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Garlicks Continue Support for Jurgens Scholarship
Nebraska Ag Connection - 11/18/2020

An annual scholarship honoring a former Curtis educator will be available in January to two students at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

The Glenn Jurgens Memorial Scholarship of $500 per semester recognizes how Professor Jurgens, who taught at NCTA and its predecessor institutions of UNSTA and UNSA, was a significant influence for one of his former students, George Garlick.

Garlick was a McCook native who attended the regional high school in Curtis and graduated in 1954. He was able to go on to college through the encouragement by Glenn Jurgens when his teacher helped secure work study funding at Hastings College.

Decades later, after earning his doctorate and becoming an educator, author, inventor and businessman, Dr. Garlick wanted to honor Professor Jurgens by setting up scholarships at NCTA through the University of Nebraska Foundation.

George and Carol Garlick reside at Richland, Wash., and continue to support Nebraska students with the NCTA scholarship program.

Academic standing and financial need are among criteria for scholarship recipients, said Jon Schroeder, local representative for Dr. Garlick.

"The Garlicks provide support and encouragement for deserving Nebraska students to attend NCTA," says Schroeder, a Curtis-area attorney.

Schroeder coordinates the scholarship selection with NCTA administrators and the local scholarship committee which includes Pam Jurgens, a Curtis resident who is the daughter of Glenn Jurgens.

Three recipients were awarded a $1,000 scholarship for the two semesters of the 2019-20 academic year. They were Tiffany Dickau of Elwood, Jenna Garver of Hastings and Anna Whyman of Palmyra.

Dickau is a diversified agriculture major who will be graduating in December. She has accepted a position in crop scouting with a company at Emmett, Nebraska. Her scholarship was renewed this fall, for her final semester at NCTA.

Garver graduated in 2020 with an associate degree in veterinary technology and a certificate in animal care. In July, she passed her national boards and is a licensed veterinary technician at Nebraska Animal Medical Center in Lincoln, where she had served her student internship. She was offered a fulltime position there this spring.

Whyman, also a 2020 graduate in Agricultural Production Systems, currently resides in Curtis and is working on an online bachelor's degree in agribusiness through Chadron State College. Whyman has continued to be active with the NCTA Stock Dog Club and works part-time at NCTA.

Applications due Dec. 4

The Garlicks established the Jurgens scholarships for Nebraska students who are pursuing a degree in any agriculture-related field of study at NCTA.

Application forms are available now from NCTA Financial Aid or through the NCTA Dean's Office. Any Nebraska resident who is enrolled to be a fulltime student next spring at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture is eligible.

Freshmen and sophomore students are eligible, which includes transfer students or incoming freshmen in January 2021.

Recipients are eligible for a second year by maintaining a 3.0 GPA. The application due on Dec. 4, includes submission of a high school or college transcript, and a personal essay.

Dr. George F. Garlick is the co-founder and serves as chairman of the board of Advanced Imaging Technologies, Inc. He has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Solid-State Physics from Iowa State University. In addition to research, he has held graduate level teaching posts at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Washington, and Washington State University.

The Garlicks have been contributed numerous gifts to NCTA and the Curtis community including donation of the George and Carol Garlick Aggie West Residence Hall, and funding for the construction of Aggie Central Residence Hall.

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