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UNK Loper Advantage Fund

UNK Loper Advantage Fund

You don’t need to come from great means to have great drive; To push hard and rise above. But you do need financial means to make it happen through higher education. 

As the cost of higher education increases, more and more students are choosing to start their college careers at community colleges. In fact, over the past few years, two-year schools have experienced a drastic jump in enrollment. Unfortunately, when students graduate and are ready to transfer to a four-year university, they are often met with very few, if any, scholarships to help make their dreams a reality. 

That’s why the Loper Advantage Fund is so critical. These students are go-getters, achievers and future changemakers – they are exactly the types of young adults we want right here at UNK. We want them to become highly trained professionals who choose to live and work in Nebraska. The Loper Advantage Fund will help them become their better selves. They will be able to attend UNK without the worry of accumulating debt or the stress of working longer hours to pay for their education. After all, the more Loper Advantage Scholars focus on their future, the more they can become outstanding members of our community. 

Matching Initiative

The Loper Advantage Fund has a major advantage: the university will provide a match for up to $100,000 a year for two years for gifts of $1,000 or more. This match demonstrates our commitment to and support of exceptional transfer students. Qualifying students will receive $2,000 a year for two years. This money goes a long way to helping them accomplish what they set out to do.


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Rich Brodersen

Rich Brodersen

UNK Athletics & UNK College of Fine Arts & Humanities
308-698-5274 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
rich.brodersen@nufoundation.org
Rich earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a journalism major from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. A McCook native, he joined the foundation in 2016 after more than 20 years of professional experience working on UNK’s campus as a member of the athletics department and announcer for Loper games. Rich’s fundraising efforts are focused on UNK athletics and the College of Fine Arts & Humanities.
Lucas Dart

Lucas Dart

UNK Advancement
308-698-5272 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
lucas.dart@nufoundation.org
Lucas joined the foundation in 2002 and left to become the UNK alumni director in 2008. He returned to the foundation as campaign director and associate director of the UNK Alumni Association in 2010. Currently he is vice president of alumni relations and development for UNK. Lucas is a Kearney native and has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He enjoys fostering alumni and friends' connections with UNK and each other and helping donors achieve their philanthropic dreams and goals.
Pete Kotsiopulos

Pete Kotsiopulos

College of Business and Technology
308-698-5273 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
pete.kotsiopulos@nufoundation.org
Pete joined the foundation in 2010. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Pete enjoys working at the foundation and the UNK Alumni Association because of the dedicated people who work at both and because of the great missions served by the foundation and the UNK Alumni Association.
 
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