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The Susan T. Buffett Foundation Scholarship - This award is sponsored by the Buffett Foundation, recently renamed the Susan T. Buffett Foundation. In order to be eligible to receive this award, you need to be a resident of Nebraska. You also need to be a graduate of a Nebraska high school or have earned a GED in Nebraska. You’ll need to be attending a Nebraska state college, a community college or one of the branches of the University of Nebraska locations. Financial need is considered, and you need to do the FAFSA by March 15, but you do not need to be Pell Grant eligible in order to receive this award. The deadline is February 1st.
Nebraska Academy of Sciences Scholarships - This award is sponsored by the Nebraska Academy of Sciences. To be eligible to apply for this award, the applicant only needs to be a senior at a Nebraska, high school. You’ll also need to have already enrolled at an accredited post-secondary institution, which also needs to be located in Nebraska. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 1.
Nebraska Society of Mayflower Descendants Burt & Becky Whedon Memorial Scholarship - This award is sponsored by the Nebraska Society of Mayflower Descendants. The applicant for this award must be a resident of Nebraska and a U.S. citizen. Applicants will be evaluated by largely on the quality of a written essay, but they also need to have documented school or community volunteer activity, provide employment history, have demonstrated leadership and possess a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor. Mayflower ancestry is not a requirement. The deadline is March 31.
George L. Watters Memorial Scholarship - This scholarship is sponsored by the Nebraska Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association. This award is open to all any graduating seniors who are children of Nebraska Petroleum Marketers employees. You also need to be in the top 1/3 of your class. You need a history of academic leadership and achievement and to be attending a two or four-year school in Nebraska.
Nebraska High School Oratorical Scholarship - This scholarship is sponsored by the American Legion Department of Nebraska. Applicants must be citizens of the United States, residents of Nebraska, under 20 years old and presently enrolled at the high school or middle school level (home school, for example, counts). You must still be in school when the oratorical competition takes place, and your school needs to be in Nebraska. Winners at the state level proceed to the national level, and can win up to $18,000. To learn how to apply and when the local deadlines are, visit your local American Legion Post or contact the state headquarters.
Sowers Club of Nebraska Scholarship– High School Seniors - This scholarship is sponsored by the Sowers Club of Lincoln. You must be a resident of Nebraska with at least a 3.0 GPA. The college you’re attending must also be in Nebraska. You’ll have to attend a ‘disbursement function’ in person if selected, and you need letters of recommendation. You also need to be enrolled full-time in an accredited program in Nebraska.
Nebraska Broadcasters Association Scholarship - This award is sponsored by the Nebraska Broadcasters Association. You must be enrolled in a broadcasting-related program at an accredited four-year university, either one in Nebraska or you must have graduated from high school in Nebraska. You also need to be planning a career in Radio or Television Broadcasting. You need recommendations and will have to write an essay.
Nebraska Library Association Scholarship - This award is sponsored by the Nebraska Library Association. This award is for students pursuing graduate level library education on a full or part-time basis. You must be either resident of Nebraska, a member of NLA, or employee (past or present) of a Nebraska library for at least a year. Submit resume, three letters of recommendation, estimated expenses and proof of college acceptance. You also must be a grad school student studying Library and Information Sciences.
Scott Mecham BBB Student of Integrity Award - This award is sponsored by the Better Business Bureau. To be eligible for it, you have to be currently a high school senior planning to pursue further education upon graduation. You have to live in the BBB service area in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota or Kansas. Winners are by region, one for Omaha Metro and one for the Lincoln Metro/Greater Nebraska area. You need recommendations.
Phillip Schrager Scholarship - This award is sponsored by the University of Nebraska at Omaha. To qualify, you must enroll full-time as a student and have had a cumulative 3.25 GPA. You’ll also need to enroll in a three-hour Leadership Development course. You have to do at least ten hours of community service per month and keep a 3.0 GPA to maintain your funding. You also have to finish your FAFSA by April 1 and must be enrolling at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Nebraska Collegebound Grant - This award is sponsored by the state of Nebraska. If you’re a resident of Nebraska and a full-time student at the University of Nebraska, you might qualify for the Collegebound grant. You need to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA to retain your funding. As long as you are eligible for the Pell grant, you qualify for this award. It’s given on a first come first serve basis. You’ll also need to complete your FAFSA by April 1.
Harley J. Bair Rotary Scholarship - This award is sponsored by the Lincoln Community Foundation. The scholarship is open to graduating seniors of either public or private high schools in Nebraska. The selection of recipients is based on your having a desire to continue education and a history scholastic excellence. You cannot be the child of a Rotarian.
Korean American Scholarship Foundation - This award is sponsored by the Korean American Scholarship Foundation. Full-time students in Nebraska are eligible to apply for the Korean American Foundation Scholarship. You need to have at least a 3.0 GPA. A demonstration of financial need is required unless you’re not yet a senior in high school. Beyond these requirements, you must also be going to a school in the Midwestern region covered by the foundation. .
Fremont Area Community Foundation - This award is sponsored by the Fremont Area Community Foundation. Nebraskans in the Fremont area are eligible to apply for the FACF scholarship whether they are going to an undergraduate program or a graduate program. You have to be in a four-year college or technical school. You’ll need someone to fill out the reference form for you. Check back when the applications are available from February 1 through April 1 to see more requirements.
Nebraska Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship - This scholarship is sponsored by the Nebraska Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship. For this award, you need to have been involved in the American Quarter Horse Association for at least one year. Other than that, you need to be from Nebraska and to apply during your senior year of high school or while enrolled in college. You need to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA to retain your status.
Dick and Chris Draper Scholarship - The Lincoln Community Foundation sponsors this award, which is open to graduating seniors from both Elgin Public High School and Elgin Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School. You don’t need to have demonstrated financial need, although preference is given to those who do, but you do have to have attended all four years of high school at one of these two schools.
Lincoln Legal Professionals Association Scholarship - This scholarship is sponsored by the Lincoln Legal Professionals Association. For this scholarship, you have to be a Nebraska resident planning on furthering your education in the legal support field. You also need to have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. You also need to include a resume with your application.
Oxbow Animal Health Scholarship - This award is sponsored by Oxbow Animal Health. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors and Nebraska residents. You need to be planning on going into a career related to the Animal Companion (pet) Industry. You’ll also need to submit letters of recommendation and a resume. You need to be planning to attend college in the upcoming Fall semester.
MGMA Midwest Section Scholarship - This award is sponsored by the Medical Group Management Association. All Nebraska residents are eligible to apply for this scholarship. You must be enrolled in either a graduate or undergraduate program relevant to ‘medical practice management’. These include fields like Public Health rather than fields like Medicine.
National Independent Automobile Dealers Association Regional Scholarship: Region 3 -
Norma Ross Walter Scholarship - This award is sponsored by the Willa Cather Foundation. It’s open to all female graduates of Nebraska high schools. You also have to be planning to enroll in English at an accredited post-secondary institution. Selection is based on intellectual promise, creativity and the character of the applicant. You’ll need recommendations and to write an essay about why you want to study English. The deadline is January 31.
Urban League of Nebraska Scholarship - This is sponsored by the Urban League of Nebraska. To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants need to be residents of Nebraska. You will have to have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. You also need to have completed at least ten hours of documented community service. You must have completed either the ACT or the SAT, and you’ll need to submit recommendations along with the application.
Regent’s Scholarship - This scholarship is sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Omaha. This scholarship is available to residents of Nebraska who are graduating from Nebraska high schools. You must have a 30+ ACT score with either a GPA of at least 3 or a place in the top 25% of your class. This award is renewable for up to five years.
Lincoln Builders Bureau Scholarship - This scholarship is sponsored by the Lincoln Builders Bureau. Nebraska residents who are either employees or dependents of employees in the Lincoln Builders Bureau are eligible to apply. You also need to be currently enrolled, or be planning to enroll, in an accredited undergraduate program focusing on Construction Science in the upcoming year.
The Raymond A. Burke Scholarship - This scholarship is sponsored by the Upper Big Blue. All applicants will need to reside in the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District in Nebraska (nine counties in South Central Nebraska). You can be attending either a two or four-year school, but it must be a college or university in Nebraska. You need to be studying a Natural Resources related field. You also need to intend to enter the workforce in a ‘hands on’ position in the industry upon graduation.
Margaret and Max Pumphrey Scholarship - This is another award sponsored by the Lincoln Community Foundation. This scholarship is open to seniors or graduates of high schools in Lancaster County, Nebraska. You have to demonstrate financial need to be eligible.
Davis Chambers Scholarship - This scholarship is sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This award is only available to graduates of high schools in the state of Nebraska. It’s only offered at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Marianne Beel Scholarship - This scholarship is sponsored by Nebraska Press Women and is open to graduating seniors from Nebraska high schools. The applicant must be either a writer or a photographer, and needs to use rural Nebraska as the subject matter of their work—preference will be given to those who have worked on the Sandhills, specifically, and applicants who are from there. People studying in Communications-related fields are preferred. The deadline is
Lawrence and Pauline Lemons Scholarship - This award is sponsored by the Oregon Trail Community Foundation. Applicants for this scholarship need to be under 30 years old and need to satisfy one or both of two criteria: either be a Scotts Bluff County graduate or be a lineal descendent of Harry and Mabel Wisner and Guy and Florence Lemons. You must be enrolled full-time at an accredited post-secondary institution and have at least a B average GPA.
Native American Heritage Scholarship - This scholarship is sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Any resident of Nebraska is free to apply as long as they are of Native American ancestry. This award is renewable for up to four years. The deadline for this award is March 1. If you’re admitted to the University by this date, contact the office of financial aid for more information about how to apply.
Merrick Foundation College Student Scholarship - This award is sponsored by the Merrick Foundation. Students who list Merrick County as their permanent address and have graduated from a Merrick County high school sometime within the last five years are eligible to apply. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution.
Chi Health St. Francis Auxiliary Scholarship - This award is sponsored by Chi Health. In order to receive this scholarship, you must be pursuing a medical career. You have to be a full-time student attending college in the state of Nebraska. You also must be a resident of Hall County and have gotten at least a 20 on your ACT or a 1,000 on your SAT. A 3.0 cumulative GPA is also necessary.
Gladys D. Goodson Scholarship - Another scholarship sponsored by the Lincoln Community Foundation, applicants for this one must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in nursing.
MCC Board of Governors Graduating Seniors Scholarship - This award is sponsored by the Metropolitan Community College. To be eligible, you have to be enrolled at Metropolitan Community College. You need to be a graduating senior from a high school in either Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, or Washington. Students who have been home-schooled may also apply. You need to be a resident of one of the four counties. You have to have at least a 2.75 GPA or be in the top 25% of your class.
The Loper Excellence Award - This award sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Kearney. It is given to students who are not in the top 30% of their high school graduating class. But they nevertheless have to have at least a 23 score on the ACT (or 1070 on the SAT) and a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.5. This award is renewable for as many as eight semesters.
Veterinary Scholarships - Scholarship is open to students who have completed two semesters of veterinary education and are pursuing completion of the professional program. Applicant must be a graduate of a Nebraska High School or State of Nebraska approved Home School program.
Larry E. Sitzman Youth in Nebraska Agriculture Scholarship - Amount: $1,000 - Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at a fully accredited college, university or technical college in an agriculture related degree program in Nebraska.
Hagan Scholarships - Amount: Up to $5,000 each semester - Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors with at least a 3.5 GPA and from a rural area (a county with less than 50,000 people). Applicant must live in an eligible state (see website for details – Middle America) and demonstrate financial need.
Sowers Club Nebraska Scholarship – Amount: $1,000 - Scholarship is open to current college students who are Nebraska residents and currently attending a college in Nebraska.
Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program - Scholarship program is open to low-income high school students to enroll in college courses from Nebraska college or universities, either through dual-enrollment or early enrollment agreements with the institutions. Deadline is for fall term classes.
Dr. Joseph and Sonya Landholm Scholarship - Amount: $4,500 - Scholarship is open to veterinary students originally from Nebraska or from Nebraska licensed practitioners who are NVMA members.
Midwest Member Chapter Scholarships - Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors who will be enrolling in college for the fall semester, or a First, Second, or Third year student currently enrolled in a full-accredited college or university. Applicant must be members of the AIST Midwest Chapter (Northwestern Indiana, Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa) or the dependent of a member of the AIST Midwest chapter.
Celebrate the West High School Art Competition - Amount: Up to $1,200 - Competition is open to high school students (grades 9-12) in public, private, charter, and alternative schools. Home-schooled students in that age group also may enter. Student must be in a school in a WGA member state.
There are 83,354 full time students in the 37 colleges and universities of Nebraska
Bellevue University Bellevue, Nebraska
BryanLGH College of Health Sciences Lincoln, Nebraska
Central Community College Grand Island, Nebraska
Chadron State College Chadron, Nebraska
Clarkson College Omaha, Nebraska
College of Saint Mary Omaha, Nebraska
Concordia University Seward Seward, Nebraska
Creighton University Omaha, Nebraska
Doane University Crete, Nebraska
Grace University Omaha, Nebraska
Hastings College Hastings, Nebraska
Little Priest Tribal College Winnebago, Nebraska
Metropolitan Community College Area Omaha, Nebraska
Mid Plains Community College North Platte, Nebraska
Midland University Fremont, Nebraska
Myotherapy Institute Lincoln, Nebraska
Nebraska Christian College Papillion, Nebraska
Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Curtis, Nebraska
Nebraska Indian Community College Macy, Nebraska
Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Omaha, Nebraska
Nebraska Wesleyan University Lincoln, Nebraska
Northeast Community College Norfolk, Nebraska
Peru State College Peru, Nebraska
Purdue Global Lincoln Campus Lincoln, Nebraska
Purdue Global Omaha Campus Omaha, Nebraska
Southeast Community College Area Lincoln, Nebraska
The Creative Center Omaha, Nebraska
Union College Lincoln, Nebraska
Universal College of Healing Arts Omaha, Nebraska
University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, Nebraska
University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, Nebraska
University of Nebraska Lincoln Lincoln, Nebraska
University of Phoenix Omaha Campus Omaha, Nebraska
Vatterott College Spring Valley Omaha, Nebraska
Wayne State College Wayne, Nebraska
Western Nebraska Community College Scottsbluff, Nebraska
York College York, Nebraska
State Department of Education
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2295
State Higher Education Agency
Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
P.O. BOX 905005
Lincoln, NE 68509-5005
Phone: (402) 471-2847
Special Education Agency
Office of Special Education
Nebraska State Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
Phone: (402) 471-2471
State Adult Education Agency
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
Phone: (402) 471-4807
Toll-Free: (877) 327-6433
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