Ántonia Scholarship

Due February 28

About the Scholarship / Eligibility

The purpose of the Ántonia Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to graduates of high schools based in the United States of America 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 Ántonia Scholarship was created to honor Annie Sadilek Pavelka, prototype for Ántonia Shimerda in Cather's novel My Ántonia 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 Ántonia Scholarship Application

Past Winners


2018: Casey Moyer, Mercy High School
2019: Miranda Tucker, Milford High School
2020: Theodore Jansen, Westside High School
2021: Fiona Wiberg, Papillion La Vista South High School
2022: Chloe Berger, Wilson Hill Academy

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.