Collegebound Nebraska

Visit for tips & videos to learn how collge is important and affordable. Prince Amukamara & Jordan Larson share info about this program on the Collegebound Nebraska channel on the YouTube video. You may also follow Collegebound Nebraska on Twitter, Facebook, & Tumblr for updates on the college planning process, campus updates, financial aid advice & more.

Did you know?

  •  According to the US Census Bureau, individuals with a bachelor’s degree earn an average of $1 million more than over a lifetime than those with a high school diploma
  • In Nebraska, the average salary of a college grad is double that of a high school dropout
  • Students who qualify for a Pell Grant automatically qualify for Collegebound Nebraska but funds are first-come, first-served & they must meet the April 1st deadline for filing the FAFSA
  • By 2018, 63% of all jobs will require education beyond high school according to the Georgetown Center on Education
  • Taking AP (Advanced Placement) classes & dual enrollment classes can give students a head start on college
  • Choosing the right college for you involves 3 simple steps — Go. Visit. College.

Financial Aid Night

Please be reminded that EducationQuest’s Financial Aid Program will be held at LSW on November 13th @ 6:30 PM in the Auditorium. The hour long presentation will include info on college admissions, financial aid, scholarships, & the FAFSA completion.  Please click here for details.

EducationQuest’s Reminder’s for Juniors & Seniors

Seniors…it’s time to start the admissions process!

College may still seem far off, but admission deadlines will start hitting this fall. Follow these steps to stay on track:

 Contact your top colleges NOW and ask about deadlines and the process for applying for admission, college-based scholarships and financial aid.

 Apply to your top 3-4 colleges before the deadline. Along with your application, the colleges will require your high school transcript, class rank, GPA and ACT/SAT score. They may also request a list of your extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, an essay, and an interview.

 Update your Activities Resume. Because extracurricular activities are an important part of the admissions application, keep them up-to-date by using the Activities Resume at

Contact your admissions representative periodically to stay informed about deadlines and campus activities.

Attend a Financial Aid Program to learn college funding options

Juniors and seniors – to learn about financial aid and other college funding options, attend an EducationQuest Financial Aid Program with your parents or an adult who can help you with college planning. Find dates and locations in the Upcoming Events section at

Juniors…start researching colleges

If you can narrow your choices by the end of your junior year, your senior year will be less stressful. Here’s how to get started:

Review College Profiles at for information about colleges in Nebraska and across the country. If you’re interested in going to an out-of-state school, check out the Midwest Student Exchange Program at

Meet with college representatives who visit your school, and then visit the websites of the colleges that interest you to learn more about the schools.

 Once you’ve narrowed your choices, schedule campus visits. Try to visit in the spring of your junior year while colleges are still in session.

 November “To Do” List

Juniors and seniors…complete these tasks in November to stay on the path to college!

____ Seniors, register by November 2 for the December 8 ACT.

____ Seniors, register by November 1 for the December 1 SAT.

____ Apply for scholarships. Visit free sites such as ScholarshipQuest at

____ Meet with college representatives who visit your school.

For free help with college planning, contact EducationQuest Foundation:

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Lincoln NAACP Banquet

The Lincoln Branch of the NAACP will be holding its annual banquet on November 3rd, 2012. This event will be held at the Cornhusker Hotel, 333 South 13th Street. The social hour begins at 6pm and the dinner will start at 6:30pm.  The theme of this year’s banquet is “Your Power; Your Decision – VOTE”. The speaker will be Frank LaMere, a Native American activitst.

Banquet tickets are $40 for adults and $30 dollars for students. Please let Dr. Simpson-Kirkland know if you are interested in attending or in sponsoring a student to attend the banquet.

Cameron Effect: 7 Acts of Compassion

Cameron Freeman, 21 years old, was killed tragically by a drunken driver in November 2010, but in his living days, Cameron wished for a better world. Out of his death arose the Cameron Effect, a season dedicated to compassion. December 7th was Cameron’s birthday. It is is historically known as Pearl Harbor Day, a day of violence, destruction, and war as is 9/1

1. The hope is that 9/11 to 12/7 will be transformed into a season of kindness, compassion, and forgiveness.

You can do your part to change the world:
Pick up 7 Kindness Cards at the following locations —
* any Lincoln city Library
* any Lincoln Hy-Fee Grocery Store
* First Plymouth Church

Do 7 acts or thoughts of compassion or forgiveness and write about it or how it made you feel on the Kindness Cards. Drop the 7 Kindness Cards at any of the above locations.

These Kindness Cards will be assembled into a Kindness Quit put together by volunteers and displayed at the 84th & Holdrege Hy-Vee (where Cameron worked) and at a Kindness and Compassion Celebration at Sheldon Art Museum on Friday, December 7th.

Buckle Excellence Scholarship Fund

Since 1948, Buckle has been providing a place for young men and women with an interest in clothing, to dress, accessorize, and express themselves through their style! It has also been a place that has provided many people a rewarding, and fulfilling career. Now, through the Buckle Excellence Scholarship Fund, Buckle is providing a new kind of opportunity for young men and women headed to college at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Each year, one freshman majoring in Computer Science or Information Technology will be selected to receive a two year scholarship, in the amount of $3,000 per year. Candidates hoping to receive the scholarship must fill out the application, obtain letters of recommendation, and:

~Be pursuing a major in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS)

~Be an incoming freshman

 ~Be in the top twenty percentile (20%) of their high school graduating class

~Have a minimum ACT (or SAT equivalent) composite score of 26 (with at least a 24 in Math)

 The scholarship recipients are also provided with unique opportunities to build relationships with Buckle’s IT professionals through activities such as job shadowing, tours of the Buckle facilities, and presentations on-site. Buckle also has a student internship program for upper-level CSIS students and has hired numerous CSIS graduates over the years.

 For more information about this scholarship and for the application material, please go to

 Applications must be received by January 4, 2013 to be considered for the 2013-2014 Buckle Excellence Scholarship.

The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation Scholarship

The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation offers scholarships that cover the cost of tuition, fees, and books for attendance at a public university or college in Nebraska. The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to first-time, entering freshmen who are residents of Nebraska and graduates of a Nebraska high school. However, there are a limited number of scholarships so the Foundation is unable to provide awards to all eligible candidates.

 Scholarship decisions are based on a variety of factors, including a student’s financial need and academic performance. Students whose family income is up to $95,000 may satisfy the financial need criterion and are encouraged to apply. Students do not need to be Pell eligible to qualify. The minimum high school cumulative grade point average required for application is 2.5 on a 4-point scale or 80 on a 100-point scale.


The scholarship may be used at the University of Nebraska (UNK, UNL, UNO), Chadron State, Peru State, and Wayne State as well as Central, Metropolitan, Mid-Plains, Northeast, Southeast, and Western Nebraska community colleges. The scholarship provides support for up to five years for students at a four-year institution and up to three years for those attending a community college. Scholarship recipients who attend one of the University of Nebraska campuses at Kearney, Lincoln, or Omaha also become part of the Thompson Scholars Learning Community.


The application is online and must be submitted between January 1, 2013 and March 1, 2013 for the 2013-2014 school year.  If you are eligible and interested we encourage you to apply early in the process. More information on the scholarship is available at:


New Scholarship Updates

Abbott & Fenner Scholarship
Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with our scholarship program for the 6th year. We will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s) each year. Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site: scholarship deadline is June 14, 2013.

The American Legion offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education. Each year, the Legion facilitates the awarding of millions of dollars in scholarships to high school students. There are opportunities for everyone. Register with ScholarshipQuest to access the American Legion scholarships.

The American Legion, Department of Nebraska will award up to four (4) Jim Hurlbert Memorial Baseball Scholarships and also an annual scholarship for students planning to enroll in a Nebraska educational facility of higher learning with the 2013 Maynard Jensen American Legion Memorial Scholarship.

Please take a moment to look over these and make available to any student that would be interested in applying. You may also visit our website for information at Any further questions please call Burdette Burkhart at 402-464-6338.

 Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site: Full details are available on our website.