ABC (Associated Builders & Contractors)

Apprenticeship and Craft Training
The Cornhusker Chapter of ABC is addressing the need for skilled labor in the construction industry through its comprehensive apprenticeship and craft training program. Recruitment to the training program is extensive, targeting many of the minority agencies and groups in the area. The program is approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship  and is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research. For more info visit www.abcnebraska.org or contact Bruce Kevil at brucek@abcnebraska.org

Training is held in two locations: Omaha and Lincoln.

Hearst Foundations Scholarship Program

The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 7 – 14, 2015. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by Senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $5,000 College Scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. To learn more, visit http://www.hearstfdn.org/ussyp/ or contact Harris Payne at the Nebraska Department of Education.

Deadline: October 3, 2014

2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program

student in Illinois shirtThe National Achievement Scholarship Program is an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students. Black students may enter both the National Achievement Program and the National Merit® Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) and meeting other published requirements for participation. The two annual programs are conducted concurrently but operated and funded separately. A student’s standing is determined independently in each program. Black American students can qualify for recognition and be honored as Scholars in both the National Merit Program and the National Achievement Program, but can receive only one monetary award from NMSC.

Student Entry Requirements

To participate in the National Achievement® Scholarship Program, a student must:

  1. take the PSAT/NMSQT® in the specified year of the high school program and no later than the third year in grades 9 through 12, regardless of grade classification or educational pattern;
  2. request entry to the National Achievement Program by marking Section 14 on the PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet, thereby identifying himself or herself as a Black American who wishes to be considered in this competition as well as in the National Merit® Scholarship Program;
  3. be enrolled as a high school student, progressing normally toward graduation or completion of high school, and planning to enroll full time in college no later than the fall following completion of high school; and
  4. be a citizen of the United States; or be a U.S. lawful permanent resident (or have applied for permanent residence, the application for which has not been denied) and intend to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law.

Information supplied by the student on the PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet determines whether the individual meets requirements for participation in the National Achievement Program. Click here to see NMSC program entry items on the PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet, including the section Black American students must mark to request consideration in the National Achievement Program. A school official or the student should report immediately to NMSC any error or change in reported information that may affect participation.

Save to Study IDA Program

Sophomores, juniors and seniors, who are members of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, may be eligible to participate in the Save to Study IDA Program which allows students and families to save money for college through the First Ponca Financial in Grand Island. For more information, contact Faith Cronk at faith@firstponcafinancial.com or 402-802-5687.