Lincoln Area College Fair

Students and families are reminded to attend the Lincoln Area College Fair on Sunday, October 18th  at SCC’s Lincoln campus (8800 “O” Street) from 1 to 3 PM. Information about the event (including an updated list of registered college) is available at https://www.educationquest.org/events/lincoln-area-college-fair/.

Before attending the College Fair, students should register for a barcode at NebraskaCollegeFairs.org, print the barcode, and take it to the event so college reps can scan it to retrieve students’ demographic and academic information.

Apply2College

Seniors are reminded they can sign up through Wednesday, October 5th, to participate in the Apply2College event, which will be held in the Media Center Lab. To registerplease click on one of the following links:

 

Participating colleges include those listed below:

8:30 – 11:30 * Media Center Lab

  • Doane University * Tim Moulton
  • Chadron State College * Kristina Pajeda
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University * Staci Bell
  • University of Nebraska-Kearney * John Gibbs
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln * Ryan Hogan
  • Wayne State College * Nathan Sieler
  • EducationQuest * Anders Peterson

11:00 – 1:30 * Media Center Lab

  • Chadron State College * Kristina Pajeda
  • Midlands University * Bonnie Martin
  • Hastings College * Ashley Sterling
  • Peru State College * Jari Dunekacke (Arrives at 12:30)
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha * Samantha Kruse
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln * Ryan Hogan
  • EducationQuest * Anders Peterson

1:30 – 3:30 * Media Center Lab

  • Creighton University * Grad Student
  • Kansas University * Angie Bass
  • Peru State College * Jari Dunekacke
  • Southeast Community College * Pat Frakes
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln * Ryan Hogan
  • EducationQuest * Anders Peterson

Tips & Tricks for Writing Scholarship Essays

When writing winning scholarships, students need to be original, creative, and honest along with using correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Julie Petersen at College Week’s Live Blog recommends using the following 10 steps for writing effective scholarship essays:

  • Review guidelines
  • Perform research
  • Create an outline
  • Be confident, but humble
  • Grab reader’s attention with the first sentence
  • Use online resources
  • Demonstrate abilities and personality
  • Use simple, concise language
  • Review that every requirement is addressed in essay
  • Edit and proofread thoroughly

For more details about each of these steps, visit http://blog.collegeweeklive.com/how-to-write-your-winning-scholarship-essay/.

Smith College’s DACA Students

Undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students at Smith College will follow the procedures and requirements for first-year or transfer admission. They will be evaluated in the same way as U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. Undocumented and DACA students may apply under any admission plan, including Early Decision. Please remember, Smith meets 100% of the demonstrated need of all admitted students. Click here for more detailed information.

Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships

The Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships, funded by the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, recognize students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalysts for innovative models and solutions to eliminate hunger in America. Applicants must have demonstrated ongoing commitment to their community by performing unpaid volunteer services impacting hunger in the United States within the last 12 months. Additional consideration is given to students working to fight childhood hunger. Students between the ages of five and 25 are eligible to apply. The winners receive a $5,000 scholarship, as well as a $5,000 grant made in their name to the hunger-related charity of their choice in their local community. In addition, regional honorees receive a $1,000 grant made in their name to the hunger-related charity of their choice. Applications may be submitted online from October 5 through December 5, 2016. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the program http://us.stop-hunger.org/home/grants.html.

University of Nebraska-Engineering

The University of Nebraska’s College of Engineering has provided the following answers to common questions/topics.
  • To have guaranteed admission into the UNL College of Engineering on either the Lincoln or Omaha campus, a student must have 1 unit of chemistry, 1 unit of physics, and 4 years of math through pre-calculus/trigonometry as well as an ACT of 24 (or an SAT of 1110). If you have a student interested in engineering, please make sure they are taking the proper courses in order to ensure their admission into the college.
  • A listing of AP/IB courses that Nebraska Engineering accepts is available online at engineering.unl.edu. These courses can be used for a student’s engineering curriculum. If you have a student who is taking an AP/IB course NOT on the list, or a dual enrollment course, please contact the engineering recruitment office before the student enrolls.
  • Nebraska Engineering does offer additional scholarships to incoming engineering freshmen, based on academic merit and financial need. These scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis through a student’s admission application to either UNO or UNL and do not require any additional applications or documentation. This is NOT true for students interested in the Raikes School or the Scott Scholarship program. Both of these entities have scholarships available to engineering students but require additional application materials and have earlier deadlines. For information on the Raikes program, students can visit raikes.unl.edu and for the Scott Scholarship program, pki.nebraska.edu.

Presidential Platform Challenge

Students are asked to submit a type written platform of no more than 1,000 words. The entry will be judged on the student’s ability to articulate issues, suggest solutions, and argue for their position in a well organized fashion. A digital video of the student reading their presidential platform will also be required.

  • The entry will be judged on the student’s ability to articulate issues, suggest solutions, and argue for their position in a well organized fashion.
  • A digital video of the student reading their presidential platform will also be required.
  • Two finalists will participate in  ‘Presidential Debate’ . The debate will use a question and answer format with political writers from Nebraska newspapers asking the questions. The winner of the recorded debate will win an additional $1,000 scholarship.
Entries are due no later than midnight October 15, 2016

2016 FALL CodeCrush Experience!

Due to overwhelming demand, UNO is opening up a second yearly Immersion Experience! Get ready for more ways to boost computer science education in your schools.

CodeCrush is a FREE immersion experience for 8th and 9th grade girls designed to show them the world of information technology (IT). Part of the UNO College of Information Science and Technology Women in IT Initiative, this program program was created to help show girls all the cool and crush-worthy things you can do with IT. While the IT sector grows every day, there are too few skilled professionals to fill open positions and even fewer women.

When is CodeCrush?

November 9 – 12th.

What does it cost? 

Nothing! Meals, transportation around Omaha, lodging – it’s all free.

Who is eligible? 

Students must be in 8th or 9th grade at the beginning of the 2016 school year, have parent permission and be nominated by a teacher/counselor/administrator who will also accompany them to the immersion experience. More than one student may be nominated.

Application deadline

October 5, 2016

Check out more information here: codecrush.unomaha.edu

If you have questions, please  contact:

Amanda Rucker at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s College of Information Science and Technology * 402.554.2070 * arucker@unomaha.edu