Directions for online Blackbaud Award Management

The scholarship application season for 2020 is now open.

Students must create an account on Blackbaud Award Management (no paper applications for Local or Lexington Community Foundation scholarships). Please read Regional Scholarship descriptions as some will be through Blackbaud and other will have external application links.

To start the application process go to Blackbaud Award Management by clicking HERE
1. Create an account. Use your non-school email.
2. Complete all information pertaining to high school (not collegiate).
3. You must have an answer with those items with an asterisks (*).
4. Current student status is “I am currently a High School senior, I will start college fall of 2020”.
5. Graduating class size is 229.
6. You are required to upload your high school transcript.
7. Three letters of recommendation are required. Enter information for two references who are teachers and enter information for a reference from outside the school who is not a relative of the family. Please read the scholarship description as specifics to this requirement can be found there.
8. There is no upload for a resume. Instead list up to six highlights in the areas marked:
Activity/organization/membership
Volunteerism/community service
Awards
 
The deadline for the 2020 application season is April 1, 2020.
 
Information provided will qualify students for scholarships. You will find the scholarships you are matched with under the My Applications tab along the top of the page. Scroll down to the Current heading.
Other scholarships that require additional information will also be listed. These can be found under the Opportunities tab along the top of the page. Select Recommended to find these scholarships. Once the information is provided, the student will be eligible for consideration.
 
Also, please look under the Opportunities tab and click External for scholarships offered to LHS students but have their own application process. Tyson scholarships will be found here.
 
 
 
 
 

 

General Scholarships

 

Albert Lee Wright, Jr. Memorial Migrant Scholarship:  Eligibility:  Recent history of movement for agricultural employment, academic achievement and financial need.  Visit this website for eligibility and application https://www.nasdme.org/al-wright-scholarship  Deadline:  March 1  (update 2020)

 

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarships: America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Bayer Fund, partners with farmers to award rural youth $1,500 scholarships to support their studies in ag-related fields after high school. Go to https://www.ffa.org/participate/scholarships  Application opens November 15.  Deadline: January 15 (updated spring 2020)

 

American Legion Scholarships. Visit  https://www.legion.org/scholarships/samsung   Deadlines vary but many due March 1   (updated 2020)

 

American Legion Baseball Scholarship: go to https://www.legion.org/scholarships/baseball.  Deadline: July 15 (updated 2020)

 

Barrientos Scholarship Foundation:  This was established to assist Latino students pursuing higher education in Nebraska to continue their educational and career goals.  Scholarships are awarded in the following categories:  Arts, Medical, Education, Business and General.  Scholarship amounts vary from $500 – $1000.  See https://inside.barrientosscholarship.org  

Deadline:  March  (updated fall 2020)

 

Burger King Scholarship:  $1000, $5000, $25,000, and $50,000.  Criteria: Be living in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico. Be graduating high school seniors (U.S. and Puerto Rico), graduating from grade 12 (Canada) or graduating from home school education in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada. Have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent. Eligibility criteria and applications can be found here Deadline: Opens October 15 and due December 15  (updated 2020)

 

Cabela’s Women in Leadership Scholarship: This is a $2,500 renewable scholarship for up to 4 years ($10,000).  Any female student graduating from a Nebraska high school in spring 2020.   Go to http://www.thehugefoundation.org/scholarships/    for more information. Deadline:  February    (updated 2020)

CCC Summer Scholarship:  This scholarship is available for any current junior or senior interested in taking a summer school class at Central Community College.  Students will be asked to supply ACT or Accuplacer  scores for the scholarship. Deadline:  April   (updated 2020)

 

Coca-Cola Scholarship:  Scholars are selected based upon academic achievement, their capacity to lead, and their hours  of dedicated community service.  $10,000-$20,000.  Have a 3.0 GPA at the end of your junior year.  Apply online @ https://webportalapp.com/sp/login/ccsf    Deadline:  October 31. (updated Fall 2019)

 

Constance K Rife Scholarship (for female golfers):  $1000 scholarship.  Go to www.simplygolf.us.com and fill out the application form or request info from email given on scholarship page.  Deadline:  March 30   (updated 2020)

 

Davis-Chambers Scholarship:  $2000-$4000 per year – renewable.  Qualifications:  Membership in a racial, ethnic, cultural group. Resident of the state of Nebraska. Graduate from a NE high school. Application for UNK, UNL, UNO click here  – Deadline February 1

Application for Community Colleges (Central CC, Mid-Plains CC, Southeast CC, Metro CC, Northeast CC, Western CC) click here – Deadline:  April 1  

Information is also in the counseling office.  

 

D.J.’s Hero Award Scholarship  The Salvation Army of Nebraska is accepting nominations for their annual scholarship.  This $10,000 award recognizes Nebraska youth ages 17-19, who exemplify the qualities of dedication to faith, selfless acts for others, and commitment to community.  Given in memory of D.J. Sokol who had these characteristics.  Applications can be found at www.GiveSalvationArmy.org. and additional information can be found in the counselor office. Deadline: March 2  (update 2019)  

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Award:  $4000-$60,000.  Eligibility: high school senior, citizen of the United States, male and female students compete separately.  Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.  Application must be submitted to the Elks nearest your home, Lexington students would submit to the counseling office and we would get them to the Elk’s in Lodge in Cozad. Applications are found @  http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars           Deadline:  November 15.   (updated Spring 2020)

 

Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards:   Eligibility:  Any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2008, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2008, is eligible to apply. The Elk must also be a paid-up member through March 31, 2014. Great-grandchildren are not eligible.  Applications and more information can be found online at  or in the counseling office.  Applicants must apply online.http://www.nebraskaelks.org/     Deadline:  February 1       (updated 2020)

 

Goodrich Scholarship Program – UNO:  The applicant must be officially admitted to UNO along with completing and submitting application and ALL required materials. The form can be completed online at https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-public-affairs-and-community-service/goodrich-scholarship-program/apply/index.php  Deadline: March 1 (updated 2019)

 

Hagan Scholarship Foundation:  This scholarship could provide up to $5000/semester for rural counties.  This renewable for up to seven semesters.  Student must show financial need, have a GPA of 3.5 and an ACT score of 23 or higher. Additional information found at www.hsfmo.org  Scholarship opens September 1.  Deadline:  November 15  (update fall 2018)

 

Horatio Alger Scholarship:  50 $5000 Scholarships.  Eligibility criteria: be enrolled full time as a high school senior in Nebraska, have a strong commitment to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution located in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution); critical financial need ($50,000 or less adjusted gross income per family is preferred; if higher, an explanation must be provided); involvement in co-curricular and community activities; demonstrate academic achievement (minimum grade point average of 2.0); be a resident of Nebraska, be a citizen of the United States.  Application available at https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/state-scholarships/  Apply:  August 1 – October 25.        (updated Fall 2019)

 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program:  Students with cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above and score a 26 or above on ACT.  Student must show financial need (family income up to $95,000).  Selection criteria will focus on exceptional academic ability and achievements, financial need, persistence, a desire to help others, and leadership.  See more information and application at http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/college-scholarship/how-to-apply/   Scholarship available September 6 and the deadline is November 20.  (updated Fall 2018)

 

Johnny Baxter Carriage House Foundation Scholarship:  $1500 to each Community College.  Criteria:  Plan to attend Nebraska Community College and major in automotive related courses.  Applications and instructions are available in the counseling office.   Deadline:  At the Carriage House Foundation by April 3. (updated 2020)

 

Lincoln Legal Professionals Association Scholarship:  Amount varies.  Criteria:  Desire to enter the legal support field and have a 3.0 GPA.  Applications can be found at https://www.lincolnlegalprofessionals.com/scholarship Deadline: March (updated 2020)

 

Maynard Jensen American Legion Memorial Scholarship:  Must be sons or daughters, grandchildren or great-grandchildren, adopted or stepchildren of members of Department of Nebraska, The American Legion or POW, MIA, KIA, or any veteran that was a current American legion member at time of death.  Selection of recipients will be made on the basis of academic achievement and financial need.  Must be NE resident and attend NE institute of higher education.  Application available @ http://www.nebraskalegion.net/Programs/Scholarships.html  Deadline:  March 1.  (updated 2019)

 

Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation Scholarships

Several scholarships are available to Lexington High seniors because they reside in Dawson County. Click HERE for the website listing the following scholarships. Application forms are updated each year. Please come into the Counseling Office with assistance with application.

  • Douglas Watson Memorial Scholarship This $600 scholarship is offered for any senior intending on studying Criminal Justice at a Nebraska college or university in order to pursue a career in law enforcement or probation.
  • Marie A. Dent Scholarship:  $1000+.  Criteria:  Admitted to a Registered Nursing program and demonstrate financial need.
  • Dr. Fred and Emma Wanek Music Scholarship This potential $2,700 scholarship is for any student who will be a full-time music major and demonstrates musical talent.
  • E.E. “Herb” & Marion “Bunny” Hoover North Platte Community College Scholarship:  varies up to $1,000 (several given).  Criteria:  Graduating senior planning to attend Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, 3.0 + GPA, financial need and unlikely to receive other scholarships.
  • York and Helen Hinman Scholarship:  $400.  Criteria: Financial need
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National Society of Daughter’s of the American Revolution (DAR) has multiple scholarships ranging from General Scholarships to subject specific degrees. Most scholarships are completed using their online portal. Please read the requirements carefully and follow the speciic directions! Some are aimed at undergraduates (that would be you) and some at graduate students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Go to their website for the details on each individual scholarship. https://www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships/general-scholarship  Deadline:  February 15  (update 2020)

 

National Honor Society Scholarship:  Scholarships range from $1000 to $13,000 with selection being based on the four criteria for NHS membership:  scholarship, leadership, character, and service.  Please visit www.nhs.us for more information.  Application and all recommendations must be completed online.  Deadline:  December  (updated 2019)

 

Nebraska Elks Association Past Exalted Ruler’s Scholarship:  $400-$700.  Eligibility:  High school senior, complete application, have financial need and plan to attend 2 or 4 year college.  Basic emphasis will be on need.  Applications available @ http://www.nebraskaelks.org/.  Applications must be submitted no later than January 15.    (updated Spring 2020)

 

Nebraska Elks Association J.B. Ferguson Golf Scholarship:  $500.  Eligibility:  Complete application, participate in high school golf and plan to participate in college and attend two or four year college.  Applications are available @ http://www.nebraskaelks.org.  Deadline February 1  (updated Spring 2020)

 

Nebraska Elks Association Vocational Scholarship Grant: These grants are for seniors who plan to attend a two year or less vocational-technical program for an associate degree, diploma or certificate.  Applications and information can be found at http://www.nebraskaelks.org Deadline:  February 1  (updated Spring 2020)

 

Nebraska Cooperative Education Foundation:  Scholarships for incoming freshman to Nebraska – Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources and to student majoring in agribusiness or ag production systems at Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.  Application found at https://www.nebr.coop/foundation/scholarships/.  Deadline:  April 15  (update 2020)

 

Nebraska Press Assoc. Foundation Scholarship:  4 – $2000 scholarships. Eligibility:  Graduating senior, planning to enroll full-time in NE college or university next fall, interest in news, editorial, photography, circulation, production, or advertising career.  Scholastic ability and good citizenship.  Application available online by clickin  hereDeadline:  February 14. (updated 2020)

 

NMC CAT Diesel Technology Sponsorship Program:  Tuition, Fees, Books, Supplies, and Tools will be paid for at Central Community College in Hastings if you are going into the Diesel Tech Program.  Eligibility:  Visit CCC Hastings, complete application and be accepted to CCC, complete application for the NMC sponsorship and take COMPASS, ASSET or the ACT. Online application at www.nmcsponsorship.com. You are encouraged to apply for this and NMC CAT Diesel Technology Scholarship.        Deadline: January 31 (updated 2020)

 

Oxbow Animal Health Scholarship Program: $500 scholarship for a NE high school senior interested in a career in the pet industry or work in the field of animal health and nutrition.  Complete online application HERE and submit a 300-500 word essay explaining why you want to pursue a career in the pet industry or in the field of animal health.  Winners announced May 1.  Deadline: Applications postmarked by March 2nd. (updated 2020)

 

P.E.O. STAR Scholarship:  $2500.  Eligibility:  Female, exhibit excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics and potential for future success.  Senior.  3.0 GPA or higher. US Citizen.  Plan to attend an accredited post-secondary institution.  Talk to your counselor of your intestest in this scholarship.  There are 4 PEO chapters in Lexington and there is an interview process as each chapter can only nominate one girl. Once the chapter makes their selection, the application form is sent to the applicant. You will be competing against other applicants from around the country.  See Mrs. McKeone for more details. Deadline:  October.   (updated 2020)

Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) and Walter Scott, Jr. Scholarship:  A variety of scholarship opportunities, including the prestigious Walter Scott, Jr. Scholarship, are available for students attending UNL’s College of Engineering and Technology (Omaha Campus programs) and UNO’s College of Information Science and Technology located in The Peter Kiewit Institute.  Go to https://pki.nebraska.edu for more information.  Application deadline:  December 14 (update 2020)

 

Phelps County Community Foundation Scholarships:  They have several scholarships available for Phelps  and surrounding Counties in Nebraska.  To read the descriptions of all scholarships go to www.phelpsfoundation.org to see if you qualify.  Deadline:  February 15 (updated 2020)

 

Prudential Spirit of Community Award:  $1000.  Eligibility:  Have made a difference by volunteering in the community in the past year.  Apply @ http://spirit.prudential.com, click on the “Apply Now” link, follow on screen instructions.  The application is online and will be submitted online.  Mr. Hoehner will have to review the submitted application, therefore plan on getting this done before the deadline.  Deadline:  November 5.  (updated 2020)  

Student-View Scholarship Program: (1 = $5000, 2 = $1000, 10 = $500). Random drawing. Log on to www.student-view.com and complete a 15-25 minute survey. This is for a market research firm that helps colleges and universities communicate more effectively with high school seniors.   (updated 2020)

 

Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation Scholarships:  Full tuition possible.  Must be applying to a 4-year NE state public school (UNO, UNL, UNK, Chadron, Peru, Wayne) or a two-year state public or trade school within Nebraska.  Be in need of financial assistance, have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA, have applied for federal financial aid (or complete an estimator) and have already received the printed results– EFC must be under $10,000.  Will need to write a personal essay.  Scholarship applications are available online at http://buffettscholarships.org/ Deadline: February 1. (Updated 2020)

  

Wendy’s High School Heisman:  This scholarship is for well-rounded seniors who perform at a high level in the classroom, on the field, and in the community.  Visit https://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com for more details.  Deadline:  October 29 (updated 2020)

 

United States Senate Youth Program: Any junior or senior that is currently serving in an elected or appointed capacity in organization including Student Body president, vice-president, secretary or treasuer, Class president, vice president or treasuer, Student Council representative or a Student representative elected or appointed to a district, regional or state-level civic or educational organization.  Application must be completed by September 27th.  There is a student testing sheet that must be completed and returned to Nebraska Department of Education. The online application can be found at https://ussenateyouth.org/selection_process_qualify/(updated 2020)

 

Wal-mart Foundation Scholarships:  $3000+. Varying scholarships are available for students with financial need or are a Walmart associate or are the dependent child of a Walmart associate. For applications and more information go to http://giving.walmart.com/associate-scholarships. Deadlines: February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1. (Updated 2020)

Scholarship Tips

 

Juniors and Seniors:

Start looking for scholarships in your junior year and check with your counselor often during your senior year.
Get involved in extracurricular activities.  Many scholarships are based on leadership and community involvement.
Work hard in school. Grades are an important factor in earning scholarships.
Take the ACT/SAT as a junior and again your senior year to get the best possible score.  Many awards have a minimum ACT/SAT score requirement.
Apply for as many scholarships that you qualify for.

 

Seniors:

The counseling department tries several methods to communicate with students about scholarships. Check your emails and also open mail sent to your home. 

  • Senior Stuff is a monthly newsletter sent out at the beginning of each month with details on important items that need to be addressed each month. We encourage you to read this over. 
  • Coffee with the Counselors are mini sessions during Homeroom that give seniors a jump start on the upcoming scholarship season. These sessions are held in the fall so all seniors are up to date on what is expected for scholarships and to introduce them to the scholarship page. 
  • Financial Aid night is also held in the fall and is presented by EducationQuest. EducationQuest also comes to Lexington High School twice a month starting in November to assist families in completing their FAFSA for financial aid. 
  • Organize scholarship applications in deadline order.  Even the best-qualified applicants will be disqualified because of missed deadlines.
  • Set time aside on weekends to work on applications. It takes a lot of time to apply, but the payoff could be big!
  • Talk to your college about school-specific and major-specific awards.  Many of the biggest scholarships come directly from the college.
  • Scholarship applications are generally found online. Students need to type out the application.The neatness and how you organize your scholarship application is important. 
  • Complete a resume early in your senior year.  A resume is a one-page document that explains your strengths and all the activities you have participated in.  Come to the  counselor’s office to get examples of a sample resume.  The counselors have worked on resumes with students each year through the  EducationQuest website. Students are welcome to use this resource or take the information saved over the years and develop their own individual style. 
  • Get at least 3 or 4 letters of reference or recommendation early in your senior year.  Give your teachers a resume when you ask for a letter of recommendation.  People to consider for letters of recommendations include:  teachers, coaches, counselors, administrators, church leaders, community people, or your boss at work.