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
CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Central Community College General Scholarship: Open to any student that is planning on attending Central Community College. Application available at ccc.awardspring.com You will have to create an account to start the application. Deadline is March 1. (updated spring 2020)
CHADRON STATE COLLEGE
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 http://www.csc.edu/sci/rhop/ 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 http://www.csc.edu/rlop/ to apply for RLOP. Deadline: November 15 (2020)
Chadron State College Scholarships – Apply to Chadron State College – for information on Scholarships go to http://csc.edu/finaid/scholarships/freshman.csc. 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
Joseph’s College of Beauty Merit Scholarship for Cosmetology: See scholarship page for details on several scholarships at https://beautychangeslives.org/scholarships-at-a-glance/ (updated 2019)
METRO COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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 https://www.aksarben.org/scholarships/ details and application Deadline: March 1 (updated 2019)
MID-PLAINS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Mid-Plains Community College: Students planning to attend Mid-Plains or McCook Community College. Information and applications can be found online at http://www.mpcc.edu/financial-services/scholarships 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 www.mccookcollegefoundation.org. 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
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
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
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 www.peru.edu/rhop Deadline: December 1 (updated 2020)
Peru State College – Apply to Peru State College and for more information on Scholarships go to http://www.peru.edu/admissions/freshman_scholarships.htm Most Deadlines: December 1, but may vary. (Updated 2020)
SOUTHEAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Southeast Community College Scholarships: Varies. Eligibility: Complete the online application and high school transcript. Applications are available @ www.southeast.edu/scholarships/ 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 https://www.southeast.edu/scholarships/ 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 www.southeast.edu/musicdepartment Deadline: May 1 (updated 2020)
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-KEARNEY
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 http://www.unk.edu/academics/health_sciences/scholarshipprograms.php. 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 http://www.unk.edu/admissions/kearney-law-opportunities-program/index.php. 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 www.unk.edu/offices/oma/scholarships.php 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 http://www.unk.edu/academics/honors/prospective-students/scholarships.php . 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 @ www.unk.edu/offices/oma/scholarships.php 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 http://www.unk.edu/academics/theatre/scholarships.php Deadline: February 1 (updated 2020)
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA – LINCOLN
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)
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA – OMAHA
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
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 www.wsc.edu/rhop. 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 https://www.wsc.edu/rlop 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)
WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
All incoming freshmen are encouraged to apply for scholarships found HERE. Deadline is March 1 (Updated 2020)
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.
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 here. Deadline: 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)
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.