Holland Academy of Excellence




The Peter Kiewit Institute is pleased to announce the

 Holland Academy of Excellence!

June 7 - 10, 2015

This unique program is designed to provide rising high school juniors from throughout the region who excel in mathematics or science with a three-day developmental experience in information science, technology and engineering.  Faculty from PKI will lead students in a variety of hands-on workshops focused on familiarizing them with a range of topics such as bridge construction, civil engineering and visual animation.  Thanks to a generous donation from the Holland Foundation there is no cost to the students invited to attend.  Selection criterion is based upon academic achievement as well as extracurricular involvement in the community and leadership experience.  In addition to applying on-line, applicants will also need to submit the following documents:

Apply Here

Download and submit the Recommendation Form

Download and submit the Academic Verification Form

Applications and supporting documents due by May 1st.


The Holland Foundation

After fully retiring in 1984, Mary and Dick Holland set up a foundation to give back to the Omaha community they loved so much. When looking for issues and projects he wanted to support, Dick Holland developed a philosophy about philanthropy. "A lot of philanthropy," he says, "just takes care of people, and that kind of philanthropy doesn't interest me. I think the best philanthropy is aimed at solving problems."

One problem Dick Holland is tackling is educating the children in the poorest communities in Nebraska. One program he supports, Building Bright Futures, works with children from cradle through career. The aim of the program is to improve academic performance, raise graduation rates, increase civic and community responsibility, and ensure that students are ready for post-secondary education.

Sadly, Mary Holland passed away in 2006. Throughout the Hollands' 58-year marriage they occupied the same modest home. "My wife was a remarkable woman," he says. "She took a real interest in the welfare of the community and in particular in the problems of children. Our country needs more people like her. We need great leadership."



For more information contact the event coordinator, Leah Ellis, at 402.554.2158 or lellis@nebraska.edu


Click the Facebook link to view photos from the 2011 Academy of Excellence.


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