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Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation Opens  World War II Scholarship Applications

LINCOLN, Nebr. (November 10, 2018) – The Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation opened the application process for the 2019 Nebraskans of World War II Scholarship Fund. The Fund will award up to four (4) $2,500 scholarships and three (3) $500 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Awards to outstanding high school seniors from the hometowns of the memorialized sailors. (Please see qualifying list below.)
Schools serving those communities, both public and private, may forward the nominations of no more than two seniors to be reviewed and considered by the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation Scholarship Committee. Applications can be requested through the school counselor’s office and are due no later than January 25, 2019.  The scholarship recipients will be announced no later than April 1, 2019.

“The Nebraskans of World War II Scholarship Fund was created to memorialize the brave men and women of Nebraska who served their country fighting for the freedoms of millions of people,” said Leslie Fattig, Executive Director for the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation. “The Fund allows Nebraska youth to keep the memory of those who perished alive.”

The scholarship was created for two Lincoln, Nebraska servicemen by their families: Edward J. Clough and Adrian B. DePutron.

GM1c Edward Clough was killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and remains entombed aboard the U.S.S. Arizona.  His sister, Helen, chose to honor his memory through a gift that would help establish the Nebraskans of World War II Scholarship Fund.

Lt. Adrian DePutron was killed during the Battle of the Bulge on January 20, 1945, while serving with General Patton’s Third Army.  The Lieutenant’s Aunt Marjorie Barstow, through her estate, honored her nephew’s service with a gift to help enhance the scholarship program.

Seniors applying must be from the school districts which encompass the hometowns of the memorialized sailors.  The hometowns are:

Broken Bow
Central City
Newark (Minden)
North Bend
St. Michael (Kearney)

For more information about the scholarship program please email Business Manager Lori Heaton at

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