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:

  • A completed Nebraska Press Women Scholarship Application Form, available below.
  • Three samples of your work, such as newspaper/magazine/web stories, photographs, audio 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 longer than one single-spaced page. The letter will be a major factor considered by the scholarship committee.
  • A reference letter from an adviser or faculty member that attests to your overall GPA, as well as your GPA in your major field; it also should 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 to proofread all aspects of the application.

To apply for the scholarship, download the 2022-College-Application.

Application deadline is Feb. 9, 2022. Applications must be submitted by email

2021 Scholarship Recipient

Ana Bellinghausen of Omaha earned an athletic scholarship in track and field at UNO and is majoring in journalism and media communication. She was the first female sports director for UNO’s MavRadio for which she covered a wide variety of athletic events, from the College World Series to Capital District pole vaulting, among many others. Ana’s goal is to become an on-air personality, and she’s passionate about advocating for women in sports media.

Recent Winners of the NPW Memorial Scholarship 

2019-2020: Natalie Saenz, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2018-2019: Dannielle Anderson, Nebraska Wesleyan Univer­sity
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