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 2020 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 found in the table below. 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. Unless a different application process is noted below in the Requirements, Current Students fill out the annual Scholarship Application to apply for all Non-Athletic Foundation scholarships. This form may be found in your myPSC account, click the Financial Aid tab, and access it from the left hand side bar menu. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office or call 402-872-2228. For information on applying for Athletic Foundation scholarships, please contact your sport's coach.

Scholarship Name Requirements Year in School Major Geographic Area
Hilterman, Arnold & Bertha  Deserving Student      
Clayburn, A.B. Male, Emphasis on character Senior Social Science  
Larson,  A.V. & Wilhelminia    Junior/Senior Education  
Acorn Scholarship 2.5 GPA; work through college Sophomore/Junior/Senior   Nebraska, then Kansas, Missouri or Iowa
Crooker, Ada     Business Auburn Nebraska area
Blank, Agnes Margaret  Assistance to those of limited income      
Wheeler, Al 

Student-athlete enrolled full time

16 Scholarships -

Football - 4

Other sports - 12

Unused - Football 



Edmondson, William Brockway  Need based      
Grass, Amzie V.    Junior/Senior

Education, Science, or Humanities majors

Buman, Ann  Full time students with financial need     Pawnee County resident (last 5 years)
Majors, Art      Natural Science  
Auburn State Bank Scholarship

Incoming Football player



SE Consolidated



Brown, Bob & Bettye Palmer  3.0 GPA   Education  
Tynon, Bill & Jeanne  Participating in Inter-collegiate Sports     Nebraska Resident
Weigand, Bernice McHirron      Education  
Shackelford, Bernice Deserving Student      
Bath Family Scholarship Deserving Student      
Patterson, Bea Arts Scholarship In good standing with regards to GPA. Junior/Senior

Fine Art

Art Education

Resident of Cass, Otoe, Nemaha, Richardson, Pawnee or Johnson counties in Nebraska; Nemaha, Brown, Doniphan or Atchison counties in Kansas

Spohn, Beatrice ACT 18. Reward is renewable Freshman   Weeping Water or Sutton area
Harrison, Benjamin  Worthy Student      
Miller, Bernice Non-Athletic or Non-Military Science Major      
Blue Devil/ White Angel Scholarship Male/Female Athlete      
Buethe Family Scholarship in Education 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. Senior Education  
Business Contest Scholarship Winner of Business Contest, must show certificate      
Choyce, C.C.  Full time student      
Andrews, C.E.  Financial Need   Education  
Campus of a Thousand Oaks Scholarship High academic achievement      
Dougherty, Carol  Good grade point average/needy student   Elementary Education  
Henning, Charles & Jane     Freshman Education graduate of Auburn High School, Auburn NE
Masopust, Charles Deserving student      
Weigand, Charles  A promising Senior Senior    
Haddad, Chris  Female, High School GPA of 3.0 or higher. Freshman Business Prefer NE resident from Seward or Gage county
Hayes, Christopher Memorial Scholarship ACT score of at least 16 Freshman Criminal Justice Graduated High School in Nemaha County (1st choice), Nebraska (2nd choice), Any Location (3rd choice)
Hayes, Christopher Memorial Scholarship for Returning Students Full Time student, 2.5 GPA or higher, fill out application-essay Sophomore/Junior/Senior Criminal Justice major or minor  
Harding, Clifford Scholarship   Sophomore/Junior/Senior Social Science  
Graves, Dorothy Perkins  Preference to recipient who is active in Peru State musical activities.   Elementary Education Resident of Southwest Iowa or Southeast Nebraska
Jarvis, Dee & Kathleen  Financial need,  must be involved in activities related to Education Dept, renewable with average or above GPA, preference to students maintaining acceptable morals and good health.   Education  
Lukas, D. Morrison      Elementary Education Nebraska resident
Curtis, Dennis High School GPA of 3.3 or above and involved in one or more extracurricular high school activities Freshman   Elkhorn High School
Crabtree, Dr. E.  Full-time student      
Wear, Dr. John & Daisy Clark     



Hanson, Dr. Jerrold Education Scholarship Deserving   Education  
Pappas, Dr. Larry  High School GPA of 3.2 or Higher Freshman Biology  
Maxwell, Dr. Paul A.      Education  
Longley, Dr. William    Sophomore/Junior/Senior Science  
Franklin, Esther Cole Need, good character, good student     Within 300 mile radius of Peru, NE
Dougherty, Elizabeth Financial Need, Must be admitted to teacher education  Junior/Senior Education Resident of Southeast Nebraska
Pratt, Elaine Gerdes Non-traditional Student     Resident of Nemaha County
Newton, Evelyn Booth 3.0 GPA or higher Sophomore/Junior/Senior English Education  
Beck, E.C. & M.M. Athletic ability   English  
Fisher, Elsie     Art Education  
Brownell, Esther D. Preference to student with an interest in campus dramatic activities      
Van Zant, Evan Academic Excellence   Education  
Meier, F.W. Family Scholarship Financial Need      
Flynn & Vrtiska Scholarship In the upper 25% of HS graduating class Freshman   Graduate of SE Nebraska Community High School
Brown, George & Iva Seid  Full time student, GPA of 3.0 or higher     Nebraska resident
Wilson, Gil & Mary Ruth  Any student with 3.0 GPA or higher that has shown leadership in community and/or church activities      
Rath, George & Rosine    


Language Arts



Frary, Glenn & Verda   Sophomore/Junior Education  
Steck, G. Holt "Pop"    Junior/Senior Vocal Music  
Klasek, Georgia Education Scholarship   Junion/Senior Education  
Schottenhamel, George Memorial Scholarship    


Social Science

Brady, Gerry & Albert Scholarship Athletic Ability Junior


Natural Science

Jenkins, Glen D.         Preferably a graduate from Humboldt High School or Richardson County resident
Johnson, Harold & Alice   Freshman Education Graduate from Otoe, Nemaha, Richardson, Pawnee, or Johnson Counties
Park, Dale & Evelyn   Junior/Senior Elementary Education  
Hanika, Helen Parker In the top 25% of graduating HS class. Renewable for students who maintain passing grades Freshman   Graduate from Richardson County school
Hagood, Lindell & Mary Gibson  Full time student with financial need Freshman/Sophomore Instrumental Music  
Whitney, Harry Offensive or Defensive lineman  Supported in part by Booster Club     Resident of Iowa or Nebraska
Fuller, Helen Hart Full time Non-Traditional student out of high school 10 years      
Schacht, Helen   Freshman   Graduate of Johnson County Central High School
Eichler, Hendricks Aptitude, ability  and interest in Kindergarten Education  

Early Education

Elementary Education

History Day Scholarship Winner of History Day, must show certificate      
Masopust, Hollis  Active in math and science classes Sophomore/Junior    
Warren, Inez M.  Deserving Student Freshman   Graduate of Syracuse High School
International Student Scholarship Foreign Student      
Hallstrom, J & N Deserving Peru State Athlete      
Masopust, John & Francis Deserving student      
Wolken, Jack & Eula Deserving Student      
McIntire, Jack  Varsity Athlete      
Green, James G & Mavis Maintain a 2.0 GPA. Learn more about both scholarships and how to apply by clicking here. Sophomore/Junior/Senior Business Graduate of Auburn or Johnson-Brock (1st choice), Southeast Nebraska graduate (2nd choice), surrounding area (3rd choice)
Romines, Jerry Coaches choice with approval from the Booster Club      
Stemper, Jerome & Elsie       Graduate of Auburn High School
Davis, Jo Full-time student   Music  
Masopust, Joe Contributed to Peru State College in non-scholastic activities other than sports Sophomore/Junior    
Lundak, Joel  Prefer student shows level of campus service and involvement Junior/Senior    
Christ, John     Biology  
Hahn, John Memorial Scholarship Demonstrated loyalty & commitment to Peru State through campus involvement, activities, programs or actions of their own; Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; Sophomore/Junior/Senior

Preference to History, English, or Education majors

Morgan, Joy Elmer     Education  
Haystrand, Justin Memorial Scholarship Member of the Peru State Football team; financial need

Freshman/Sophomore/ Junior/Senior

Good, Ken  College GPA of 3.0 or better Sophomore/Junior/Senior   Graduate of Nebraska high school
Sims, Ken    


Graphic Design

Kenyon Koffee Klutch Scholarship   Senior Social Science Education  
Keys Family Fund Scholarship Based on scholastic ability and financial need   Education Graduate of Nebraska City High School
Louis, Angela & Richard Pascal Teacher's Scholarship     Education  
Sherwood, Leland & Karlene Art Scholarship     Art  
Pankonin, Lester & Maxine US Citizen with GPA of 3.0 or Higher      
Redfern, Leroy & Nancy    


Social Science

Firoved, Loure Salzman      Business  
Mathews, L.B. & Ruth        
Landolt, Paul & Lillian Memorial Scholarship    

Business Education


Anderson, Laurine  Financial Need   Biology  
Frank, Leanna Memorial Scholarship   Senior Elementary Education  
Weis, Lisa  Volleyball player who has not been Recruited Freshman    
Glaze, Lovisa A.    Sophomore/Junior/Senior

Education majors with preference to Elementary education majors

McKercher, Lyle   Junior/Senior Mathematics  
Miller, Mason & Irene  2.5 HS GPA Freshman   Graduate of Pawnee County High School
Stevenson, Oliver Academic Excellence      
Allgood, Martin Memorial Scholarship Financial Need  Junior/Senior Criminal Justice Resident of Nebraska
Vacek, Maude Phelps     Education Resident of Pawnee City
Bauer, Merle   Basketball player  Freshman   Preference to Resident of North Platte, Bertrand, Holdrege or Tecumseh.
Mulvaney, Mike Memorial Football Scholarship Full Time student;  Continuous maintenance of a 2.0 or higher overall;  Preference to football player.      Preference to graduate from Gage County High School, Southeast Nebraska High School or current Peru State Athlete.
Souders, Nellie Cook Memorial Scholarship for Education Full Time student with financial need   Education  
Palmer, Nona      Business  
Omaha Alumni Scholarship Relative of Peru State Alumnus who is currently listed on the Omaha Area Alumni mailing list     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      
Wilcox, Paul & Margaret Deserving Student      
Davidson, Phyllis Memorial Scholarship   Freshman   Two - 1 From a surrounding state; 1 whose Parents who are farmers
Fell, Paul & Arlene  3.0 GPA prior term/active on campus group or club/Athlete impact Varsity sport Junior/Senior    
Kenton, Pearl     Language Arts  
Butler, Pearl Morgan  Worthy Student      
Davidson, Phyllis  3.0 GPA, Financial Need, Character   Physical Education  
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      
Chatelain, R. & M. Need Based;GPA of 3.0 or above Junior/Senior Education Resident of Nemaha County
Russell, Rita Teacher Education Scholarship Renewable with 3.0 GPA.   Education  
Ritchie, A.B. Basketball Scholarship Basketball Player      
Adams, Ross & Maryon Financial Need. Preference for students returning to school to complete a degree.     Resident of Nemaha County
Russell, Ross Education Scholarship Renewable with 3.0 GPA.   Education  
Chamberlain, Roy Full time student; good grades; good character; financial need      
Russell Family Scholarship Full Time;  financial need Freshman/Sophomore/Junior/Senor/Graduate    
Russell, Ruth Scholarship Students in the upper 1/3 of their class  

Art/Humanities (odd years)

Science (even years)

Clements, Sanford & Hattie Band Scholarship Full-time student   Music  
Sapp Family Scholarship Financial need Freshman/Sophomore/Junior/Senior    
Vrtiska, Senator Floyd & Doris Wagner Nebraska Unicameral Internship Selected to serve as the unicameral intern. Interns are selected by application through the Social Sciences Department      
Sesquicentennial Scholarship Full time student, fill out application      
Brown, Sid Football Scholarship Football player with a consistent 2.5 GPA. Awarded by football coach. Sophomore/Junior/Senior   Reside within 350 miles of Peru, NE or be a Nebraska resident
Dean, Thomas & Marjorie Kennedy  Need based; maintain a 3.0 GPA Junior/Senior Education Preference to Richardson County resident
Rippen, Troy     Business  
Pierce, Virginia Milstead        
Sabatinelli, Vincent Deserving Athlete      
V-5 / V-12 Naval Scholarship Need based.  Renewable with 3.0 GPA.     Resident of Nebraska or adjacent state
Jindra, Victor S     Music Preference for major in stringed instrument
Chambers, Vincent  Member of Men's Basketball Team      
Harrison, W. & L. Full time student/Is renewable with maintenance of 3.0 GPA     Resident of southwest Iowa (Mills, Fremont, or Page counties)
Armstrong, W. L. Scholarship GPA of 3.0 or Higher/Is renewable with maintenance of 3.0 GPA     Rural southeast Nebraska resident (Otoe, Nemaha, Richardson, Pawnee, or Johnson County - includes city limits)
Reed, Wayne & Adele    Junior/Senior Education Preference to resident of Southeast Nebraska
Pate, W. R.  Academic Achievement      
Willey Trust Scholarship 3.0 GPA and a child of farm or ranch families or their employees Sophomore/Junior/Senior   Resident of Nebraska
Wortman, William Deserving student with financial need