Holland Academy of Excellence




The Peter Kiewit Institute is pleased to announce the

 Holland Academy of Excellence!

June 10-13, 2018

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.  During the academy, students will stay in UNO residence halls with meals provided as well as extracurricular activies such as movie night and bowling.  This year's academy is limited to 40 participants.  High school students are selected upon academic achievement, as well as, extracurricular involvement in the community, and leadership experience.  The deadline to apply is May 1, 2018.

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Fee Information

There is a $10.00 nonrefundable adminstration fee to register.  

This academy would not be possible without the financial support of The Holland Foundation.  A special thanks to the faculty from the College of Engineering and the College of Information Science and Technology.

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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 passed away in 2006 with Dick following in 2016. 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