Thanks to the vision and generosity of many donors, Midland University offers a variety of scholarships with varied and diverse criteria. When you give to student scholarships at Midland University, you help offset the cost of education and open up opportunities for students who, due to financial pressures, would be unable to obtain an undergraduate degree.

We encourage you to browse our descriptions of the various scholarships to learn more about the donors and their intent in establishing these scholarships. If you are interested in establishing a scholarship, please contact Jessica Janssen at 402-941-6523 or

Mortensen Family Scholarship

Given by family members, the Mortensen Scholarship recalls the contribution that the family of Ana and George Mortensen has made to the life of the college. The scholarship gives preference to married students intending to enter the ministry. Others interested in church or human service professions may qualify for the award.

Harry and Bernice Mapes Moyer Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually to students pursuing a career in education. The award is made to students with personal integrity, academic ability and financial need.

Musbach Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship fund was originally established as part of the bequest of Amos Musbach to provide assistance to worthy students interested in becoming pastors, doctors or nurses. Mindful of Amos Musbach’s devotion to the Scribner/Snyder communities, at least one scholarship is to be awarded annually to a worthy youth from the Scribner/Snyder area, provided one is eligible. Others may be awarded as well. 

Gerald D. Myers Scholarship

Established by the family and friends of Jerry Myers to honor his lifetime commitment to Fremont. The scholarship is awarded to students from Dodge County majoring in one of the liberal arts majors offered by Midland. The scholarship is not renewable.

Carl O. and Edith Nelson Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students with a 3.0 GPA and financial need.

Gene Nelson Endowed Music Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a music student.

Marion and Carol Nelson Scholarship

Provides a scholarship to a pre-medical student. If there are no pre-medical students, then the scholarship may be awarded to a nursing student or a student planning a medical career.

Sarah D. Nelson Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by family and friends of the late Sarah D. Nelson in celebration of her life and her time at Midland Lutheran College. Sarah was majoring in History and English at Midland and was active in the theatre and campus life. Students from Axtell, Neb. will be given first preference, and students from Kearney or Franklin County, Neb. will be given second preference. If there are no students that are qualified for the scholarship from those areas, scholarships shall be awarded to students active in campus life and with financial need.

Nitz Family Scholarship

Established in memory of Frances Nitz by her family, scholarships are awarded annually to a student from rural Nebraska who has been active in 4-H and who has financial need. The scholarship may be renewed for subsequent years of attendance at Midland.

Nordstrom International Student Scholarship

Created by the Rev. K. David and Joan Nelson Nordstrom, this endowed fund provides an annual scholarship to assist an international student to study at Midland Lutheran College.

Erna Ruth Thorwald Nore Luther College 1951

This scholarship supports a student with financial need who plans a career in Education.

Bernard F. Novak Scholarship

Established by his sister, Celice Tarbutton, in honor of Mr. Novak’s life and work. The scholarship is awarded to a deserving pre-seminary student. If this preference cannot be honored, the scholarship is awarded to a student of good character with financial need.

Nye Health Services Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to Midland University students pursuing a degree in nursing or a healthcare-related occupation. Preference may be given for students representing ethnic diversity, students who are single parents, and/or non-traditional students who are currently employed or who have had work experience. Preference may also be given to students who have an employment connection to Nye Health Services, either through their own employment or the employment of a parent or guardian. Financial need shall be considered.

Walter Olsen Music Scholarship

This scholarship, established by friends and family of the late Walt Olsen in honor of this Fremonter’s longtime contributions to music education, is awarded each year to a talented music student with financial need.

Bill Paden Scholarship

This scholarship, in recognition of Bill Paden, a 1947 Midland graduate and life-long college friend, is to be awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need and academic ability.

Bertha Pankratz Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established through a gift from the Bertha Pankratz estate. It is awarded to students on the basis of financial need.

Dale and Rita Pennybaker Scholarship

Established in 2010 by the generosity of family, friends and former players and students whose lives have been touched by the Pennybakers. The scholarship is to be used for the benefit of student athletes in good academic standing.

Magdalene Peters Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by a bequest from the estate of Magdalene Peters and is to be awarded annually to a sophomore, junior or senior majoring in business and maintaining the scholarship quotient established by Midland.

Martha Peters Phi Omega Scholarship

This sorority has honored Martha Peters with a scholarship bearing her name. A 1934 Midland graduate, Martha Peters had a lifelong relationship with Midland Lutheran College as secretary to the president and archivist. The scholarship recognizes students who reflect her character and loyalty to Midland.

Dr. Harold E. Petersen Memorial Scholarship

To honor and to memorialize the life and achievements of St. Joseph, Missouri, pediatrician Dr. Harold E. Petersen, ’27, a scholarship has been established by Mrs. Eulalia E. Petersen, wife of Dr. Petersen, and by his family. Awards are given annually to juniors or seniors of demonstrated academic ability and with financial need who are majoring in pre-medicine. Consideration also may be given to nursing students.

Gladys Peterson Perpetual Scholarship

For students who intend to pursue a career in elementary education.

Pi Epsilon Alumni Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a member of Pi Epsilon sorority.

Dr. Winifred J. Ellenchild Pinch Scholarship

Dr. Winifred J. Ellenchild Pinch, a former member of the Midland nursing faculty, and her husband, Dr. Lewis Pinch, established this scholarship in 2008. The intent is to help sustain the quality of students in the nursing program, by providing scholarship support. This scholarship is to be awarded to a junior or senior nursing student who has demonstrated financial need and maintains good academic standing and progress.

Dr. Joseph E. Pinkall Family Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established in loving memory of Dr. Joseph E. Pinkall by members of his family. Making his career educating youth for 38 years as a science teacher, Dr. Pinkall, a 1958 alumnus, was a longtime supporter of Midland Lutheran College and served two terms as a Board of Trustee Member. This scholarship is to be awarded each year to a deserving student at Midland University with first preference going to a descendant of the Pinkall Family and second preference going to a student with at least sophomore status majoring in a science field.

Dr. Edwin and Mrs. Vera Prauner Scholarship

One or more scholarships will be awarded each year to worthy students demonstrating financial need. Students may be in the sophomore, junior or senior class. Assuming continued eligibility, scholarships are renewable for succeeding years.