Peru State College Foundation Scholarships

Each year the Peru State College Foundation offers over 100 scholarships to students funded through the private support of alumni and friends. In 2015 their generosity allowed the Foundation to award nearly $295,000 to student assistance programs.

A listing of all Foundation scholarships as well as a description of the students who are eligible for each can be obtained here. There are many scholarships created to help certain kinds of students, such as those from a particular geographic region or those who choose a specific major. We encourage you to browse through the list to find a scholarship that matches your philanthropic interests. For information on how to establish a scholarship, please contact the Foundation at or by calling 402-872-2304.

Please note that the Peru State College Financial Aid office oversees the awarding process for all scholarships and other forms of student aid; the Foundation does not choose award recipients. Contact the Financial Aid Office or call 402-872-2228 to learn more about the application process.

Scholarship Name


Arnold & Bertha Hilterman Scholarship Deserving Student
A.B. Clayburn Scholarship Senior male majoring in Social Science/Emphasis on character, not financial need
A.V. & Wilhelminia Larson Scholarship Education major that has completed his/her sophomore year (JR/SR)
Acorn Scholarship Complete FR yr, 2.5 GPA, From Nebraska (2nd Kansas, Missouri, or Iowa), work through college
Ada Crooker Scholarship Graduate from Auburn area majoring in Business
Agnes Margaret Blank Scholarship Assistance to those of limited income who have a need for this assistance in order to enter or continue education at Peru State College.
Al Wheeler Scholarship Student-athlete enrolled full time at Peru State College. Four scholarships to football and sixteen scholarships divided evenly among the remaining sports at Peru State. Any unused awards will be given to a football player.
Ambassador William Brockway Edmondson Scholarship Need based for students who might not otherwise be able to begin/continue education
Amzie V. Grass Scholarship Upperclass Education, Science or Humanities Majors
Ann Buman Scholarship Full time students with financial need who have resided in Pawnee County for the past 5 years
Art Majors Scholarship Natural Science Major
Auburn State Bank Scholarship Incoming Football player from SE Consolidated, Auburn or Johnson-Brock High Schools. Need approval of bank.
Bob & Bettye Palmer Brown Scholarship 3.0 GPA for Education Major
Bill & Jeanne Tynon Scholarship Nebraska Resident Participating in Inter-collegiate Sports
Bernice McHirron Weigand Scholarship Majoring in Education
Bernice Shackelford Scholarship Deserving Students
Bath Family Scholarship Deserving Student/No Other Criteria Listed
Bea Patterson Arts Scholarship Junior or senior working towards degree in Fine Arts or Art Education. Resident of Cass, Otoe, Nemaha, Richardson, Pawnee or Johnson counties in NE. OR residents of Nemaha, Brown, Doniphan or Atchison counties in KS. Must be in good standing with regards to GPA.
Beatrice Spohn Scholarship Incoming Freshman, preferably from the Weeping Water or Sutton area. ACT 18 Reward is renewable
Benjamin Harrison Scholarship Worthy Student
Bernice Miller Scholarship Any deserving student other than an Athletic or Military Science Major
Blue Devil/ White Angel Scholarship Male/ Female Athlete
Buethe Family Scholarship in Education Senior in his/her final semester seeking a teaching degree at Peru State College. They must be the first in his/her immediate family to attend college & obtain a degree. If no one meets this criteria, the scholarship is to be awarded to a senior in his/her final semester seeking a teaching degree at Peru State.
Business Contest Scholarship Winner of Business Contest, must show certificate
C.C. Choyce Scholarship None Specified by Donor
C.E. Andrews Scholarship Financial Need/Education Major
Campus of a Thousand Oaks Scholarship High academic achievement
Carol Dougherty Scholarship Elementary Education major, good average and needy student
Charles and Jane Henning Scholarship First-year freshman student at Peru State who has declared education as a major. The recipient must be a graduate of Auburn High School in Auburn, NE.
Charles Masopust Scholarship Deserving student
Charles Weigand Scholarship A promising Senior
Chris Haddad Scholarship Female Freshman Business Major/ High School GPA of 3.0 or higher. Prefer NE resident from Seward or Gage Co.
Christopher Hayes Memorial Scholarship Incoming Freshman majoring, or intending to major in criminal justice. Attended/graduated high school from Nemaha County (1st), State of Nebraska (2nd), Any location (3rd). Must have an ACT score of at least 16
Christopher T Hayes Memorial Scholarship for Returning Students Full Time/Soph-Jr-Sr/Criminal Justice Major-Minor/2.5 GPA or higher/fill out application-essay
Clifford Harding Scholarship Sophomore, Junior & Senior majoring in Social Sciences
Dorothy Perkins Graves Scholarship Elementary education major from southwest Iowa or southeast Nebraska with preference to recipient that is active in Peru State musical activities.
Dee & Kathleen Jarvis Scholarship A worthy & needy student, education major, must be involved in activities related to Education Dept, renewable with average or above GPA, preference to students maintaining acceptable morals and good health.
D. Morrison Lukas Scholarship Female Nebraska residents who are Elementary Education Majors
Dennis Curtis Scholarship Incoming freshman student that graduated from Elkhorn High School with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above and involved in one or more extracurricular high school activities
Dr. E. Crabtree Scholarship None Specified
Dr. John & Daisy Clark Wear Scholarship Student Majoring in Pre-Med or Science
Dr. Jerrold Hanson Education Scholarship Deserving Teacher Ed Major
Dr. Larry Pappas Scholarship Freshman Student Majoring in Biology with a High School GPA of 3.2 or Higher
Dr. Paul A. Maxwell Scholarship Education Majors
Dr. William Longley Scholarship Sophomore, Junior or Senior Science Major
Esther Cole Franklin Scholarship Need, good character, good student and 300 mile radius of Peru
Elizabeth Dougherty Scholarship Upperclassman admitted to the Teacher Education Program/Financial Need and resident of Southeast NE
Elaine Gerdes Pratt Scholarship Non-traditional Student from Nemaha County
Evelyn Booth Newton Scholarship English Education Majors with 3.0 GPA or higher/Can be Sophomore, Junior or Senior
E.C. & M.M. Beck Scholarship Male/Female English Major with athletic ability
Elsie Fisher Scholarship Art Education Major
Esther D Brownell Scholarship No Restrictions but prefer a student with an interest in campus dramatic activities
Evan Van Zant Scholarship Academic Excellence, Dedication to the Teaching Profession
F.W. Meier Family Scholarship Attending Peru State with Financial Need
Flynn & Vrtiska Scholarship Incoming Freshman who are graduates of SE Nebraska Community High School and graduates in the upper 25% of class
George & Iva (Seid) Brown Scholarships Full time student/Nebraska Resident/ GPA of 3.0 or higher
Gil & Mary Ruth Wilson Scholarship Any student with 3.0 GPA or higher that has shown leadership in community and/or church activities
George & Rosine Rath Scholarship Students Majoring in English, Language, History or Pre-Med
Glenn & Verda Frary Scholarship Sophomore/Junior Education Major
G. Holt "Pop" Steck Scholarship Junior or Senior Vocal Music Major
Georgia Klasek Education Scholarship Upperclass Students Majoring in Education
George Schottenhamel Memorial Scholarship History or Social Science Majors
Gerry & Albert Brady Scholarship Biology or Natural Science Major with Athletic Ability/Junior Standing
Glen D. Jenkins Scholarship Preference given to student from Humboldt High School or a Richardson County Resident
Harold & Alice Johnson Scholarship Freshman Education major from Rural Southeast Nebraska. Non renewable
Dale & Evelyn Park Scholarship Junior or Senior Elementary Education Majors
Helen Parker Hanika Scholarship Incoming Freshman who graduated from a Richardson County School in the top 25%/Renewable for students who maintain passing grades
Harry & Mary Hutchinson Scholarship Excellent potential to be outstanding teacher; demonstrates campus leadership. Sophomore or junior that needs assistance
Hagood, Lindell and Mary (Gibson) Scholarship Incoming Freshman or sophmore full time student at Peru State, pursuing a degree in instrumental music and has financial need
Harry Whitney Scholarship Offensive or Defensive lineman from IA or NE. Supported in part by Booster Club
Helen Hart Fuller Scholarship Full time Non-Traditional student out of high school 10 years
Helen Schacht Scholarship First year student, graduated from Johnson County Central High School
Hendricks Eichler Scholarship Aptitude, ability  and interest in Kindergarten Education
History Day Scholarship Winner of History Day, must show certificate
Hollis Masopust Scholarship Outstanding sophomore or junior active in math and science classes
Inez M. Warren Scholarship Deserving Student with Preference to Incoming Freshman from Syracuse High School
International Student Scholarship Foreign Student
J & N Hallstrom Scholarship Scholarship for Deserving Peru State Athlete
John & Francis Masopust Scholarship A deserving student who knows the value of hard work
Jack & Eula Wolken Scholarship A Deserving Student . Scholarship should be sufficient to pay the majority of tuition.
Jack McIntire Scholarship Male or Female Student Participating in Varsity Athletics
James G. & Mavis Green Scholarships Incoming freshman/business major/maintain a 2.0 GPA/Preference will go to a Johnson-Brock High student. If none, to an Auburn High School student that fits the above criteria.  Scholarship available for returning students (junior/sophomore/senior).  Learn more about both scholarships and how to apply by clicking here.
Jerry Romines Scholarship Coaches choice with approval from the Booster Club
Jerome & Elsie Stemper Scholarship Auburn High School Graduate
Joe Davis Scholarship No criteria
Joe Masopust Scholarship Outstanding sophomore or junior who has contributed to Peru State College in non-scholastic activities other than sports
Joel Lundak Scholarship Junior/Senior. Prefer student shows level of campus service and involvement
John Christ Scholarship Biology Student
John Hahn Memorial Scholarship Applicants will have completed 30 or more credit hours from Peru State; Applicant plans to complete their bachelor's degree at Peru State; Demonstrated loyalty & commitment to Peru State through campus involvement, activities, programs or actions of their own; Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; Preference given to history, english and education majors.
Joy Elmer Morgan Scholarship Outstanding students preparing to become teachers
Justin Haystrand Memorial Scholarship Any student at any class level (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior) enrolled at Peru State who is a member of the Peru State Football team & experienced hardship in their life.
Ken Good Scholarship Preference shall be given to graduates of Nebraska high schools; and Scholarship recipients shall have maintained a college GPA of 3.0 or better
Ken Sims Scholarship History or graphic arts major
Kenyon Koffee Klutch Scholarship Deserving senior social studies teacher prospect in preparation of their final academic year (senior)
Keys Family Fund Scholarship Students graduating from Nebraska City High School, majoring in Education. Scholarship is to be based on scholastic ability and need. Recipients are not to receive any other scholarships.
Louis, Angela & Richard Pascal Teacher's Scholarship Education Major Scholarship
Leland & Karlene Sherwood Art Scholarship Art Major
Lester & Maxine Pankonin Scholarship US Citizen with GPA of 3.0 or Higher
Leroy & Nancy Redfern Scholarship Student majoring in History or Social Science
Loure Salzman Firoved Scholarship Business Major
L.B. & Ruth Mathews Scholarship No Restrictions
Paul & Lillian Landolt Memorial Scholarship One each for students majoring in Business Education and Science
Laurine Anderson Scholarship Biology Major/Financial Need
Leanna Frank Memorial Scholarship Intended for a student majoring in Elementary education at Peru State who is in their final year and completing their student teaching requirement.
Lena Huff Scholarship Scholastic Excellence with Preference to Business Admin
Lisa Weis Scholarship Freshman Volleyball player who has not been Recruited
Lovisa A. Glaze Scholarship Sophomore, Junior or Senior Education Majors with Preference to Elementary Education
Lyle McKercher Scholarship Upperclassman majoring in mathematics
Irene & Mason Miller Scholarship Incoming Freshman from Pawnee County High School with 2.5 GPA/Sudden loss of father by death will automatically qualify student
Oliver Stevenson Scholarship Academic Excellence
Martin Allgood Memorial Scholarship Junior or Senior level student at Peru State, Nebraska resident, pursuing a degree in criminal justice with an interest in law enforcement, has financial need, student can be traditional or non-traditional, on campus or online
Maude Phelps Vacek Scholarship Pawnee City Resident Majoring in Education
Merle Bauer Scholarship Male/Female freshman basketball player from North Platte, Bertrand, Holdrege or Tecumseh. If no one from these towns, can come from any town.
Mike Mulvaney Memorial Football Scholarship Full Time student at Peru State (req).  Continuous maintenance of a 2.0 or higher overall (req).  Football player who graduated from high school in Gage County (1st ). If there are no qualified candidates, the scholarship may be awarded to any Peru State athlete graduating from a high school in Gage County (2nd ). If there are no qualified candidates, the scholarship may be awarded to any Peru State athlete graduating from a high school in southeast Nebraska (3rd ). If there are no qualified candidates, the scholarship may be awarded to any Peru State athlete (4th ).
Nellie Cook Souders Memorial Scholarship for Education Full Time student with financial need, Education Major
Nona Palmer Scholarship Business Major
Omaha Alumni Scholarship Relative of Peru State Alumnus who is currently listed on the Omaha Area Alumni mailing list
Omaha World Herald Scholarship ACT of 25 or above/upper 25% of  graduating class and recommended by school administrator/renewable if grades are maintained
Paul & Margaret Wilcox Scholarship Deserving Student
Phyllis Davidson Memorial Scholarship Two Freshman students; one from a surrounding state and one whose parents are farmers
Paul & Arlene Fell Scholarship Complete 2 years AT Peru State prior/3.0 GPA prior term/active on campus group or club/Athlete impact Varsity sport
Pearl Kenton Scholarship Outstanding student majoring in Language Arts
Pearl Morgan Butler Scholarship A worthy student
Phyllis Davidson Scholarship Phys Ed Major/3.0 GPA/Financial Need/ Character
Professional Development Scholarship Degree seeking full time students who apply and are selected by the professional staff senate subcomittee
Peru State Military Service Scholarship Active, Reserved, ROTC Member or received Honorable Discharge and Exhausted GI Bill.    Pref 1: 1st time BA/BS. Pref 2: 1st time MA.     Pref 3: add'l coursework for job
R. & M. Chatelain Scholarship Upperclass student/Teacher Education Major/Need Based/ GPA of 3.0 or above/Nemaha County Resident
Rita Russell Teacher Education Scholarship Education major and ability to do college level work. Renewable with 3.0 GPA.
A.B. Ritchie Basketball Scholarship Basketball Player
Ross & Maryon Adams Scholarship Recipients shall be enrolled at Peru State, shall have demonstrated financial need, shall reside full-time in Nemaha County, Nebraska. Preference shall be give to students returning to school to complete their academic requirements for a degree.
Ross Russell Education Scholarship Education major and ability to do college level work. Renewable with 3.0 GPA.
Roy Chamberlain Scholarship Full time student with good grades, character and financial need
Russell Family Scholarship Full Time, Undergrad or Graduate student, with financial need
Ruth Russell Scholarship Students in the upper 1/3 of their class and alternating each year between students in Art/Humanities (odd) and Science (even)
Sanford & Hattie Band Clements Scholarship Music Major
Sapp Family Scholarship Any admitted FR-SR in a hardship circumstance: loss of a parent due to death; loss of parental support due to illness or disability of parent; loss of parental support due to loss of employment of parent. Any admitted FR-SR who qualifies for aid but did not receive any supplemental grant funding because lack of funds. Any funds available after above needs have been met will be awarded in the area of most need as determined by the Peru State Scholarship Committee/Financial Aid Department.
Senator Floyd & Doris Wagner Vrtiska Nebraska Unicameral Internship Support a student attending Peru State and selected to serve as the unicameral intern. Inters are selected by application through the Social Sciences Department
Sesquicentennial Scholarship Full time student, fill out application
Sid Brown Football Scholarship Peru State football player with a consistent 2.5 GPA. Must have legal residence within 350 miles of Peru or be a NE resident. Awarded by football coach.
Thomas & Marjorie Kennedy Dean Scholarship Need based FASFA/maintain a 3.0 GPA/Education major/junior or senior/preference to Richardson County student
Troy Rippen Scholarship Business Major
Virginia Milstead Pierce Scholarship To fund a scholarship titled the Virginia Milstead Pierce Scholarship
Vincent Sabatinelli Scholarship A Deserving Athlete
V-5 / V-12 Naval Scholarship Need based. Resident of NE or adjacent state. Ability to do college level work. Renewable with 3.0 GPA.
Victor Jindra Scholarship Music Major with First Preference to  a major in stringed instrument
Vincent Chambers Scholarship  Member of Men's Basketball Team
W. & L. Harrison Scholarship Rural SE Nebraska Resident/Full time student
W. L. Armstrong Scholarship Mills, Fremont or Page County Iowa Students with GPA of 3.0 or Higher/Is renewable with maintenance of 3.0 GPA
Wayne & Adele Reed Scholarship Upperclassman Majoring in Education. Preference to SE Nebraska Resident
W.R. Pate Scholarship Academic Achievement
Willey Trust Scholarship Sophomore, Junior or Senior with 3.0 GPA and a resident of Nebraska. Must be children of farm or ranch families or their employees
William Wortman Scholarship Deserving student with need