Joyce Ivy Foundation Scholarships

The Joyce Ivy Foundation is a non-profit, 501c3 committed to the academic advancement and leadership development of young women from the Midwest.

We are a source of scholarships and information. Through the Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars program, we provide scholarship for talented high school students to attend summer academic programs on college campuses.

We are a forum for ideas. The Joyce Ivy Foundation College Admissions Symposium brings together hundreds of students, families, educators and admissions officers to exchange critical information about applying to — and paying for — college.

We bring together high achieving young women, their families, counselors and educators; college admissions and financial aid professionals; and volunteers.

We believe in the transformative power of educational experiences that stretch comfort zones and raise aspirations. We believe in the potential of young women.

We seek to mobilize communities, and empower students to lead self-directed paths to higher education.

Deadline: March 1st, 2015

GPACAC Scholarships

The Great Plains Association for College Admissions Counseling (GPACAC)  scholarship committee would like to announce that applications for 2015 are now available for your students at Please click the link in the scholarship window on the home page for more information on each scholarship.

In 2014, the GPACAC awarded $7,000 to deserving college-bound high school seniors in our region (click here to see the recipients), and we look forward to another successful year in 2015.

High School counselors, there is a counselor-nominated scholarship available, as well — this is an opportunity for you to (quickly) nominate one of your students for a GPACAC scholarship.

Deadline: February 1, 2015


Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Tuition Program

Nebraska Wesleyan University has launched a full tuition program to further expand college access for Nebraska students.

Access NWU will provide scholarships to Nebraska students who meet academic and financial need qualifications. The scholarships will be equal to the cost of tuition after state and federal grants are applied to a student’s financial aid award. Nebraska Wesleyan is the only private college to offer a statewide full tuition program.

“Nebraska Wesleyan University is in a good place with strong enrollment, solid programs and outstanding outcomes,” said President Fred Ohles. “We believe in giving students from all backgrounds the necessary experiences to help them stand out to future employers and succeed in life.”

To qualify, students must:
• Be a Nebraska resident
• Score a composite ACT test score of 25 or higher
• Earn a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
• Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $1,000 or less as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
• Enroll as a first-year, first-time student
• Carry a full-time academic course load of 12-18 credit hours per semester
• Live in NWU residential housing
• Applications are being accepted immediately

Students will remain eligible for up to four years of Access NWU funding, provided they continue to meet the Access NWU qualifications. Students will also be eligible for federal student loans and on-campus work study funds to assist with additional college expenses including room, board, fees and books.

Approximately 98 percent of NWU students receive financial aid. Nearly 25 percent of NWU students qualify for the Federal Pell Grant.

“Access NWU provides an additional means for students with high financial need to pursue a quality education at Nebraska Wesleyan,” said William Motzer, Vice President for Enrollment Management. “Our strong four-year graduation rate, high starting salaries and top graduate school placements are just a few examples of the value our students experience.”

Access NWU will provide scholarships to Nebraska students who meet academic and financial need qualifications. The scholarships will be equal to the cost of tuition after state and federal grants are applied to a student’s financial aid award. Nebraska Wesleyan is the only private college to offer a statewide full tuition program.

While there is no official deadline, students are encouraged to complete the application for admission and the FAFSA by March 1. Additional information on Access NWU can be found at

EducationQuest’s FAFSA Reminders

Seniors…it’s time to prepare for the FAFSA!
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application for state, federal and college-specific financial aid. Even if you don’t think you’ll qualify for need-based financial aid, you should complete the FAFSA to qualify for low-interest student and parent loans.

Follow these steps to prepare for, and complete, the FAFSA and the financial aid process:

Contact the college(s) you applied to and ask for their FAFSA priority filing date (typically March 1 to April 1). Some types of financial aid are awarded first-come, first-served, so submit the FAFSA before that date.

Complete your 2014 taxes early as the FAFSA requires current tax information.

Gather these student and parent items:
• 2014 federal income tax forms and, if applicable, Schedule K-1 (Form 1065)
• 2014 W-2 forms
• Student’s driver’s license number
• Social Security numbers
• Birth dates
• Date parents were married, separated, divorced or widowed
• Current cash, savings and checking account balances
• Current investment values (stocks, bonds, mutual funds, CDs, etc.) excluding your home and retirement accounts
• Value of business (if more than 100 employees)
• Value of investment farm (Do not include the value of a family farm that you or your parents live on and operate.)
• 2014 child support (paid and/or received)
• 2014 Workers’ Compensation
• Other untaxed income in 2014 such as housing/food/ living allowances for military and clergy
• Alien Registration Number for eligible non-citizens

Be prepared to answer the following FAFSA question:
Did you or anyone in your household receive any of the following federal benefits?
 Supplemental Security Income
 Food Stamps
 Free or Reduced Price Lunch

Complete and file the FAFSA at before your college’s priority date.

Expect a Student Aid Report acknowledging that your form was processed.

Expect Financial Aid Award Notifications in the spring from the colleges you listed on your FAFSA. The notifications will detail the financial aid assistance the colleges are offering (could be a combination of scholarships, grants, work-study and student loans).


Check out these free FAFSA tools and resources
Visit “FAFSA Tools” at where you’ll find:

  •  College Funding Estimator – estimates your FAFSA results
  • FAFSA Checklist – provides a list of items you need to gather before you complete the FAFSA
  • FAFSA Tutorial – explains each FAFSA question
  • FAFSA Demo and IRS Data Retrieval videos – walk you through the FAFSA process

If you are filing a FAFSA for the first time and want free personal help, call EducationQuest to make an appointment. Kearney: 308-234-6310 or 800-666-3721; Lincoln: 402-475-5222 or 800-303-3745; or Omaha: 402-391-4033 or 888-357-6300.

Free FAFSA Webinars will help you prepare
You and your parents can learn about financial aid and the FAFSA from the comfort of your home by participating in an EducationQuest FAFSA Webinar.

Monday, January 12 – 7:00 pm (CT)
Webinar link:
Wednesday, January 14 – 7:00 pm (CT)
Webinar link:

Tuesday, February 24 – 7:00 pm (CT)
Webinar link:

To join the Webinar, click on the link under your desired date. The password is college.


January “To Do” List

__ Attend the Financial Aid Program at your school or in your area and register to win a $500 scholarship!
__ Complete your taxes early as you’ll need that information for the FAFSA.
__ Continue to apply for scholarships; see ScholarshipQuest for Nebraska-based awards.

__ Attend the Financial Aid Program at your school or in your area and register to win a $500 scholarship!
__ Register by December 29 for the January 24 SAT.
__ Register by January 9 for the February 7 ACT.

University of Chicago’s Neubauer No Barriers Scholarships

The Neubauer No Barriers Scholarships for International Students create opportunities for talented students from around the world to receive additional support from the University of Chicago. Non-US Citizens attending high school in the United States and undocumented students, who are typically ineligible for most forms of financial aid, will also be considered.

Outstanding students who share the Neubauers’ commitment to the Hispanic and Latino community will be considered for new scholarships, opportunities for summer research, and career enhancement. These benefits are in addition to the University’s comprehensive need-based aid, which meets 100% of our students’ demonstrated need through grants, instead of student loans. Admissions Counselors will be hosting bilingual information sessions around the country to help Spanish-speaking households navigate the college admissions and financial aid processes.

Talented high school students from Hispanic and Latino communities are encouraged to apply for full tuition scholarships to UChicago’s college preparatory summer session for high school students. Students who are selected will also attend programming focused on applying to selective schools, regardless of whether students intend to apply to UChicago. More information about these programs will be available in early 2015.

Please visit to learn more about these exciting programs.

Lincoln Community Foundation Scholarships

Lincoln Community Foundation Scholarship

The 2015 Lincoln Community Foundation Scholarships are now available to download at Students are reminded to attach only the first page of the FAFSA Student Aid Report, which contains the Expected Family Contribution for 2015-16 when a scholarship requires financial information. Submitting a 2014-15 report will result in automatic declination.

Deadline: March 31st, 2015