By Caitlyn Gudmundsen, Senior Manager of Program Development and Outreach
Today’s Front Line Hero is Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, which is celebrating its community’s diversity and supporting local students.
LFS of Nebraska’s mission is to express “God’s love for all people by providing quality human care services that build and strengthen individual, family and community life.” It lives out that mission through services for children, including early intervention programs, community services, particularly for refugees, immigrants, and survivors of human trafficking, and behavioral health programs. These services impact more than 45,000 people each year across Nebraska, as well as in parts of Iowa and Kansas.
LFS of Nebraska recently .that it received a $3 million gift from Coyner and Donna Smith to establish a scholarship fund designed to support high school seniors from low-income, minority families. Recipients will receive $25,000 toward their college education, regardless of the school to which they have been accepted, and must maintain at least a 3.4 GPA to renew the scholarship each year. The Coyner and Donna Smith Diversity Scholarship’s purpose is to help students who face barriers due to their socio-economic status, and by supporting those students’ higher education aspirations, help break the cycle of poverty that affects families for generations. The application process launched this fall, and a selection committee will fund at least five students in the first academic year. To learn more or apply, visit
Thank you to LFS of Nebraska and to the Smith family for your commitment to empowering students in your community who have been marginalized!