Lutheran Family Services established the Coyner and Donna Smith Diversity Scholarship Fund to provide a college education for graduating high school seniors from low-income, minority families who are residents of Nebraska.
$25,000 scholarships are awarded annually to fund recipients’ college education regardless of where they have been accepted. These scholarships are renewable for four years.
Students who are interested in trade or vocational schools are also eligible to apply. Trade school applicants will receive $12,500, or one-half of the $25,000 grant, renewable for two years.
Students must be graduating from a Nebraska high school or obtain GED in the current academic year and plan to enter freshmen year of post-secondary in the fall of that academic year.
- Be a resident of Nebraska at the time of graduation
- Show financial need *Financial need is defined as a low-income family whose adjusted gross family income is $65,000 or lower annually
- Preference will be given to applicants from disadvantaged ethnic backgrounds that do not identify as Caucasian
Applications for the class of 2023 will be available in September of 2022.