Rotary Youth Leadership Award

Rotary District 5650 is currently seeking and accepting nominations for Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA). RYLA camp (April 5-7, 2019), an intensive 3-day training program for High School Sophomores and Juniors that helps participants think critically about important issues and share ideas with talented peers, learn how to coordinate and lead community service projects, discuss the importance of good governance and civil society to the world, and finally, learn to think globally and explore issues that transcend national and cultural boundaries.

The following information is from the Rotary District 5650:

This year we are particularly excited to include several new activities and opportunities for students to become engaged, including learning and interacting with young entrepreneurs across the region. We are also going to take time to talk to students about different scholarship opportunities available through Rotary. This really is a unique opportunity for your students skills that will serve them well in high school and beyond.
As mentioned previously RYLA enables participants to debate issues of professional responsibility and human relations, improve leadership and communications skills, learn about businesses and institutions, and meet Rotarians while having fun and making friends. In addition, RYLA provides participants the opportunity to refine skills and explore pertinent topics with their peers and business professionals. The RYLA experience prepares young people to be leaders in their community, profession, and other facets of everyday life. While there is a nominal fee for participants to attend, sponsoring Rotary clubs pay all the participants’ expenses.
To make the camp a success we seek students from diverse backgrounds throughout our district. Diversity in this context refers to any student who is interested in local and global issues and whose participation in this program would help expand their current experiences and perspectives. This is where you become important, as a counselor you have the relationship and rapport with students that is necessary in identifying the right participants. We seek your help to spread the word about this amazing opportunity and to encourage students you believe would benefit from this experience to apply.

For more information about the program please visit their website.

The online application opens November 4, 2018.

Freshmen Family Meeting

Families of students in the graduating class of 2022, if you were unable to attend the Freshmen Family Meeting the evening of October 23, we have included the information shared in the presentation below.

Please also note that 9th grade students have an activity posted in their Class of 2022 Google Classroom that will help them prepare for small group meetings with counselors, beginning next week. If your child has not yet completed this activity, please encourage him/her to log in to Google Classroom and take a look together!

CLICK HERE to download the presentation as a PDF.

VFW Voice of Democracy Essay Contest

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is, Why My Vote Matters. Prizes and scholarships can be awarded at the Post, District, state and national level. Department (State) winners receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., March 2-6, 2019, to tour the city, be honored by the VFW and its Auxiliary and receive their portion of $154,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Veterans of Foreign Wars Youth Scholarship Opportunities.

CLICK HERE to access more details about the contest and the official entry form.

To qualify, all entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight October 31, 2018. Our local VFW Post information is as follows:

VFV Post 3606
3340 W. A Street
Lincoln, NE 68522
(402) 904-8795

Alternate Contact: Jim Rall
4120 X Street
Lincoln, NE 68503
(402) 464-1261

Goodrich Scholarship Program Application Period is OPEN!

Once again it is Goodrich scholarship application time! Last year there were 60 students accepted into the Goodrich Scholarship Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

The Goodrich Scholarship Program application period opens October 1, 2018, and closes March 1, 2019 at 5:00PM (CST). Applicants can apply online at https://goodrich.fluidreview.com/. Unofficial high school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores are directly uploaded by the applicant in their Goodrich application account.

If you have questions about this scholarship opportunity, please visit the LSW Counseling Center to talk with your school counselor!