Nebraska Press Women’s $1,000 Memorial Scholarship is available for graduate or full-time, upper-class undergraduate students. Graduate students must be enrolled for at least nine credit hours; undergraduate students for at least 12 hours.

In 2012, the NPW Memorial Scholarship and NPW Excellence in Media Scholarship were combined into the NPW Memorial Scholarship. See below for a list of past recipients.

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must submit:

  • One to three samples of your work, such as newspaper stories, photographs, radio or video clips; advertising copy or layouts or professional social media posts.
  • A personal letter that outlines your achievements and goals. This letter must be no more than two, double-spaced, single-sided pages. This will be a major factor considered by the scholarship committee.
  • A reference letter from an advisor or faculty member that attests your overall GPA, as well as your GPA in your major field; it should also note why you should be selected for this scholarship (a second letter from someone of your choice is optional).
  • Because of the nature of the profession, the judges will heavily weigh correct spelling and grammar. Please be sure and proofread all aspects of the application.
  • The completed application form, which is available below.

Application deadline is March 28, 2020, and applications must be submitted by email

Download the 2020 contest rules and the 2020 NPW College Scholarship Application.

Questions may be directed to the NPW Scholarship Chair listed on the contact page.

2019 Scholarship Recipient

Dannielle Anderson, a 2017 graduate of Ewing Public Schools, is a junior at Nebraska Wesleyan Univer­sity, where she studies communication studies, journalism and marketing.

On campus, Danielle is on the leadership board for the student-run publication, The Yip, and a member of the Wesleyan Communication Association. She also has served as a public relations intern for the NWU Marketing Department.

Danielle studied abroad in July 2018 through the UK Summer Institute Fulbright Commission, attend­ing the University of Westminster in London to study multimedia journalism and intercultural commu­nication.

During her final years at NWU, Danielle plans to apply for the Capitol Hill Internship Program (CHIP) in Washington, D.C., or take another study abroad before her anticipated graduation in May 2021.

She plans to seek a career in public relations, marketing or media coordi­nation, or may attend graduate school for a degree yet to be decided.

For more information on NPW scholarships, e-mail NPW scholarship director Tammy Bain through the Contact Page.

Recent Winners of the NPW Memorial Scholarship 

2017-2018: Brittany Hamor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2016-17: Baylee Vrtiska, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2015-16: Emma Olson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2014-15: Mara Klecker, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2013-14: Chelsea Eaton, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2012-13: Emily Hemphill, Concordia University
2011-12: Hailey Konnath, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2010-11: Emily Nohr, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jamie Klein, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Skylar Osovski, Wayne State College
2006: Michelle Bishop, University of Nebraska-Omaha
2003: Jennifer Myers, Nebraska Wesleyan University
2001: Valeria R. Robert, University of Nebraska at Omaha
1999: Sarah Fox, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1997: Stacy Rande, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1996: Mary Woods, Chadron State College
1995: Melissa Dunne, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Recent winners of the NPW Excellence in Media Scholarship include:
Elizabeth Lachnit, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2010-11: Bethany Trueblood, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Erin Starkebaum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Sarah Thomsen, Wayne State College
2006: Linsey Marshall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2003: Amanda Sauder, Union College
2001: Tiffany Schmitz, Wayne State College
1999: Kristi Mehlhoff, Chadron State College
1997: Jessica Kennedy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1996: Becky Lagler, Chadron State College
1995: Rainbow Rowell, University of Nebraska-Lincoln