Scientists are not given enough credit for what they do. The higgs boson scientist found something that could open a whole new world for science and the study of physics. It is critical to understanding and verifying many of the theories we have today. In a world where many people don't appreciate or understand science it's important to give scientists the acclaim they deserve, it may in turn inspire others to look into the field.
While people may not fully understand the implications of theorizing and discovering the Higgs boson, and the practical and tangible applications may be many years off, theoretical physics must be encouraged and rewarded, in order to one day have a full understanding of physics. Since the Higgs is key in the Standard Model, it is Nobel worthy.