Scholarship Guidelines


 

2017-18 GIPS Foundation Online Scholarship Guideline Booklet

Printable PDF - Scholarship Guideline Booklet

 

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ABCDD Girls Softball Scholarship

Academic Aristocrat General Fund (up to 25)

American Legion Post 53 Scholarship

Jeff Ambroz Memorial Scholarship

Apfel Family Scholarship (2)

Mercedes Augustine Scholarship

Gabby Ayala Memorial Scholarship

B

Henry A. Bartenbach Scholarship

Theodora Baumann Scholarship

Doug Beran Memorial Scholarship

Maxine Bielfeldt Scholarship

Brostrom Family Scholarship

Brosz Family Scholarship

Jeremy J. Buckner Memorial Scholarship

Burger King - Grand Island Scholarship

C

Jim Cassey Memorial Scholarship

Central Nebraska Home Builders Scholarship

Mae T. Clark Scholarship

Cohn Family Scholarship

Duane D. Curtin Scholarship

Marjorie A. Curtin Scholarship

D

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services Scholarship

William “Bill” Degen, Sr. and Mary Ann Degen Scholarship

Emilio DeLeon Memorial Scholarship

Dodge PTO Scholarship

Dramco Tool Company Scholarship (2)

Dream Big, Work Hard, Stay Humble Sam Foltz Memorial Scholarship (2)

E

Eakes Family Scholarship (2)

F

Charles R. and Bessie E. Frith Scholarship        

G

Nicholas Jay Galvan Memorial Scholarship

Sharon Garrison "Grandma G/Bama" Memorial Scholarship

C. Ray Gates PTA Scholarship

Geddes-Bryant Family Scholarship

Louis and Mabel Gerdes Scholarship

Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship (3-5)

Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce Dream it! Do it! Scholarship (2)

Grand Island City Singers Scholarship

Grand Island Concert Association Patron of Music Scholarship

Grand Island Senior High Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) Scholarship (5)

Grand Island Senior High Class of 1964 Scholarship

Grand Island Senior High Class of 1972 Scholarship

Grand Island Senior High Class of 1973 Scholarship

Grand Island Senior High Class of 1977 Scholarship

Grand Island Senior High Student Council Scholarship

H

Bob Hamblet Northwestern University Scholarship

Harder Family Education Scholarship

Harris Family Grand Island Concert Association Scholarship

Philip J. Harvey Memorial Scholarship

Albert and Grace Hehnke Scholarship

Jack Higgins and Jessica Higgins DeMay Memorial Scholarship

Home Federal Bank Scholarship

Margaret Hornady-David Scholarship

Joyce and Marval Hornady Scholarship

Lester Husted Memorial Scholarship

J

Jeffries Family Scholarship

Joel Family Scholarship

K

Kahrhoff Family Scholarship

Dakota Karn Memorial Scholarship

Kaufmann-Cummings Trust Scholarship (6)

Bernard and JoAnn Kisner Scholarship

Patty and Mike Kneale Education Scholarship (2)

Marie Knickrehm Board of Education Scholarship

Marie Knickrehm Scholarship (9)

Dwaine and Carol Kubicek Grand Island Concert Association Scholarship

L

Jack Learned Memorial Grand Island Concert Association Scholarship

Live Well Physical Therapy Scholarship

M

William and Ferne Marshall Scholarship

William W. Marshall, III Memorial Scholarship

Jack and Lucile Martin Scholarship Program (2)

Lucile C. Martin Dream Scholarship (10)

Maurer Family Scholarship

Dorothy N. Maurer Scholarship

Marvin D. Maurer Scholarship

Rick Milton Hospitality Scholarship

N

Pat Nichols Memorial Grand Island Concert Association Scholarship

P

P.E.O. Chapter EZ Scholarship

Gaylord “Pete” Peterson Memorial Scholarship

R

Bobby Reynolds Memorial Scholarship

Tony Rischling Memorial Scholarship

Herb and LaNita Roeser Scholarship

S

Seedling Mile PTA Scholarship

Rod Shada Memorial Scholarship

William and Esther Shaffer Scholarship

Bob and Marge Sorensen Family Scholarship

Dick and Dorothy Spelts Scholarship

Brian Anthony Stecher Memorial Scholarship

Stolley Park PTA Scholarship

T

Vern and Esther Taylor Charitable Trust Scholarship

U

Dr. Stanley Urwiller Scholarship (3)

U.S. Bank Scholarship

V

Kaila Vanicek Memorial Scholarship

VFW Post 1347 Scholarship

W

Wasmer PTA Scholarship (2)

Dr. Joe & Bonnie Watkins Scholarship

Wednesday Group Scholarship

West Lawn PTO Scholarship

Wiegand Family Scholarship

Lonny W. Willis Memorial Scholarship

Lillian & Mildred Willman Scholarship

Y

David & Helen Young Scholarship

 

 

Traditional Scholarship Guidelines

 

ABCDD Girls Softball Scholarship

Scholarship Essay required

The ABCDD Girls Softball League was founded in 1962 by Bob and Marge Sorensen with approximately 40 girls. Now with over 700 girls and growing, the league has become one of the largest recreational softball groups in the state. The mission of ABCDD Girls Softball is to facilitate a safe, positive learning environment in which the young ladies of Grand Island and surrounding areas can learn about, and participate in, the sport of fast pitch softball while enhancing their self-esteem, self-confidence and self-discipline.

It is our hope that years from now they carry with them wonderful memories of their participation in the program and exhibit the character traits taught: a good work ethic, dedication to realizing a goal, self-motivation, the value of teamwork and, most importantly, respect for themselves and others. All of our volunteers work to facilitate this mission. We believe our children are our most precious assets and represent the future of our community.

The ABCDD Girls Softball League offers this scholarship in honor of the many girls who have played recreational softball throughout their youth in Grand Island. The scholarship is intended for a student who needs additional support to realize her college ambitions. The amount of the scholarship will be determined annually by the League.

Eligibility

  • Must have played in the Grand Island ABCDD Girls Softball League for at least 3 years or more and within the last 6 years
  • Must be a graduate of one of the following high schools: Grand Island Senior High, Grand Island Northwest, Grand Island Central Catholic, Heartland Lutheran, Wood River, Doniphan, Shelton, Aurora, Central City, Centura, Nebraska Christian, St. Paul, or homeschooled in the Grand Island area.
  • This scholarship is open to both high school seniors and graduates who are currently in their first or second year of college.
  • Must have the ability to succeed in college.  Student must have a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average
  • Must attend an accredited trade school, university, or college 

Essay Question

  • How has playing recreational softball with the ABCDD League impacted your life?

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Academic Aristocrat Scholarship

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High.

Over the years, many individuals have donated to the Academic Aristocrat fund to grant our students their dreams of a higher education. Some have donated annually or through payroll deductions, while others have established endowed scholarships in their family's names or in honor or memory of someone special.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class

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American Legion Post 53 Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

The mission of the American Legion Post 53, Hall County is to foster camaraderie among United States veterans. We serve our veterans, the military, and our community; and advocate on behalf of all veterans. It is our goal to ensure that veterans are respected for their service, receive their earned benefits, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made.

Core values:
Always put the interests of our members first
treat donors as partners in our cause
Promote patriotism
Ensure the care of veterans and their families
Serve our communities
Promote a positive image of the American Legion

The American Legion Post 53 offers this scholarship in honor of the sacrifices made by veterans and their loved ones. This scholarship is intended for a student who has ties to a veteran. Connection to a member of the American Legion Post 53 is preferable.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High, Grand Island Northwest, Grand Island Central Catholic, Heartland Lutheran, or Home schooled in the Grand Island Area.
  • This Scholarship is for high school seniors and graduates who are currently in their first or second year of college.
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA 
  • Must have a connection to a veteran
  • Must attend an accredited trade school, university, or college

Essay Question

  • Submit a short statement explaining your connection to a veteran and how has this connection made a positive impact on you?

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Jeff Ambroz Memorial Scholarship and Grant Fund

Jeff Ambroz was a 1997 graduate of Grand Island Senior High. He enjoyed classic cars and owned a 1964 Chevy Impala SS. His fondest memories of his time in school were at Walnut Middle School where he was involved in wrestling and show choir. A medical condition claimed his life in October of 2012. His wife, Regina, and their two children, Dalton and Lexi, honor Jeff's memory with this memorial fund. The Jeff Ambroz Memorial Scholarship will be given annually to a qualifying student. Additionally, two designated grants will be given to Walnut Middle school annually in Jeff's memory.

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Must have participated in sports or music at Walnut Middle School
  • Must have household disruption (single parent household, no parent household, etc.)

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Apfel Family Scholarship

Gaylord and Joan Apfel have created this annual scholarship in honor of the education received at Grand Island Public Schools by the Apfel family. The scholarship is a one year award and will be given in an amount up to $750. The scholarship is intended for students who are hard working and need the additional support to realize their college ambitions.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must have a grade point average between 3.0 and 3.5 and/or an ACT 24 or below
  • Must demonstrate ability to work hard for desired goals

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Mercedes Augustine Scholarship

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The Mercedes Augustine Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $500.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class
  • Must be a Fine Arts Major

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Gabby Ayala Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

In memory of Gabby Ayala, her family offers a $1,000 scholarship to a well-rounded student involved in athletics at Grand Island Senior High. Gabby, a 2008 graduate, played soccer and softball during her 4 years at GISH. She had an outgoing personality, and was a friend to all. Gabby had a tenacious spirit, pushing herself to be the best she could be both on the field and off. She was strong in academics and the will to succeed. Her senior year she filled her schedule with AP classes and graduated high school with 12 college credits. She was so passionate about everything she did and never allowed anyone to bring her down. She is greatly missed by those who knew her.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must enroll in a four-year college
  • Must have a 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Must be involved in athletics at GISH
  • Must be a letter winner

Essay Question

  • What is your highest expectation for yourself?

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Henry A. Bartenbach Scholarship

The Bartenbach family has created this annual scholarship for $1000 in memory of Henry (Hank) A. Bartenbach, a long time Grand Island businessman and active Rotarian in the noon Rotary Club.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must have applied to an accredited university of four year college in Nebraska
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Financial need will be a consideration in the selection, but will not be the determining factor
  • Relatives of the Bartenbach family and children of employees in the family enterprises are not eligible
  • Preference to students majoring in Interior Design or Architecture

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Theodora Baumann Scholarship

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The Theodora Baumann Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $900.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class
  • Business Major preferred
  • Must be a female

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Doug Beran Memorial Scholarship

Doug Beran graduated from Grand Island Senior High School in 1970.  After high school, Doug went to work for Western Electric like his father before him.  In 1976, he started at Diamond Engineering and was a loyal employee for 41 years.  He retired in June of 2017 as the Paving Superintendent.  Doug always worked with his hands.  As a tribute to Doug and the legacy he left, his wife Cindy, and daughters Vanessa and Hannah, offer this scholarship focused on students who will pursue a degree in construction, drafting, manufacturing or machining.  The scholarship is a one-year award in the amount of $500.   

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High School
  • Must be pursuing a 2 or 4-year degree in construction management, manufacturing, machining, or drafting

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Maxine Bielfeldt Memorial Scholarship

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The Maxine Bielfeldt Memorial Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class

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Brostrom Family Scholarship

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The Brostrom Family Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $500.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating

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Brosz Family Scholarship

Dan and Nancy Brosz have created this annual scholarship. The scholarship is a one-year award and will be given in the amount of $500 or more. The scholarship is intended for students who graduate in the top 15% of their class.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating
  • Must be majoring in medicine, education, or related fields
  • Must attend a public Nebraska trade school or University. Examples: Central Community College, Southeast Community College, University of Nebraska, Peru State College, Wayne State College, etc.

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Jeremy J. Buckner Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

In memory of Jeremy J. Buckner, his family offers a $1,000 scholarship to a well-rounded student involved in athletics and/or performing arts. Jeremy was an outstanding athlete at Grand Island Senior High. He still holds the school and the state record in the 300 intermediate hurdles. Jeremy played the violin from grade school through Senior High and was involved in orchestra.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must enroll in a two or four-year college
  • Must have a 2.5 GPA
  • Must have been involved in athletics and/or performing arts

Essay Question

  • Write a personal statement on why you are applying for this scholarship.

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Burger King – Grand Island Scholarship

Bill and Kathie Degen have created this annual scholarship for deserving young men and women who are planning to study business and are graduates of Grand Island Senior High School. The Degen family represents three generations of Grand Island Senior High graduates. The family operated Grand Island’s Golden Point restaurant for 15 years and opened Burger King Restaurants in 1976. Today, the Degens own and operate three Burger King Restaurants in Grand Island. This scholarship is a celebration of their 50 years of business in the Grand Island community and their commitment to young people who have helped their business grow. This scholarship is a $2,500 one year award. The scholarship is intended for students who are hard-working and need the additional support to realize their college ambitions.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must major in business, accounting, marketing, or finance
  • Must have a GPA between 3.2 and 3.7

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Jim Cassey Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Jim Cassey, his wife offers a $1,000 scholarship to help a Grand Island Senior student further his/her education at the college level. Mr. Cassey taught English, Speech, and Debate at Grand Island Senior High for 31 years. He was dedicated to education, and he would want students to continue their academic pursuits.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must demonstrate the ability to work hard for desired goals
  • Must be enrolled in a two or four year college (in-state or out-of-state)

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Central Nebraska Home Builders Scholarship

The Central Nebraska Home Builders Association has established this scholarship in memory of Grand Island Home Builder Jim Roth. Roth built homes in and around Grand Island for several years, including many homes in the Brentwood area. Roth was active in the Home Builders Association and did much to promote the construction trades and Central Nebraska Home Builders. He lost his life prematurely in a plane crash. As a thank you to Roth, the Central Nebraska Home Builders have created this scholarship as his legacy. The scholarship is a one-year award in the amount of $500 or more.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of a Hall County High School (Grand Island Senior High, Central Catholic High, Doniphan-Trumbull High, Grand Island Northwest High, Heartland Lutheran High, Wood River High)
  • Must be pursuing a degree, certificate, or diploma in a home-building trade, such as construction management, plumbing, heating and air, electrician etc.
  • Must meet requirements of acceptance to the trade program at an accredited post-secondary school of choice

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Mae T. Clark Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

The Mae T. Clark scholarship foundation will offer one scholarship for the amount of interest accrued by the Principal in the scholarship fund. The scholarship will not be less than $200. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage capable students entering vocations where opportunity currently prevails and to aid students who are chiefly dependent on their own efforts to further their education beyond high school.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must have attended the majority of elementary education a Lincoln Elementary
  • Must have spent 5th grade at Lincoln Elementary
  • Must possess attributes evidencing potential in the selected vocation

Essay Question

  • Write a statement about your reasons for entering your chosen profession or vocation.

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Cohn Family Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

Lee and Laurel Cohn have been employed with the Grand Island Public Schools for 45 plus years. Lee worked in the warehouse and Laurel worked as a cashier at Walnut and Barr. Their children, Lynda, Lewis Cody, Lucinda and Lance all attended Jefferson Elementary, Walnut Junior High, and Grand Island Senior High. All four Cohn children continued their education at Nebraska Colleges. The Cohn's believe that the Grand Island Public Schools have been a part of their family and would like to honor the significance of this relationship by helping GIPS students obtain their goals to further their education. The family offers a $1,000 scholarship to a Grand Island Senior High graduate.

Eligibility

  • Attended Barr or Walnut Middle Schools
  • Graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • 2.0 -3.5 GPA
  • Participated in the Arts or Athletics programs
  • Must pursue a certificate, associate or college degree or diploma from an accredited post-secondary institution or trade school located in the state of Nebraska.

Essay Question

  • How has the Grand Island Public Schools made a positive impact on your life and your future educational plans? (no more than 500 words)

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Duane D. Curtin Scholarship

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The Duane D. Curtin Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $500.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class

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Marjorie Curtin Scholarship

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The Marjorie Curtin Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $500.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class

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Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

The Deaf Services Foundation provides scholarships to students diagnosed as deaf or hard of hearing. The scholarships are intended for students who need the additional support to realize their college ambitions.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be diagnosed as deaf or hard of hearing

Essay Question

  • How has your hearing loss affected your academic/personal life?

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William "Bill" Degen, Sr. and Mary Ann Degen Family Scholarship

The family of William "Bill" Degen, Sr. has created this annual scholarship in his memory for deserving young men and women who are planning to study business and are graduates of Grand Island Senior High School. Mr. Degen operated Grand Island's Golden Point restaurant for 15 years and owned and operated Burger King Restaurants in Grand Island. The scholarship is a $1,000 one year award. The scholarship is intended for students who are hard working and need the additional support to realize their college ambitions.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be a business major
  • Preference will be given to students that have attended Gates Elementary School
  • Must demonstrate ability to work hard for desired goals
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA and an ACT score of 20 or higher
  • Must attend a Nebraska college or university

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Emilio DeLeon Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

The family of Emilio DeLeon has established this scholarship as legacy to his life. Emilio was a 2010 graduate of Grand Island Senior High. He was involved in football, wrestling, and ROTC. Emilio was also a positive role model and took many opportunities to mentor those who were younger than himself. During his years in high school, Emilio had to overcome the adversity of a sports injury and subsequent surgeries. This journey helped shape his positive attitude and his subscription to the ideology of "Planted not Buried." The scholarship is a one-year award and will be given in the amount of $500 or more, determined by the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation Board. The scholarship is intended for students who work hard and need additional support to pursue their education.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • A high school GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Must be involved in athletics

Essay Question

  • How have you overcome adversity and transformed this experience into positive growth?

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Dodge PTO Scholarship

The purpose of the Dodge Elementary Parent/Teacher Organization Scholarship is to encourage and assist former Dodge students who are pursuing post high school education. One or more scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $250 or more.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of any Grand Island High School (Grand Island Senior High, Central Catholic High, Grand Island Northwest High, Heartland Lutheran High)
  • Must have attended the majority of their elementary education at Dodge Elementary
  • Must possess attributes demonstrating potential in their selected field of study

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Dramco Tool Company Scholarship

Dramco Tool Co., Inc. is a leading manufacturer of molds, dies, precision machined parts and custom designed tools. The Dramco Tool Company offers up to two $500 scholarships to graduating seniors who are pursuing further training in machine tool technology.

Eligibility

  • Open to any area high school senior
  • Must be pursuing a degree, certificate, or diploma in Manufacturing Technology or Machining (Machine Tool Technology).
  • Must have a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Must attend Southeast Community College (Milford), or Central Community College (Hastings).

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Dream Big, Work Hard, Stay Humble Sam Foltz Memorial Scholarship

Big-hearted, selfless, smart, determined, a tremendously gifted athlete, but unfailingly humble. This was Sam Foltz.  A 2012 graduate of Grand Island Senior High, Sam followed his dream, walking onto the football team at the University of Nebraska. He proudly wore number 27 and became the starting punter, earning a scholarship position through his Central Nebraska work-ethic and grit. 

Foltz perished in a car accident the summer before his senior season at the University of Nebraska. The entire state and nation mourned with his family, as many remembered his character and spirit:  

"Sam was kind and generous but tough and ornery enough to always be the guy you wanted on your side. He was respectful and quick to give credit to others, to look out for others — all the while quietly outworking everyone. The Huskers have lost an outstanding punter, athlete, teammate, representative and friend. We’ve all lost a man of the highest caliber." –Joe Kutlas, GISH Activities Director

The last tweet from Sam’s Twitter account read: “You never know who’s watching…What impact do you wanna leave on the next generation to aspire to?! #DreamBig”  This was Sam Foltz. It is in this spirit that Sam’s family offers this legacy scholarship fund. 

This scholarship is a one-year award and will be given in the amount of $2,000 to a Grand Island Senior High Graduate and $500 to a Central Valley High School (Greeley) Graduate. The scholarship is intended for students who work hard and need additional support to pursue their education.  

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High or Central Valley High School (Greeley)
  • Grand Island Senior High student must be a two sport athlete
  • A high school GPA of 3.5 or better
  • A student/athlete of high character

Essay Question

  • Tell us about your dreams for the next 5 years.  What is your plan for accomplishing these dreams?  What does ‘stay humble’ mean to you?

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Eakes Family Scholarship

The Eakes Family has created this scholarship fund in honor of the education received at the Grand Island Public Schools for generations of their family. The scholarships are intended to recognize students who have worked hard and done well in high school. Each scholarship is a one-year award and will be given in the amount of $500 or more. Both scholarships are intended for students who graduate in the top 15% of their class. One of the scholarships will be awarded to a student who also demonstrates financial need.

Eligibility Scholarship 1

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class

Eligibility Scholarship 2

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class
  • Must demonstrate financial need

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Charles R. and Bessie E. Frith Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

Charles and Bessie Frith have created this annual scholarship for deserving young men and women who are graduates of Grand Island Senior High School. The scholarship is a $3,000 two year award. The scholarship is intended for students who are hard working and need the additional support to realize their college ambitions.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must demonstrate financial need by qualifying for the free or reduced school lunch program
  • Must have the ability to succeed in college, however, an honor-role grade point average is not necessary.  A 2.0 or 3.0 grade point average is acceptable
  • Must demonstrate ability to work hard for desired goals
  • Must demonstrate good character and citizenship
  • Must attend a public Nebraska trade school or University.  Examples: Central Community College, Southeast Community College, University of Nebraska, Peru State College, Wayne State College, etc. 

Essay Question

  • How will furthering your education help you in your chosen career?

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Nicholas Jay Galvan Memorial Schloarship

Scholarship Essay Required

The family of Nicholas Jay "Nick" Galvan has established this scholarship as legacy to his life. Nick was a member of the upcoming Grand Island Senior High Class of 2018. He was involved in football, wrestling, show choir, and his church youth group. Nick had a big smile and was a friend to all. He understood adversity and worked very hard to overcome obstacles that stood in his way. He lived with Tourette's syndrome and this, along with his faith, gave him the tenacity to hang in there when things were tough, and the compassion to understand other's shortcomings. His GISH Football family was important to him. He had longed dreamed of playing football. He wore his number 58 jersey proudly. He was also a talented performer and a member of the GISH Ultimate Image Show Choir.

This scholarship is a one-year award and will be given in the amount of $1058. The scholarship is intended for students who work hard and need additional support to pursue their education.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • A high school GPA of 2.5 or better
  • Must be involved in athletics or music
  • Must demonstrate good character and a desire to work hard

Essay Question

  • Nick overcame adversity and through this, learned how to succeed in school, be a great friend, and a compassionate person.  What adversity have you had to overcome, and how has it transformed you?

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Sharon Garrison “Grandma G/Bama” Memorial Scholarship

The family of Sharon Garrison has created this annual scholarship for deserving young men and women who are graduates of any Grand Island High School.  Mrs. Garrison was known as “Grandma G” or “Bama” by her loved ones.  She had an incredible heart for her family and especially her grandchildren.  “Grandma G” was no stranger to life’s hardships, losing her mother as a child.  As a result she developed an incredible resiliency that carried her through rough times.  She raised four children on her own and is remembered as a hard worker who would help anyone who was in need.  This scholarship in memory of “Grandma G” is intended for students who have also experienced hardship and are determined to pursue their dreams.  The scholarship is a one-year award in the amount of $500.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High, Grand Island Northwest, Grand Island Central Catholic or Heartland Lutheran High School
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must demonstrate financial need by qualifying for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program
  • Must be from a single parent family

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C. Ray Gates PTA Scholarship

The purpose of the C. Ray Gates Elementary PTA Scholarship is to encourage and assist former Gates Elementary students who are seriously pursuing post high school education. One scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $300 per year.

Eligibility

  • Must have attended C. Ray Gates Elementary School for at least three years.
  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High, Northwest, Heartland Lutheran, or Central Catholic High School
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Must be accepted to a school of institution of higher learning

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Geddes-Bryant Scholarship

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The Geddes-Bryant Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $500.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class

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Louis & Mabel Gerdes Scholarship 

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The Louis & Mabel Gerdes Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $500.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class
  • Prefer Journalism Major

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Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship

To spur the development of the next-generation of advanced manufacturing professionals, the Gene Haas Foundation awards high school seniors seeking a post-secondary degree in machining and advanced manufacturing technology. Up to $10,000 is available. Scholarships may be awarded in any number or amount determined by the recommendation of the selection committee.

Eligibility

  • Must be currently be enrolled in the Manufacturing Pathway at the Career Pathways Institute. 
  • Must be pursuing a degree, certificate, or diploma in Manufacturing Technology or Machining
  • Must meet requirements of acceptance to the trade program at an accredited post-secondary school of choice

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Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce Dream it! Do it! Scholarship

The Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce will award one or more scholarships to students who are pursuing a certificate, diploma, or associates degree in a trade program.

Eligibility

  • Must be enrolled in the Career Pathways Institute
  • Must have applied and be accepted to an accredited technical school or community college
  • Must have a 2.0 grade point average or above
  • Must be pursuing a certificate, diploma or Associates Degree one of the following majors: Information Technology, Manufacturing, Automotive, Construction, Welding, Drafting

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Grand Island City Singers

The Grand Island City Singers created this scholarship to invest in students who plan to go on to college and either major or minor in Vocal Music. One scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $250 per year.

Eligibility

  • Must have participated in Vocal Music courses and activities during school career.
  • Must major or minor in Vocal Music

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Grand Island Concert Association Patron of Music Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

1 minute audio file upload Required

The Grand Island Concert Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing a variety of classical music artists to Central Nebraska. The Association enriches lives, fosters growth, and advances musical appreciation through ongoing education and outstanding live performances. The GICA has been contributing to the musical and fine arts offerings in Central Nebraska since 1931. In the spirit of encouraging musical and theatrical talent, the GICA offers four scholarships annually to area students who have a plan to continue to grow and use their gifts. The scholarship is a one-year award and is valued at $1,000.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of one of the following high schools: Grand Island Senior High, Grand Island Central Catholic, Grand Island Northwest, Heartland Lutheran, St. Cecilia, Heartland Community High School, Loup City, Ord, Palmer, High Plains, Ravenna, Shelton, St. Paul, Wood River, York, Nebraska Christian, Aurora, Central  City, Central Valley, Centura, Doniphan-Trumbull, Elba, Fullerton, Hampton, Hastings, or Adams Central
  • Must be involved in music, musical theater or musical performance in school and/or in the community
  • Student must upload a 1 minute audio file showing proficiency in voice or instrument.(Theater students upload a monologue or reading).
  • Must attend an accredited trade school, university, or college

Essay Questions

  • Give a brief synopsis of your involvement in school and community music and/or theater activities. 
  • What are your dreams for using your talent in music and/or theater 10 years from now? Tell us how you plan to continue to develop your interest and talent.

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Grand Island Senior High Air Force Junior
Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) Scholarship

The Grand Island Senior High Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) has created this scholarship for students that have successfully completed four semesters of AFJROTC and have completed the minimum number of community service hours (80 hours) to the Grand Island Community. This one-year college scholarship will range from $200-$1,000.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be on track to complete 4 semesters of AFJROTC
  • Must have completed 80 hours or more of service to the Grand Island Community
  • Must enroll in a college, trade school, or university in pursuit of a diploma or degree

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Grand Island Senior High Class of 1964 Scholarship

The Grand Island Senior High Class of 1964 offers this scholarship in recognition and appreciation of the veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces, especially those from our class who served during the Vietnam War. The scholarship is a one-year award in the amount of $750. Students who demonstrate financial need, leadership, and volunteerism, will be considered.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must enroll in a two or four-year college or university in Nebraska
  • Must have a 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Must be involved in activities at GISH or in the community
  • Must describe leadership and volunteerism through essays on activity page

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Grand Island Senior High Class of 1972 Scholarship

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The GISH Class of 1972 Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $500.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class

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Grand Island Senior High Class of 1973 Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

In recognition of the tradition of excellence at Grand Island Public Schools, the Grand Island Senior High Class of 1973 offers a $500 scholarship to a well-rounded student who demonstrates passion and determination in pursuit of his/her educational and career goals.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must enroll in a four-year college or university in Nebraska
  • Must have a 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Must be involved in activities at GISH or in the community
  • Parent must be a graduate of GISH
  • Must demonstrate passion and determination for educational and career goals

Essay Question

  • The term “the art of” is used when explaining the beauty of numbers, images, words, or techniques coming together. ‘Art’ is defined as “The expression or application of human creative skill or imagination.” How is what you want to study after graduation an art?  Explain in one paragraph of 200 words or less the ‘art’ in what you intend to study and how it excites you.  

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Grand Island Senior High Class of 1977 Scholarship

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The GISH Class of 1977 Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $500.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class

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Grand Island Senior High Student Council Scholarship

The Grand Island Senior High Student Council has created this scholarship for student council members who have exhibited leadership skills. The annual award will be given in the amount of $250. The scholarship is intended for students who need additional help to realize their college ambitions.

Eligibility

  • Must be a current member of Student Council
  • Must have a 3.0 grade point average or higher

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Bob Hamblet Northwestern University Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required 

 

This scholarship's deadline is January 18, 2018

Its the people in our lives that make all the difference.  Some open opportunities for you that you never would have dreamed of on your own.  This can be a life changing experience, all because someone believed in you.  Former Grand Island High School Counselor Bob Hamblet was this caring professional that guided students to dream big.  He opened many opportunities for the students under his care.  Because of Mr. Hamblet’s encouragement, 1964 Grand Island High School Graduate Lanny Martin attended Northwestern University.  Mr. Martin believes that this one decision and his support from Mr. Hamblet was a “game-changer” for him.  He credits his success to the people that supported him along the way, particularly, his parents, his siblings and Mr. Hamblet.  As an expression of appreciation, Mr. Martin is offering this four-year scholarship to Northwestern University named for his counselor Bob Hamblet.  The scholarship will cover, in addition to financial aid provided by Northwestern, substantially all tuition/fees, room and board, and books, which is estimated to cost $55,000 per year for 4 years.  Scholarship winners will also be required to do some part-time work during each school year. This scholarship is intended as a 'last dollar' scholarship. All other awards/aid from Northwestern/scholarships that the student receives shall be applied to the student's account first.  

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must have attended Grand Island Senior High for at least two years
  • Well-rounded candidates with demonstrated academic, athletic, performing arts or community service accomplishments
  • Need to be admitted to Northwestern through the normal admittance procedures
  • Must upload Northwestern financial aid estimate
  • An ideal candidate would be one for whom Northwestern University is his/her dream school and financial considerations are a barrier to attendance.

 Essay Question

  • Tell us why you want to attend Northwestern University.

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Harder Family Education Scholarship

The Harder family is deeply rooted in public education and the Grand Island Public Schools.  Rob, a graduate of Grand Island Senior High, taught at Walnut for 22 years and Deb served as teacher, principal, and administrator for 35 years making stops at Seedling Mile, Starr, Stolley Park, Gates, and the Kneale Administration Building.  Their influence on education does not end there.  Son, Patrick Harder, and his wife Angela, are current teachers for the Grand Island Public School District.  The Harder family is passionate about developing great educators and offers this scholarship to a Grand Island Senior High Senior pursuing a Degree in Education.  The scholarship is a one-year, $775 award.  

 Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must list Education as a major or minor
  • Must have attended Gates Elementary for at least one year

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Harris Family Scholarship

Grand Island Concert Association

Scholarship Essay Required
1 minute audio file upload Required

This scholarship is directed to the student who intends to major or minor in music education, performance, or composition.

The melodies have danced for more than 70 years in the Harris Family. Reverend David and Jean Harris have been singing and playing music for as long as they can remember. Mrs. Harris is a nationally certified piano teacher who has blessed students with her talents since 1970 in the greater Grand Island, Nebraska area. She also accompanied the choirs at Grand Island Senior High for 20 years. Reverend Harris sings and plays music too. Church choirs, Grand Island City Singers, and La Camerata are just a few organizations who have been blessed by the songs of the Harris heart. The Harris Family offers this scholarship to encourage students to pursue music as a career.

The Harris Family Scholarship is a part of the Grand Island Concert Association Scholarships. In the spirit of encouraging musical talent, the GICA offers four scholarships annually to area students who have a plan to continue to grow and use their gifts. The scholarship is a one-year award and is valued at $1,000.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of one of the following high schools: Grand Island Senior High, Grand Island Central Catholic, Grand Island Northwest, Heartland Lutheran, St. Cecilia, Heartland Community High School, Loup City, Ord, Palmer, High Plains, Ravenna, Shelton, St. Paul, Wood River, York, Nebraska Christian, Aurora, Central  City, Central Valley, Centura, Doniphan-Trumbull, Elba, Fullerton, Hampton, Hastings, or Adams Central.
  • Must major or minor in music education, performance, or composition.
  • Student must upload a 1 minute audio file showing proficiency in voice or instrument.
  • Must attend an accredited trade school, university, or college

Essay Questions

  • Give a brief synopsis of your involvement in school and community music activities. 
  • What are your dreams for using your talent in music 10 years from now?  Tell us how you plan to continue to develop your interest and talent.

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Philip J. Harvey Memorial Scholarship

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The Philip J. Harvey Memorial Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class
  • Must have attended Walnut Middle School

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Albert & Grace Hehnke Scholarship

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The Albert & Grace Hehnke Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $500.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class
  • Technology Major preferred

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Jack Higgins & Jessica Higgins DeMay Memorial Scholarship

The family of Jack Higgins offers a $500 scholarship in his memory. Jack Higgins was a Grand Island Senior High graduate, a school board member, and also served as attorney for the Grand Island Public Schools.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must rank in the top 25% of the class
  • Must be an officer in a school organization or have made a significant contribution by active participation in a school organization with emphasis on leadership qualities

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Home Federal Bank Scholarship


Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must have attended Grand Island Senior High for at least 3 years
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the class
  • Applicant cannot be an employee of Home Federal Bank nor of any other Grand Island financial institution
  • Applicant’s parents cannot be an employee of Home Federal Bank nor of any other Grand Island financial institution
  • Must attend a public Nebraska trade school or University.  Examples: Central Community College, Southeast Community College, University of Nebraska, Peru State College, Wayne State College, etc.
  • Must major in Business, Finance or Accounting

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Margaret Hornday-David Scholarship 

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The Margaret Hornady-David Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $500.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class
  • Must be Female

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Jocye & Marval Hornady Scholarship 

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The Joyce & Marval Hornady Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $500.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class

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Lester Husted Memorial Scholarship

Lester Husted was a school psychologist who spent 31 years serving the Grand Island Public Schools as part of the Central Nebraska Support Service Program. Lester was known for his gentle nature and ability to put students and parents at ease. He was caring and empathetic and is described by others as someone who 'knew how to talk to people.' Lester had a passion for students with special needs and advocated for them on a daily basis. He was also well respected among his colleagues and his supervisors, many who would seek out his advice and dialogue. He was a mentor to a countless number of professionals and a leader of many educational initiatives throughout his career. Lester was well known for his motto, "In God we trust, all others must have data." Lester constantly invested in students, and this scholarship, focused on future educators, is Lester's legacy.

The Lester Husted Memorial Scholarship is a one-year award and will be given in the amount of $1,000 or the value determined by the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation Board. The scholarship is intended for students who work hard and need additional support to pursue their education.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High, Central Catholic High, Centura High, Grand Island Northwest High, Heartland Lutheran High, Palmer High or Wood River High
  • Must demonstrate ability to work hard for desired goals
  • Must major in Education, Special Education, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Counseling/Psychology, Behavioral Sciences (preference will be given to students seeking a degree in special education).
  • A high school GPA of 2.5 or better

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Jeffries Family Scholarship

The Jeffries family has created this annual scholarship in memory of Marilyn and Jack Jeffries, past graduates of Grand Island Senior High. This scholarship is a one year award and will be given in an amount of $1,000. The scholarship is intended for students who are hard working and need the additional support to realize their college ambitions.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Must be a two sport letter winner for two or more years in the following Grand Island Senior High sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, or Wrestling
  • Must have participated in Grand Island Senior High sports during senior year
  • Must be attending a 4-year college or university
  • Must not be a recipient of a full-ride scholarship

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Joel Family Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

Dr. Stephen and Linda Joel have created this annual scholarship. The scholarship is a one year award and will be given in the amount of $500. The scholarship is intended for students who are hard working and need the additional support to realize their college ambitions.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must demonstrate ability to work hard for desired goals
  • Must have overcome obstacles to graduate. 

Obstacles can be defined as the following:

  1. Qualify for the free or reduced school lunch program
  2. Current or former English Language Acquisition participant
  3. Current or former disruption of family
  4. Other

Essay Question

Write a short statement that answers the following questions:

  1. The obstacles that I have overcome to graduate are:
  1. I have overcome these obstacles by:
  2. My future plans for college and beyond are:

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Kahrhoff Family Scholarship

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The Kahrhoff Family Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $500.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Family wants to fund students that have greatest financial need within the top 15%
  • Student needs to demonstrate good work ethic
  • Student needs to demonstrate good character and citizenship
  • Preference given to students who will attend Nebraska Schools

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Dakota Karn Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

GIPS student Dakota Christopher Karn, passed away unexpectedly at age 14. From the day of his birth, Dakota was a special gift. He immediately brought his family and their friends together in a way that his family had never seen before. Dakota meant so much to his family and friends, and how he enriched their lives. His gift was unconditional love. Dakota believed everyone was his friend, and it may have been true. He would talk to anyone, say "hi" to anyone, and was always ready with a hug for anyone that would have one. Dakota had the great gift of never having a bad day; even when he should have, he didn't. A day didn't go by that he didn't smile or laugh and make someone else smile or laugh. He made others feel better, even when he wasn't feeling his best. He lived his life in an amazing way. Dakota loved to go to school every day. He loved being with his friends and being a part of their lives. From Stolley Park Elementary to Barr Middle School, he had made so many friends and loved to go watch sporting events and hang out with them. Dakota was so looking forward to high school; and talked about it all of the time. Dakota's parents were always amazed and thankful of how well everyone treated Dakota. With this scholarship, they want Dakota's gift of love, helpfulness and zest for life to live on. This scholarship is a one year award in the amount of $1,000 and may pay for tuition, room, board, fees, books, or supplies.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of any Grand Island High School (Grand Island Senior High, Central Catholic High, Grand Island Northwest High, Heartland Lutheran High)
  • Must be majoring in Special Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Pre-med, or Nursing.
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Must demonstrate good character, citizenship, and volunteerism

Essay Question

  • Dakota believed that all people he came into contact with were his friends.  How do you value friendship?

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Kaufmann-Cummings Trust Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

The Directors of the Kaufmann-Cummings Foundation offer 6 four-year scholarships for $1,000 per year to Grand Island Senior High students.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must rank in the top ½ of class
  • Must have attended Grand Island Senior High for three years
  • Must have demonstrated regular attendance and good conduct

Essay Question

  • How have your years at Grand Island Senior High shaped your character and prepared you for college?

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Bernard & Joann Kisner Scholarship

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The Bernard & Joann Kisner Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $500.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class

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Patty and Mike Kneale Education Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

Long-time educators Patty and Mike Kneale created this annual scholarship to invest in the students of Grand Island Public Schools. Mike, a former school superintendent, and Patty, a former teacher, believe strongly in public education as the foundation of the American Dream. The scholarship is a four-year award and will be given in the amount of $5,000 ($1,250 per year). The scholarship is intended for students who work hard and need the additional support to realize their college ambitions.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must demonstrate ability to work hard for desired goals
  • Must major in Education
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • A high school GPA of 2.8 or better

Essay Question

  • Write a short statement that answers the following questions:
  1. Explain your passion for education.  Why do you want to become a teacher?
  2. What obstacles have you overcome to graduate?  How?
  3. What circumstances describe your financial need?  Do you have a financial plan for college?
  4. What are your future plans (college and beyond)?

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Marie Knickrehm Board of Education Scholarship

Ms. Knickrehm graduated from Grand Island Senior High and later taught and worked as a principal for the Grand Island Public Schools. She was always very interested in giving students opportunities to succeed. Marie funded a scholarship for students of the Grand Island Schools during her lifetime and left additional money in her estate to help Grand Island students. She has created a legacy of educational opportunity. The Marie Knickrehm Board of Education Scholarship is $9,000.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must have attended Knickrehm Elementary
  • Must be awarded to an academically worthy student

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Marie Knickrehm Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Marie Knickrehm graduated from Grand Island Senior High in 1936. She was the first in her family to attend college and paved the way for her siblings to go on to college. She was a distinguished professor in food science and dietetics at both Cornell University and the University of Nebraska. She is a member of the Grand Island Senior High Hall of Honor. Because Dr. Knickrehm won a scholarship to college, she was always very interested in giving students opportunities to succeed. She funded scholarships for students of the Grand Island Schools during her lifetime and left additional money in her estate to help Grand Island students. She has created a legacy of educational opportunity. The Marie Knickrehm Memorial Scholarship is $500 or more and will be offered to 6 or more students annually.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating

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Dwaine and Carol Kubicek Scholarship

Grand Island Concert Association

Scholarship Essay Required
1 minute audio file upload Required

Dwaine and Carol Kubicek are enthusiastic supporters of music and the fine arts. Dwaine has played a number of musical instruments and is grateful for the role that music has played in his life. The Kubicek's give this scholarship to encourage young people to pursue their dreams of college while also nurturing their inner melody.

The Dwaine and Carol Kubicek Scholarship is a part of the Grand Island Concert Association Scholarships. In the spirit of encouraging musical and theatrical talent, the GICA offers four scholarships annually to area students who have a plan to continue to grow and use their gifts. The scholarship is a one-year award and is valued at $1,000.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of one of the following high schools:  Grand Island Senior High, Grand island Central Catholic, Grand Island Northwest, Heartland Lutheran, St. Cecilia, Heartland Community High School, Loup City, Ord, Palmer, High Plains, Ravenna, Shelton, St. Paul, Wood River, York, Nebraska Christian, Aurora, Central  City, Central Valley, Centura, Doniphan-Trumbull, Elba, Fullerton, Hampton, Hastings, or Adams Central.
  • Must be involved in music in school and in the community
  • Student must upload a 1 minute audio file showing proficiency in voice or instrument.
  • Must attend an accredited trade school, university, or college
  • Must major in Music Education, with emphasis on band/orchestra, or other instrumental or choral groups

Essay Questions

  • Give a brief synopsis of your involvement in school and community music activities.
  • What are your dreams for using your talent in music 10 years from now? Tell us how you plan to continue to develop your interest and talent.

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Jack Learned Memorial Scholarship

Grand Island Concert Association

Scholarship Essay Required
1 minute audio file upload Required

The family of Jack Learned offers this scholarship in his memory to a Grand Island Senior High student who has been involved in music or theater activities. Mr. Learned was an esteemed Music Teacher at Grand Island Senior High, known for his genuine spirit and loved by his students. He was a trail blazer. He started the Front Street Dance Hall Revue in Ogallala and was the first "Cactus Jack." He was instrumental in the growth of the Stuhr Museum serving as director from 1972 – 1989. Mr. Learned also grew the endowment of the Stuhr Museum Foundation, serving as its director until 1993. The Jack Learned Memorial Scholarship is a part of the Grand Island Concert Association Scholarships. In the spirit of encouraging musical and theatrical talent, the GICA offers four scholarships annually to area students who have a plan to continue to grow and use their gifts. The scholarship is a one-year award and is valued at $1,000.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be involved in music, musical theater or musical performance in school and/or in the community
  • Student must upload a 1 minute audio file showing proficiency in voice or instrument.
  • Must attend an accredited trade school, university, or college

Essay Questions

  • Give a brief synopsis of your involvement in school and community music and/or theater activities. 
  • What are your dreams for using your talent in music and/or theater 10 years from now?  Tell us how you plan to continue to develop your interest and talent.

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Live Well Physical Therapy Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

As proud Islander Alumni, Barb Engberg and Matt Hilligas are offering a one-year $1000 scholarship to help a GISH student realize his/her dreams of becoming a physical therapist. Barb and Matt co-own and operate Live Well Physical Therapy in Grand Island. Live Well is committed to providing attentive and individualized care in a personal and compassionate environment. They use aquatic and land-based therapies to help their patients regain physical strength and lead an independent, pain-free life. 

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Planning to pursue a degree in the field of Physical Therapy
  • Job shadowing experience in a Physical Therapy clinic
     

Essay Question

  • Why are you considering a career in the field of physical therapy?

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William and Ferne Marshall Scholarship

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The William and Ferne Marshall Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $500.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class

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William W. Marshall, III Memorial Scholarship

To honor his legacy, the family of William "Bill" Marshall III offers this scholarship to students at Grand Island Senior High. After graduating from high school in 1962, William "Bill" Marshall, III pursued his higher education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating in 1966. In 1969, he earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska-College of Law.

In 1971, Marshall returned to Grand Island at the persuasion of his father, William Marshall, Jr., to help start a local bank. In September of 1971, Five Points Bank opened its doors. Marshall was elected President of Five Points Bank in 1975 and Chairman of the bank in 1989. Under Marshall's direction and guidance, Five Points Bank has evolved from the smallest bank in Central Nebraska into the sixth largest Nebraska bank holding company with over $1.25 Billion in total assets. Over the last 44 years, Marshall lived out a community-minded ideology that began with his father's mantra, "You have to pay rent for the space you take." Marshall was involved in and financially supported various projects and causes both locally and state-wide. In addition to his service on local and state-wide boards, he helped raise funds for the building of the Heartland Event Center, the building of College Park, and the movement of the Nebraska State Fair from Lincoln to Grand Island. In 2013, Marshall was named the Grand Island Independent's "Man of the Year." In 2015 Marshall was inducted into the Grand Island Senior High Hall of Honor.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of graduating class
  • Must be planning to major in Business, Finance, or Accounting

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Jack and Lucile Martin Scholarship Program

The children of Jack and Lucile Martin created this scholarship in memory of their father in 1998. The six Martin children all graduated from Grand Island Senior High. Their father, John C. Martin, better known as "Jack", was active in the Grand Island community. He served as Mayor of Grand Island, President of the Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Lion's Club, and as a deacon and elder of the Presbyterian Church. Jack Martin died in 1981. The Martin children feel that the Jack Martin Scholarship is one way to say, "thank you" to their parents and to Grand Island Senior High for the solid educational foundation they received. They hope this scholarship will give Grand Island students the same opportunities that their loving and caring parents provided for them. The scholarship is $5,000 per year for four years for two graduating students each year.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must have attended Grand Island Senior High for at least two years
  • Well-rounded candidates with demonstrated academic, athletic, performing arts or community service accomplishments
  • While financial need is not a requirement, an ideal candidate would be one for whom this scholarship might enable them to attend a college or university they might not otherwise have been able to attend

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Lucile C. Martin Dream Scholarship

The children of Lucile and Jack Martin, Les, Carol, Dianne, Lanny, Tom and Janet, all grew up in Grand Island and graduated from Grand Island Senior High School. Their parents encouraged and enabled all of them to attend college. The Martin children have created this multi-year scholarship in honor of their mother Lucile C. Martin who volunteered for many decades in support of teenagers in need. The scholarship award is up to a total of $5,000.00 or 90% of tuition and books/supplies (whichever is less) for students who are pursuing a certificate, diploma, or associates degree in a trade program. Up to 10 awards will be made annually. This scholarship may be renewable.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High and attended G.I. for at least one year
  • Must have applied and be accepted to an accredited technical school or community college
  • Must have a 2.0 grade point average or above
  • Must be pursuing a certificate, diploma or Associates Degree one of the following majors: Information Technology, Manufacturing, Automotive, Construction, Welding, Health Occupations – including Nursing and others, Business
  • Students who meet one or more of the following criteria will be considered
  1. Minority
  2. Financial Need
  3. English Language Learner or English is not the primary language spoken in student's home.
  4. Migrant worker
  5. Teen Parent

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Maurer Family Scholarship

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The Maurer Family Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class

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Dorothy N. Maurer Scholarship

"If learning isn't fun, you are doing it wrong!" Dorothy Maurer regularly expressed this sentiment to friends and colleagues. Mrs. Maurer was a master teacher. She would often lower her voice in her room of energetic third graders to get their attention. When Mrs. Maurer spoke quietly, the children listened. She was a champion for their success and they knew it. Frequently she would spend an entire evening working on a lesson or project for just one child who needed a little extra attention. Her influence was cut short by a courageous fight with cancer in 1988. Upon her death, so many of her former students sent memorials and their condolences at the loss of their talented teacher. Dorothy's family, including former superintendent Marv Maurer and their children Carmen and Joel, initiated an endowed scholarship in Dorothy's memory so she could continue to invest in the students she loved, forever. The first Dorothy N. Maurer scholarship was awarded in 1989. The criteria for the scholarship reflects Mrs. Maurer's zest for learning and appreciation of tenacity and excellence. The scholarship is awarded each year to the student who ranks number 1 in his/her graduating class and has the highest ACT score.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class
  • Must be ranked #1 in the graduating class
  • Must have highest ACT score

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Marvin D. Maurer Scholarship

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The Marvin D. Maurer Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class

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Rick Milton Hospitality Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

Rick Milton spent more than 40 years in the hospitality industry. He was a certified hospitality administrator managing, owning, and operating a number of hotels throughout his career. He was known in Grand Island as "Mr. Hospitality." His title was earned through his service on the PTO's and booster organizations of Dodge Elementary, Barr Middle School, and Grand Island Senior High. He was known for organizing wonderful experiences for teachers and staff as a thank you for their efforts. Rick also invested heavily in Grand Island with his time and treasure. He was the Chairman of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and was instrumental in efforts to bring travel and tour business into Grand Island. Rick had a passion for education and to honor his memory, his family has set up this perpetual scholarship fund. The Rick Milton Hospitality Scholarship will be awarded annually in the amount of $500 to a student who meets the following criteria and wants to continue his/her education in the hospitality industry.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Must have an ACT composite score of 20 or more
  • Must major in a hospitality field such as tour and travel, hotel/restaurant management, convention planning, event planning, etc.

Preference will be given to those who

  • attended Dodge Elementary
  • have demonstrated work in a hospitality field such as waiting tables, hotel housekeeping, hotel clerk, banquet setup, bussing tables, etc.

Essay Question

  • Answer the following questions:
  1. What is the Hospitality Industry?
  2. Why are you interested in the hospitality field?

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Pat Nichols Memorial Scholarship

Grand Island Concert Association

Scholarship Essay Required
1 minute audio file upload Required

Born in 1915, Irma Nichols surrounded herself with music and theater through her high school years. At age 16, young Irma played the part of “Pat” in the show The Wild Oats Boy by Lillian Mortimer.  Though the show was short-lived, the nickname was not.  From then forward she was called Pat.  Pat became an accomplished pianist and church organist, a career that spanned 50 years.  She enjoyed countless concert and theater performances her whole 102 years of life.

Pat could not go to college because of the Great Depression.  It is her family’s wish to help provide an opportunity for young people to fulfill their college dreams.  This scholarship is designed to carry on Pat’s musical legacy for students who pursue music as an avocation or career.

The Pat Nichols Memorial Scholarship is a part of the Grand Island Concert Association Scholarships.  In the spirit of encouraging musical and theatrical talent, the GICA offers scholarships annually to area students who have a plan to continue to grow and use their gifts. The scholarship is a one-year award and is valued at $1,000.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of one of the following high schools:
    Grand Island Senior High, Grand Island Central Catholic, Grand Island Northwest, Heartland Lutheran, St. Cecilia, Heartland Community High School, Loup City, Ord, Palmer, High Plains, Ravenna, Shelton, St. Paul, Wood River, York, Nebraska Christian, Aurora, Central  City, Central Valley, Centura, Doniphan-Trumbull, Elba, Fullerton, Hampton, Hastings, or Adams Central.
  • Must be involved in music, musical theater or musical performance in school and/or in the community
  • Student must upload a 1 minute audio file showing proficiency in voice or instrument. (Theater students upload a monologue or reading).
  • Must attend an accredited trade school, university, or college

 Essay Questions

  • Give a brief synopsis of your involvement in school and community music and/or theater activities.
  • What are your dreams for using your talent in music and/or theater 10 years from now? Tell us how you plan to continue to develop your interest and talent.

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PEO Chapter EZ Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

P.E.O. is an international organization of women who are interested in philanthropy and higher education. The local EZ Chapter has been offering scholarships to young women in Hall County since 1985. The scholarship is a one year, $450 award, payable to the college or university of the student's choice.

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Must be female
  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High, Grand Island Central Catholic, Grand Island Northwest, Heartland Lutheran, Doniphan-Trumbull, Wood River, or Centura
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need
  • Must be involved in at least three school activities and at least two community activities

Essay Question

  • Reviewers will pay special attention to the volunteer essay question on the Activities page and the financial plan question on the Personal Essay page.

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Gaylord "Pete" Peterson Memorial Scholarship

The family of Gaylord 'Pete' Peterson has created this annual scholarship for deserving young men and women who are graduates of any Grand Island High School. The scholarship is a one year award. Mr. Peterson was a life-long educator who started teaching at the young age of 16. He earned a Normal Training Certificate from Wayne State College and began his career teaching in rural schools. He later earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education and taught students for six decades. He taught and coached at Walnut Junior High for 34 years. Mr. Peterson left a lasting impact on so many students and colleagues. He was born a teacher and loved investing in students. This scholarship in his memory is intended for students who are pursuing their dreams to become educators and need the additional support to realize their college ambitions.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High, Grand Island Northwest, Grand Island Central Catholic or Heartland Lutheran High School
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must major in Education with a preference for students who want to become a secondary science teacher

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Bobby Reynolds Scholarship

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The Bobby Reynolds Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $500.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class
  • Must be a Letter Winner

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Tony Rischling Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

"He had a craft for teaching. He was great at it. Kids were drawn to him."
"He would teach things in a way that I had never thought of and it made me a better teacher."
"Everybody who was around him got better because of him." –Colleagues of Mr. Rischling

The family of Mr. Tony Rischling has created this scholarship as a legacy to his work with students and his love for music. Mr. Rischling was a middle school band director, working with students from Barr, Walnut, and Westridge. In 2016, Mr. Rischling lost his battle with Burkitts Lymphoma a rare and aggressive cancer. He was only 36. During his time at GIPS Mr. Rischling taught thousands of students to love music. He was known for his passion and patience. He connected with students, encouraged them to be their best, and helped them grow as musicians who were ready to move to the next level. He had a way of making each student feel appreciated and loved (even if they didn't practice!).

Mr. Rischling's ultimate composition and legacy is the music he wrote on the hearts of students and all who were around him.

This scholarship is a one-year award and will be given in the amount of $700. The scholarship is intended for students who have spent their high school years involved in Band at Grand Island Senior High.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be enrolled in Band during senior year of high school

Essay Question

  • Mr. Rischling had a deep love for music and its impact on his students.  How has music impacted your life?

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Herb & LaNita Roeser Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

Education advocates, Herb and LaNita Roeser, developed this annual scholarship to invest in students pursuing a teaching career. Mrs. Roeser served 42 years as a teacher, the last 29 years teaching English at Grand Island Senior High. All four of the Roesers' children graduated from Senior High. With the belief that good teachers opened the doors for their children, this scholarship is designed to invest in creating good teachers who are committed to spending their lives creating opportunities for students.

The scholarship is a one-year renewable award and will be given in the amount of $500 or the value determined by the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation Board. The scholarship is intended for students who work hard and need additional support to pursue their education.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must demonstrate ability to work hard for desired goals
  • Must major in Education
  • A high school GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Must be actively involved in school activities

Essay Question

Write a short statement that answers the following questions:

  1. Explain your passion for education.  Why do you want to become a teacher?
  2. What role do you think education plays in the future of our nation?
  3. What obstacles/challenges have you overcome to graduate?  How has this helped you grow?

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Seedling Mile PTA Scholarship

The purpose of the Seedling Mile Parent/Teacher Association Scholarship is to encourage and assist former Seedling Mile students who are seriously pursuing post high school education. One scholarship will be awarded per year in an amount not to exceed $250.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduating senior from Grand Island Senior High, Northwest High School, Grand Island Central Catholic, or Heartland Lutheran
  • Must have attended Seedling Mile Elementary School for at least three years
  • Must have applied to a school or institution of higher learning.

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Rod Shada Memorial Scholarship

Mr. Rod Shada spent his life investing in students.  He served as teacher, coach, counselor and motivator for 39 years at Grand Island Senior High. His first ten years were in the English department, and the following 29 years were spent as a guidance counselor. He also was the head wrestling coach from 1967-1980. His 1973 team won the Class A State Wrestling Championship.

Mr. Shada was elected to the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 1984, and the Grand Island Senior High Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012. He officiated high school wrestling in Nebraska for 44 years.  In 2015, Mr. Shada was named Legendary Educator by the GIPS Foundation.  He always had a kind word to say and a smile to share.  He is greatly missed by all who knew him.

To honor Mr. Shada’s legacy of investment, his family is offering this one-year scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a deserving student who also participated in the wrestling program at Grand Island Senior High.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must have participated in Wrestling at Grand Island Senior High
  • Must demonstrate good work ethic and be a team player

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William & Esther Shaffer Scholarship

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The William & Esther Shaffer Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $500.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class

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Bob and Marge Sorensen Family Scholarship

The Bob and Marge Sorensen Family are intertwined with many Grand Island institutions. Bob, Marge, their three daughters, Susan, Nancy, and Janet, the 5 Sorensen grandchildren and many great-grandchildren are currently attending or have graduated from Grand Island Public Schools.

The Sorensen family has left many legacies in Grand Island. Girls Softball, the Grand Generation Center, and city government are just a few institutions that have been positively impacted by Bob Sorensen and his family's service. In 1985, Grand Island Mayor Bill Wright dedicated the softball fields at Ryder Park as the "Bob Sorensen Softball Complex." In 2011, Bob was inducted into the Grand Island Senior High Hall of Honor for his lifetime of service to the Grand Island Community. In 2012, Bob Sorensen celebrated 50 years in Grand Island softball.

The Sorensen family offers this scholarship award in celebration of their father's service to Grand Island. The scholarship is intended for a hard working student who has played ABCDD Girls Softball and who needs additional support to realize her college ambitions.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must have played in the Grand Island ABCDD Girls Softball League for 3 years or more
  • Must demonstrate financial need or face obstacles.  Eligible students may qualify for the free or reduced school lunch program, come from a single parent family, be a pregnant or parenting teen, English Language Learner, or minority.
  • Must have the ability to succeed in college.  Student must have a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average
  • Must demonstrate ability to work hard for desired goals
  • Must demonstrate good character and citizenship
  • Must attend an accredited trade school, university, or college

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Dick & Dorothy Spelts Scholarship

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The Dick & Dorothy Spelts Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $500.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class
  • Prefer Hastings College

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Brian Anthony Stecher Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

In memory of Brian Anthony Stecher, his family would like to help a Grand Island Senior High student that is interested in attending Central Community College in Grand Island or Lincoln Southeast Community College in Lincoln. The family will donate $500 toward tuition of the first year at either school.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Enroll at Grand Island’s CCC or Lincoln Southeast Community College

Essay Question

  • Write a personal statement on why you are applying for the scholarship and tell us about yourself.

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Stolley Park PTA Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

The Stolley Park Elementary Parent Teacher Association offers a $500 scholarship to one graduating senior from Grand Island Senior High, Grand Island Central Catholic, Grand Island Northwest, or Heartland Lutheran High School.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of any Grand Island High School (Grand Island Senior High, Central Catholic High, Grand Island Northwest High, Heartland Lutheran High)
  • Must have attended the majority of their elementary education at Stolley Park Elementary

Essay Question

  • How has being a student at Stolley Park Elementary impacted your life?

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Vern and Esther Taylor Charitable Trust Scholarship

The Charitable Trust was formed as a result of the will of Vern and Esther Taylor. One of the wishes of the Taylors was to support the education of graduating seniors from Grand Island. They especially had interests in seniors who want to further their education in the medical field. One scholarship for $1,000 will be awarded each year to a senior.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must rank in the top 15% of your class
  • Must plan to further your education in a medical field

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Dr. Stanley Urwiller Scholarship

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The Dr. Stanley Urwiller Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $1,000 ($500 per semester).

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of class
  • Must be active in Community Activities
  • Must be active in School Activities
  • Preference given to students whose parent(s) work for GIPS

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U.S. Bank Scholarship

Each year the Grand Island U.S. Bank awards a foundation grant for the Grand Island Senior High Scholarship program.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must rank in the top 20% of the class
  • Must have good intentions of applying to an accredited university, four-year college, two-year college or technical school
  • Applicant cannot be a son or daughter of an employee of U.S. Bank of Grand Island nor of any other Grand Island financial institution
  • This is an academic scholarship. Financial need may be a consideration in selection, but is not the determining factor

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Kaila Vanicek Memorial Scholarship

Kaila Vanicek's gift was laughter. Her eyes could laugh as they danced with you, daring you and inviting you to join in the fun. Kaila was non verbal, but social. She enjoyed being around people and is remembered as a happy person with an infectious laugh. Kaila began her affiliation with the Grand Island Public Schools as an infant and was part of the Class of 2008. She was served by many educators, especially in special education who gave her their trademark brand of love. It is in this spirit, that Kaila's parents, Mike and Rhonda Vanicek, have established this scholarship fund. The Vaniceks are interested in helping future educators develop their skills so that students can attain the same kind of life quality and happiness that Kaila had for herself and inspired in others.

The Kaila Vanicek Memorial Scholarship is a one-year award and will be given in the amount of $1,000 or the value determined by the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation Board. The scholarship is intended for students who work hard and need additional support to pursue their education. The scholarship may be renewable if the recipients still meet the criteria and complete the online application in subsequent years.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High (current year or preceding 3 years)
  • Must major in Education or Special Education.  Preference will be given to students seeking a degree in Special Education
  • Preference will be given to students who have attended either Dodge Elementary or Newell Elementary

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VFW Post 1347 Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

The mission of the VFW Post 1347, Hall County is to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. We serve our veterans, the military, and our community; and advocate on behalf of all veterans. It is our goal to ensure that veterans are respected for their service, receive their earned benefits, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made.

Core values:
Always put the interests of our members first
treat donors as partners in our cause
Promote patriotism
Ensure the care of veterans and their families
Serve our communities
Promote a positive image of the VFW

The VFW post 1347 offers this scholarship in honor of the sacrifices made by veterans and their loved ones. This scholarship is intended for a student who has ties to a veteran of war. Connection to a member of VFW #1347 is preferable.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High, Grand Island Northwest, Grand Central Catholic, Heartland Lutheran, or Home schooled in the Grand Island Area.
  • This Scholarship is for high school seniors and graduates who are currently in their first or second year of college.
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA 
  • Must have a connection to a veteran of war
  • Must attend an accredited trade school, university, or college

Essay Question

  • Submit a short statement explaining your connection to a veteran of war and how has this connection made a positive impact on you?

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Wasmer PTA Scholarship

Wasmer Elementary School, named after Grand Island businessman Charles Wasmer who donated the land for the original school, has a strong academic tradition and belief in life-long learning. The Wasmer Parent Teacher Association desires to continue that tradition into post-secondary education for Wasmer graduates seeking to go on to a college, university, community college, technical school or trade school. The Wasmer PTA will provide two $300 scholarships each year for qualifying Grand Island graduates who attended Wasmer during their elementary years.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduating senior from Grand Island Senior High, Northwest High School, Grand Island Central Catholic, or Heartland Lutheran
  • Must have attended Wasmer Elementary School for at least three years
  • Must rank in the top 33% of the class
  • Must have applied to a school or institution of higher learning

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Dr. Joe & Bonnie Watkins Scholarship

Dr. Joe and Bonnie Watkins invested a lifetime educating Grand Island Senior High students.  Both began their teaching careers at Grand Island Senior High in 1965 and retired from the same school years later.  Dr. Joe even retired a second time after being asked to continue teaching dual-credit and Advanced Placement Macroeconomics and Microeconomics.  Their teaching years at Grand Island Senior High total 84 years. They believe strongly in the opportunities and diversity afforded to students of Grand Island Senior High.  Their own children, Marisa and Trent, are proud Islander graduates.  Much has changed since 1965, but the Watkins’ desire to invest in students has not.  The Dr. Joe & Bonnie Watkins Scholarship is a legacy investment in students who have had to overcome considerable challenges to succeed.  The scholarship is a one-year award in the amount of $1,000.      

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Must demonstrate leadership ability and answer the leadership essay
  • Must pursue a 4-year degree or higher in the fields of Education or Medicine (Pre-med, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Health Occupations, Physical Therapy, Pharmaceutical, or Dentistry)
  • Must demonstrate financial need as identified by eligibility for the free or reduced school lunch program

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Wednesday Group Scholarship

The Wednesday Group is a group of 13 developmentally disabled adults who enjoy doing nice things for others and creating an awareness of individuals with disabilities.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must plan to major in education in college
  • Must be enrolled in a Nebraska College

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West Lawn PTO Scholarship

The purpose of the West Lawn Parent/Teacher Organization Scholarship is to encourage and assist former West Lawn students who are pursuing post high school education. One scholarship will be awarded per year in the amount of $500.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduating senior from Grand Island Senior High, Northwest High School, Grand Island Central Catholic, or Heartland Lutheran
  • Must have attended West Lawn Elementary School for at least three years
  • Must have applied to a school or institution of higher learning

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Wiegand Family Scholarship

Joel and Terry Wiegand have created this scholarship in honor of the solid educational experience their sons, Jonathan and Nathan, received from the Grand Island Public Schools. Joel, a long-time Grand Island CPA, and Terry, a life-time educator with GIPS, believe that the Grand Island Public Schools fully prepared their children for college and ultimately their careers. The Wiegands are grateful for the high academic expectations and support from teachers and staff. This scholarship is a one-year award and will be given in the amount of $500 or more. The scholarship is intended for students who graduate in the top 15% of their class and are planning to major in Accounting, Math, Math Education or Engineering.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class
  • Must be planning to major in Math, Math Education, Engineering or Accounting

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Lonny W. Willis Memorial Scholarship

The Larry Willis family offers this scholarship in memory of Larry's twin brother Lonny. Lonny Willis was a 1960 graduate of Grand Island High School. The day before he was to leave for college at UNL, Lonny was killed in a farming accident. He would have studied pharmacy at the University. Lonny played varsity football and basketball, was an avid reader, and was the vice-president of the senior class. This scholarship is a tribute to Lonny's Legacy.

The scholarship is a one-year award and will be given in the amount of $500 or the value determined by the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation Board. The scholarship is intended for students who work hard and need additional support to pursue their education.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • A high school GPA of 2.5 or better
  • Rank in the top 33% of class
  • Must major in science field with intent to pursue medical field (pharmacy or medicine)
  • Must attend a University of Nebraska Campus (Kearney, Lincoln, or Omaha)
  • Preference given to minority students

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Lillian & Mildred Willman Scholarship 

Through the generosity of many donors, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for graduates of Grand Island Senior high School since 1983. The Academic Aristocrat Scholarship program offers scholarships for qualifying students who graduate in the top 15% of their class at Grand Island Senior High. The Lillian & Mildred Willman Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount of $500.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be ranked in the top 15% of the graduating class
  • Prefer Education Major or Medical Major

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David & Helen Young Scholarship

David Young is a sculptor and teacher. He spent 33 years teaching art at Grand Island Senior High before his retirement in 1991. He has left a tangible footprint on the community of Grand Island with his public art including the bronzes of Grace and Edith Abbott at the Grand Island Public Library, the sculpture of a cougar at Knickrehm Elementary, and the bust of Bud Wolbach at Stuhr Museum. While his art has left a lasting impression, it is the impression that he sculpted from the dreams and hearts of his students that is his legacy. The purple and gold legacy runs deep for David and his wife Helen, who is a 1948 graduate of Grand Island Senior High School. The couple wants to continue this legacy by offering an annual scholarship to a Grand Island Senior High Student who is pursuing a degree in Art Education. This scholarship may be renewable.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must major in Education, with preference to student who has plans to become an Art Teacher
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need
  • Must attend an accredited trade school, university, or college

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