Scholarships & Awards


The following is a list of scholarships/awards and the month of their deadline.  It is important to look ahead in the coming months so that students aren't working last minute on scholarships. I highly recommend that students are working on scholarships 1-2 or even 3 months in advance, depending on how much work is needed to complete the application. I try my best to include application links or attach the app to the bottom of this page.

Susan Thompson Buffet, ACE, NSCS Advantage & Collegebound Nebraska Scholarship Info.




ONGOING SCHOLARSHIPS/PROGRAMS:

Ongoing: Peru State Bobcat Selfie
Students must follow these steps to qualify to win this $300 scholarship.
 1) Visit Peru State College campus.  2) Tweet a creative "selfie" from your campus visit

Ongoing: EducationQuest Scholarship Search
EducationQuest provides an opportunity for any Nebraska-college bound student to create a profile and then narrow down the scholarships that are available to you.  It will be important for you to check back periodically on your profile as more scholarships may become available.  The list of scholarships are for Nebraska schools only.  Click on the link below and then hit the purple ScholarshipQuest button to begin.  It's all free!! http://www.educationquest.org/scholarshipquest/

Ongoing: Chadron, Peru, or Wayne State Scholarships: 
Nebraska State College System.  Three Colleges. Thousands of Opportunities.  
  • Board of Trustees' Scholarship -  Full Tuition (worth more than $15,400) Deadline:  January 15, 2015. ACT score at least 25; Enroll as full-time college student at Chadron, Peru or Wayne State in the fall of 2015; Resident of Nebraska
  • Governor's Opportunity Award - Half-Tuition (worth more than $7.700) Deadline: December 1, 2014. ACT score between 21-24. Enroll as full time college student at Chadron, Peru or Wayne State in the fall of 2015; Resident of Nebraska
  • NSCS Advantage Program- Must attend a state college (Peru State, Wayne State, or Chadron State). No application necessary for scholarships. Awards are automatic if eligible if there is a gap in coverage of tuition. Must be a NE resident. Federal Pell Grant recipient. For incoming, new college freshmen. Must be enrolled in at least 12 or more on-campus credit hours. Not to be used for fees. More Information can be found at http://www.nscs.edu
    • Individual State College sites:
      • Wayne State: www.wsc.edu/scholarships
      •  Chadron State: www.csc.edu/scholarships
      • Peru State: www.peru.edu/scholarships

LANDMARK IMPLEMENT, INC SCHOLARSHIP for the JOHN DEERE AG TECH PROGRAM at SOUTHEAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE-Milford NE – This scholarship will be awarded to qualifying students interested in pursuing a career with John Deere. This scholarship is equivalent to the cost of tuition and books, paid over a 3 year period. SCC’s John Deere Tech program is a cooperative effort between John Deere Co., the John Deere Dealership Network and SCC. It is designed to be completed in seven quarters (21 months). Students are on campus participating in lecture/lab courses during five of the seven quarters. The other two quarters involve a unique opportunity for students to demonstrate the knowledge they have learned on campus at their sponsoring John Deere dealership. During these Cooperative Education Experiences, students are paid, helping offset the costs of college. The program is fully accredited by the state of Nebraska and by the North Central Associaton of Colleges and Schools. For more information go to www.southeast.edu/johndeeretech/ or interested students can contact Jim Fastenau of LandMark Implement, Inc. for more information. Cell: 308-991-0552 or jimfastenau@landmarkimp.com. Every February SCC-Milford has an open house for their John Deere Ag Tech Program, it’s a great way for students to gain a good understanding of this in demand career opportunity. TRUCK CENTER COMPANIES SCHOLARSHIP - Truck Center Companies (TCC) offers scholarship opportunities to individuals enrolled in an accredited diesel technology program. The program is designed to strengthen student learning and enhance professional development. Selected individuals will be awarded up to $10,000 through this program. The first year, $1,500 will be paid directly to the the diesel technology program; the second year, $3,500 will be paid directly to the diesel technology program. Students who successfully complete their diesel technology program receive a hiring bonus of $1,000 when they begin full-time employment with Truck Center Companies. Students receive the remaining $4,000 in equal monthly installments their first year of employment. More information and applications are available at www.dieseltechs.com/scholarships.html. All applications must be received two months before the accredited diesel program begins. Community Colleges with accredited Diesel Programs include: Metropolitan Community College-Omaha NE; Southeast Community College-Milford NE;Central Community College-Hastings NE; Northeast Community College-Norfolk NE; Iowa Western Community College-Council Bluffs IA; Salina Area Technical College-Salina KS; North Central Kansas Technical College-Beloit KS. Private Technical Colleges with accredited Diesel Programs include: Wyo-Tech-Laramie WY; Universal Technician Institutes in: Avondale AZ, Lisle IL, Dallas TX and Huston TX.

                NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS/PROGRAMS:

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS.org - Check out the following scholarships available and many more. Go to https://www.studentscholarships.org/  

1) Review It Scholarship - $1,000 1 Award (Deadline: September 30, 2016)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

A) Be attending college or university no later than September of 2017.

B) Have achieved a GPA of 2.5 or greater during their last academic year.

Applications can be found by going to:

https://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship/13677/review_it_scholarship_scholarship.php

2)  Caption Scholarship - $500 1 Award (Deadline: Nov 30, 2016)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

A) Be attending college/university no later than the fall of 2017.

B) Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater and be a resident of the United States.

Applications can be found by going to:

https://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship/13572/odenza_caption_scholarship_scholarship.php


3)  10 Words or Less Scholarship - $500 1 Award (Deadline: Dec 1, 2016)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

A) Anyone who is between the ages of 14-25 who will be attending school in the Fall of 2016.

B) High School students who are enrolled by September 2016 are considered eligible.

Applications can be found by going to:

https://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship/10258/10_words_or_less_scholarship_scholarship.php 

4) Points Scholarships - $10,000 10 Awards (Deadline: Dec. 15, 2016)

To be eligible for the scholarship a student must:

A) At least 13 years old and enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the US.

B) A legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico.

Applications can be found by going to:

https://www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship/13776/points_scholarships_scholarship.php 


 Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Entries are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship each month. Interested students can enter the contest here: http://www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship



SCHOLARSHIPS ARE LISTED BY DUE DATE MONTH:
Primarily State/Local Scholarships    

NOVEMBER:

HAGAN SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION was established to provide scholarships to high achieving students in need of financial assistance in order to attend college.  Students will graduate from a public high school located in an eligible state and in a county having fewer than 50,000 residents.  Applicant must be from one of the following approved states: Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska or Oklahoma; Must have attended an Eligible High School as a junior and senior; Must be a student in the 2016 high school graduating class; Must have at least a 3.50 GPA; Must have a 23 or higher composite score on the ACT; Must enroll in a four year college the first semester after high school; Must work 240 hours in the twelve months prior to the start of each academic year of college; Must complete the FAFSA in 2015 using 2014 Tax Return Information and provide a copy of the FAFSA Student Aid Report; FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC) must be less than $7,500; Must apply for eligible Federal and State grants; & Must not have been convicted of a felony.  The dollar amount of each Hagan Scholarship will vary up to $5,000 per semester.  Each scholarship is renewable for up to seven additional consecutive semesters, if the recipient fulfills the renewal criteria.  Information is available in my office or on their website at www.hsfmo.org for additional information and application.  Scholarship is due by November 15, 2017.

WAYNE STATE COLLEGE offers the R.H.O.P. – Rural Health Opportunities Program – RHOP is a cooperative program between Wayne State College and the University of NE Medical Center.  This program has expanded and now allows students to study Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS), Dental Hygiene, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy (PT), Physician Assistant (PA), and Radiography in a specialized training that can lead to scholarships and expedite your education.  If selected to receive this scholarship, you will receive a tuition waiver from Wayne State College and are guaranteed admission to UNMC upon successful completion of your pre-professional studies at Wayne State College.  RHOP online applications are available at www.wsc.edu/rhop. They are only accepting online applications so come to the Counselor’s Office if you need help.  In order for students to receive a scholarship from Wayne State College, they must apply for admission. The application deadline is November 15, 2017.  You can apply for the RHOP program at ONLY one of the state colleges, Chadron, Peru or Wayne.

CHADRON STATE COLLEGE offers the R.H.O.P. – Rural Health Opportunities Program - RHOP is a cooperative program between Chadron State College and the University of NE Medical Center.  The purpose of the program is to recruit and educate traditional students from rural Nebraska who will return to practice in rural areas of the state.  Upon selection, RHOP participants receive 1) RHOP Tuition Waiver for a maximum of 16 credit hours per semester for the years they attend Chadron State College; 2) early acceptance to UNMC as they begin the pre-professional curriculum at CSC; 3) follow a special curriculum at CSC which will prepare them for the professional school at UNMC. The specific programs offered are:  Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Clinical Laboratory Science, Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Radiography.  Chadron’s is an online application only:  www.csc.edu/sci/healthprofessions.  Stop into my office to look into this program.  The application deadline for the Medicine option is November 15, 2017. All other options, deadline is December 1st.  You can apply for the RHOP program at ONLY one of the state colleges, Chadron, Peru or Wayne.


PERU STATE COLLEGE offers the R.H.O.P. – Rural Health Opportunities Program – RHOP is a cooperative program between Peru State College and the University of NE Medical Center.  Currently, Peru State College a limited number of seats in the pharmacy program and in the nursing program. Students admitted into the RHOP must be from a rural background.  The purpose of the program is to recruit and educate students from rural communities who will plan to practice in the rural areas of Nebraska.  It represents a commitment and dedication to quality health care for the citizens of the state.  Upon selection into the RHOP, students are automatically pre-admitted into their specific program at the UNMC.  Students are strongly encouraged and expected to practice in the rural areas of Nebraska.  Peru’s is an online application.  www.peru.edu/RHOP/. The application deadline is November 15, 2017.  You can apply for the RHOP program at ONLY one of the state colleges, Chadron, Peru or Wayne.

UNK’s  – KEARNEY HEALTH OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM (KHOP) –  The Kearney Health Opportunities Program is a cooperative program between the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) and the College of Medicine at University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).  The purpose of the program is to recruit and educate traditional students from rural Nebraska who are committed to returning to rural Nebraska to practice medicine.  Benefits of the program: 1) Receive a full tuition scholarship at UNK; 2) Follow a special curriculum at UNK that will prepare you for medical school at UNMC; 3) Receive guaranteed admission to medical school at UNMC upon satisfactory completion of all requirements with the prescribed timeline.  Participating Programs to select from: Clinical Lab Science, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy & Radiography.    

Selection Guidelines: 1) Desire to become a healthcare provider and show knowledge of the profession; 2) Are from rural areas of Nebraska and are committed to returning to rural Nebraska to practice; 3) Demonstrate academic potential through GPA, ACT/SAT scores, and 3 letters of recommendation.  The KHOP application can be found on the UNK Health Sciences webpage at: http://www.unk.edu/academics/health_sciences/scholarshipprograms.php.  Information is also available in the guidance office.  Applications and accompanying items need to be received in the UNK Health Sciences office no later than November 15, 2017

ELKS MOST VALUABLE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM -

  • Over 500 awards provided at the national level.  

  • Lodge #2250 provides 6 awards to applications forwarded to national level.

Applications are available on Sept. 1st. Applications must be submitted online by November 27th

Local Lodge #2250 will judge area applications after December 5th.

For more details and access to the application, visit

enf.elks.org/mvs





DECEMBER: 

NERBASKA ELKS ASSOCIATION PAST EXALTED RULER'S SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM -

  • Six awards (3 boys / 3 girls) in the amount of $700 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd place, and $400 for 3rd place winners at the state level.

  • #2250 may receive several application, but can only forward one boy & one girl application to the state level.

Application can be found at:

http://www.nebraskaelks.org/scholarships.html

Click on the “PER Scholarship” link button

Completed applications need to be sent to:

(electronically) - jerry.wiggins@goswedes.org

(physical mail) - Jerry Wiggins

℅ Gothenburg High School

1322 Ave I

Gothenburg, Nebr.    69138

Applications are due December 8th

NEBRASKA ELKS VOCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP GRANT -

  • Open to seniors attending two - year programs only!!

  • Student MAY NOT apply to the national MVS scholarship program and the vocational program.

  • One boy and one girl application will be submitted from each local Elks Lodge to the state association

Application can be found at:http://www.nebraskaelks.org/scholarships.html

Click on the “Vocational Scholarship Grant” link button

Completed applications need to be sent to:

(electronically) - jerry.wiggins@goswedes.org

(physical mail) - Jerry Wiggins

℅ Gothenburg High School

1322 Ave I

Gothenburg, Nebr.    69138

Applications are due December 8th

NEBRASKA ELKS JB FERGUSON GOLF SCHOLARSHIP -

  • One $500 award offered statewide to a boy or girl who is a golf team member and is planning to participate in a college golf program.

  • Local Lodge #2250 can only submit one application.

Application can be found at: http://www.nebraskaelks.org/scholarships.html

Click on the “JB Ferguson Golf Scholarship” link button

Completed applications need to be sent to:

(electronically) - jerry.wiggins@goswedes.org

(physical mail) - Jerry Wiggins

℅ Gothenburg High School

1322 Ave I

Gothenburg, Nebr.    69138

Applications are due December 8th

JANUARY:



FEBRUARY:

ELKS LEGACY AWARDS -

  • 300 - $4000 scholarships for children and grandchildren of Elks members.


Applications are available on Sept. 1st

Applications must be submitted online by February 2nd

For more details and access to the application, visit: http://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarweb/legacy/rules.cfm


McQUILLAN MARAUDERS SCHOLARSHIP -

  • Administered through the Nebraska Elks Association Benevolence Commission.

  • Any child or grandchild of an elected. Appointed and installed officer of an active lodge in the state is eligible.  Great-grandchildren are not eligible.

  • Any 2 or 4 year college.

  • 1 - $1000 award

Application deadline is February 1st

For more details and an application, contact:

Kieth Nielson

955 NHwy 97

Tryon, NE    69167 - 2310

308-587-2310

povertyridgeapiary@gmail.com


AMERICA'S FARMERS GROW AG LEADERS -

Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is giving students pursuing ag- related degrees the chance to earn a $1,500 college scholarship. Grow Ag Leaders scholarships are administered by the National FFA Organization as part of the National FFA Scholarship Program.

ELIGIBILITY—

All scholarship applicants must meet general eligibility* to apply online at FFA.org/scholarships. *General eligibility requirements are located at FFA.org/scholarships – Frequently Asked Questions.

Eligibility for America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leader scholarships requires students to:

o Be high school seniors or enrolled in college.

o Plan to pursue a degree or certification in specific areas of agriculture or chemical/

electrical/mechanical engineering (see page 2 or visit GrowAgLeaders.com for a complete list

of majors).

o Live in a specific state/county(see page 3 or visit Grow Ag leaders.com for a complete list of

counties).

o Have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

o Obtain two farmer endorsements—visit GrowAgLeaders.com for the complete

requirements.

**Students can apply November 15, 2017 - February 1, 2018 at FFA.org/scholarships




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