College Scholarships



Central Community College General Scholarship:  Open to any student that is planning on attending Central Community College.  Application available at You will have to create an account to start the application. Deadline is March 1.  (updated spring 2020)



Chadron State College RHOP Program:  The program is between Chadron State College and the University of Nebraska Med Center.  Benefits of the program will be early acceptance to UNMC.  Current options are:  Dental Hygiene, Medical Technology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Radiography, Dentistry,Pharmacy, Physician Assistant.  Interested in practicing in rural NE.  For more information and for an application visit  Deadline: December 1

Chadron State College RLOP – Rural Law Opportunities Program is a special cooperative program between Chadron State College and UNL College of Law.This program recruits and educates students from rural Nebraska to become lawyers who will return to rural communities and practice law. Apply to Chadron State and visit  to apply for RLOP.   Deadline: November 15  (2020)

Chadron State College Scholarships – Apply to Chadron State College – for information on Scholarships go to Most Deadlines:  January 15   (2020)



Hastings College Rick Wilson Memorial Scholarship: Students must reside and attend high school in Cozad, Gothenburg, Lexington, or other Dawson County, Nebraska communities.  Strong consideration will be given to academic achievement, leadership ability, and community involvement.  Up to four $5000 scholarships will be awarded to first-year students who meet qualifications.  Scholarship is renewable with a 3.0 GPA.  Talk to financial aid director of Hastings College for information.



Joseph’s College of Beauty Merit Scholarship for Cosmetology:  See scholarship page for details on several scholarships at (updated 2019)



Ak-Sar-ben Metro Community College Scholarship:  Renewable $2,000 scholarship to for students who plan on attending Metro Community College in Omaha. Go to  details and application Deadline:  March 1  (updated 2019)



Mid-Plains Community College:  Students planning to attend Mid-Plains or McCook Community College. Information and applications can be found online at    Deadline:  March 1   (updated spring 2020)

McCook Community College Foundation:  students that are planning to attend McCook Community College in McCook, NE, you can find scholarship information and applications online at The priority deadline is March 1st but you can apply late until the money runs out.  (McCook college has a lot of large donors and often they will give more money than any other college) You might want to check them out.  Priority Deadline:  March 1 (updated spring 2020) 



Nebraska Wesleyan University Early Action Program:  students who apply to NWU, are accepted, and complete financial aid form located on website by December 1st could receive up to $14,000 which is determined by ACT score and GPA. For more information, visit Nebraska Wesleyan’s financial aid page.    Deadline: December 1 (updated 2020)

Nebraska Wesleyan University Rick Wilson Memorial Scholarship:  Students must reside and attend high school in Cozad, Gothenburg, Lexington, or other Dawson County, Nebraska communities.  Strong consideration will be given to academic achievement, leadership ability, and community involvement.  Up to four $5000 scholarships will be awarded to first-year students who meet qualifications.  Scholarship is renewable with a 3.0 GPA. If you are interested in this scholarship and meet the academic requirements contact the Financial Aid Director at Wesleyan for their consideration.



Northeast Community College Scholarships:  One online application is required for most of the Northeast Community College scholarships. Available October 1, you must submit the completed Online Scholarship Application by clicking HERE. Applications will not be accepted any later than February 1. Once you have submitted the completed form, you will be considered for all Northeast scholarships for which you are qualified. The Northeast scholarship process is separate from the federal and state aid application.  You must have applied and have a username and password to complete the online application.  Deadline:  March 1 (updated 2020)



Peru State College RHOP Program:  Rural Health Opportunties Program is in partnership with Peru State College and the University Of Nebraska Medical Center.  The RHOP for Peru State is similar to Wayne State and Chadron State.  The current programs include pharmacy, medical laboratory science, physician’s assistant, physical therapy, nursing or radiography.  For more information go to  Deadline: December 1 (updated 2020)

Peru State College – Apply to Peru State College  and for more information on Scholarships go to      Most Deadlines:  December 1, but may vary. (Updated 2020)  



Southeast Community College Scholarships:  Varies.  Eligibility:  Complete the online application and high school transcript.  Applications are available @ Online application must be completed from December 1 through February 28th. (updated Fall 2020)

Southeast Community College Educational Foundation Scholarship:  The SECC Foundation Scholarship awards a $500 scholarship to high school seniors to be applied toward the cost of tuition , when a student enrolls full time in a degree of diploma program at SECC.  Apply online at   Deadline:  February 28 (updated 2020)

Southeast Community College Music & Theatre Scholarship:

Recipients are required to maintain full-time status, be in good academic standing during the time that they are awarded the scholarship and agree to participate fully. This includes attending rehearsals, participating in performances, learning and memorizing music and lines, and purchasing required dress clothing for performances for the entire season (October through June). The scholarship will be awarded in three quarterly installments of $500 each for students committed to  participating in the choir for an entire  choral season (fall, winter, spring).  Application period is February 1 – August 1. Complete online application at     Deadline:  May 1 (updated 2020)



UNK scholarship for incoming freshman:    Visit UNK’s SITE for applications.  On this page to VIEW SCHOLARSHIPS select IN STATE  from the drop down screen and then click FIRST YEAR tab. On each scholarship description you are able to find the application for each specific scholarship. Deadlines vary! (updated 2020)

Kearney Health Opportunities Program (KHOP): This is a cooperative program between UNK and UNMC very similar to RHOP.  Guaranteed admittance into UNMC. Programs are Clinical Lab Science, Medicine, Nursing, and Radiology.  This is for students who have a commitment to practicing in rural Nebraska.  Information and application can be found at   Deadline:  December 1.  (updated Fall 2020)

Kearney Rural Law Opportunity Program (KLOP) is a cooperative program between UNK and the University of Nebraska College of Law. It is designed to recruit students from rural areas and training them to become lawyers that will return and practice in rural communities.  Information can be found at  Deadline: November 15 (Update 2020)

Maestros del Futuro: Bilingual Education Scholarship:  This scholarship will pay for room costs UNK. It is capped at the base room rate, or what is equivalent to the room rate of Men’s Hall. Applicants must complete a FAFSA by February 1 to establish eligibility as U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents fo the United States. Students who have deferred action status must submit documentation of DACA status. Applicants must be fluent, both speaking and writing, in Spanish and demonstrate a gunuine committment to becoming a teacher.  An ACT of 22 and minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.  Scholarship is renewable up to four years.  Application available at   Deadline:  February 1 (updated 2019)

Omaha World Herald/Kearney Hub Scholarship:  Full tuition at UNK, room, meals, fees and books. Eligibility:  Apply to UNK and the Honors program by November 15, 30+ ACT, rank in top 10% of class.  UNK will select finalists for interviews. Information found at . Deadline:  November 15.  (updated Fall 2020)

UNK Art Scholarship for incoming freshman:  Amount offered: Up to $3,000 for two semesters; up to $6,000 for four semesters.  Application available in October.  High school students who wish to major in art at UNK. High school seniors, start organizing your artwork now.  Visit UNK’s SITE for applications and portfolios due date. Deadline: November 16 (updated 2020)

UNK Multicultural Community Service Scholarship:  Full tuition- renewable.  Qualifications:  Leader in the multicultural community, 20+ ACT or a rank in the upper one-half of class, 2 letters of recommendation (1 from teacher, 1 from counselor) and an essay. Applications available @ Deadline:  March 1 (updated 2020)

UNK Theater Scholarship:  This scholarship is for first year UNK Theater Majors.  This is a $1000 tuition waiver divided over two semesters.  Application online at  Deadline:  February 1 (updated 2020)



UNL In-State Freshmen Scholarships : Criteria: Admitted to UNL. Information available at HERE.  Most UNL scholarships are automatically applied for once a student is accepted to UNL and completes their personal statement.  Deadline:  February 1    (updated 2020)



The incoming freshman scholarships can be found by going to your MavLINK account. Click this application link for scholarship process. You will need your NUID to start.



Wayne State College RHOP Program:  Rural Health Opportunities Program is a cooperative program between Wayne State College and University of Nebraska Med Center.  If selected, you will receive a tuition waiver and guaranteed admission to UNMC.  Areas of Clinical Lab Science, Dental hygiene, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Radiography.  For more information check with the counseling office for a brochure and application.  Forms and information can be downloaded at  Deadline: December 1. (Updated 2020)

Wayne State College RLOP – Rural Law Opportunities Program is a special cooperative program between Wayne State College and UNL.This program recruits and educates students from rural Nebraska to become lawyers who will return to rural communities and practice law. Apply to Wayne State and visit to apply for RLOP. Deadline: December 1 (Updated 2020)

Wayne State College Scholarships – after applying and being accepted to WSC click HERE for incoming freshman scholarships.   Deadlines Vary:   December 1,  January 15,  February 1      (Updated 2020)



All incoming freshmen are encouraged to apply for scholarships found  HERE.  Deadline is March 1 (Updated 2020)


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  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  Application opens November 15.  Deadline: January 15 (updated spring 2020)


American Legion Scholarships. Visit   Deadlines vary but many due March 1   (updated 2020)


American Legion Baseball Scholarship: go to  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  

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    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 @    Deadline:  October 31. (updated Fall 2019)


Constance K Rife Scholarship (for female golfers):  $1000 scholarship.  Go to 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 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 @           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.     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  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  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  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   Scholarship available September 6 and the deadline is November 20.  (updated Fall 2018)


Johnny Baxter Carriage House Foundation Scholarship:  $1000 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 6. (updated 2018)


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 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 @  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

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.  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 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 @  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 @  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 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  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 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 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 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 @, 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 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 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 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 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 Deadlines: February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1. (Updated 2020)

Lexington Foundation Scholarships


Read each scholarship carefully and follow specific directions.

Local Scholarships


Class of 2020 – Scholarships are due Wednesday, April 1  at 11:59 p.m. All scholarships will be submitted online.

The Local Scholarship list and the Lexington Community Foundation Scholarship list will be handed out in January.  Scholarships will also be updated on the high school guidance counseling website and the Lexington Foundation’s website. A meeting on January 31 , 2020 will be held with seniors concerning scholarships. The scholarship page will be updated by that date. Seniors will be sent an email if any additional scholarships become available after January 31.


Instructions will be given to seniors on the new online application process.

Read through the list of scholarships and determine the ones for which you qualify for.




BILL AND MARY ANN HAKONSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP is in the amount of $1000 for seniors intending to pursue a college major in a teaching field, speech pathology, nursing or school counseling. Applicants will need to demonstrate financial need. Criteria for selection will include financial need, class rank, GPA, ACT scores and involvement in school activities and or/the community. Instead of a Personal Statement, applicants must submit a letter explaining their interest in one of the eligible programs of study and their qualifications for the scholarship as identified in this description.


BLANCHE SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP presented by the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce will be presented to a graduating senior who is planning to further their education beyond high school. This scholarship will be a minimum of $500 and not exceed $1,000, depending on available funds. Applicant will be judged on their overall areas of academics, school, and community activities. The major area we will evaluate is a student’s work experience during high school.The student should provide three letters of recommendation. One letter should come from the student’s current or past employer.


CHARLES A. WALKER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP will be presented to a senior to help them further their education at any accredited school. Special consideration will be given for a student going into the field of agriculture. This scholarship is open to any senior who can demonstrate good character, extra-curricular participation and a good scholastic record. The scholarship is $500. One scholarship will be awarded.


STUDENT COUNCIL LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP is presented to a senior by the LHS Student Council in honor of their former sponsor, Mr. Bob Dyke.  Students must rank in the upper 1/2 of their class and have demonstrated leadership skills and good citizenship during their high school years. You may use this scholarship at any school of your choice. This scholarship is $500. Being active in the Student Council and financial need will be considered but will not be a top priority


HOMESTEAD BANK is offering a $750 scholarship to a graduating senior who plans to be a Business or Agri Business major in college. Other students that are planning on attending college will be considered. This scholarship will be paid in two installments. The first half will be paid upon proof of first semester registration. The second installment will be paid upon proof of a “B” average first semester and enrollment in second semester classes.


LEXINGTON ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB SCHOLARSHIP was established by the Athletic Booster Club to honor one male and one female graduating Lexington High School athlete. Each scholarship is $1,200. Recipients must have participated in at least two athletic activities each year grades 9-12. Consideration will also be given to participation in extra-curricular activities and leadership skills displayed through community involvement.


LEXINGTON EDUCATION ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP  will award two annual scholarships valued at $2000 each. Scholarships are payable $500 each year for up to four years. This scholarship may be awarded to a Lexington Senior High senior pursuing a degree in the field of education at any four-year program at any university or college. Applicants will be judged on leadership, character, people skills, and moral character.


LEXINGTON PLUMCREEKERS KIWANIS CLUB will present the GENE RANSDELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP to a senior who is planning to attend a Vocational Technical School.  The amount of the scholarship is $750 payable to the technical school of your choice. Applicants will be judged on the quality of their ability to express and describe their future goals and plans and their attached letters of recommendation.  You must be of sound moral character and a credit to your school and community. Scholarship will be paid at the beginning of the second semester depending on successful registration and grades.


LEXINGTON ROTARY CLUB SCHOLARSHIP will be presented to a senior who is planning to further their education beyond high school. There will be one scholarship in the amount of $1000 and will go towards any two-year or four-year college or university.  Any senior may apply for this scholarship and you will be judged on your scholarship and citizenship.  The scholarship will be deposited to the student’s account at the college of their choice after enrollment and furnishing account information to the Lexington Rotary Club. APPLICATION IS FOUND ON LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP INSTRUCTION PAGE.


LEXINGTON VFW will present a scholarship to a senior who is planning to continue education beyond high school. This scholarship is for $600. You must be a graduating senior whose parent is a Veteran of the Armed Services. You will be judged on the qualities of scholarship, citizenship and financial need.


LEXINGTON WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE is offering a $1000 scholarship to a senior female soccer player, $500 payable fall semester and another $500 for second semester when recipient submits first semester grades showing a 2.75 GPA or greater AND a second semester schedule. Instead of a Personal Statement write a 250-word essay discussing a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart and how that might lead you to success down the road.


LEXINGTON LION’S CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS  This organization presents two scholarships, one in the amount of $500 for a senior pursing a post secondary education at a community college and a $1000 scholarship for a senior attending a four-year college. Any graduating senior may apply and you will be judged in the areas of scholarship, citizenship, and financial need.


MAJESTIC THEATRE SCHOLARSHIP  $500 will be awarded to a Lexington High School senior who has generously given their time in volunteering at the Majestic throughout their high school career. For this scholarship ONLY include a cover page, a completed application page and 250 word statement telling of their specific acts of volunteerism at the Majestic and how the act of giving back has impacted their life.


MILLER SCHOLARSHIP will be presented to a high school senior who is a child of a farm/ranch family that is still active in some area of agriculture.  Preference may be given to students enrolled in The University of Nebraska -Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences, the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture-Curtis or other colleges leading to a career in agriculture or one that will serve rural communities. This scholarship is $1,000 and is renewable up to four years.


NORMAN W. AND SHIRLEY A. REYNOLDS SCHOLARSHIP will be presented to a senior who exhibits good citizenship skills and has earned three varsity letters in any sport during their sophomore through senior years or is four year letter winner in band while attending Lexington High School. Strong consideration will be given to those students who have maintained their interest in these activities during their senior year. The amount of the scholarship is $750.


PLUM CREEK MARKET PLACE SCHOLARSHIP This scholarship is offered to any senior but priority will be given to any student employed at Plum Creek Market Place and plan to attend a 2 or 4 year accredited institution. The $500 scholarship will be paid upon proof of registration with an accredited institution for second semester classes.


RAYMOND (IKE) NEFF SCHOLARSHIP will be presented to a senior who is planning to attend any school of their choice beyond high school. You will be judged on your ability to do further work and on your financial ability to pay for this additional education. This scholarship for $500 will be paid upon proof of registration and acceptance for the 1st semester.


RED CROSS NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIPS were established to recognize outstanding members of the Lexington National Honor Society. Students must be a member in good standing in the National Honor Society. The number of $250 scholarships will vary due to money raised at Blood Drives.


REYNOLDS OPEN GOLF SCHOLARSHIP will be awarded to any female or male athlete that has participated in GOLF throughout their high school career.  The scholarship will apply to either a community college or four-year college.  The amount of this scholarship is $500, which will be paid upon successful completion of 1st semester and proof of registration for the 2nd semester with verified grades of 2.5 GPA.


RICHARD A. BROWN and RICHARD and PHYLLIS (BROWN) HENDRIX WRESTLING SCHOLARSHIPS will be presented to senior males who have participated in the wrestling program throughout their high school years. These young men must be planning to enter college or any other tech school and be registered and accepted at that school. Students will need to obtain at least one letter of reference from an outside source and two can be from school sources. The amount of this scholarship is $500, which will be paid upon successful completion of 1st semester and proof of registration for the 2nd semester with verified grades of 2.5 GPA. You must be present at Senior Honor night to accept award.


ROBERT SHERMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP This scholarship was created to provide an opportunity for a graduating senior at LHS to pursue a career in a skilled labor field at a technical or community college. This scholarship was established to honor the lifetime work of Mr. Robert Sherman, a 1953 Lexington graduate. Applicants should plan to acquire a degree in a skilled labor field, have good moral character, excellent school attendance and be a responsible citizen.  Student’s employment record will be the basis of consideration. One letter of recommendation must be from the student’s current or past employer.


RON MURDOCK UNL SCHOLARSHIP will be presented to a Lexington High School senior who will attend UNL.  The student needs a GPA of 3.00 and is able to demonstrate financial need. Other criteria that will be considered are: involvement in community service, school activities, desires to learn and be self-motivated. The Scholarship amount will be around $600-700 depending on interest.


RUTH EDNA REYNOLDS MONTGOMERY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP will be presented to a senior who is going into the educational field or into missionary work. Others will be considered and the best-qualified candidate will be chosen for this award. This scholarship will be based on the amount of interest that has accrued, not to exceed $750. Applicants will be judged on leadership, character, and service to the school and community as well as scholastic ability to do college work. This scholarship will be paid upon acceptance and proof of registration for the 1st semester at the school of choice.


SHELTER INSURANCE SCHOLARSHIP   is offered to graduating seniors during the current school year and is sponsored by local Shelter Insurance agent, Jackie Rowan. This $2000 scholarship is open to any senior in good standing with their education. Click here for information and the application form.


SHIRLEY TRAUTMAN SCHOLARSHIP will be awarded to a Lexington High School graduating senior who has overcome a learning difficulty through assistance in a special need program. Students who are planning on becoming a special needs teacher are also eligible to apply. The $800 scholarship will be paid after completion of the first semester or term of the freshman year with a grade point average of 2.5 or better based on 4.0 grading.

Regional Scholarships



Use the online application process unless noted in the scholarship description.



ALPHA DELTA KAPPA PHI CHAPTER will award one $500 scholarship to a worthy high school senior pursuing a post-secondary degree in education. Selection of recipient will be based primarily on the goal statement. For more information and for application form click here.  Deadline is April 15, 2020 to Jan Bendler.


This $750 scholarship is for seniors who are planning to pursue a degree in Veterinary or Veterinarian Tech or Ag related field of study.
Consideration will be given to seniors who show qualities of good character, leadership, academic achievement, financial need and participation in extra curricular and community activities.


Three $500 scholarships will be awarded to area seniors whose parents are members of the Dawson County Farm Bureau. Applicants with a rural background and that have an interest in majoring in some aspect of agriculture will be given first priority. However, consideration will be given to all qualified applicants. Information and application can be downloaded here.  

Deadline:April 2 to Farm Bureau office.


DAWSON PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT STEM SCHOLARSHIP  in the amount of $1500 is available for applicants pursuing a degree in a STEM-related field at any accredited college, university, trade school or community college. Information and the application can be downloaded here. The online application must be postmarked by March 16, 2020.


DAWSON PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT UTILITY LINE SCHOLARSHIP offers one $1500 scholarship that will be paid upon completion of a diploma or Associates Degree of Applied Science in Utility Line. Information and application can be downloaded here. The online application must be completed by March 16, 2020.


EASTERN STAR AWARD The Dawson Chapter #33 of Lexington and the Grand Chapter of Nebraska has established one $500 scholarship. The scholarship is to be used at the college or technical school of the students’ choice. The scholarship will be awarded to the student who best exemplifies good citizenship and high moral character, without regard to scholastic standing or parental finances. Ties to the organization will be recognized.  Follow the local scholarship instructions and submit the application online by April 1.


FAIRVIEW VETERINARY CLINIC SCHOLARSHIP will be presented to a student from the Fairview practice area (including Lexington, Cozad, Elwood, SEM, and Overton) with the intention to become a veterinarian, veterinary technician or majoring in agriculture related field.  Preference will be given to students studying to become a Veterinarian or Veterinarian Technician. Consideration for the scholarship will be given to any graduating senior who shows qualities of good character, leadership, academic achievement, financial need and participation in extra curricular and community activities. $750 will be awarded after successful completion of the first semester with a GPA of 3.0 and enrollment in the second semester of the student’s freshman year in college.  Follow the local scholarship instructions and submit the application online by April 1.


The employees of Orthman Manufacturing Inc. in honor of Henry K Orthman, its founder, have established HENRY K ORTHMAN SCHOLARSHIP. This $1500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior that has a family member employed by Orthman Manufacturing. Applicants can be from any of the area high schools.  Download application here. Application MUST be turned into Orthman’s Human Resource Office. Deadline:  March 31 


OVERTON VETERINARY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP A $1,000 one time scholarship for first semester 2014 is being offered to students registered in the Elm Creek, Lexington, Overton, Amherst, and SEM Senior High Schools with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.  Applicant must be seeking an Agricultural College Degree with preference given to animal science majors.  You will need to complete application, have two letters of recommendation, and have most recent transcript. A Personal Essay will also need to written on the following:  What are your career goals and how do they relate to the agricultural industry in Nebraska (400 words or less – typed in 12 pt font)  These need to be sent to:  Overton Veterinary Services  75348 Rd 440 Lexington, NE 68850.  Download application at

Deadline:  April 15


ST. ANN’S ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP:  Any student that is a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church and plans on attending a religious affiliated college may apply for this scholarship.  Follow online application process. Deadline April 1


MARIAN KJAR SCHOLARSHIP:  Any student that is a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church can apply. Follow the online application process. Deadline April 1.


ST. ANN’S KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SCHOLARSHIP:  Any student that is a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church can apply. Use online application process. Deadline:  April 1.


TYSON FRESH MEATS LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP:  The scholarship will be available to any graduating high school senior who is planning to study in an accredited four-year college or a two-year college/technical school and who is the child or stepchild of an employee (with a minimum of one year seniority) in the Lexington Tyson Plant. This scholarship will be in the amount of $1,000. Application pending.


TYSON FAMILY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP:  This scholarship is based on financial need, to help those members and their dependents most needing assistance to cover tuition, fees, books, and other associated expenses incurred while pursuing a higher education. All scholarships will be $3000/semester, $2000/quarter, payable to the school of attendance, with renewal based on the student’s continued adherence to our established criteria.  Application pending.

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.



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.

Other Scholarship Search


The Educational Planning Center of Kearney provides a very good service for determining scholarships for which a student may qualify. The EducationQuest Foundation provides ScholarshipQuest online. Fill out a 20 question information sheet and the service will then list all the scholarships for which the student qualifies.  Students are given the name of the scholarship, amount, deadline, and any other information.