Believe in the goodness in thyself as well as in others.

Protect childhood with tenderness, old age with respect, cherish with reverence the memory of those who have passed.

Observe faithfully the golden rule.

Enjoy the good things of earth. Keep within thee the Glorious shine of youth and remain always of good cheer.


Joanne Durst Memorial Teaching Scholarship for Elementary Education
Anna Watson Lincoln Northeast HS

Wesley & Janis Durst Scholarship for Secondary Education
Paytra TeBrink Milford HS


Awards for each scholarship are as indicated. Awards will be sent directly to the school/institution to which the winning student enrolls. No awards will be paid directly to the individual winner. These awards are renewable over a four year period if criteria below is maintained and documented.

  • Joanne Durst Memorial Teaching Scholarship for Elementary Education - $1,660
  • Wesley & Janis Durst Scholarship for Secondary Education - $1,660

The following eligibility requirements apply to this scholarship:

  • Minimum ACT score of 25 or minimum SAT score of 1150.
  • Open to all Lincoln and surrounding area high school seniors. For students attending out-of-town schools, parents must reside in Lincoln jurisdiction.
  • Complete the application blank(s) in full. All questions must be answered. Attach other requested information to the application.
  • Be certain that the application is signed and dated as requested. The financial data page must be signed by the parent or guardian and included by the applicant before mailing or delivering to the Elks Lodge.
  • Indicate which scholarships the applicant is eligible for and applying. (The same application may be used to apply for up to two scholarships. A new application is required if applying for more than two General Scholarships.
  • All applications will be judged on the basis of scholarship, leadership, need, and other information as requested.

Retention criteria:

  • Student must continue in the elementary or secondary education program, according to the scholarship awarded.
  • Student must maintain an minimum grade point average of 3.1 or equivalent.
  • Student must maintain a full-time student status.
  • Student must provide the Lincoln Elks Lodge #80 confirmation from the college or university (may be provided by Department Chair or counselor) which verifies the previous conditions.

All completed applications must be received at the Lincoln Elks Lodge #80 by 5:00 p.m. on January 31, 2018 to be eligible for consideration. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED - BE SURE TO CONSIDER MAILING TIME!

Winners will be notified by mail, and will also be posted on the Teaching scholarship web page, by April 15, 2018. Winners are invited to be recognized at Youth Night ceremonies held at Southeast Community College Gym on the evening of Monday, May 07, 2018.

When the Lodge is notified of official enrollment in school, or August 2018, whichever is later. The payment will be made directly to the student's account at the school of their choice. All 2018 scholarships must be claimed by August 31, 2019 or are forfeited.

Questions must be submitted via email to the Scholarship Chairperson. Please do not call the Lodge.

Application Download instructions:

The entire application must be completed.

1) Instructions

2) Application

3) Extra application page 2

The application may be completed as follows:

  a. Print, complete, sign and mail to:
      - or -

  Lincoln Elks Lodge #80
  c/o Scholarship Chairperson
  5910 S 58th St.
  Lincoln, NE 68516

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