Jane and Chet Fliesbach Scholarship

For Scottsbluff High School students

The Jane and Chet Fliesbach Scholarship provides three (3) scholarships of $1,000 each ($500 per semester) to low-income Scottsbluff High School graduating seniors.  The scholarship may be used at either a two- or four-year institution. 


Recipients must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher. 


Applications are available from the Scottsbluff

High School guidance counseling office.

Deadline for application and supporting documents is February 15th.

Submit completed application to:

Attn: Guidance Counselor

Scottsbluff High School

About Chet Fliesbach

Community Leader, Philanthropist, Conservationist 

Chet graduated from Scottsbluff High School in 1935 and received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska in 1940. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, a Life Member of the Alumni Association of the University of Nebraska and a member of the University of Nebraska Foundation on whose board he served.

In 1941 Chet enlisted in the Navy Air Corps, was commissioned and received his wings in May of 1942. He instructed for a year and a half. The next two years were spent in the Pacific with a fleet anchorage in the Marshall Islands and with a fighter squadron in Guam, Okinawa and the Philippines. Upon his discharge from the Navy he had 115 carrier landings and received the Air Medal with 7 stars and the Distinguished Flying Cross with 7 stars. Chet was a true American patriot.

In October 1945, Chet began his business career when he and C J Abbott started and operated Prairie Airways with flights from Scottsbluff to Lincoln and Omaha (the first across the state of Nebraska). Subsequently, Chet and Clark Williams partnered to begin West Nebraska Express (WNX), which served the community for 26 years and grew to be one of the largest trucking firms in the Midwest. He and Clark also opened Oregon Trail Cartage Company, which provided overnight service from Omaha to Scottsbluff. Chet was a member of the Nebraska Motor Carriers Association, the American Trucking Association and served on the Board of Directors of both Scottsbluff National Bank, Western National Bank and Excalibur Holdings of Dallas, Texas. As one of nine co-partners he owned and operated Banner Drilling and he and Don Sample operated Panhandle Concrete Company.

Chet’s civic and community activities were varied and include service on the Scottsbluff Board of Education and the Nebraska State Aeronautics Commission. Several years ago he was inducted into the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Scottsbluff Development Board and served on the West Nebraska General Hospital Foundation board and the board of Hiram Scott College. From 1947 until his death he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and served both as a deacon, an elder and on various committees. Chet’s involvement in the Scottsbluff YMCA began in 1988 for which he raised funds, and provided funding for their lap pool and their retreat center, which was named in honor of his wife Jane. He was the Wyo-Braska Area Boy Scouts Chairman and received the Wyo-Braska Area Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service. Chet was a member of the Scottsbluff-Gering Rotary Club and belonged to the Scottsbluff Chamber of Commerce and served as their Air Transportation Committee Chairman. He received their Trailblazer Award for contribution to the community. The Platte River Basin Environment recognized him with a Lifetime Contribution Award for his dedication to conservation. Chet was very proud to be a member of the Nebraska Republican Party which he served in various capacities including on the State Campaign Committee for the Ronald Reagan for President Campaign in 1974.

Chet was also a member of The Nature Conservancy, a charter member of the West Nebraska Ducks Unlimited Chapter, The Tailhook Association, The Great Navy of the State of Nebraska, the Robert W. Furnas Lodge No 265 of the Masons, 1948, the Elks Lodge, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Shrine Club, the Royal Order of the Jesters and the Turtle organization. He was a die-hard Cornhusker fan; he had been a season ticket holder since 1946 and until recent years attended most home games.

Chet wholeheartedly embraced his role as a contributing member of his community not only with his time and energy, but also by means of financial contribution, especially during the last ten years of his life. He participated in each of the five YMCA capital campaigns and the capital campaigns of the Discovery Center/Zoo, the Midwest Theater, the Farm and Ranch museum, the Scottsbluff Library and he contributed to both the Boy Scouts Endowment program and the Bluffs Middle School Bond Election. 

Chester loved playing golf, racquetball, hunting, traveling, and most of all flying! He accumulated 10,400 hours with commercial, flight instructor, single and multi-engine rating; he flew sailplanes and at the age of 77 acquired a helicopter pilot’s license. In recent years he could be found daily for the mandatory 3 p.m. coffee clatch with friends sharing his life’s adventures.

Jane and Chet Fliesbach



Scholarship Recipients

2014 Taine Chavez ($1,000)
        Kayla Rodriguez  ($1,000)
        Shalee Roseberry ($1,000)
2015 Mikayla Fulk ($1,000)
        Od Purevsuren ($1,000)
        Karlie Penrose $1,000)
2016 Grace Garza ($1,000)
        Patricia Longoria ($1,000)
        Claire Holsinger $1,000)

2017 Elizabeth Grokopf  ($1,000)

        Perla Camargo ($1,000)

        Carlos Felix  ($1,000)

2018 Baylee Bewley ($1,000)

         Jaydin Shropshire ($1,000)

         Troy Stambaugh ($1,000)

2019  Alex Stambaugh ($1,000)

         Dontae Rios ($1,000)

          Shelby Fisher ($1,000)


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