Silent auction to give boost to new scholarship fund for SNR students

Mary Bomberger Brown
Mary Bomberger Brown

In conjunction with the Arts for Conservation Night, the School of Natural Resources will be hosting a silent auction, featuring more than 50 art prints, paintings and multi-media works from the collection of Mary Bomberger Brown, who died earlier this year. The auction will be from 6 to 7 p.m. in the second floor lobby of Hardin Hall, 3310 Holdrege St.

Bomberger Brown was a well-known ornithologist and an associate professor of practice in the school. She was probably best known for her work with endangered bird populations, including Lesser Terns and Plovers in Nebraska, and for mentoring more than 75 students in pursuit of higher education degrees.

In her death, she chose to establish the Mary Bomberger Brown Scholarship Fund through the Nebraska Foundation. The scholarship is specifically for students majoring in fisheries and wildlife at the School of Natural Resources, with a sophomore standing or above, and who have a GPA of 3.55 or higher.

“She expressed her desire to help and reward students who had a desire to learn and excel in this field of study, especially if they had financial constraints that may otherwise burden their abilities to study,” her brother David Bomberger said. “During the process of creating the fund, Mary did not want any credit, notice or recognition. She was content and satisfied knowing her life could make a difference in the lives of future students.”

All money raised from the silent auction will be donated to this fund. Winners of silent auction pieces should pay with cash or check the night of the event. Credit cards cannot be accepted.

— Natural Resources