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Miltenberger Scholarship - In Memory of Walt, Liz, and Lee Miltenberger

The Miltenbergers:

L to R back row: Theo, Jerry, Leona(Lee), Ron, Pat, Woody 

L to R front row: Elizabeth (Liz) and Walter (Walt)

Miltenberger Family

The Miltenberger family is primarily from the Pierce County area of North Dakota. The cities of Towner, Knox, and Rugby were positively impacted by the legacy of the MIltenberger family, their entrepreneur spirit, and their passion to help others in the community.

That legacy now continues to the four corners of USA (Arizona to Washington, Maine to the coast of Florida) and also right here in Omaha, Nebraska - where Lee settled with her family. Education is of critical importance to the family and it's hopes of assisting others to grow, learn, and earn their way - to a better Life.

Walt MiltenbergerWalter (Walt) Miltenberger, was born in Towner, N. Dakota on April 2nd of 1913, and born into Eternity on December 5th of 1986. 

Walt is honored in Rugby, ND as one of the great leaders of the community. He served on the Rugby City Council until 1959 - when he was appointed Sheriff of Pierce County for 12 years, and then a municipal Judge for 7 years.

Along with his wife Elizabeth (Liz) and their six children, they founded three businesses in Rugby over the decades they lived there. That legacy - along with the entreprenuer spirit - has been handed down to the next two generations in the family. They are already building small businesses across the U.S.A. 

Walt didn't just live and work in his community, he gave back, each and every day. With Walt's drive and giving spirit he impacted way too many organizations to mention. The most important to the family was the 33 years he filled in as Santa to the community of Rugby for the families in need, and the joy and laughter that was shared.

Miltenberger Family


Liz MiltenbergerElizabeth (Liz) Miltenberger, was born in Pierce County, N. Dakota on February 19th, of 1915, and passed at 95 years young - on December 24th of 2010.

The oldest of 12 children, Liz became the Matriarch of her family and the community of Rugby. She raised her family to have a deep appreciation for faith in God and giving back to the community as well. 

While assisting Walt, the County Sheriff, in opening and running each of the businesses that they founded in Rugby, she became part of county law enforcement. Liz was the matron of the County Jail. She held that position for 12 years - with 24/7 duties. With over seven decades of service to multiple community organizations, she enjoyed her role most as Ms. Claus and her work as a licensed foster parent for the physically and mentally challenged children.

Her legacy of Faith, Family, and Education is passed down to her six children, 16 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and even a couple of great, great grandchildren.

Walt and Liz

Lee Miltenberger

Leona (Lee Miltenberger) McMullen, born in Knox, N. Dakota on December 27th, of 1935 and entered into eternal rest on March 2nd, 2000, in Omaha, Nebraska. 

After graduating from college and becoming a registered nurse, Lee raised four children - while working full-time as her family moved from N. Dakota, to Omaha, down to Texas, and then back to Omaha in 1975. 

Even though she battled a circulation disease that took her right leg in the early 1980's, she went back to school to earn her full degree, and then her Master's degree at age 56 from UNO.

Lee Miltenberger

As an amputee, she was determined to work and contribute in life, to her family, and to the community - which she did so wonderfully and with such grace.  She taught her children the Miltenberger work ethic, faith in God and family, and a deep appreciation for education as well.



Lee Miltenberger

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Certificate or associate degree in any program of study at MCC
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

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