Draw Your Dreams Scholarship Contest

The 2016 “Draw Your Dreams” scholarship contest details are available from Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plan, known as NEST.

Use your artistic skills to create a 9” X 12” landscape drawing of what you dream of becoming when you grow up.  Students in kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible. The Nebraska Art Teachers Association will select 12 winners (from the first 400 entries received) who will receive $1,000 each. Submit entries August 5-September 30, 2016. The contest is sponsored by the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust. Contact the State Treasurer’s office – College Savings with any questions.


ACT Test Accessibility & Accommodations Systems

Students who apply for accommodations on the ACT test due to diagnosed disabilities will soon benefit from a new system that will simplify and speed up the application process. ACT’s new Test Accessibility and Accommodations System that will debut next month. The new system will streamline the process, providing a faster and more user-friendly experience for students who apply for accommodations on the college readiness test.
The improved benefits of the new system will include the following:
  • Initial online registration
  • A single online request form to complete
  • An updated procedure that eliminates unnecessary documentation
  • Greater transparency, allowing the school to follow the progress of the application online
With the new system, students who apply for accommodations on the ACT will be able to register online first and then work with a school official to request accommodations. As they complete the online request form, school officials will be prompted to provide only the documentation needed for the student’s particular diagnosis, eliminating the need to send unnecessary support materials.
ACT officials believe the changes will speed up the application process considerably, getting decisions to students approximately 10 days sooner, on average, than what is currently possible. The new system was successfully piloted in state testing programs where the ACT is administered to all students. Approximately 200,000 students applied for accommodations on the ACT during the 2015–2016 school year, a 13 percent increase from the year before. Students who apply for accommodations represent 3.5 percent of all students who register for the test.
Accommodations provided by ACT to qualified students with a documented disability include extra time, large print and alternate test formats such as Braille, reader, DVD and scribe.


Cornell University Admissions Updates

New important items from Cornell University’s Admissions Office includes: 1) New SAT policy information for Cornell, 2) Cornell’s new College of Business, and 3) the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success.

With the introduction of the new SAT, we have developed two new websites that will be useful to students in regards to how changes to the test affect Cornell’s SAT policy: http://admissions.cornell.edu/apply/new-sat-and-changes-admissions-policy and https://admissions.cornell.edu/standardized-testing-requirements.

The new College of Business at Cornell comprises the university’s three exceptional, accredited business schools: the School of Hotel Administration (SHA), the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management (Dyson), and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management (Johnson). The College of Business brings together the excellence and breadth of Cornell’s leading undergraduate, graduate, and professional business programs to create a more collaborative and comprehensive business management program, while preserving the individual excellence of the three schools. The new college will launch during the upcoming 2016-17 academic year. Students who want to study business can use the Common Application or the Universal College Application to apply to Cornell, choosing from the following options:Business – School of Hotel Administration (Major: Hotel Administration)

  • Business – Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management (Major: Applied Economics and Management)
  • Agriculture and Life Sciences – Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management (Major: Applied Economics and Management)

Note that the Applied Economics and Management major is the same program regardless of whether you select the College of Business or the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. You can learn more about the College of Business at: http://admissions.cornell.edu/learn/academics/preparing-business-world.

Cornell University is a member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success and it will have a landing page and university profile available on the Coalition Application website this summer. We will begin utilizing the Coalition Application feature beginning with the Class of 2022 (2017-2018 admissions cycle). For the upcoming year, Cornell will continue to use the Common Application and the Universal College Application. You and your students can learn more about the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success at: http://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/.

Columbia University Admissions Updates

This year, Columbia will accept both the Common Application and the Coalition Application for admission. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions:

  • Columbia does not have a preference for one application over the other; it will apply the same holistic review process to evaluate candidates regardless of which application they submit. Students should submit only one complete application, including supporting materials.
  • Columbia will not have access to the contents of a student’s virtual locker in the Coalition Application. Students who are applying to Columbia using the Coalition application will need to indicate which required documents (such as transcripts and recommendation letters) stored in the Locker should be sent to Columbia.
  • We encourage you to explore the Coalition Application’s website for more information and resources, and to join their mailing list if you wish to receive updates about the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success.

You are encouraged to explore Columbia University’s website for more information about the application deadlines and admissions process, as well as its new standardized testing requirements.


ACE Scholarship

August 1 is the first day students can submit ACE Scholarship applications for the 2016 fall term for all eligibility criteria except the Career Program of Study – those applications may start being submitted October 15.  Please be aware of the required documentation students must submit with the application to be considered for the scholarship:

  • Free/Reduced Price Lunches – student must be approved for the 2016-17 school year; submitted documentation must have somewhere on it that the approval is for the 2016-17 year.
  • SNAP/WIC/TANF – must be from the agency approving the benefit and may not expire prior to the day the application is reviewed
  • SSI – documentation from the Social Security Administration which states a family member has been approved for this benefit
  • Career Program of Study – copy of parent’s 2015 1040 tax form to verify income guideline, and a letter from a school official verifying the program/course meets the requirements in statute
  • Other Extreme Hardship – copy of parent’s 2015 1040 tax form, copy of parent’s most recent paystubs, letter explaining hardship;  other documentation verifying hardship may also be provided if the applicant so desires

Please make sure prior to approving an application that the correct documentation is attached.  Failure to include the proper documentation will result in the application being returned which will mean a delay in reviewing/awarding.

As a reminder, due to the growth of the program, scholarships will be awarded on a limited basis to two courses to eligible students. For more information and to apply, visit https://ccpe.nebraska.gov/ACE

Free Test Prep Workshops for Wesleyan Honors Academy students

Test prep workshops are free to High School students enrolled in Wesleyan Honors Academy Classes. To reserve your spot or for additional details please contact Carrie Holloway at chollowa@nebrwesleyan.edu or 402-465-2218.

Fall John Baylor Test Prep Workshops

  • Saturday, August 27, 2016 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Olin Lecture Hall B Nebraska Wesleyan Lincoln Campus
  • Saturday, October 15, 2016 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Olin Lecture Hall B Nebraska Wesleyan Lincoln Campus
  • Saturday, December 3, 2016 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Olin Lecture Hall B Nebraska Wesleyan Lincoln Campus
  • Additional Workshops will be offered in the spring

Landmark College Scholarships

Landmark College helps students discover their own “best way” to learn and achieve their goals. For over 30 years, faculty have been transforming the lives of bright, motivated students who learn differently. It offers baccalaureate degrees in computer science, studio art, and liberal studies, as well as associate degrees in such fields as business and life sciences. There is still time to apply for Fall 2016. Generous scholarships are available. To learn more about what a Landmark College education can do for students, watch the highlights of our May 2015 graduation ceremony, where proud graduates have the chance to tell their own stories.

Do you have questions? Contact us at 802-387-6718 or admissions@landmark.edu. Admissions counselors will be glad to tell you more—and to link you to a student who can talk about the distinctly unique LC experience.

To apply online, visit our website at  http://www.landmark.edu/admissions/apply-now/

Wendy’s Heisman Scholarship

Wendy’s is looking for graduating seniors like 2015 National Winner Taylor Campos, a cross country and track and field star who pushes herself to excel on a daily basis and who never settles for less than perfection. Applying for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program is your chance to gain local, state, and even national recognition for all that you’ve put into your high school career. If you’ve maintained at least a B average, participate in at least one school-sponsored sport, are a leader in your community and role model at your school, then you’ve got what it takes to be a Wendy’s High School Heisman. To learn more and download an application, please visit https://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com/application/

Deadline: October 3, 2016

Volunteers Needed for 5th Annual Tabitha Carnival

What: 5th Annual Tabitha Carnival – Check out last’s year’s event here: https://youtu.be/yWPbnqvWdA0
When: Sunday, September 11, 2016 3-5pm – Grandparent’s Day
Where: Tabitha Health Care, 47th & J Street

How you can help:
Grab a few friends, co-workers and family members and put a smile on an elder’s face by “adopting” a game booth. What does that mean? We have 30 games for our elders and their families, and we need exceptional volunteers like you to help make them fun. There is no cost involved, just a commitment to help setup, PLAY, and breakdown your assigned booth. Simple right?

If your organization has a carnival game booth or marketing tchotchkes (prizes) that you would like to bring just let us know and we’ll work to make it happen.

Next steps:

1. Reply to Kelsie.Bonow@Tabitha.org confirming that you want to volunteer. 
2. Get your team together and share these details
3. Setup begins at 1:30pm teardown begins at 5pm

Last day to sign up: August 29, 2016

For additional info, please contact:

Kelsie Bonow
Volunteer Coordinator