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What do these former Huskers have in common?

What do these former Huskers have in common?

Posted: Thu, Nov 1, 2012

Prince Amukamara and Jordan Larson have at least three things in common:

  1. Both are former standout athletes at Nebraska.
  2. Both achieved success after college.
  3. Both are helping recruit the next generation of college students to Nebraska.

Amukamara played football at Nebraska before being drafted by the New York Giants and winning the Super Bowl in 2011. Larson was an All-American volleyball player at NU and a member of the U.S. volleyball team that won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Both athletes are lending their names to Collegebound Nebraska, a program that offers qualifying Nebraska residents free tuition at the University of Nebraska.

"I want students to know that they don't have to be an elite athlete to afford to go to college," Amukamara said. "The University of Nebraska's Collegebound Nebraska program puts college within reach for thousands of students in the state. I support this program and want to help more students and families learn about this amazing opportunity to attend the University of Nebraska and pay no tuition."

The university is promoting the program through multiple channels. But because the target audience is junior high and high school students, social media plays a large role in getting the word out. Besides Amukamara and Larson, former Huskers like Niles Paul, Austin Cassidy and D.J. Jones also are talking about the program on Twitter.

To be eligible for free tuition, a student must meet the university's admission requirements and their family income must meet certain requirements. A student remains eligible for the Collegebound Nebraska program until they graduate as long as they continue to make satisfactory academic progress and they continue to meet family income guidelines.

If you know a student who may be eligible for Collegebound Nebraska, encourage them to visit CollegeboundNebraska.com to learn more or follow Collegebound Nebraska on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

To give a gift to support student scholarships at the University of Nebraska, go to campaignfornebraska.org/students.

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