Nancy Muehlhausen Counseling Award

Award Amount: $1,000

The Nancy Muehlhausen Counseling Award honors Nancy Muehlhausen, who spent 29 years as a counselor, first in Grand Island Public Schools and then in Lincoln Public Schools. Nancy was a leader in establishing a Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program in LPS. She was an innovator and a dynamic professional who believed in equitable services for all students. Nancy was a direct communicator, who brought excitement and fun into the work environment. She worked with skill and compassion in her interactions with students, colleagues at all levels, parents, and the community. Nancy touched the lives of many students and staff in a positive way. Those who worked with her professionally became better and happier people because of Nancy.

Who is Eligible:

Applicants for this scholarship must be currently employed by LPS and:

Accepted into a Master’s level school counseling program, and indicate their intent to work as a school counselor in LPS (preferred).


An LPS counselor in need of funds for a counseling professional development opportunity that will benefit their specific school, a group of counselors serving the same grade levels or the district-wide counseling team, i.e. a speaker, training opportunity, workshop or materials that help counselors grow in their knowledge and expertise in serving LPS students.


  • The selection committee will award the scholarship according to the following criteria:
  • Leadership
  • Counseling skills
  • Commitment to equity in serving students
  • Creativity and innovation

Nominating Process:

Nominations may be submitted by any individual or group.  Self-nominations are accepted.


The selection committee will consist of a member of the Muehlhausen family (if available), in partnership with current LPS counselors. Additionally, the Coordinator for Counselors and School Social Workers will recommend up to three LPS counselors to serve on the committee. The award winners will be approved by the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools.