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Full Tuition Scholarship Awarded to Nebraska City Community Leader Enrolled in PSC's Online Master's Degree in Organizational Management


Shawna Silvius

(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) President Dan Hanson today announced that Shawna Silvius of Nebraska City has been awarded a full tuition scholarship to complete the college’s online Master of Science in Organizational Management (MSOM) degree, with concentrations in entrepreneurship and economic development.

Graduate Programs Dean Dr. Greg Seay said, “Shawna is exactly the kind of student we look for when awarding the SEED scholarship. She is extensively involved in the Nebraska City community and continually looks for ways to spur economic development and increase community involvement and awareness. An entrepreneur herself, Shawna will undoubtedly benefit a great deal from the MSOM program by applying the program principles to her every day business activities.”

The MSOM program is designed to prepare students to be effective change agents in order to create more entrepreneurial corporate cultures, start their own businesses and/or facilitate growth in their communities. The program is available entirely online and can be completed in two to three years. The scholarships are funded through the Selective Entrepreneurial and Economic Development (SEED) Scholarship Program.

Hanson said, “The SEED Scholarship Program was developed because we understand the need to support the development of leaders, particularly in Nebraska’s rural communities. We also recognize that any time there is an opportunity to spur economic growth in this state we must take it. These scholarships are our contribution to a larger effort to revitalize the state’s economic landscape, and the recipients are among a group of highly-skilled, highly-talented individuals who serve their communities with distinction.”

The SEED Scholarship will fund up to 36 hours of graduate online tuition (a value of around $7,500) for individuals who have demonstrated leadership skills and a record of success in one or more of the following areas:

  • Successful individual entrepreneurial activity with a vision for further ventures of consequence to a community in Nebraska. Both for-profit and not-for profit ventures were considered.
  • Work toward the development of a Nebraska community or region’s commercial capacity as a formal or informal economic development official, political official or volunteer.
  • Service as a change agent in a corporate or non-profit organization to increase the organization’s capacity to employ and/or serve Nebraskans.

Silvius is the President of eVentures Marketing, which she launched in October 2009. The business is focused on advancing economic development, entrepreneurship amd environmental education initiatives to strengthen and grow Nebraska’s economy.

Silvius is an active community volunteer, having developed, launched and directed several programs that continue to impact her community, county and region. She created the Leadership Nebraska City program after moving to the community and realizing the need to identify and prepare future leaders in regard to the assets, issues, challenges and opportunities facing the community while concurrently developing skills and networks for their personal development. Over the last five years, 50 individuals have graduated from the program and are participating on more than 85 boards and committees, ranging from city council and other governmental committees to youth and church organizations.

Silvius is currently coordinating the 2010 Nebraska Wind Power Conference along with biannual conferences for the Nebraska Economic Developers Assoication. She publishes a quarterly electronic newsletter for the National Rural Economic Developers Association and recently became certified as an NxLevel/EDGE facilitator. Silvius is also the founder and coordinator of the Nebraska City Green Council.

Silvius holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.