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Musicians playing traditional African percussion instruments

Founded by Charles Ahovissi, the African Culture Connection, performing at the Gala to Support Global Education, Quilt House, UNL, September 23, 2013. This magnificent dance group, based in Omaha, has worked with schools throughout Nebraska “to encourage people to increase their knowledge of African culture, using traditional African arts that relate to the values and principles of traditional African society and life”.

World Food Prize poster

Hank Beachell fellows

2015 Winners: Back: Holly Podliska, UNL Freshman, Ag Education Major; Brianne Haskell, Lyons-Decatur; Connor Jolley, Millard North; Kate Erdkamp, Waverly; Katie Reed, Holdrege; Sarmistha Prathivadhi Bhayanka, Millard North.
Front Row:Cheyenne Gerlach, Tri County; Michayla Goedeken, Humphrey; Jenna Mu, Brownell Talbot College Prep; Josie Solvut, Millard North; Morgan Tranmer, UNL Sophomore, Integrated Science Major.

Hank Beachell fellows

Nebraska Hank Beachell Delegates with His Excellency, Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of Nigeria, Global Youth Institute - World Food Prize-The Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, 2010.

Hank Beachell fellows

Rose Medill, Hank Beachell Delegate, Pius X High School, Lincoln and Sheila Sievert, Pius X Teacher with Dr. Natalie Hahn, Malaika Founder and President.

World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute, March 14, 2016, Lincoln, and the
Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium and Global Youth Institute, Oct. 14-16, 2016,
Des Moines, Iowa

2015's most successful World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute included nineteen students who submitted essays global agricultural topics and gave presentations at the Institute on Sept. 11th at the University of Nebraska. Nine were chosen (photo left) as the essay winners to attend the Global Youth Institute with students from 27 other states and 12 countries in Des Moines, Iowa.

Enjoy these video links to the presentations at the World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute.
Video of the event:
Remarks of Ambassador Kenneth Quinn:
Remarks of Dr. Ronnie Green:

The submission of an essay qualifies students to attend the World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute with a parent or teacher and present the essay. The top six winners are chosen as Hank Beachell Delegates to attend the World Food Prize Foundation-Borlaug Dialogue and Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa, in October. Since 2005, over 150 high school students from across Nebraska have researched global issues in agriculture and proposed their own solutions to the greatest challenges we face.

Hank BeachellThe honor recognizes the achievements of Dr. Beachell, a native of Waverly, Nebraska, who created nine rice varieties, which eventually accounted for more than 90% of the U.S. long-grain rice production. Beachell has been called the most important person in rice improvement in the world. Forty-two Nebraska students have been recognized as Hank Beachell Delegates for their outstanding essays and awarded a trip to the World Food Prize Youth Institute in Des Moines. Visit and for more information.

Nebraska Hank Beachell Fellows are then invited to apply to become a Borlaug-Ruan International Interns.

Previous winners include:
Cole Edick of Waterloo
Earth University, Guacimo, Costa Rica

Morgan Tranmer of Wilber
African Insect Science for Food and Health (ICIPE), Nairobi, Kenya

Mohit Jain of Omaha
Peking University, Beijing, China

Joe-Ann Moser of Omaha
African Insect Science for Food and Health (ICIPE), Nairobi, Kenya

Deepa Joshi of Omaha
Peking University, Beijing, China

Three Nebraska students have been selected as USDA Wallace-Carver Interns, including:
Rose Medill of Lincoln at the ARS Grain Forage & Bioenergy Research Unit in Lincoln, NE

Cole Wilhelmi of Omaha at the ARS Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, AZ

Elizabeth Westendorf of Lincoln at the Economic Research Service in Washington, DC

Listen to the Land brochure

Listen to the Land – Nebraska Heritage and History Research Grant

The Listen to the Land—Students as Historians Grants award $250.00 to students for outstanding essays.

To be a great American Ambassador, it’s essential to know one’s heritage and history. Thus, Malaika and the Nebraska Museum of Art invite young persons, grades 4-12 to write the history of their family or their community. This classroom project allows students to become historians through the creation of essays, poetry, class-made books, digital stories, plays or interviews researching Nebraska Heritage and History. This award is in recognition of the late Dr. Robert Manley, an eminent Nebraska historian. The outstanding submissions will receive $250.00.

Dr. Manley inspired thousands of Nebraskans with his lore of the prairie and its settlers. He was an educator for over 50 years, a TV and radio personality, and wrote extensively about Nebraska. He is remembered for his recording of the Nebraska State Song, Beautiful Nebraska. Dr. Manley believed that, “in order for people to have a future, they must first know they have a past.”

Grant Deadline: May 1, 2016. Download brochure.

For more information, contact the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) at(308) 865-8559.

Completed applications can be mailed to:
The Nebraska Museum of Art
2401 Central Avenue
Kearney, NE 68847

“What we’re looking for in society are those who can make a difference. But first they’ve got to make a difference to themselves.”

Raymond Plank, Fund for Teachers Founder

Lee Kallstrom with his pots

Lee Kallstrom, teacher at Omaha North High Magnet School in the Engineering Magnet, visiting Madagascar.

Fund for Teachers

Fund for Teachers has provided “…trips of a lifetime” to over 40 teachers. So far, Nebraska teachers have traveled to more than 20 countries on five continents.

Malaika recognizes and appreciates founder Raymond Plank, executive director Karen Kovach-Webb, and Fund for Teachers for benefitting thousands of Nebraska students by providing our teachers educational travel opportunities.

Fund for Teachers awards fellowships for self-designed professional growth to PreK-12 teachers who recognize the value of inquiry, the power of knowledge, and their ability to make a difference.

Each Fund for Teachers fellowship is as unique as the teacher who designed it, and since 2001, 5,500 teachers have been awarded $20 million in Fund for Teachers grants – up to $5,000 for individuals, or $10,000 for teams. Fund for Teachers fellowships have taken place in 120 countries on every continent, empowering teachers to explore countless ideas, terrains, and cultures.
Download Fund for Teachers Fellows-2011
Download Nebraska Fellows-Fund for Teachers and Malaika, Summer 2010

Melissa Kandido of Beveridge Magnet Middle, Omaha
Melissa traveled to Namibia to examine local history and culture through performing, visual and utilitarian arts to create a hands-on curriculum that increases global awareness through videos, distance learning and service learning.

To Apply
The fellowship application asks teachers to thoughtfully consider not only what objective they’d like to pursue, but also why, and how they foresee the proposed experience making a difference for them as teachers, for their students, and for their school community.

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Fund for Teachers is dedicated to fostering opportunities that bring fresh perspective, expertise and broad world knowledge into classrooms. For more information, email, visit or call 1-800-681-2667.