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. If you are interested in establishing a scholarship, please contact Laura Jensen, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, at 402-941-6523 or

Navarrette Family Scholarship

The Navarrette Family Scholarship was established in 2018 by Midland Alumni Steve and Julie Navarrette. This scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a degree in the Dunklau School of Business in good academic standing. First preference is given to students from the urban core of Omaha.

William Nelsen Scholar-Athlete Funded Scholarship

This annual scholarship was established by Bill Nelsen '63 and his children. As a student at Midland, Bill learned that Midland makes it possible to be an athlete while seeking always to do well academically and to participate in great learning activities in student government, speech, debate, campus religious activities, service to others, and many other options. This scholarship is awarded each year to a student-athlete participating in one of Midland University's varsity sports. Preference should be given to a student entering their sophomore year. Preference should also be given on the basis of merit to a student-athlete who shows excellence in academics and athletics, and service to church, school, and/or community.

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 Carrol 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.

Leonard Nielsen Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Kappa Phi alumni and is supported by many friends and family of Leonard Nielsen. This memorial scholarship is awarded to a Midland student(s) who is an active member of the Kappa Phi fraternity and is of junior or senior standing. Preference is given to a student(s) who is engaged and excels in the classroom and/or is active in the Fremont community.  

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 Scholarship

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

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. Ten $1,000 scholarships are to be awarded. 

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.

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.