Lutheran Family Services has received a $3,000,000 gift to establish 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 will be awarded toward funding the recipients college education regardless of where they have been accepted and are renewable for four years. The selection committee intends to fund at least five students in its first year. 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.
Student must be entering freshmen year in the 2021-22 academic year and graduating from high school or obtaining GED in 2020-2021 academic year.
- Be a resident of Nebraska at time of graduation
- Show financial need *Financial need is defined as a low-income family whose household annual income is less than $65,000 annually
- Preference will be given to applicants from disadvantaged ethnic backgrounds that do not identify as Caucasian
Application Deadline: December 15, 2020 by 11:59pm Central Time
Scholarship recipients will be notified of award in Mid-February.