Antonette Willa Skupa Turner Scholarship

Due February 28

About the Scholarship / Eligibility

The purpose of the Antonette Willa Skupa Turner Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to graduates of Nebraska high schools who plan to enroll as English or history majors in accredited colleges or universities. Applicants must be high school seniors who are prospective first year college students and plan to continue their education as English or history majors in accredited colleges or universities. Selection is based on intellectual promise, creativity and character of the applicant.

The Antonette Willa Skupa Turner Scholarship is named after the granddaughter of John and Annie Sadilek Pavelka, prototypes for both Anton and Ántonia Shimerda in Cather's novel My Ántonia and Anton and Mary Rosicky in Cather's short story "Neighbour Rosicky."

Financial Data

One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually. Each stipend is payable at the beginning of the first year of college. The scholarship is not renewable.

Download the Antonette Willa Skupa Turner Scholarship Application

Past Winners

2013: Jordie Theye, Odell
2014: Abigail Feden, Papillion
2015: Madeline Warrick, Hastings
2016: Ashley Morrison, Omaha 
2017: Patrick O'Neil, Nebraska City
2018: Paige Schroeder, Fremont High School
2019: Alexis Boyd, Gothenburg High School
2020: Sylvia Dierking, Platteview High School
2021: Reyana Tegtmeier, Pawnee City High School
2022: Shelby March, Wymore Southern High School

Graduation Robes

Student Scholarships

To further Cather’s legacy and to support the next generation of Cather readers and scholars, the Willa Cather Foundation annually awards a number of scholarships for college-bound students who desire to major in English or history, graduate students presenting on Cather at academic conferences, and educators interested in introducing Cather in the classroom. Please browse the descriptions that follow for more information and to download application forms.