Scholarships grant the gift of time, empowering students to excel

Apr 16, 2024

The annual G. Robert Muchemore Foundation Luncheon celebrates the transformative power of scholarships at Creighton University. Thanks to the Foundation's generous support, Bob and Bo Muchemore's legacies live on while empowering students to reach their fullest potential. To date, 134 law and 251 undergraduate scholarships have been awarded to Creighton students.

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I've always wanted to be a lawyer, and I understand how lucky I am to have received this gift.

Heidi Strigenz Creighton School of Law, Class of 2024

In May, Heidi Strigenz will realize her dream of becoming a lawyer — a Creighton lawyer.  

Strigenz's decision to pursue her legal education at Creighton University three years ago is a testament to her aspirations and the invaluable support offered by the G. Robert Muchemore Foundation Scholarship.    

Heidi Strigenz

"I've always wanted to be a lawyer, and I understand how lucky I am to have received this gift,” she says. "Creighton’s emphasis on cura personalis and service-oriented education is very important to me. Being a lawyer is the best way to use my skills to effect change and help people.” 

Established by the late Creighton alumnus G. Robert "Bob" Muchemore and his beloved wife Agnes "Bo" Botehlo Conrad Muchemore, their Foundation continues their wishes to empower aspiring Nebraska students to pursue their dreams, regardless of financial constraints.  

On April 17, the University celebrated the impact their gifts have made on Strigenz and other students at the annual G. Robert Muchemore Foundation Luncheon. Each year during the luncheon, Foundation trustees and the Muchemore family see firsthand how Bob and Bo's memories live on. To date, 134 law and 251 undergraduate scholarships have been awarded to Creighton students.

"Creighton is privileged to carry their legacies," says Mary Chase, EdD, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management. "We strive to create an environment where passion and potential can flourish. We are grateful to the Muchemore leaders and the Muchemore family for their trust and partnership."   

With the weight of financial burdens lifted from her shoulders, Strigenz immersed herself in the Creighton School of Law. She is a member of the Creighton Scholars Program, served as an article editor for the Creighton Law Review, and has been a summer associate at the Omaha law firm Fraser Stryker, where she will begin her career in September.   

"I will graduate at the top of my class," says Strigenz. "I'm really happy with how well I've done. This is only because of the extra time and energy I've been able to devote to my studies because of my scholarship." 

The Papillion, Nebraska, native says her decision to stay in Omaha after graduation was not just about proximity; it was a conscious choice to invest in her community and make a difference in the lives of those around her. She plans to do pro bono work and is looking forward to volunteering to coach high school mock trials. 

"Creighton and Omaha have given so much to me," says Strigenz. “I feel prepared to take the bar exam, and I'm excited to get in the courtroom and start representing clients. And now that I have this education and this position of privilege, I want to use my position to do good."  

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G. Robert Muchemore Foundation Undergraduate Scholars
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G. Robert Muchemore Foundation Law Scholars

Bob and Bo Muchemore 

Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Bob Muchemore enjoyed a lifelong and successful career at Mutual of Omaha after graduating from Creighton University College of Business in 1944 and the School of Law in 1945. Bo was born in Hawaii and found her calling in nursing, practicing, instruction, and leadership roles. She graduated from the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Honolulu, where scholarships underwrote her education. Bob and Bo's chance meeting on an airplane led to a partnership built on their shared values and aspirations. They were married and lived in Omaha until Bob unexpectedly passed away in 1992. Bo continued their legacy of service until she passed away in 1997. Today, the Muchemores are remembered for their dedication to students and belief in the power of higher education.