Outstanding Senior Award

The UNK Alumni Association has awarded the Outstanding Senior Award to deserving seniors since 1982. Applications are available each spring for students who will graduate by December of that year. An alumni committee will choose up to five outstanding seniors to be recognized in April.

Students who will graduate by December of the calendar year, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall, demonstrate leadership qualities, exude service to UNK and the community and is involved in a variety of student and community life can be considered for the award.

To refer a student or for more information about how to apply for UNK Outstanding Senior:
Tricia Danburg
(308) 698-5285

To download the UNKAA Outstanding Senior Application, click here HERE and submit it on or before Friday, March 13.

2018 UNK Alumni Outstanding Seniors
2018 UNK Alumni Outstanding Seniors

UNK Alumni Association Recognizes Four Outstanding Seniors

2019 Outstanding Seniors

The University of Nebraska at Kearney Alumni Association recognized four students with Outstanding Senior awards during Thursday’s Applauding Excellence ceremony on campus. The award honors UNK seniors for excellence in scholarship and leadership, as well as involvement and dedication to the university and Kearney community. Recipients were selected by a panel of UNK alumni.

Katherine Benner of Central City

Katherine Benner, daughter of James and Judith Benner from Central City. Katherine will receive her degree in interior design with a minor in construction management. Katherine has accepted a position with CMBA Architects in Grand Island following graduation.

During Katherine’s time at UNK, she served as president of Panhellenic, worked as a New Student Enrollment leader, gave tours as a Student Diplomat, participated in undergraduate research and served as an intern for CMBA Architects. Katherine was active in her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, serving as new member educator, assistant treasurer and various recruitment positions. Katherine was also a member of the Mortar Board Honor Society, Order of Omega Honor Society and Phi Eta Sigma Academic Honor Society.

Tyan Boyer of Plainview

Tyan Boyer, son of Dean and Christi Boyer of Plainview. Tyan will graduate in May with a degree in exercise science with a health sciences minor. Tyan has been accepted into the UNMC physical therapy program in Kearney.

During his time at UNK, Tyan was the president of Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, vice president of the Exercise Science Club, was a member of the Organized Research and Creative Activities Club, and the honors program. He presented undergraduate research at UNK and the Nebraska Academy of Sciences and completed an internship with the Rural Futures Institute. Tyan also volunteered for several organizations such as Campus Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity and youth wrestling programs.

Cannon Marchand of Kearney

Cannon Marchand, son of Mike and Carney Marchand from Kearney. Cannon will graduate with a degree in history with a minor in military science. After graduation in May, Cannon will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Nebraska Army National Guard as a transportation officer and will lead a truck platoon in the 195th (Special Operations) (Airborne) Forward Support Company.

While at UNK, Cannon was a UNK Undergraduate Research Fellows Program member with research in military history and World War II. He was vice president of Phi Alpha Theta, a resident assistant and a member of the Army ROTC Prairie Ranger Club. Cannon received the Daughters of the Founders and Patriots of America award for excellence in military history and the Military Order of the Purple Heart National Leadership award.

Paula Zakrzewski of O'Neill

Paula Zakrzewski, daughter of Mary Zakrzewski from O’Neill. She will be receiving her degree in exercise science with a minor in nutrition. Paula will be attending chiropractic school in Kansas City after graduation.  

While at UNK, Paula completed five scholarly presentations and a research project for exercise science since 2017. She was a member of the honors program, served as an honors program mentor, coordinator for the Catholic Newman Center, and interned at CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.