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Lincoln Southwest Gifted Events and Opportunities


In addition to many great courses to choose from, there are many events and other opportunities throughout the year for your student to participate in. Look over our Events and Opportunities for a better idea of all the great events and opportunities available.


Volunteer OpportunitiesThis Directory of Volunteer Opportunities was prepared by the Lincoln Public School Social Studies office for high school seniors and Government and Politics classes. The Directory provides information to students seeking to complete the service component of their Government and Politics class.

Bright Lights is, once again looking for ambitious, interested students who would like to assist master teachers with classes this summer. This is a great opportunity for young people to work with passionate, experienced teachers in a wide variety of subject areas. This experience also affords those involved in getting their GOPO or community service hours.  They will earn 20 hrs. for working a half day class for one week. Classes run the range from science and technology to the arts, writing and outdoor classes such as fishing. We have a Harry Potter camp as well as CSI, Robotics, Medical, and a Creative Challenge Camp.  Applications will be taken on line from February to March.

Academic Opportunities
UNL Courses for High School Juniors and Seniors 
from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Advanced Scholars program provides students the opportunity to complete UNL college credit before leaving high school. See UNL Courses for High Schools for more information!

Yale’s Young Global Scholar Program (for Sophomores and Juniors) is an intensive summer experience at Yale University for outstanding high school student leaders. Sessions give high school student leaders opportunities to recognize and understand contemporary global issues, strategize responses, and innovate solutions while learning from renowned practitioners and Yale faculty members in a range of fields. The program emphasizes student improvement of vital leadership skills, including flexibly and critical thinking, written and oral communication, and global awareness, as well as positive, substantive cooperation and collaboration among talented, diverse peers. Visit for more information!


Scholarship Opportunities
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JKCF) offers the largest scholarships available to exceptionally high achieving, low-income students. Scholars receive up to $40,000 a year to cover tuition, living expenses, books and other fees. Cooke Scholars come from every state with no restriction on background, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, political affiliation or citizenship status.

The Cooke College Scholarship is an undergraduate scholarship for high-achieving high school seniors with financial need that can be used at any accredited state or private four-year college and university.  This scholarship is available to 12th graders who have earned a cumulative unweighted GPA of at least 3.5 and minimum SAT combined critical reading and math scores of at least 1200 or minimum ACT composite score of 26. Applications are due by November 3, 2015.

The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship makes it possible for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a four-year college or university.  The scholarship is available to community college students who have earned a GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale. Applications are due by December 15, 2015. For more information on the JKCF scholarships, visit the JKCF website.

The Nebraska Academy of Sciences sponsors a number of scholarships each year for high school seniors planning to attend Colleges or Universities in the State of Nebraska. The scholarships offered require a scholarship application summary as well as supporting information in the form of essays, transcripts, testimonial letters from 2-3 supervisors or teachers, and lists of activities and/or related accomplishments. Scholarships vary from $100 to $1000. All the information is detailed on their website. To download the scholarship descriptions, requirements, and application summary page, visit their website at: – click on NAS, then Grants and Scholarships. 

The Leta Hollingworth Scholarship Award consists of a cash award in the amount of $1000 and a copy of A Forgotten Voice, A Biography of Leta Stetter Hollingworth. One award will be given each year to a graduating senior. The recipient must have distinguished him or herself through outstanding achievement, accomplishment, or unusual ability. The award winner will be announced by May 1. Nebraska born Leta Stetter Hollingworth was considered a pioneer in the field of Gifted Education. She spent much of her life advocating for the gifted and highly gifted children. Hollingworth worked extensively at Speyer School in New York City, with children who scored between 130 and 200 IQ on the Stanford-Binet. She was well known for considering the social/emotional as well as the intellectual needs of high ability students. She also conducted the first longitudinal study of children above 180 IQ. The funding for this award is made possible by Nebraska Association For Gifted as a result of the tireless effort of Dr. Linda Silverman to recognize Leta Hollingworth. In an effort to recognize the present work of Dr. Silverman and the past work of Leta Hollingworth this award is made available. Download the Hollingworth Application Form.

The 2016 Award for Aspirations in Computing is a scholarship / internship opportunity for girls who are interested in computer sciences. It is due November 4, and details are available here. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Any U.S. high school woman in grades 9 through 12 is eligible to apply, if she also meets both of the following criteria:
    • She attends a high school in the U.S. or is a U.S. citizen attending a high school in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or on a U.S. military base.
    • She has a U.S. Tax Identification or Social Security Number.
  • Aspirations Award recipients are chosen for their outstanding aptitude and interest in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education.