Engineering scholarship honors alumnus Paul Leslie
ABOUT THIS PHOTO: Dylan Rogers, a sophomore biological systems engineering major, is the first recipient of the Leslie Family Engineering Scholarship.
March 19, 2015 — The life of Nebraska native Paul L. Leslie has been commemorated with a student scholarship in his name to forever support engineering students at his University of Nebraska–Lincoln alma mater.
The Leslie Family Engineering Scholarship Fund was established by the Leslie family as a permanent endowment at the University of Nebraska Foundation with gifts from his widow, Lois Leslie, and his son, David Leslie.
The scholarship is designated for students enrolled in the UNL College of Engineering who demonstrate an interest in new technologies and innovative business opportunities and who also show the potential to return the benefits of their education to greater Nebraska. Candidates for the award are graduates of a Nebraska high school with financial need.
The first scholarship has been awarded by the College of Engineering to Dylan C. Rogers, a sophomore who studies biological systems engineering. He graduated from Blair High School and is the son of Marty and Amy Rogers of Blair. He received a $1,000 scholarship and will be eligible for future awards.
“I am very grateful to receive this honor and am thankful to the Leslie family for making this scholarship possible,” Dylan Rogers said. “I’m proud to be the first Leslie Engineering Scholar, and the award supports my goals to work in the fields of biomedical or environmental engineering.”
Paul Leslie graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1949 with a major in electrical engineering after serving in the military during WWII. He owned businesses in Superior that included radio and television sales and service, electrical contracting and ownership of a local hotel. He was an active participant in the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) in the 1950s and was involved in local and civic organizations until his retirement. He died in in 2010 at age 85.
About the University of Nebraska Foundation
The University of Nebraska Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization raising private gifts to support the University of Nebraska for more than 79 years. Last year, donors provided the university with $258.1 million for scholarships, academic programs, medical and other research, faculty support and facilities. For more information, visit nufoundation.org.