The Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation is grateful to our donors who have made it possible to offer scholarships to Nebraska students. These scholarships honor and memorialize the brave men and women of Nebraska who have served their country.

Recipients apply and are chosen by the NSHS Foundation’s Scholarship Committee. The awards are announced at the NSHS Foundation’s annual meeting each Spring.

Students who apply for these scholarships must attend high schools in school districts encompassing the hometowns of Nebraskan sailors entombed aboard the U.S.S. Arizona:

Nebraskans of World War II Scholarship Fund

The Nebraskans of World War II Scholarship fund provides up to four $2,000 scholarships each year to Nebraskan high school seniors.

This scholarship fund was established through a gift from the family of GM1c Edward Clough. Clough was killed during the 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 this generous gift.

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

The Pearl Harbor Remembrance Award

The Pearl Harbor Remembrance Award was created by Colonel Barney Oldfield and his wife Vada to honor the 22 Nebraskans killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor who remain entombed in the U.S.S. Arizona to this day. This fund awards up to four Nebraska high school seniors who applied for but did not receive the Nebraskans of World War II Scholarship Fund.

Your Donation Can Help

Many other individuals have contributed generously to this fund over the years, and you can join them in building the futures of the next generation of Nebraskans by donating. We appreciate all of our donors who make it possible to offer these scholarships year after year.