Our Opportunities

Welcome to the Hamilton Community Foundation scholarship homepage.

The Hamilton Community Foundation (HCF) Scholarship Program is made possible by generous philanthropists who support the aspirations of area students to further their education and training. The Foundation awards up to 120 scholarships annually.

The legacy funds of the Foundation provide scholarships for all students, including graduating high school seniors, returning adults or those pursuing advanced degrees. Applicants must be graduating/have graduated from a Hamilton County high school, High Plains High School, or have a permanent address in Hamilton County and be applying for a scholarship for the purpose of attending a vocational/trade school, community college or university. Recipients of various scholarships are eligible to reapply for multiple years as outlined by the donor(s) who have generously established each fund.

Below you will find a listing of scholarships available to students with brief information about the scholarship qualifications. To apply for scholarships you must first create an account by clicking Sign Up in the upper right hand corner. You will need an email address and password. It is recommended that you create your account using an email address that you will monitor frequently and will have access to after high school graduation. (Do not use your high school email address.) You will then need to complete (and submit) a General Application which will automatically match you to those scholarship opportunities for which you meet the minimum qualification criteria.

Deadline: Friday, February 14th at 11:59 p.m. This is the deadline for ALL scholarship applications including the B.K. and Norma Heuermann Scholarship.
It is recommended that you submit your application prior to the deadline. Foundation staff will not be available for assistance after 4:00 p.m. on the deadline date.

Scholarship values listed may change slightly without notice due to investment performance of the fund during the year. Scholarships may also be added or deleted prior to recipient selection date.

Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
$2,500 Alfred P. Nelson Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Alfred P. Nelson Memorial Scholarship, you must be a student pursuing a degree, certificate or diploma in health care or an allied...
To apply for the Alfred P. Nelson Memorial Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $2,500
Ended
$1,000 Alice G. Eberhard Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Alice G. Eberhard Memorial Scholarship, you must be a graduating senior or alumnus of Hampton High School. Applicant should be a...
To apply for the Alice G. Eberhard Memorial Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$500 Alta Louise Otto Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Alta Louise Otto Memorial Scholarship, you must be an alumnus of Aurora High School who has completed a full year of college and...
To apply for the Alta Louise Otto Memorial Scholarship, you must be an...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$500 Alvin and Rose Marie Stranberg Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Alvin and Rose Marie Stranberg Memorial Scholarship you must be a graduating senior or alumnus of High Plains High School. ...
To apply for the Alvin and Rose Marie Stranberg Memorial Scholarship you...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$500 Annita Kay Thomas Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Annita Kay Thomas Memorial Scholarship, you must be a Hamilton County resident who is pursuing a degree in nursing with the intent...
To apply for the Annita Kay Thomas Memorial Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$500 Arthur H. Anderson Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Arthur H. Anderson Memorial Scholarship, you must be a Hamilton County resident who is a full-time student pursuing an...
To apply for the Arthur H. Anderson Memorial Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$500 Aurora Baha'i Community Scholarship
To apply for the Aurora Baha’i Community Scholarship, you must be a Hamilton County high school graduating senior who is enrolled part-time or...
To apply for the Aurora Baha’i Community Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$500 Aurora Education Association Scholarship
To apply for the Aurora Education Association Scholarship, you must be a Hamilton County resident who is an alumnus of Aurora High School and who...
To apply for the Aurora Education Association Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$500 Aurora High School Alumni Association Scholarship
To apply for the Aurora High School Alumni Association Scholarship, you must be an alumnus of Aurora High School with a GPA of 2.5 or higher who is...
To apply for the Aurora High School Alumni Association Scholarship, you...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$500 Aurora High School Class of 2020 Scholarship
To apply for the Aurora High School Class of 2020 Scholarship, you must be an Aurora High School graduating senior with a GPA of 2.5 or higher who...
To apply for the Aurora High School Class of 2020 Scholarship, you must...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$7,500 per semester B.K. and Norma A. Heuermann Scholarship
The B.K. and Norma A. Heuermann Scholarship is offered to a graduating senior of any Hamilton County high school, pre-approved for admission at...
The B.K. and Norma A. Heuermann Scholarship is offered to a graduating...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $7,500 per semester
Ended
$500 Betty Grosvenor Saunders Scholarship In Education
To apply for the Betty Grosvenor Saunders Scholarship in Education, applicant must be a Hamilton County resident and graduating senior from Aurora...
To apply for the Betty Grosvenor Saunders Scholarship in Education,...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$500 Blanche M. Ross Memorial Scholarship (EVEN YEARS)
To apply for the Blanche M. Ross Memorial Scholarship, you must be a graduating senior from Aurora High School who is pursuing a 4-year...
To apply for the Blanche M. Ross Memorial Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$1,000 Bob and Carol Ernst Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Bob and Carol Ernst Scholarship, you must be a graduating senior of Aurora High School with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The applicant...
To apply for the Bob and Carol Ernst Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$1,000 Brent Furse Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Brent Furse Memorial Scholarship, you must be an alumnus of a Hamilton County high school who is currently in his/her junior or...
To apply for the Brent Furse Memorial Scholarship, you must be an...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$1,000 Carl Chader Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Carl Chader Memorial Scholarship you must be a resident of Otis or Bluff precincts of Hamilton County, NE.
To apply for the Carl Chader Memorial Scholarship you must be a resident...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$500 Charles "Shorty" McDonald Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Charles “Shorty” McDonald Memorial Scholarship, you must be a Hamilton County resident who is a graduating senior or upperclassman...
To apply for the Charles “Shorty” McDonald Memorial Scholarship, you...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$1,000 Cindy Ross Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Cindy Ross Memorial Scholarship, you must be a graduating senior or alumnus of Aurora High School. Preference will be given to a...
To apply for the Cindy Ross Memorial Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$500 Clair "Shorty" Zehr Memorial Scholarship (EVEN YEARS)
To apply for the Clair “Shorty” Zehr Memorial Scholarship, you must be a graduating senior of Aurora High School who is in the upper 25% of the...
To apply for the Clair “Shorty” Zehr Memorial Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$500 Clarence Trumble Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Clarence Trumble Memorial Scholarship, you must be a Hamilton County resident and graduating high school senior pursuing a...
To apply for the Clarence Trumble Memorial Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
Varies Clark Brothers Sanitation Scholarship
To apply for the Clark Brothers Sanitation Scholarship, you must be a firefighter currently active with the Aurora Volunteer Fire Department or...
To apply for the Clark Brothers Sanitation Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies
Ended
$1,500 Clifford Williams Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Clifford Williams Memorial Scholarship, you must be a Hamilton County resident who is a graduating senior or alumnus of a Hamilton...
To apply for the Clifford Williams Memorial Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,500
Ended
$500 Dale Traudt Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Dale Traudt Memorial Scholarship, first preference will be given to a full-time student pursuing a degree in aeronautical studies...
To apply for the Dale Traudt Memorial Scholarship, first preference will...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$500 Daniel J. Armbruster Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Daniel J. Armbruster Memorial Scholarship, you must be the son or daughter of a full-time Pinnacle Bank-Aurora employee. The...
To apply for the Daniel J. Armbruster Memorial Scholarship, you must be...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$500 David and Myrtle Myers Scholarship
To apply for the David and Myrtle Myers Scholarship, you must be a graduating high school senior from Hamilton County with a GPA of 3.0 or higher...
To apply for the David and Myrtle Myers Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$500 - $1,000 Dean and Pat Carriker Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Dean and Pat Carriker Memorial Scholarship, you must be a Hamilton County resident who is a full-time student pursuing a 2-year...
To apply for the Dean and Pat Carriker Memorial Scholarship, you must be...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500 - $1,000
Ended
$1,000 Delmer Wadell Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Delmer Wadell Memorial Scholarship, you must be a Hamilton County resident who is a graduating senior or alumnus enrolled at an...
To apply for the Delmer Wadell Memorial Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$1,000 Dick Regier Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Dick Regier Memorial Scholarship, you must be a graduating senior or upperclassman who is a full-time student pursuing an...
To apply for the Dick Regier Memorial Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$750 Donald A., Betty Lou & Robert Nielsen Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Donald A., Betty Lou & Robert Nielsen Memorial Scholarship, you must be a Hamilton County resident pursuing a 2 or 4-year degree...
To apply for the Donald A., Betty Lou & Robert Nielsen Memorial...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $750
Ended
$1,000 Dr. James and Mabel Woodard Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Dr. James and Mabel Woodard Memorial Scholarship, you must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in medicine (i.e. practical or...
To apply for the Dr. James and Mabel Woodard Memorial Scholarship, you...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$500 Edward & Alma Daniel Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Edward & Alma Daniel Memorial Scholarship, you must be a Hamilton County resident pursuing a degree at a technical school or...
To apply for the Edward & Alma Daniel Memorial Scholarship, you must be...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$2,500 Eileen Forsman Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Eileen Forsman Memorial Scholarship, you must be an alumnus or graduating senior of any Hamilton County high school with a GPA of...
To apply for the Eileen Forsman Memorial Scholarship, you must be an...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $2,500
Ended
$1,000 Ethel Maree Shaneyfelt Nursing Scholarship
To apply for the Ethel Maree Shaneyfelt Nursing Scholarship, you must be a Hamilton County resident and graduating high school senior pursuing a...
To apply for the Ethel Maree Shaneyfelt Nursing Scholarship, you must be...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$500 Eva J. Bute Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Eva J. Bute Memorial Scholarship, you must be a full-time student pursuing a degree in nutrition science, culinary science or...
To apply for the Eva J. Bute Memorial Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$500 Florence C. Bute Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Florence C. Bute Memorial Scholarship, you must be a full-time student pursuing a degree in elementary education.
To apply for the Florence C. Bute Memorial Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$1,500 Frank M. Farr Rotary Club of Aurora Scholarship
To apply for the Frank M. Farr Rotary Club of Aurora Scholarship, you must be a resident of Hamilton County who is a graduating senior who will be...
To apply for the Frank M. Farr Rotary Club of Aurora Scholarship, you...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,500
Ended
$1,000 Fred & Helen Emken Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Fred & Helen Emken Memorial Scholarship, you must be a resident of Hamilton County and an alumnus of any Hamilton County high...
To apply for the Fred & Helen Emken Memorial Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$500 Genene and Robert Willis Scholarship Fund
To apply for the Genene and Robert Willis Scholarship, you must be a graduating senior or alumnus of Aurora High School. First preference will be...
To apply for the Genene and Robert Willis Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$500 Gilbert "Gip" Barnell Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Gilbert “Gip” Barnell Memorial Scholarship, you must be a graduating senior or alumnus from any Hamilton County high school who is...
To apply for the Gilbert “Gip” Barnell Memorial Scholarship, you must be...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$400 Glen and Margaret Leymaster Scholarship
To apply for the Glen and Margaret Leymaster Scholarship, you must be a graduating senior of Aurora High School with a GPA of 3.4 or higher and an...
To apply for the Glen and Margaret Leymaster Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $400
Ended
$2,500 Glenn R. & Eva E. Haworth Scholarship
To apply for the Glenn R. & Eva E. Haworth Scholarship, you must be a Hamilton County resident attending Nebraska Wesleyan University.
To apply for the Glenn R. & Eva E. Haworth Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $2,500
Ended
$1,000 Hamilton County Corngrowers Association Scholarship
To apply for the Hamilton County Corngrowers Association Scholarship, you must be the son or daughter of a member in good standing with the...
To apply for the Hamilton County Corngrowers Association Scholarship,...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$500 Hamilton County Jr. Pork Producer's Scholarship
To apply for the Hamilton County Jr. Pork Producer’s Scholarship, you must be a graduating senior of alumnus of a Hamilton County high school,...
To apply for the Hamilton County Jr. Pork Producer’s Scholarship, you...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$2,500 Harlan & Emma Jane Peterson Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Harlan & Emma Jane Peterson Memorial Scholarship, you must be a resident of Otis, Bluff, or east portion of South Platte precincts...
To apply for the Harlan & Emma Jane Peterson Memorial Scholarship, you...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $2,500
Ended
$500 Harold E. Edgerton Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Harold E. Edgerton Memorial Scholarship, you must be a full-time student pursuing a 4-year undergraduate degree in the sciences of...
To apply for the Harold E. Edgerton Memorial Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$750 Herbert and Doris Bankson Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Herbert and Doris Bankson Memorial Scholarship, you must be a lineal descendant of a graduate of the former Marquette High School....
To apply for the Herbert and Doris Bankson Memorial Scholarship, you...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $750
Ended
$1,000 Howard Holland Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the Howard Holland Memorial Scholarship, you must be a graduating senior or alumnus of a Hamilton County high school with a GPA of...
To apply for the Howard Holland Memorial Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $1,000
Ended
$500 Ivan M. & Agdie I. Bengtson Scholarship
To apply for the Ivan M. & Agdie Bengtson Scholarship, you must be a Hamilton County resident pursuing a degree in agriculture.
To apply for the Ivan M. & Agdie Bengtson Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended
$400 J. Michael Saxton Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the J. Michael Saxton Memorial Scholarship, you must be a graduating senior of Aurora High School enrolling full-time in pursuit of a...
To apply for the J. Michael Saxton Memorial Scholarship, you must be a...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $400
Ended
$500 J. Walter and Thelma Hudson Memorial Scholarship
To apply for the J. Walter and Thelma Hudson Memorial Scholarship, you must be a resident of Hamilton County who is a graduating senior or alumnus...
To apply for the J. Walter and Thelma Hudson Memorial Scholarship, you...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $500
Ended