Engineering at Nebraska, Spring 2008
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Norris High School graduates get scholarship help

Graduates of Norris High School have additional help in going to college because of a new endowed student scholarship provided by Robert and Marilyn McDowell of Roca with a gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation.

"I've been thinking about doing this for several years," McDowell said. "I want to give some Nebraska kid a chance to get ahead."

quoteIncome from the Robert N. and Marilyn F. McDowell Scholarship Fund will be used to provide one or more scholarships annually to graduates of Norris High School majoring in engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).

"We are pleased to be able to offer scholarships to outstanding area students interested in pursuing a career in the engineering field," said David Allen, dean of the College of Engineering. "The McDowells' generosity is truly appreciated, as their gift will enable students from Norris High School to join one of the nation's top comprehensive engineering programs."

The first scholarship will be awarded in the spring of 2008 by the UNL College of Engineering. First preference is given to students studying computer engineering or electrical engineering who have a composite ACT score of at least 27 and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is renewable each year when the recipient maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

Robert McDowell grew up on a farm near Roca and graduated from Hickman High School, which became part of the Norris School District and Norris High School in 1964.

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