The Washington County Community Foundation managers scholarship funds for individual donors and organizations. Donors are free to establish selection criteria and choose the recipients. The Foundation supports the process by providing:

  1. A tax-deductible way to fund scholarships, making it beneficial to the donor and others who may with to contribute.
  2. Experienced and effective management to the fund to maximize the scholarship amounts.
  3. Experience in verifying student enrollment and assuring that funds to to the proper institution and student account.
  4. A way to continue scholarships past the original donor’s lifetime through an endowment fund.



Current scholarship funds managed by the Foundation include:

Leroy Larsen Nursing Scholarships
Mr. Larsen established an endowed scholarship fund through an estate gift for students from Washington and Burt Counties wishing to attend nursing school. He did this out of gratitude for the care he received during a critical hospital stay. The Washington County Nurses Association carries on the legacy by selecting the recipients.

The 2020 recipients are as follows:

  • Isabella Almanza of Blair, Parents: Miguel and Maria Almanza
  • Emma Thoene of Blair, Parents: Dean and Lisa Thoene
  • Kristen Bitter of Herman, Parents: David and Jill Bitter

Brandon Tomcak Memorial Scholarships
Brandon was tragically lost in a traffic accident at a young age. His parents established a scholarship fund to help students who are involved in archery, a passion of Brandon.

The 2020 recipients include:

The Nebraska Archery Fund
This scholarship fund was established by Tom Saunders to provide assistance for students who will attend a college, university or trade school. Recipients are place winners of the state NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) contest, operated by the Nebraska Game and Parks Division.

2019 winners include:

  • David Lynch of Lincoln East High School
  • Corinne Taylor of Irving Middle School, Lincoln
  • Colleen Cerise of Mater Dei Academy
  • Eric Severson  of Cornerstone Christian

The Mark Chappelear Memorial Fund
The family of Mark Chappelear awards a scholarship annually to a graduating senior from Arlington High School who wishes to study computer science or similar technology. Selections are made by AHS guidance counselors.

The Michael Ferm Memorial Fund
The family of Michael Ferm established this fund to honor his memory by providing assistance to local students who wish to learn welding (Michael’s profession) or a similar trade. The fund is currently growing to become an endowed fund, at which time the family will begin to take applications.