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Barry Skalberg Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Essay Required

The Skalberg family offers this scholarship in memory of husband, father, teacher and coach, Barry Skalberg who died at the age of 47 after a brave battle with cancer. Mr. Skalberg joined the teaching staff at Grand Island Senior High in 1996. During his career he taught American history, economics, dual-credit world history and business law. He was a 'lifer,' having just finished his 25th year of teaching at Grand Island Senior High. He had planned to teach there for his whole career. He was a steady force in the social studies department, providing the even temper and boundaries that were needed to help students succeed. He often asked students in his economics classes, "Who in here wants to learn how to become a millionaire?" When he had their attention, he taught about investing, the stock market, dividends and returns. Mr. Skalberg was a strong advocate for the return on investment that higher education offered. This scholarship allows him to continue to invest in his students beyond his short life time.

Amount and Terms

  • $1,000 x 1 year

Number of Scholarships

  • 1


  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High
  • Must be involved in sports or music
  • Must have held at least one leadership role in school or community activities
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0¬†or higher

Essay Question

  • Write a personal statement on why you are applying for this scholarship. (Max 500 words)


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