Holland Academy of Excellence




The Peter Kiewit Institute is pleased to announce the

 Holland Academy of Excellence!

June 7 - 10, 2015

This unique program was established as an initiative to actively engage high school students who excel in math and science, and who have an interest in engineering and technology.  This three-day developmental experience allows students to apply engineering & technology concepts by attending faculty lead workshops in our state-of-the-art labs.  Topics can range from bridge construction, water resources and soil contamination, and visual animation.  Attendees find themselves immersed in an exciting environment centered on creative innovation, teamwork, and witty competition.  Thanks to a generous donation from the Holland Foundation, there is no cost attend the academy.  Rising high school juniors are selected 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:

Application closed for summer 2015.

Summer 2015 tentative agenda

2015 UNO Youth Activity Policy


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


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