Scholarships

Scholarships

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 janssen@midlandu.edu.

Esther Schwerdtfeger Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Esther Schwerdtfeger, longtime business professor and dean of women at Midland, who died in 1993. It is awarded to a deserving and worthy student.

Donald Sjogren Scholarship

As part of the Luther Heritage Fund Scholarship Program, the Donald Sjogren Scholarship will be given to students in good academic standing that are from Central Nebraska with preference for students from Phelps or Kearney counties.

Dr. Don and Mary Ann Skoog Scholarship

Awarded to students in good academic standing with financial need pursuing a career in the medical field, human performance, and/or athletic training. This scholarship is funded in honor of a lifetime of service of Dr. Don Skoog in the medical field and in memory of Mary Ann Skoog and her service in the medical field.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Grand Island Scholarship

This scholarship, provided by the St. Paul Lutheran Church Foundation, Grand Island, Nebraska, provides financial aid to a worthy student each year. The scholarship is intended to help students attend Midland and to encourage congregations and people of the Nebraska Synod to develop scholarship programs at the college.

Richard Blair Stellhorn Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Richard's son, August Stellhorn, and is to be awarded to a deserving Lutheran student(s) of good academic standing and in need of scholarship assistance.

Dr. Caryl and Shirley Steyer Scholarship

Upon the occasion of Dr. Steyer’s retirement from service to Midland as dean of students, friends, family and former students created this endowed scholarship. Awards are given annually to deserving students with financial need, with preference given to those who are active in student activities.

Studt Family Scholarship

Established by Lillie Studt in memory of Don and Ota Studt. To be awarded to a worthy student with preference given to descendants of the Studt family or to members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Glasco, Kansas. If first preferences cannot be honored, earnings from the scholarship are to be used for the purpose of aiding needy and worthy students.

Sukraw Family Scholarship

This scholarship, established by Quinten and Arlene Sukraw, the Judith Stoehr family, and the Kenneth Sukraw family, is provided in memory of Quinten and Arlene's daughters, Sharon Arlene and Pamela Kay. One or more scholarships are provided to students who demonstrate financial need and who are majoring in education. Preference is given to those students whose emphasis is in music education.

Carl Bertram Swanson Music Scholarship

In recognition of the important role music played in the life of Luther College, this scholarship should be awarded to a student active in the Music program at Midland.

Reuben and Darlene Swanson Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dr. and Mrs. Reuben Swanson to provide one or more scholarships each year for students of superior academic ability who are members of a congregation of the Nebraska Synod, ELCA.

Trautrimas Endowed Travel Scholarship

Established by Mr. and Mrs. Phil Wood (Michelle Trautrimas) and funded by many others at the time of Dr. Trautrimas' retirement, this fund is to provide financial help to a student planning to participate in an interterm travel experience. The student must be a sophomore or junior in good academic standing and have financial need.

Van Boening Scholarship

Provided by Pastor and Mrs. Grant Van Boening. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has personal integrity, academic ability and financial need.

Barbara Von Seggern Memorial Scholarship

Scholarships are given each year to an upperclassman preparing for life work in a Christian vocation. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of Christian character, academic achievement and need. They were established in memory of Miss Barbara Von Seggern, a Midland student, whose dedication and vitality gave lasting enrichment to the lives of all who knew her.

Dr. Cecil and Laila A. Walker Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is established to recognize the leadership Dr. Cecil Walker gave to Midland Lutheran College for 21 years as the Education Division Chairman. The scholarship is awarded to a student admitted to the education department and planning a career in teaching. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need, high academic achievement and a commitment to the teaching profession.

Mr. and Mrs. Lester A. Walker Scholarship

Established by Lester and Maxine Walker to fund several scholarships each year, the scholarships are awarded by the Scholarship Committee. First priority is given to students majoring in journalism exhibiting scholarship qualities and having a demonstrated financial need.

Dr. Sylvesta Wassum Scholarship

Created out of the estate of Dr. Sylvesta Wassum, a 1937 Midland graduate and longtime music educator, this scholarship is to be awarded to worthy and deserving students.

June C. Watson Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship, established by her family and friends, honors June C. Watson, a 1944 Midland College graduate who served on the college Board of Trustees and was a devoted worker in the Nebraska Synod and her church.

Jean M. Welstead Scholarship

The Jean M. Welstead Art scholarship shall be evenly divided to provide one scholarship in Art, one scholarship in Music for students who intend to major in said subjects. Said students selected shall be in good academic standing, preferably in the upper 25% of their class. Financial need can be considered, but not the only consideration. Scholarships are renewable providing the student has demonstrated outstanding ability with a continued intent to seek a major in said field.

Walter and Clara Weyers Endowment Scholarship

Established by their son, Wayne and Verna Weyers, to honor and memorialize the lives and achievements of Walter and Clara Weyers, this endowed scholarship is to be awarded to a Midland Lutheran College student(s) who exemplifies qualifying character, scholastic merit and financial need. Each student so awarded shall retain eligibility to receive this scholarship for a maximum of four years.

Jake Wiebold Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to Wahoo High School graduates who are participating in athletics.

Emily Elizabeth Wiegand Spirit Scholarship

A 2016 graduate of Midland University, the Emily Elizabeth Wiegand Spirit Scholarship was established by her family to provide opportunity and support to future Midland University Dance team members. The student should demonstrate a financial need and must be an active member of the dance team.

David Allen Wieser Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was created in memory of David, a former Midland student, through a gift from the estate of his mother, Roma R. Wieser. The scholarship is to be awarded annually to a student with demonstrated financial need and academic ability.

Harold E. Willey Trust Scholarship

Established by the trust in honor of Harold E. Willey of Mead, Nebraska, to provide one or more scholarships annually, the scholarships are awarded to deserving students of high academic achievement. Preference is given to students from Dodge or Saunders County, Nebraska, or from the State of Nebraska.

Leah L. Williams and Ada M. Williams Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship has been established by a Will in the form of a trust provided by Ada M. Williams to honor her sister, Leah, who was the treasurer at Midland for many years. The trust provides scholarships for deserving and worthy students.

David and Freda Wolf Scholarship

This scholarship was established by David and Freda Wolf, Pierce, Nebraska, and provides one or more scholarships annually. Recipients shall be worthy, deserving, of good and moral character and show promise of leadership and academic ability in their chosen field. The order of preference geographically shall be: 1) graduates of Pierce High School, 2) graduates of high schools in Pierce County, and 3) needy and eligible students from any accredited high school.

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