Scholarships

The Nebraskans of World War II Scholarship Fund was created to memorialize the brave men and women of Nebraska who served their country fighting for the freedoms of millions of people.

Two Lincoln, Nebraska servicemen in particular have been memorialized by their families through these scholarships: Edward J. Clough and Adrian B. DePutron.

GM1c Edward Clough was killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and remains entombed aboard the U.S.S. Arizona. His sister, Helen, chose to honor his memory through a gift that would help establish the Nebraskans of World War II Scholarship Fund.

Lt. Adrian DePutron was killed during the Battle of the Bulge on January 20, 1945, while serving with General Patton’s Third Army. The Lieutenant’s aunt, Marjorie Barstow, through her estate, honored her nephew’s service with a gift to help enhance the scholarship program.

Many other individuals have contributed generously to this fund over the years, making these yearly scholarships possible.

Julio Gutierrez, student at Pius X High School, accepting his Nebraskans of WWII Scholarship at the Foundation's Annual Meeting in Kearney in April 2015.
Julio Gutierrez, student at Pius X High School, accepting his Nebraskans of WWII Scholarship at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting in Kearney in April 2015.

The Nebraskans of World War II Scholarship Fund provides up to five $2,000 scholarships each year to high school seniors who go through an application process and are then voted upon by the NSHS Foundation’s Scholarship Committee.

The Pearl Harbor Remembrance Award was created by Colonel Barney Oldfield and his wife, Vada, to honor the 22 Nebraskans who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and remain entombed in the U.S.S. Arizona. The Pearl Harbor Remembrance Fund provides a monetary award to four high school seniors who applied for a Nebraskans of World War II Scholarship but did not receive one.

Students who apply for these scholarships must attend high schools in school districts that encompass the hometowns of those Nebraska sailors entombed aboard the U.S.S. Arizona. Those towns are:

Alda Kearney North Bend
Broken Bow Lincoln Omaha
Brule Madison Palisade
Central City Mitchell Potter
Cozad Nelson Ravenna
Gothenburg Newark (Minden) St. Michael (Kearney)

Nebraskans of World War II¬†Scholarships and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Awards are announced at the NSHS Foundation’s Annual Meeting held each spring.

Congratulations to the 2016 winners!

Please donate now to our Scholarship Project!