2021 NERA/USAA Scholarship Recipients




Mr. Michael Corney

MICHAEL CORNEY - Has enrolled in LaSalle University, majoring in computer science where he aspires to blend his technical knowledge with his artistic imagination. He graduated from Central Bucks High School South in Warrington, Pennsylvania with a GPA of 4.04 (weighted average). He lettered in baseball, playing all four years of his high school. He also attended courses at the University of Salamanca in Spain.

For the last three years he has volunteered with the OEG (Operation Eternal Gratitude) which sends care packages to military personnel serving overseas. They also participate with the Fill a boot and Operation Homefront campaigns


Ms. Anna Kranis

ANNA KRANIS - Anna graduated from Wantagh High in New York with a GPA of 94.3 (weighted average). She will be attending LIU CW Post with a focus in veterinary technology, intending to become a veterinarian. An early episode of her life with a dear pet led her in this direction.

While in High School, Anna participated in the IEA Equestrian competition where she attended practices and competitions in horse riding. She participated in the 2021 club that puts volunteers to work on homecoming and fundraising events. She was inducted into the Foreign Language Honor Society Ford outstanding achievement in Italian.


Ms. Nicole Maida

NICOLE MAIDA - While still in high school, Nicole accumulated 15 hours of community college and now going into her fourth year at the University of Central Oklahoma, her GPA is still 3.86. after this year she intends to pursue a masters degree with a focus in Cardiac and Stroke Rehabilitation Specialization.

Nicole has been very active in her community from high school on. She has participated in Girl Scouts, her church activities and was awarded a varsity letter in golf. While in college, she has been on the honor roll at OCU all three years of her enrollment.


Ms. Teagan Whiteside


TEAGAN WHITESIDE - Teagan is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. She wants to combine her love for the theater with what she has learned and is fascinated with how the stage in constructed to operate. Among many other activities she has been the technical director for every play that her school produced for the last three years. While in high school, she has maintained a GPA of 4.39 (weighted average).

In additions to the Drama Club she has been active in the International Thespian Society, the High School Marching Band and she has been in the Girl Scouts since kindergarten. She was awarded the United States President’s Award for Educational Excellence in recognition of outstanding excellence in 2021 as well as a number of other academic awards.


Ms. Jessica Wollesen


JESSICA WOLLESEN - Jessica maintained a 4.0 GPA in her first year at the Colorado School of Mines where she is studying biomedical engineering. Her major is in chemical engineering with a biological specialty and double minoring in biomedical engineering and biology. She explains that she hopes to work as a pharmaceutical engineer to experiment, test and develop medicines and eventually work to improve bioprinting. Currently, biomedical engineers have made major steps in the development of processes to print structures using organic tissue, utilizing stem cells from the patients in order to minimize the possibility of implant rejection.

While maintaining a 4.0 GPA, Jessica has volunteered as an Administrative Assistant for the Colorado School of Mines Student Services Office. After returning to her home town in Bakersfield, Ca, she has worked practically full time.


Congratulations to these scholarship recipients.  You are an inspiration and NERA wishes you continued success.  NERA is honored to be part of your educational journey.