UNL’s Next Chapter

Being successful in college starts with preparation now

Next Chapter at Nebraska is a college-readiness program that helps students prepare for and succeed in college by providing the skills students need to reach their academic goals.

The Next Chapter at Nebraska program:

  • Inspires youth to choose to continue their education after high school.
  • Promotes awareness of higher education options.
  • Develops college and career readiness skills.
  • Helps students pair their interests with career choices.
  • Encourages students to explore careers.
  • Develops important life skills, including social skills, stress management, self-discipline, self-motivation, and responsibility.
  • Is offered to students beginning in 8th grade.

The Next Chapter at Nebraska program is a partnership between Nebraska Extension, 4-H and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Office of Admissions.


Throughout high school, Next Chapter scholars will engage in events, activities and curriculum where they will participate in career exploration, develop research skills, and experience a variety of learning methods that will help them transition to and succeed in college.

Scholars who participate in Next Chapter at Nebraska will:

  • Be invited to a celebratory event at NEBRASKA with their families in the spring of their 8th grade year.
  • Be pre-admitted to NEBRASKA upon enrollment in the program starting in 8th grade.
  • Participate in college preparatory activities and curriculum throughout high school.
  • Be prepared for a successful transition to college.


Career exploration:

  • Identify career and academic goals
  • Meet with professionals in career areas
  • Job shadow opportunities

College Exploration

  • Best practices for completing college applications and essays
  • Develop portfolio to effectively communicate accomplishments
  • Complete college visits

Academic Strategies

  • Reading and note-taking
  • College research skills
  • Effective communication and public speaking

Skills development

  • Study and time-management
  • Best practices for self-motivation
  • Explore job application process, resume writing and interview skills

State-wide Celebration

We want to celebrate your early admittance by inviting you to save the date for a special state-wide celebration for Next Chapter members on April 25. A formal invitation will follow.

District Celebrations

District Celebrations will be hosted in the spring. Formal invitations will be sent by each district.


Monday, April 3
7:00–8:00 p.m.
Dodge County Extension Office
1206 W. 23rd St. Fremont, NE

Karna Dam

Tuesday, April 4
7:00–8:00 p.m.
Gage County Extension Office
1115 W. Scott, Beatrice, NE

Paul Hay

Common App for Juniors * Including 2017-18 Essay Prompts

High School Juniors: it’s never too early to start preparing for next year. Start exploring the today  You can create an account now and it will roll over to 2017-2018. The user name and password you use will remain the same.

CommonApp.org is pleased to share the 2017-2018 Common Application essay prompts with you . Working in close consultation with the counselors and admission officers on its advisory committees, Common App revised these prompts in a way that will help students see expanded opportunities for expressing themselves. Those revisions appear in italics. You will also notice two new prompts. The first asks students to share examples of their intellectual curiosity. The second is a return to inviting students to submit an essay on a topic of their choice, reframed to help students understand that they are welcome to draw inspiration from multiple sources, not just their own creativity.

The word limit on the essay will remain at 650.

The goal of these revisions is to help all applicants, regardless of background or access to counseling, see themselves and their stories within the prompts. They are designed to invite unencumbered discussions of character and community, identity, and aspiration. To this end, we will be creating new educational resources to help students both understand and approach the opportunities the essay presents for them.

2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]

4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma – anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]

5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]

6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]

Creative Center’s Spring Open House

Students who are interested in attending the Creative Center are invited to bring their families and friends to attend the school’s Spring Open House. Details are listed below:

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Address: 10850 Emmet Street, Omaha, NE 68164
(Northwest of 108th and Maple Streets)
RSVP: None required. Arrive anytime between 11 and 2!
Tours: About an hour.
Can’t make it? Call or email Rich in our admissions office and set up a personal tour at 888-898-1789 x216 or rich_c@creativecenter.edu.
Need Directions? Reference the contact page of our website.

Seton Hall’s Sustainable Development Challenge

Seton Hall’s Sustainable Development Challenge is designed to engage high school students in thinking about the needs of society and the planet. Students are encouraged to be agents of change and embrace the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals of fighting inequality and injustice and tackling climate change by 2030.

Ten finalists will be selected in late March to present their ideas on Friday, April 21 at Seton Hall (in person or via Skype), and winning prizes will be as follows:

1st Place Winner: $2,500 cash prize, plus a $10,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($2,500 annually).
2nd Place Winner: $1,000 cash prize, plus a $6,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($1,500 annually).
All other finalists will receive a $4,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall University ($1,000 annually).

How to Enter
To enter, students must submit a 300-500 word statement addressing their thoughts and ideas about how they can be part of the solution and raise awareness or effect change related to one of the UN goals.

To learn more or submit an entry, visit shu.edu/go/UNchallenge.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

All high school sophomores, juniors and seniors

All students who submit an idea are invited to the presentations and will also be invited to a congratulatory reception on campus immediately following the event, where they will meet with Seton Hall faculty and community members who are experts in the fields of international affairs and sustainable development.


CollegeXpress.com Scholarships

CollegeXpress.com has collected some of its favorite (and easiest) awards with deadlines coming in the next few weeks and hope this can be a helpful resource for students and their families.
Upcoming scholarships
Scholarship: DNA Day Essay Contest
Due Date: March 10
Scholarship: Online Essay Contest
Due Date: March 28
Scholarship: Student View Scholarship
Due Date: April 20
Scholarship: Moolahspot Scholarship
Due Date: April 30
Scholarship: WyzAnt Scholarship
Due Date: June 1

CollegeXpress.com Scholarships

CollegeXpress.com announces the scholarships below are now available to students to apply for.

Upcoming scholarships


Scholarship: DNA Day Essay Contest
Due Date: March 10



Scholarship: Online Essay Contest
Due Date: March 28


Scholarship: Student View Scholarship
Due Date: April 20


Scholarship: Moolahspot Scholarship
Due Date: April 30



Scholarship: WyzAnt Scholarship
Due Date: June 1

Featured scholarships



ScholarshipGuidance.com Scholarships

The ScholarshipGuidance.com Programs below are accepting applications from students between February 19, 2017 and March 15, 2017.  Please read the application instructions on the website carefully before applying.

1. Richard Holland Memorial Scholarship – March 15, 2017 (1 Award – $10,000)

2. Simon Youth Community Scholarship – March 1, 2017 (42 Awards – $1,500)

3. Frame My Future Scholarship – March 1, 2017 (5 Awards – $1,000)

4. FCCLA Scholarships – March 1, 2017 (9 Awards – $1,000)

Featured Scholarships

5. VIP Scholarship – February 28, 2017 (1 Award – $5,000)

6. SP Scholarship – February 28, 2017 (10 Awards – $10,000)

7. YDI Scholarship – February 27, 2017 (1 Award – $1,000)

Disney Emoji: As Told By You Contest

Five grand prize winners will win a trip from May 21 through May 27, 2017 to Los Angeles, California where they will participate in a unique experience with Disney and Adobe! To enter, you must be a post-secondary school student who is 18 to 24 years old, and upload an emoji you’ve created that meets the following criteria:

  • The emoji should be a character’s face from a Disney feature film.
  • The emoji should express one of the following emotions: happiness, sadness, fear, excitement, or confusion.
  • The emoji should be a static, not animated image.

The contest is As Told by YOU so your entry must be your original artwork. Backgrounds, props, etc. may be included in the submission but are optional. See Official Rules & Contest Do’s and Don’ts below for additional details. Grand prize winners must be available to travel to Los Angeles from May 21 through May 27.

Click Here for Official Rules

Please follow these helpful tips:


  • Do protect yours and others’ privacy. Please don’t include any last names or other personal information in your Emoji/Submission.
  • Do depict a Disney character’s face in your Emoji. Your Emoji’s face must depict the face of a character from a Disney feature film produced by The Walt Disney Company or its affiliates, including the Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios.
  • Do be original. Feel free to put your own spin on the Disney character you are depicting and make sure what you create is original and doesn’t contain other third party materials protected by copyright or other intellectual property rights.
  • Do express one of the five (5) emotions. Your Emoji must express one of the five (5) following emotions: happiness, fear, sadness, excitement or confusion. Be sure the Title of you Submission includes your Emoji’s name and emotion.
  • Do read the terms. Please ensure you read the rest of these Official Rules in full. These “Do’s and Don’ts” are simply a handy reminder of some of the main things to remember when taking part in the Contest.
  • Have fun!


  • Don’t submit an exact copy of pre-existing Disney artwork. For example, do not submit a copy of an emoji from Disney’s “As Told By Emoji” videos or the Disney Emoji Blitz game.
  • Don’t show any brands or logos. Avoid visible/recognizable use of brands (other than Disney-branded items).
  • Don’t base your Emoji off of an inanimate object. (e.g., Cinderella’s slipper or the rose from Beauty and the Beast.) Your Emoji must depict a static image of a character from a Disney feature film.
  • Don’t include any text in your Emoji.
  • Don’t be rude or profane.
  • Do not show rude gestures or anything inappropriate.
  • Don’t submit an Emoji that is too big or in the wrong format.