The 2013-14 Scholarship winners were selected by the CFN Board of Directors at their latest Board of Directors meeting.

This year CFN awarded scholarships to five winners selected from a total of eight applicants. The Scholarship Selection Committee is made up of Erik Van Fleet, Bob Semm, Scott Mattes and is chaired by Ken Lautenschlager. Their recommendations for scholarship winners were voted on by the full board.

Californians for Nebraska Scholarship Winners


John-Robert is a Senior from Castaic majoring in Economics. John maintains a GPA of 3.67 and made the Dean’s List for the fourth time. He is active in the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and Chairman of the UNL College Republicans. He is active in several community service and volunteer organizations and participated in the Oxford University Study Abroad Economics Program in the summer of 2012. This is John’s third time being awarded a CFN scholarship.


This year the CFN Scholarship Committee again chose Bethanu as the Dr. Raymond Peterson Memorial Scholarship winner.

The Peterson Scholarship, started in 2010, is awarded to the student that is pursuing a Dentistry/Medical related career and exhibits dedication to helping others.

Bethany Feis is a Senior pursuing a pre-med course of study and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Humanities in Medicine. She maintains a 3.68 cumulative GPA. She is a member of the University’s Honors Program and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Over the past summer Bethany shadowed an emergency department doctor at a local hospital and developed a keen interest in emergency medicine. She especially liked being able to interact with patients from the beginning to the end of their visits.

After graduation, she plans on attending medical school, her first preference being the University of Nebraska, in order to become a general practitioner, a pediatrician or after spending a summer in an Emergency Department, emergency medicine.

Mikayla Khramov

Mikayla Khramov is a Freshman from La Palma and intends to study Business Communication. Mikayla was very active in her high school serving as features editor at JFK High’s school newspaper. She is also an award winning public speaker winning numerous Future Business Leaders of America public speaking awards.

Mikayla’s involvement with the FBLA includes fundraising, community clean up, recycling and assisting with various community projects.

She is also currently fulfilling a year of service as a La Palma Princess representing the community of La Palma at civic events and ceremonies.

Mikayla is a very talented singer and musician, playing multiple instrument ranging from Celtic harp, drums, electric and acoustic guitars, percussion and is the founder and performer in her rockabilly band “The Rad Cats”.

She has roots that run deeply to the University of Nebraska. Her mother was a standout softball player and she has been a Big Red fan since she can remember. 

Megan Schafer

Megan is a Senior from Burbank majoring in Pre-pharmacy Nutrition Sciences. Last year Megan joined the Kappa Delta Sorority to become more involved in campus activities, meet more lifetime friends and become more active in the philanthropies they are involved with. In her second year with Kappa Delta Megan continues to be involved in many philanthropic activities.

This summer Megan will be studying for the PCAT (pharmacy school entrance exam) and hopes to land an internship or a job shadowing a pharmacist to lean more about how a pharmacy is run and gain more knowledge about her future career. 

Sydney Stone

Sydney is a senior from Temecula majoring in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering with a 3.6 GPA. This is Sydney’s fourth CFN Scholarship award. Sydney has earned a place on the College of Engineering Dean’s List for the last four consecutive semesters while also participating in high level billet positions in Navy ROTC.

This summer, as part of Navy ROTC training, Sydney will participate in a month-long, first class midshipmen cruise, in which she will shadow a Surface Warfare Officer aboard a U.S. Navy warship.

During her final semester, she will be a “super senior” midshipman in the UNL NROTC Battalion. For the upcoming fall semester, she will serve as the adviser for all leadership positions in an effort to train and better prepare midshipmen to become proficient Naval Officers.

Sydney is looking forward to graduation from UNL and becoming a commissioned officer in the United States Navy.


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