GHS Scholarships

College scholarships are financial aid for college that you can apply for through organizations, websites, scholarship tools, and more. Scholarships can be need-based, merit-based, or based on things like your hobbies, places of employment, field of study, ethnicity, religion, and more. You don’t need to be number one in your class or an all-star athlete to get free money for college.

Great resources for finding many scholarships can be found at:

Nebraska Scholarships

University of Nebraska System Scholarships

Nebraska Promise

Nebraska Promise is the university's expanded financial aid program. It provides free tuition for students who meet academic and family income qualifications.


The program is simple. There is no separate application. Eligible students are identified automatically through the annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA) application.

KLOP - KLOP - Kearney Law Opportunities Program - UNK

The Kearney Law Opportunities Program (KLOP) is a partnership between the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the University of Nebraska College of Law, designed to recruit high school students from rural Nebraska and prepare them to eventually return and practice law in rural Nebraska. To apply, you must have applied and been admitted to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The KLOP application is open now through November 15, 2023. To see more details, click on the links below.

Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) / Rural Law Opportunities Program (RLOP)

Wayne State College

Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) / Rural Law Opportunities Program (RLOP)

Wayne State College

RHOP is a partnership between WSC and the University of Nebraska Medical Center and RLOP is a partnership between WSC and the University of Nebraska (UNL) - College of Law.  Both RHOP and RLOP are designed to recruit students from rural areas and train them to become health care providers (RHOP) or lawyers (RLOP) that will return and practice in rural communities.  To be considered for these programs, prospective students must be a rural Nebraska resident and demonstrate strong academic potential.  Gretna is considered a rural area school.  If selected to participate, students in RHOP and RLOP will receive the following, contingent upon maintaining the conditions of the program:

For RHOP, there are professional health programs in Medical Laboratory Science, Dental Hygiene, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Radiography.




For more information, please visit:


For RLOP, students can chose any major at WSC and will participate in many activities geared toward preparing them for law school. 




For more information, please visit:


Students must be admitted to WSC to apply for either of these scholarships.  To apply to WSC, please visit:


If selected for an interview, students will be invited to campus on the days listed above.  Students selected for the slots will receive a full tuition waiver at WSC.  For those students who apply to these programs but are not selected, partial scholarships may be awarded.

Girl Scout Scholarship: Real Life Academy

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska facilitates a yearly scholarship program (sponsored, in part, by Union Bank and Trust) called Real Life Academy and this is our first year back in person since the covid-19 pandemic in 2020! We wanted to let you know the details of the program, and if you feel this could be a good fit for any of your students we would be appreciative of you sending them this information and application!


Real Life Academy is a FREE program that consists of two in-person sessions that will provide instruction, guidance, and hand-on activities on topics such as resume building and job shadowing, financial literacy (led by Union Bank and Trust), and goal setting, as well as valuable life-skills such as cooking and car maintenance.


In addition, recipients will be required to complete an 8 hour job shadow in the field of their choice, as well as showing growth in their financial literacy by saving $250 by the means of their choosing (part-time job, dog walking, babysitting, etc.).


After the requirements are met (attending both sessions, completing the job shadow, and saving $250) the recipient will be awarded a $1000 scholarship that can be used for college OR a Girl Scout travel trip!


This program is only open to current Girl Scout members, however, anyone who is accepted into the program who is not a Girl Scout will be provided a membership free of charge!

Smith Diversity Scholarship

The Coyner and Donna Smith Diversity Scholarship application, Administered by Lutheran Family Services, opens Monday, October 2, 2023.

The Mission of the Smith Diversity Scholarship is to provide a post-secondary education to Nebraska’s graduating seniors from underrepresented backgrounds, facing financial barriers, who display academic aptitude, leadership, determination toward goals, and a spirit for making an impact.

In 2024, we will award four renewable scholarships of $25,000 per year to four-year institutions; and two renewable scholarships of $12,500 per year to two-year trade school institutions. Students can attend any accredited institution.

Due to the flexibility of these funds - which are intended to help students beyond the traditional tuition, books and housing - this is one of the most unique scholarships available in the country.

Please note:

National Scholarships

Coca Cola Scholarship

The 2023-24 application is open to high school seniors until 5 p.m. Eastern on October 2, 2023. This is earlier than previous years.

See program details, a selection roadmap, and last year's Coke Scholars.

Thank you for supporting all students at your high school in their pursuit of higher education.

The Gates Scholarship

The Gates Scholarship

The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding,

minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is

awarded to exceptional student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum


A high school senior from at least one of the following ethnicities: 

 • African American, American Indian/Alaska

Native*, Asian/Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American

 • Pell-eligible 

 • A US citizen, national, or permanent resident 

 • In good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0

scale (or equivalent) 

Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US

accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university. 

Please see the Gates Scholarship Fact Sheet here.

NIKE (Hispanic-Serving Institution) Scholarship Program



Scholars are selected based on merit. Award amounts range from $5,000 to $10,000, based on demonstrated financial need.


Eligibility Requirements

Please see the scholarship site here for more information and the application.  

Veterans of Foreign Wars:  Voice of Democracy Scholarship Contest

Veterans of Foreign Wars:  Voice of Democracy Scholarship Contest

"What are the greatest attributes of our Democracy?"  

Patriotic Essay Competition

Due October 31st

Please see the link for details.

Gretna local scholarships 

Scholarships open February 14th and close March 15th

More information to follow!