George L. Watters Memorial Scholarship
The George L. Watters Memorial Scholarship was established in 1988. George Watters was an outstanding and well-respected representative of the petroleum marketing industry. Following his death several years ago, the Nebraska Petroleum Marketers Association established this scholarship to properly recall George’s leadership and integrity in the field. The Nebraska Petroleum Marketers, a member of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America, seeks to unify petroleum marketers throughout the state to effectively further the common interests of the petroleum marketing industry.
Every year, the NPCA awards 3 individuals with a $1,000 GLW Memorial Scholarship. Recipients must meet all the following criteria:
- Applicant must be the offspring of a current member of the Nebraska Petroleum Marketing employee.
- Must be a current graduating high school senior from any high school in Nebraska.
- Must attend a college or university in Nebraska.
- Must be in the upper one-third of the graduating class and must demonstrate leadership qualities and have expressed a desire and intent to continue education leading to a degree.
- Financial need will only be utilized as a tiebreaker in the selection process.
Past Scholarship Winners
Laura Kuhr, Mead High School
Mother: Michelle Kuhr, Sapp Bros
I have decided that I want to major in engineering. I believe that this is a great fit for me because not only do I love math and science but I want to help make the world a better place by doing those things. I want to make the most of my college education and put it to use when I find a job. My goal for my job is to make sure that I am doing what I love while also helping the environment and others. A personal goal that I wish to fulfill is to live the life I want and not the ones that others expect me to take. I want to be the one going out in the world and making a change, not to leave it up to someone else to do it for me. The accomplishments that I have received above continue to push me to better myself. Not all of them are first place kind of awards and instead of feeling sorry for myself, I figure out what I am going to change for the next year. Lately, I have not been getting the desired amount of playing time in basketball. To fix that I am pushing myself inside and outside of practice so that I can get to where I want to be. I am not a quitter and I never will be.
Kylee Hasselmann, Grand Island Central Catholic
From kindergarten through eighth grade, I went to school with the same 40 kids. I made some really close friends and have many great memories of most of them, but as I got older I drifted away from several students who I was around the most. High school came along and I was at Grand Island Northwest, and things went downhill. I didn’t really fit in with the group of girls I was involved with in sports: volleyball, basketball, and track. I decided that the best option for me was to transfer to an entirely new school where I only knew about a handful of kids.
Because I am an independent person, finding new friends can be a challenge at times. I had to re-introduce myself to all my new classmates at Grand Island Central Catholic. Everyone in the school was very welcoming and nice to me. I tried to get involved in as many extracurricular activities as I could, starting with a member of Future Business Leaders of America and eventually working my way up to the National Honor Society. I decided to get involved in everything I could because I wanted to show my talents to my teachers and coaches so they could see what I was capable of, both academically and athletically.
This new experience taught me how to interact with the world around me and how to adapt to new situations. This change will help me be better prepared for the career path that I want to pursue: business, and more specifically, Accounting. Numbers have always fascinated me from first learning how to add, subtract, multiply and divide, to now making sure that debits equal credits.
My leadership skills gained throughout high school have taught me how to be assertive and speak up. I have grown in my ability and to influence others to be good leaders themselves. Youth Leadership Tomorrow really helped me learn how to get to know others and how to interact with those around me. My public speaking skills have drastically improved, and now I feel more confident about being in front of a larger audience and speaking. For example, I now lead middle schoolers every Wednesday night through faith-related activities to grow closer to God. Being a leader for them is something that is important to me because I want those middle schoolers to have someone to look up to as a leader as they grow up.
Being involved in all of the activities that I could at Grand Island Central Catholic and around the community has helped shape me into the person that I am today. The opportunities that I was given have opened my eyes to the business world and all the opportunities available. The business industry attracts me because it allows me to use the skills that I love: numbers, helping others, and showing leadership, in my everyday life. One day I hope to use my knowledge and gifts with numbers to help better corporations in the future.
Chloe Mettenbrink, Grand Island Senior High School
Growing up I always struggled to read. I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was nine years old. I was pulled from class because of my reading challenges. Many of my classmates did not understand my learning needs. When my special education teacher arrived to my classroom for our pull-out instruction, I would leave class with other students with autism, down syndrome, and other learning disabilities. I began to form bonds with the kids in my special class.
When I was in fifth grade I was reading at a second grade level. I struggled but I knew I could improve with the right help. By the end of my fifth grade year I was reading at grade level. Despite my learning disability, I have been able to find strategies to help me be successful. Now, as a high schooler, I am a part of the National Honors Society, Student Council and many other student leadership groups. I devote a lot of my time to my studies and work extremely hard to earn good grades. The end result of this dedication and perseverance is extremely rewarding.
Due to my academic journey and style of learning, individuals with special needs became close to my heart. I believe in the friendships we formed and the unique connections we have. Even though my disability may not be as extreme as others, we understand each other’s situations and how we are each unique. We know what it feels like to be looked at by our peers. We know we are different.
Forming friendships with other students with learning disabilities and special needs has become a big part of who I am and my journey. It has led me to the job I have now. I work at the Children’s Rehabilitation Clinic and am surrounded by kids with learning disabilities and special needs. I may help them every day but they help me in even bigger ways. I have learned to be understanding, patient, and kind because of the way they show kindness to others. There is nothing more pure than the hearts of special needs children and how they perceive the world. It has been a rewarding and remarkable experience to surround myself with special needs children.
My connection with special needs children and my own academic challenges have prompted me to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant. After completing my program as an Occupational Therapist Assistant, I plan to continue on and become specialized in a specific area of occupational therapy. The challenges that I experience and the struggles that I see in the kids that I work with drives me to give back and show others that truly anything is possible when you work hard. Confidence to know that I believe in the patients and the opportunity to provide them the encouragement they need have become important to me. Helping patients with disabilities exceed their limitations and advocating others in seeing abilities in disabilities is my goal.
Cylee Jamesont, Thedford High School
My future ambitions are to attend Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska where I can receive my business administration degree. I have full intentions and commitment to continue my basketball career at the next level in Seward. At college, I want to learn, change, and grow into a person that is most beneficial to the people around me. Whether this be volunteering at a local business, contributing to classroom discussions, or teaching someone something they have never done before. I want to show people what they have the ability to do. Once completing college, I want to go on to cosmetology school where I can pursue my second passion. After completing a 14 month program, I will open up my own business where I can provide every beauty service to my customers. Ever since I was a little girl, I have had a love for hair, makeup, and beauty. I can remember when this started, which was when I would watch my mom get ready for the day every morning before taking me to school. It would bring me so much satisfaction and fascination that I think my mom even knew that it was something that I would enjoy doing for a long time. Each time I do my friends and family’s makeup when they go out, I never cease to amaze myself when I see the finished product. Apart from the things that I do to contribute to my passions outside of school, I love the classroom. It gives me confidence in myself to do challenging things in school. This includes things like undertaking three college courses in a semester, or balancing the work with my sports and other everyday distractions. These challenges boost me to bring more energy into my future ambitions because I know what I am capable of doing and becoming. Being the daughter of a business owner, I have grown up learning how to successfully run one, and the joys of being able to do so. It allows for a person to have their own niches outside of their business like serving on the board of a community foundation, or just being someone who can be there for their community when their name is called. It allows you to help people in need of jobs and also improve the lives of the people that you are providing your service to. Running a business of my own is not just an aspect for the owner to hold to themselves. For me, owning a business shows unity and growth in the community, to make the community withstand any hardships because it makes the people involved have the dearest interest in how it performs. When I am able to do so, I will continue to learn, change, and grow into the person who is best fit for the people around me.
I am very honored to receive this scholarship. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to use this money to continue my education at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. My life has been far from easy and I have faced hardships throughout my journey. With the help of the money I have received, I can work towards achieving my goals of making the world a better place for myself, but those around me as well. I know that UNL is the right fit for me to pursue my dreams of becoming a mechanical engineer. UNL offers a variety of internships, clubs, and organizations that can get me involved in the real world. Using the money I have been awarded, I will start my own story by attending UNL. Thank you to George Watters, and all of the people involved in the scholarship opportunity.
Dear George L. Watters Memorial Scholarship Committee, I cannot thank you enough for your generosity in selecting me to be a recipient of this scholarship. Receiving this scholarship means so much to me and I will use this opportunity to excel in the 2021-2022 academic year, and for many years after. Being granted this scholarship not only helps me tremendously, but also my family. You all have helped me in so many ways that you won't be able to completely know, and I promise that I will use this scholarship to become the best person I can be so I can give back to others in my career just as you all have done.
With Sincere Gratitude,
It is with the upmost gratitude that I say thank you for choosing me as the recipient of the the George L. Watters Memorial scholarship. Is with your aid that in the fall I will be attending at the university of Nebraska Omaha with hopes of obtaining a degree in biology and continue on to veterinary school. I am truly grateful for all the support, thank you again!
– Ashlyn Wright
– Alyssa Dozier
My name is Madalyn Crouse and I am from Chester, Nebraska. I graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Thayer Central in Hebron. Throughout high school I have been part of band, choir, NHS, Rhythmaires, FBLA, superior honor roll, letter club, and volleyball. I plan to attend UNL this fall to study actuarial science with a minor in accounting. My grandfather, Charles Kleveland, was the past president-elect of the Nebraska Petroleum Marketers Association. My uncle, Chas Kleveland, is owner of Footes Convenience Plaza in Kearney.
My name is Maya Dehart. I'm from Ord, Nebraska and I graduated from Central Valley High school. I plan on attending Northeast Community College to pursue my passion and education for agriculture and will major in Diversified Ag.
I will be attending Peru State College in the fall semester of 2016. I will be majoring in Wildlife Ecology with a minor in Biology. I hope to use these degrees to continue into the area of game and parks or other wildlife professions. I have always enjoyed being outdoors and some of my favorites activities include hunting and fishing. I would like to come back to the Sandhills area after college and work either at the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge, or the Halsey National Forest. While attending Peru State College I will also be participating on their football team. In the future I would like to help with coaching youth sports, because they have been such an important part of my life.