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 2021-College-Application.

Application deadline is Feb. 10, 2021. Applications must be submitted by email

2020 Scholarship Recipient

Natalie Saenz grew up in Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, a first-generation American. Natalie’s parents immigrated from Chihuahua, Mexico, to the United States some 30 years ago. Natalie’s parents first recognized their “American Dream” working in cotton, bean and beet fields. Her father later began working at Western Sugar Cooperative as a warehouse operator, while her mother began her journey toward obtaining a master’s degree and later found success as a bilingual psychologist. She specializes in child therapy.

As for Natalie, she discovered her love for journalism after graduating from Scotts Bluff High School. She eagerly sought out Western Nebraska Community College’s journalism program, only to find that the program suddenly closed. She still spent one year the community college’s online newspaper, The Spectator, only to find that it also would be shut down. This only led her further into journalism, as she ultimately contacted the Scotts Bluff Star Herald itself, and found opportunity as a freelance feature writer.

Natalie transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where her experience led her to internships at the Grand Island Independent, the Omaha World-Herald, and most recently, the Lincoln Journal-Star. The double-major in journalism and broadcasting, with minors in sociology and Spanish, plans to graduate in May 2021. Thereafter, she plans to make her career as a bilingual journalist.

In her essay, Natalie wrote, “I know the need for bilingual journalists is expanding, therefore I want to become a part of the movement that will unite the English-speaking and Spanish-speaking communities.”

Recent Winners of the NPW Memorial Scholarship 

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