23 Student-Athletes Enrolled in PEO Program for Spring Semester
Lincoln, NE – Since being launched in the spring of 2016, Nebraska’s Post-Eligibility Opportunities (PEO) Program has been providing student-athletes with invaluable resources to further their career goals after graduation. Through the PEO Program,
This semester, 23 student-athletes are joining the PEO ranks and utilizing over $172,000 in program-related funds to take their career aspirations to the next level. With their added involvement in the program, a grand total of 167 student-athletes have now been awarded over $1.2 million in PEO scholarship dollars.
Among the new PEO participants is former Husker softball player Taylor Otte, who is using the post-graduate scholarship to take pre-requisite classes needed to apply for occupational therapy school. Otte did not settle upon her career goal of becoming an occupational therapist until the latter stages of her studies, but PEO has allowed her to pursue her chosen field without any setbacks.
“The PEO program is providing me an opportunity to pursue a career that I am so passionate about without it being a financial burden,” said Otte.
“I am going to be going to school for an extra three years, so the Financial freedom that the PEO program is allowing me is amazing. Not only do I get to pursue something I love but I get to continue to do all of this at a University that I love.”
This is precisely what the minds behind the PEO program set out for the initiative to accomplish when it was put into place in 2016. Three years after its onset, the post-scholarship fund continues to support student-athletes in pursuing career opportunities they may not have had the time or capacity to engage in during their eligibility.
In addition to Otte, former Nebraska men’s golfer Calvin Freeman has seen the program pay dividends for him as well. Now an Assistant Men’s Golf Coach at Southeast Community College, Freeman used PEO as a means of grasping an opportunity he otherwise would not have had.
“For my specific case, to take over as the head coach at this community college, you have to have a master’s degree,” said Freeman. “If I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do PEO, I would’ve never thought that I could take over as head coach [one day] because I would have never had the idea to go to grad school.”
By taking advantage of the post-graduate scholarship, Freeman now aspires to ascend to the ranks of head coach as early as next season. Similar to many others before him, turning his career goal into an attainable reality was heavily influenced by the PEO program.
“The best thing about Nebraska is the staff,” added Freeman. “They actually believe in their athletes. I think that’s the biggest part.”
Below is a complete list of all 23 student-athletes that are using a PEO scholarship this semester:
Rosalia Baldo, Soccer | Physical Therapist Aide
Landon Bartel, Track & Field | Lincoln Berean Church
Jake Bender, Track & Field | MBA
Brison Cronenbold, Baseball | Ventura College Baseball
Jordan Ehly, Swimming & Diving | Sandhills Publishing
Tanner Farmer, Football | Lotus Yoga House
Calvin Freeman, Golf | Southeast Community College Men's Golf
London Hawk, Track & Field | Lincoln Public Schools
MJ Knighten, Softball | Wichita State UniversitySoftball
Marissa Major, Rifle | Horse Protection League
Gina Metzler, Softball | Nursing
Taylor Otte, Softball | Pre-Occupational Therapy
Esther Ramacieri, Basketball | Girl Scouts, Spirit of Nebraska
Zac Repinski, Baseball | Star Prop Real Estate
Alexis Rienks, Soccer | Newly Weds Foods Inc.
Amber Rolfzen, Volleyball | Applied Science, MS
Kadie Rolfzen, Volleyball | Integrated Media Comm., MA
Kari Sanderfer (Heck), Track & Field | Graduate School
Katrina Santiago, Track & Field | Walk About Park
Tristen Sharp, Track & Field | Youth Development, MS
Mitchell Westberry, Track & Field | Ishmael Phillip, LLC
Tierra Williams, Track & Field | University of Nebraska Athletic Department
Grace Williams, Gymnastics |
To learn more about other student-athletes resources offered through the Life Skills department, visit Huskers.com/LifeSkills.