013.

Applicants are ranked based on their major and essay responses.
Applicants must be a college junior, senior or 5th+ student seeking a natural resources degree.  

Five (5) scholarships will be awarded at $1,000 per student for the 2021-2022 school year.
Return applicants and recipients are eligible to apply.

Applicants or their parent(s) must reside within CPNRD boundaries; which reach from Gothenburg to Columbus along the Platte River (see map below).  Applications are due April 15, 2021.

Some of the careers that qualify:
Applied Science/Diversified Agriculture Biologist/Biochemistry in Natural Resources
Engineer: Civil, Mechanical, Chemical
Earth/Environmental Science
Environmental Education
Fisheries and Wildlife
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Geological Engineering
Hydrologist, Hydrogeologist
Mechanized Systems-Soil & Water Conservation
Rangeland Management
Resources Conservationist
Soil Conservationist
Vocational/Agriculture Educator
Water Resources Specialist
Other related fields

Contact Marcia Lee at (308) 385-6282 or with any questions.


Jami Harper Scholarship

The Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival and Jami Harper offer an annual $250 scholarship for students entering a water resources field.  Jami Harper has presented at the Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival since she was a junior at Northwest High School in Grand Island. She created a class called H20Wood Squares based off of the popular game show Hollywood Squares~only her version teaches students about water issues.

Due to her success in creating this class and trying to educate students about the importance of our groundwater, she was in the running for the Volvo for Life award.  Jami Harper placed 3rd in the Volvo for Life Contest and $25,000 to give to any educational event she preferred. She selected to give the Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival $10,000 for a scholarship and grant program. The scholarship program is set up to allow any Nebraska high school student that is pursuing a career in water to apply for a one-time $250.00 scholarship. The recipient is selected by Jami and the Festival Committee. Miss Harper’s goal is for high school students to be aware that anyone can make a difference in the world. Scholarship Application: 

Past CPNRD Scholarship Recipients

  • Courtney Anthony, Lexington. Fisheries & Wildlife, UNL
  • Mitchell Baker, Grand Island.  Civil Engineering, UNO
  • Brett Bendfeldt, Shelton. Agronomy, UNL
  • Kristi Block, Cozad. Public Relations/emphasis in Agriculture, UNL
  • Briana Brooks, Gothenburg. Grazing & Livestock Systems/Animal Science, UNL
  • Karen Buettner, Grand Island. Agricultural Education, UNL
  • Julia Burchell, Kearney.  Biological Systems Engineering, UNL
  • Kurtis Burden, Sumner. Horticulture/Sports Turf Management, Nebraska College of Technical Ag-Curtis
  • Kortni Burnett, Shelton. Rangeland Management, UNL
  • Noel Bruner, Shelton. Biochemistry, UNL 
  • Michael Clevenger, Shelton. Wildlife Biology/Elementary Education
  • Bridget Czaplewski, Grand Island. Secondary Education with a natural resources endorsement, Chadron State College
  • John Czaplewski, Grand Island. Biology, UNL
  • Jacob Dexter, Central City. Diversified Agriculture, Southeast Community College-Beatrice
  • Hiram Dexter, Central City. Diversified Agriculture, Southeast Missouri State University
  • Allison Dush, St. Libory. Advertising/Marketing/Environmental Sciences
  • Amanda Faye, Grand Island. Civil Engineering, UNO
  • Jacob Fleischmann, Osceola. Wildlife Biology/Agriculture
  • Chandler Flynn, Lexington. Bio-Chemistry, Doane College
  • Daniel Gill, Wood River. Computer Science for Ag, UNK
  • Klint Gill, Cozad. Wildlife Management, UNK
  • Mitchell Glaus, St. Libory. Agribusiness, UNK
  • Matthew Gloe, Wood River.  Agribusiness, Hastings College
  • Isabella Gomez, Central City- Biology/Wildlife Management, UNK
  • Holly Green, Grand Island- Organizational Communications/Wildlife Management, UNK
  • Kristen Harders, Wood River. Geology, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
  • McKinley Harm, Gothenburg- Civil & Environmental Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
  • Amanda Hefner, Archer.  Environmental Sciences/Natural Resources, UNL
  • Alexandra Hempleman, Shelton. Agricultural Business, UNK
  • Mitchel Herbig, Central City.  Mechanized Systems Management, UNL
  • Aaron Huston, Central City. Agribusiness then Agronomy, Southeast Community College-Beatrice
  • Alec Ibach, Sumner.  Animal Science, UNL
  • Anastasia Johnson, Central City. Animal and Plant Science
  • Doran Johnson, Gothenburg. Agronomy, UNL
  • Erica Jobman, Gothenburg. Agricultural Journalism, Chadron State College
  • Phillip Johnson, Central City. Diversified Ag/Agronomy, Southeast Community College-Beatrice
  • Drew Kime, Grand Island. Agribusiness, UNL
  • Carlye Kush, Grand Island.  Fisheries & Wildlife, UNL
  • Jason Line, Miller. Agricultural Business, UNL
  • Travis Line, Miller.  Agricultural Economics, UNL
  • Elizabeth Lutz, Grand Island.  Environmental Sciences, UNL
  • Ryan McFarland, Eddyville. Agricultural Sciences, Northeast Community College-Norfolk
  • Myles Mendall, Gothenburg.  Rangeland Management/Wildlife, Chadron State College
  • Derek Mettenbrink, Grand Island. Wildlife Management
  • Tyler Plejdrup, Cairo.  Agricultural Business, UNL
  • Eric Puckett, Columbus. Ag Business/Agronomy, Northwest Missouri State
  • Issac Richter, Kearney.  Agronomy, UNL
  • Jonathan Royle, Central City. Rangeland Livestock Management, Chadron State College
  • Scott Saltzgaber, Grand Island. Wildlife Biology, UNK
  • Carson Schultz, Wood River.  Wildlife Biology, UNK
  • Beau Sheen, Kearney. Agronomy or Agricultural Business Administration, UNL
  • Chris Skeen, Grand Island.  Civil Engineering, UNO
  • Scott Sorensen, Cairo. Fisheries and Wildlife, UNL
  • Alex Stocker, Agricultural Education, UNL
  • Drew Tickle, Kearney. Biology at Nebraska Wesleyan, Lincoln
  • Tyler Tomasek, Hordville.  Agronomy at CCC, Columbus
  • Benjamin Trampe, Sumner.  Agronomy, UNL
  • Madison Vahle, Grand Island. Rangeland Ecology & Watershed Management, University of Wyoming
  • Dillon Vogt, Grand Island. Water Science/Hydrology, UNL
  • Justin Wadkins-Meyer, Gibbon. Bio-Chemistry, UNL
  • Evan Wiese, Grand Island- Agribusiness/Agronomy, UNL
  • Joshua Wiese, Shelton.  Master of Environmental Management, Western Colorado University
  • Shannon Wietjes, Central City. Agricultural Business/Marketing, Nebraska Wesleyan
  • Blake Williams, Doniphan. Agronomy, UNL
  • Sage Williams, Eddyville. Ag Education, UNL
  • Alex Stocker, Grand Island. Ag Education, UNL
  • Courtney Woodman, Kenesaw. Environmental Science, Doane College