The Charles & Alberta Walther Scholarship Fund
Deadline to apply: March 5, 2019 3:00 pm CST

ABOUT CHARLES AND ALBERTA WALTHER

The scholarship fund was established in 1999 from the bequest of Charles and Alberta Walther to honor their association with the Omaha Fire Division and fellow firefighters. Charles F. Walther (1911-1997) served as assistant Fire Chief with the Omaha Fire Division for 40 years. He also served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945, making 40 combat missions as a waist gunner on a B-24 heavy bomber, “The Bird’s Eye View”, in the Pacific war zone. Walther was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 6 Oak Clusters, and three Battle Stars with the 431 Bomber Squad. He was a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Reserves. Charles’s wife Alberta (Bert) predeceased him in 1993.

THE PROGRAM

The Charles and Alberta Walther Scholarship Fund administered through Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC (agent) assists children and grandchildren of Omaha firefighters who plan to continue education in college, vocational school, or graduate school. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America. Scholarship America is the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.

 

Applicants to the Charles & Alberta Walther Scholarship Fund must be:

  • Children or grandchildren of firefighters currently serving the city of Omaha, Nebraska, or retired or deceased firefighters who served the city of Omaha.
  • High school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll or students who are already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year. Applicants must have a B or better grade point average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).
  • A U.S. Citizen or legal resident.

Award information:

  • If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $2,500 award.
  • Up to three (3) awards will be granted to students attending a four-year college or university. One (1) award will be granted to a student attending a two-year college or vocational-technical school leading to an associate degree or certificate.
  • Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.
  • Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study and may be used for tuition, fees, and books only.

 

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • Statement of goals and aspirations
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation

Financial need is not considered.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC or the Omaha Fire Department play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Notification

Applicants will be notified in April. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC (agent) on August 1. Checks are mailed to each recipient’s college and are made payable to the school for the student. Letters will also be sent to the student recipient stating their check has been mailed to their school.

As part of your application, you must upload the following documents:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken

Also as part of your application, one online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf.

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!