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Scholarship Guidelines

Gaylord “Pete” Peterson Memorial Scholarship

The family of Gaylord ‘Pete’ Peterson has created this annual scholarship for deserving young men and women who are graduates of any Grand Island High School. The scholarship is a one year award. Mr. Peterson was a life-long educator who started teaching at the young age of 16. He earned a Normal Training Certificate from Wayne State College and began his career teaching in rural schools. He later earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education and taught students for six decades. He taught and coached at Walnut Junior High for 34 years. Mr. Peterson left a lasting impact on so many students and colleagues. He was born a teacher and loved investing in students. This scholarship in his memory is intended for students who are pursuing their dreams to become educators and need the additional support to realize their college ambitions.

Amount and Terms

  • $5,000 x 1 year

Number of Scholarships

  • 1


  • Must be a graduate of Grand Island Senior High, Grand Island Northwest, Grand Island Central Catholic or Heartland Lutheran High School
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must major in Education with a preference for students who want to become a secondary science teacher


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