The Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation has announced Kari Nelson, a student at Lincoln Southeast High School, is one of four students to receive the 2012 Nebraskans of World War II Scholarship Award.
The fund was created to honor the brave men and women of Nebraska that served their country fighting for the freedoms of millions of people.
Two servicemen, in particular, are honored by their families through these scholarships: Edward J. Clough and Adrian B. DePutron, both of Lincoln.
GM1c Edward Clough was killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and remains entombed aboard the U.S.S. Arizona. His sister, Helen, chose to honor his memory through a gift that would help establish the Nebraskans of World War II Scholarship fund.
Lt. Adrian DePutron was killed during the Battle of the Bulge on Jan. 20, 1945, while serving with General Patton's Third Army. The lieutenant's aunt Marjorie, through her estate, honored her nephew's service with a gift to help establish this scholarship program.