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Morgan Wallinger: The Power of Nebraska Business Scholarships

Senior Finds High Return on Investment at Nebraska
Morgan Wallinger: The Power of Nebraska Business Scholarships
As a first-generation college student, Morgan Wallinger of Stuart, Nebraska, wanted to further her education at a four-year school and chose Nebraska. Creating a budget that maxed out student loans, she took a risk that paid off due to being awarded a scholarship.

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Senior Morgan Wallinger, an accounting and agribusiness major from Stuart, Nebraska, stepped into Hawks Hall for the first time for the summer high school program, Discover Accounting.

“I instantly knew I wanted to further my education here. However, I also knew it would be a challenge to afford. I am a first-generation college student who grew up in a hard-working production agriculture family, so going to a four-year school was not the normal route my peers were taking. I was determined to find a way to attend,” said Wallinger.

She spent more hours working at a local restaurant, proofreading her scholarship applications, studying to retake the ACT, and creating a budget that maxed out available student loans.

“I took a risk because I knew UNL would be worth the investment. Little did I know I was in for a surprise – I was awarded a College of Business scholarship in addition to my already expected financial aid plan. The first word that comes to mind is relief. My scholarship allowed me to focus on the most important aspects of college, education and networking,” she said.

Because of the generosity of our donors, Morgan once again said yes to the College of Business, winning a national championship in audit innovation with her team. She will complete her Master of Professional Accountancy graduate program before starting full-time at Deloitte as a tax consultant.

“Throughout my time at the College of Business, I’ve had the opportunity to become truly involved in the business community,” Wallinger said. “On behalf of all my fellow students, thank you for investing in the future of business.”

Published: December 19, 2023