Leadership Opportunities for LSW Students

Below is a list of leadership opportunities for LSW students. If interested in any of these programs, please see Mr. Sederberg in the Counseling Center for more information about how to apply.

Cornhusker Girls State

Each summer approximately 25,000 young women participate in Girls State sessions across the nation. At Girls State, the delegates study local, county, and state government. The girls do this by setting up their own miniature city, county, and state governments and administer them according to the rules and procedures set by Nebraska’s laws.

After arriving at Cornhusker Girls State, the citizens are divided into 8 towns named after the Presidents of the United States. The citizens are also divided into two political parties — the Federalists and the Nationalists. These parties do not reflect the two major political parties in today’s system of government. The parties allow citizens to gain knowledge of how a two-party system operates.

Girls State citizens participate in these mock political parties and elections are held to fill city, county, and state positions. Other activities include legislative sessions, campaigning, party rallies, mock trials, and debating. The citizens also receive instruction in Parliamentary Procedure.

Details: Girls who have completed their junior year of high school may apply.  Applications are open towards the beginning of 3rd term.  The cost of participating in this program is normally covered by the American Legion.  For more information visit: http://girlsstate.net/nebraska/wp/

Cornhusker Boys State

Boys’ State purports “to educate our youth in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.”  It is wholly a plan for training in the practical aspects of government.  It is functional in that applications of the principles of democratic government are made in every possible way.  Boys’ State should be thought of as being a mythical 51st state with a constitution, statutes and ordinances constructed by the citizens to govern themselves.

Citizens of Boys’ State not only will be required to review knowledge already acquired concerning the political machinery of a commonwealth, but they will find themselves performing exactly the same functions as real officeholders in the everyday world. In Boys’ State, citizens organize their own city, county and state governments.  They choose their own officials in accordance with regulation election procedures.  They learn the duties of the various city, county and state offices.  They introduce and argue their own bills in a legislature. Justice is administered by their own law enforcement agencies and courts.  In Boys’ State, the young citizen has the opportunity to learn for himself that his government is just what he makes it.  Here each boy “learns to do by doing.”

Details: Boys who have completed their junior year of high school may apply.  Applications are open towards the beginning of 3rd term.  The cost of this program is normally covered by the American Legion.  For more information visit: https://cornhuskerboysstate.org/home/

Youth Leadership Lincoln

Participants in this program are high school sophomores. They spend one day a month together discovering there are others like them outside their geographic bubble who live in other parts of the city and county. They grow to understand how our city, county and state function, they gain a deeper understanding of businesses in Lincoln and they broaden their understanding of Lincoln’s nonprofit sector as well.

The Youth cohort is interactive and hands-on helping the participants develop leadership and team participation skills. They have the opportunity to meet with community leaders from across Lincoln and learn how they can help maintain the quality of life we enjoy.

Participants in our youth program come from schools throughout Lancaster county and begin their year together with a retreat that helps them begin to develop leadership skills, form teams and understand group dynamics. Each month during the year they’ll learn about community visions, business, government, human services, and health.

Details: All freshmen who would like to participate in the program during their sophomore years may apply.  If selected to participate, tuition is $350 to take part in the program.  For more information visit: https://www.leadershiplincoln.org/programs/actioncenter/youth.html

Governor’s Youth Advisory Council

Being a responsible citizen doesn’t mean sitting back and letting other people make decisions for you. It means getting involved in shaping the character of our families, our schools, our communities and our state.

The Governor’s Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) is a body of young Nebraskans between the ages of 14 and 19 who are committed to being informed and taking a stand on the public issues that affect young people the most – education, finance, careers and employment, recreation, health, drug and alcohol abuse, foster care and more.

Details: Must be between 14 and 19 years old.  Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis as positions on the council become open.  For more information visit: https://www.projecteverlast.org/councils/gyac.html

Nebraska Leadership Seminar

Here at Nebraska Leadership Seminar, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all. NLS cultivates young leaders of Nebraska in an atmosphere of personal discovery and skills development. Our vision is to Challenge, Empower, and Inspire leaders through educational programs and networking guided towards life-long leadership and community involvement. Members of the Nebraska Leadership Seminar community will be known for their skills, dedication, and energy for societal betterment.  The Nebraska Leadership Seminar is normally held in June.

Details: High school sophomores may apply.  If selected to participate, tuition is $200 to take part in the program.  For more information visit: https://www.nebraskaleadership.org/

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminars

Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to provide lifelong leadership development opportunities that empower individuals to achieve their highest potential. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students.

HOBY programs provide youth selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences. Due to the selfless efforts of volunteers and the contributions of generous donors, nearly 9,000 students participate in HOBY programs annually.

HOBY Nebraska’s primary mission is to sponsor an outstanding leadership development conference for over 175 high school sophomores each summer. Additional programming is offered to high school freshmen and HOBY alumni throughout the year.  HOBY Nebraska was founded over 35 years ago, and has held seminars at multiple sites across the state.  Beginning in 2017, the seminar was moved to the campus of Concordia University in Seward, NE, where it remains today.  The Nebraska HOBY Leadership Seminar generally takes place the weekend following Memorial Day.

Details: High school sophomores may apply.  If selected to participate, tuition ranges from $225 to $425 to take part in the program.  For more information visit: https://hobynebraska.org/

Launch Leadership Workshops

Launch Leadership is a volunteer-powered nonprofit, passionate about empowering middle and high school students through experience-based leadership training. Our Volunteer Staff is comprised of college students, professional educators and professionals from other walks of life.

We facilitate various services throughout the year, including One-Day Workshops and Leadership Retreats that take place at local schools. We can also help program and run conventions for your group. In the summer, our Summer Leadership Workshop brings together more than 400 students for an action-packed week of fun activities and lifelong learning.

Everything we do is focused on helping students find out who they are and how they lead. Then, we challenge everyone to think about how they can apply what they’ve learned to the real world. The result is a community infused with thousands of motivated, focused, ambitious young leaders. And we’re just getting started.

Details: There are two summer workshops- one in June and one in July.  There are also programs held throughout the school year.  If selected to participate, tuition is $350 to take part in the program.  For more information visit: https://www.launchleadership.org/






Florida State University’s Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship

Florida State University’s newest school — the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship — will now become its newest college. The college, which offers three undergraduate majors (commercial, social and retail entrepreneurship), welcomed its first class of graduate students this fall in the new Master of Science degree program in Retail Entrepreneurship with a major in Textiles and Apparel Entrepreneurship. The addition of a graduate program allowed the school to begin the process of becoming a college. For more information about the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship, visit https://jimmorancollege.fsu.edu/.

University of Colorado – Colorado Springs PGA Golf Management Program

Do you have students who are passionate about the game of golf? Did you know they can make it their career? The University of Colorado Colorado Springs PGA Golf Management program is one of only eight programs in the world with PGA accreditation in an AACSB Accredited College of Business. That means the degree is exclusive, providing the tools and support for a successful career in the golf industry as a PGA Golf Professional.

In this program, students will learn all about the business aspects of the golf industry as well as how to teach the game, all while earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business. This all leads to 100% job placement in the industry! And they will certainly play a lot of golf while in the Program! Colorado has 300 days of sunshine each year, but if it happens to be one of those 65 days, students still have full access to our state-of-the-art indoor swing lab.

Students train to become PGA mamembers and gain 16 months of internship experience to prepare them for graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.

More info is available at the website (www.uccs.edu/pgm) for more information. Students interested in the Program are invited to schedule a visit by using the contact info below:

UCCS PGA Golf Management Program

E: pgm@uccs.edu                           P: (719) 255-3923


Return on Investment for Colleges & Universities

Georgetown University’s  Center on Education and the Workforce recently released  a report using data from the expanded College Scorecard to rank 4,500 colleges and universities by return on investment. A First Try at ROI: Ranking 4,500 Colleges finds that bachelor’s degrees from private colleges, on average, have higher returns on investment than degrees from public colleges 40 years after enrollment. Community colleges and many certificate programs have the highest returns in the short term, 10 years after enrollment, though returns from bachelor’s degrees eventually overtake those of most two-year credentials.

Public colleges, where tuition is lower and students accumulate less debt, lead to better returns than private colleges at the 10-year horizon. In the long term, however, degrees from private nonprofit colleges provide the best returns, even though students take out twice as much in loans on average. A graduate of a public college has an average net economic gain of $765,000, compared to $838,000 for a graduate of a private college.

To view colleges and universities of interest to you, please access the interactive table available by clicking here.

Kids’ Chance of Nebraska

Kids’ Chance of Nebraska is a non-profit organization that is proud to provide post-secondary and trade school scholarships to the children of Nebraska workers who have been severely or fatally injured in an employment related accident. The children of these workers often lose opportunities for secondary education and our aim is to raise funds for these children to pursue their education, reach their goals and fulfill their dreams for the future. For more information, please click here.

University of Alabama’s Merit-Based Scholarships

Students who wish to be considered for merit-based scholarships offered by the University of Alabama must submit all application materials by December 15. The last standardized tests we will accept for automatic scholarship consideration are the February ACT and SAT

Those students who apply in December and are admitted by December 15th who wish to be considered for other competitive scholarships at UA must also submit the supplemental scholarship application no later than January 1st. Students admitted after December 15th will still be eligible for automatic merit scholarships.

Transcripts containing 7th semester grades will be considered if the student is eligible for an automatic merit scholarship or can be upgraded from a previous award they received upon admission with a higher GPA.

Step-by-step instructions for the scholarship application can be found here.

Final scholarship offers will be mailed to recipients in March. For complete information about The University of Alabama’s academic scholarship offerings, please click here.

Drake University: National Alumni Scholarship

The National Alumni Scholarship awards two full ride scholarships and three full tuition scholarships to Drake University each year. In addition, any student who meets all qualifications and participates in one of the two National Alumni Scholarship Days will receive a $3,000 Trustee scholarship, which is renewable for four years of undergraduate study. (In other words, it’s a really nice $12,000 participation award!)

To qualify, students must meet these minimum requirements:  

  • Have one of the following minimum test scores:
    •     ACT composite score of 31 (without writing)
    •     SAT math and critical reading combined score of 1390  (exams taken March 2016 or later)
  • Rank in the top 5 percent of their class AND/OR have a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or above on a 4.0 scale (a weighted grade point average on a 4.0 scale is considered)
  • Submit the National Alumni Scholarship application no later than 11:59 p.m. December 1, 2019
  • Either be admitted to Drake University or submit a complete Drake University application for admission (and all required application documents)  by December 1, 2019. Applicants must apply through standard path admission.

Students that meet the above qualifications and submit their scholarship application by the December 1 deadline will be invited to attend one of two National Alumni Scholarship Days in February to compete for our top awards. Your students can find all the details about the scholarship qualifications, as well as the application, at www.drake/edu/nas.

EducationQuest’s FAFSA Assistance

Seniors who have not yet completed the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are reminded that it’s not too late.  Students have access to many free resources from EducationQuest to help them and their parents.

  • Our FAFSA Demo explains the 6 parts of the form.
  • Additional FAFSA Tools are available on our website.
  • For free one-on-one help, families can call EducationQuest to make an appointment:
    • Omaha – 888.357.6300
    • Lincoln – 800.303.3745
    • Kearney – 800.666.3721
    • Scottsbluff – 800.303.3745, ext. 6654