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 Steve Oursler, Director of Major Gifts, at 269-300-9811 or oursler@midlandu.edu.

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.

John R. Prauner Memorial Scholarship

This fund has been established in honor of the achievements of the late John R. Prauner. He excelled in his academic pursuits, as well as in athletics and in his social involvements. One or more scholarships shall be awarded annually to junior or senior students active in campus life and athletics, of high moral character who excel in academics.

Dr. Charles A. Puls Memorial Scholarship

Created by his beloved wife, Inez M. Puls, this scholarship remembers Dr. Charles A. Puls. A 1922 graduate of Midland, Dr. Puls was a former chairman of the board of trustees and received an honorary doctorate degree from Midland College. Dr. Puls spent his life as a servant in the Lord in the Lutheran Church. A scholarship will be awarded annually to a student who has completed the freshman year, demonstrated academic ability, has financial need and is active in campus life. Preference will be given to a dedicated student who plans to pursue a career in the ministry.

Edith M. Puls Scholarship

Created by the Rev. Charles Puls and his beloved wife, Inez M. Puls, this scholarship remembers Charles' sister, Edith M. Puls. As a nurse, Edith was always interested in young people desiring to become nurses. A scholarship will be awarded annually to a Midland student with demonstrated academic ability and financial need. Preference will be given to a dedicated student who plans to pursue a career in nursing.

Helen L. Puls Scholarship

Created by the Rev. Charles Puls and his beloved wife, Inez M. Puls, this scholarship remembers Charles' sister Helen L. Puls. As a teacher, Helen was considered outstanding in her field by the Omaha Public School System. A scholarship will be awarded annually to a Midland student with demonstrated academic ability and financial need. Preference will be given to a student who plans to pursue a career in teaching with an emphasis on elementary education.

Laura Rainie Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded each year to one or more worthy and deserving student(s) and may be renewed for succeeding years.

Jennifer K. Reiman Education Scholarship

The Jennifer K. Reiman Education Scholarship was established at Midland Lutheran College in 2004 by family members of Jennifer K. Reiman. This scholarship was created in an effort to honor Jennifer's dedication and passion for earning a degree in elementary education and for her exceptional involvement in the campus community by exemplifying qualities of a true ambassador to the University.

Reiman-Sager Champion of Character Scholarship

The Reiman-Sager Champion of Character Scholarship was established at Midland Lutheran College in 2004 by family members of Valerie Reiman and Janelle Sager. This Scholarship was created in an effort to honor Valerie and Janelle's exceptional accomplishments, not only as academic scholars and athletes, but also as possessing characteristics of true champions.

Elizabeth Renkel Scholarship

This scholarship is provided to students of strong Christian faith anchored in active membership in their home congregation and endorsed by the home pastor. Renewal of the scholarship assumes active participation in the campus religious life and worship with a local congregation.

Rev. Roland Renkel Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Rev. Roland W. Renkel in gratitude to God for His gifts and in appreciation of his mother who influenced his attendance at Midland. Scholarships shall be awarded annually to junior or senior students manifesting an appreciation of God's gift of life through spiritual, intellectual and social development.

Dr. Harold Conrad Rhea, Class of 1957 Scholarship

This endowed scholarship is awarded to a student athlete majoring in education and participating in football, cross country, track and field, or volleyball. Students must have financial need, remain in good academic standing, and participate in one of the above named sports during their sophomore, junior or senior year. The scholarship is renewable annually.

Dr. Thomas D. and Inez V. Rinde Scholarship

Established by the Rinde family, this scholarship memorializes and honors Dr. and Mrs. Rinde, both Midland alumni. Dr. Rinde served for 30 years on the faculty of Central Lutheran Theological Seminary, when it was associated with Midland. Dr. Rinde was dean from 1942-49. The scholarship is awarded to junior and senior students with financial need, demonstrated academic ability, and who are active in campus life. Preference is given to students who are Lutheran.

Dr. Darlene Ritter Scholarship

Established by the friends and family of Dr. Darlene Ritter, longtime professor of English at Midland, this scholarship is awarded each year to an English major of good character with financial need. The scholarship is given in recognition of the tremendous impact Dr. Ritter’s teaching has had upon Midland students, and serves to underscore the importance of English in a liberal arts education at Midland.

Rev. Dr. Ralph and Ree Ritzen Scholarship

The Rev. Dr. Ralph and Ree Ritzen Scholarship was established in 2021 in celebration of alumni Ralph ('44) and Anna Marie "Ree" (x'44) Ritzen. Receiving his degree from Midland in 1944, Ralph went on to graduate from Western Theological Seminary in 1947. After an active ministry, he came to Midland to direct the Admissions program for 26 years before returning to the ministry.  Anna Marie "Ree" Hoesly Ritzen attended Midland as an education major from 1940-1942 and taught elementary education in Nebraska before and after they were married in 1944.  Their family includes alumni Ann ('74) and Bob ('77).

The Ritzen family's devotion to Midland, developed nearly 100 years ago when Ralph's father Martin enrolled, has done much to strengthen the university and its Christian faith. A quest for knowledge, the building of faith, and the desire to improve the community are evidence of the vibrance of  Ralph and Ree Ritzen and the extended Ritzen family.

The Rev. Dr. Ralph and Ree Ritzen Scholarship is awarded to students of good academic standing with an encouragement to use their education in service to others. Preference is given to students with financial need. 
 

Helen F. Roeske Endowed Scholarship

In memory of Helen F. Roeske, this scholarship should be awarded to deserving students of at least Sophomore standing who plan to enter the Christian ministry or a career of Christian work. A primary consideration in the awarding of such scholarships shall be financial need and scholastic achievement.

Kenneth Rohwer Memorial Scholarship

This endowed scholarship was established in memory of Kenneth Rohwer by his family and friends. A 1970 graduate of Midland, Kenneth made his career as a mathematics teacher at Blair High School. This scholarship is to be awarded to a senior Secondary Education major during the semester when he/she will be student teaching. First preference shall be given to those majoring in Secondary Education-Mathematics.

Marilyn Rolf Business Scholarship

Created from a memorial gift by the estate of Marilyn Rolf, this scholarship shall be awarded annually to an upperclassman student majoring in Business with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Miss Rolf was a long-time Professor of Business at MLC and this fund was set up to honor her legacy.

Maria Rosenblatt Scholarship

Gifts given by friends and former students on the occasion of Miss Rosenblatt’s 90th birthday have created this endowed scholarship, which supports Midland students in good academic standing with financial need.

Rotary Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a Fremont junior or senior who demonstrates financial need.

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