Scholarships

The primary use of Nebraska Academic Decathlon funds outside of the actual costs associated with organizing and executing the Regional and State competitions are a variety of scholarships given to students of all grade levels for use at the college or university of their choice. In total, there are 129 scholarships awarded to Decathlon medal award winners totaling $33,960 in value per year.

Each year, we count on donations to help fund these scholarships and send Decathletes to college or university. As the program continues to grow and evolve, the actual operations cost of the Decathlon remains relatively static while the scholarship payouts continue to get larger and larger. Your contribution today will help fund our ability to give more and larger scholarships to Decathletes throughout Nebraska.

Endowment Amounts

A scholarship test can be endowed and placed in your name for the following amounts:

  • 3rd Place Regional Scholarship – $3,400
    • $135 scholarship awarded to 3rd place finishers at the Regional competition (30 total scholarships)
  • 3rd Place State Scholarship – $4,750
    • $190 scholarship awarded to 3rd place finishers at the State competition (10 total scholarships)
  • 2nd Place Regional Scholarship – $4,750
    • $190 scholarship awarded to 2nd place finishers at the Regional competition (32 total scholarships)
  • 2nd Place State Scholarship – $6,750
    • $270 scholarship awarded to 2nd place finishers at the State competition (15 total scholarships)
  • 1st Place Regional Scholarship – $9,500
    • $380 scholarship awarded to 1st place finishers at the Regional competition (30 scholarships)
  • 1st Place State Scholarship – $13,500
    • $540 scholarship awarded to 1st place finishers at the State competition (12 scholarships)

If you are interested in endowing or contributing to a specific year’s scholarship, please visit our Donate page for information on how to contribute.

Currently Endowed Scholarships

Dorothy & Jake Esbenshade Scholarships

Three 3rd Place Regional Scholarships for Varsity-level students in non-metro schools. The original value of the scholarships was $135.

Dr. C.C. & Mabel Criss Memorial Scholarships

Three 1st Place State Final scholarships.

1 scholarship is awarded to the highest scoring Honor student in the Small School Division.

1 scholarship is awarded to the highest scoring Scholastic student in the Small School Division.

1 scholarship is awarded to the highest scoring Varsity student in the Small School Division.

The original value of the scholarships was $500.

Doug Hale Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to the highest scoring student in the Varsity-level on the 3rd Place Team at the State Final in the Large School Division. The original value of the scholarship was $175.

Harriet Wiebe Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to the highest scoring student in the Varsity-level on the 3rd Place Team at the State Final in the Small School Division. The original value of the scholarship was $175.

John Wiebe Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to the highest scoring student on the 3rd Place Team at the State Final in the Large School Division. The original value of the scholarship was $175.

Sal & Mary Kay Carta Scholarship

Awarded to a Varsity-level student on a 3rd Place Regional team in the metro area. The original value of the scholarship was $125.

Sue Hutto Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to the highest score by a female student in the Science Test at the Regional level. The original value of the scholarship was $150.

Hellmann Trust Endowment of the Fine Arts/Music Test

This is a long term endowment of the Nebraska Academic Decathlon program aimed at helping ultimately endow the total Nebraska Academic Decathlon program.