True Potential Scholarship

The True Potential Scholarship focuses on creating opportunities for young immigrants who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) and Temporary Protective immigration status (TPS). These individuals are commonly known as ”Dreamers” and are not eligible to receive any public benefits, including federal financial aid and many scholarships. Because of the public funds restriction, True Potential uses 100% private donations and private institutional funds.

The idea for this scholarship was born out of experience. Ross & Karen Pesek, the founders of this program, were able to attend college because of the generosity of others. Ross attended Central Community College, Wayne State College and the University of Nebraska College of Law over seven years always in scholarships. Karen attended Central Community College and Wayne State College also with a scholarship. Ross and Karen often give thanks to the donors whose generosity allowed them to get their education and begin to fulfill their true potential.

Since starting Pesek Law, Ross and Karen have dedicated much of their efforts towards helping others in their community. They opened a free legal clinic in South Omaha at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where Ross gives free legal advice in Spanish every Monday night. He has met with over 2,500 people in eight years at the clinic. Ross has also announced immigration reforms to thousands at local churches and personally helped well over 300 people brought to this country as children obtain DACA. Finally, Ross has a thriving legal practice that is heavily influenced by Spanish speaking immigrants. Karen is the Director of Finance and Community Liaison of the firm and daily, both try to validate those individuals who gave them an opportunity by creating the scholarships that funded their education.

Since 2014, and thanks to the generosity of many donors, over 100 full one year scholarships have been awarded to approximately 75 unique individuals.

For more info about the True Potential Scholarship and to apply, visit www.truepotentialscholarship.org. The deadline is March 31st, 2020. If you have additional questions, please contact Karen Pesek (Program Cofounder and Director) at karen@peseklaw.com.

Missouri Western State University’s Esports Program

With the launch of varsity and club esports programs beginning Fall 2020, Missouri Western State University will bring new opportunities to students–opportunities to participate in esports at the collegiate level, make connections with other students, and prepare for careers in the multibillion-dollar esports industry, including shout casting, game development, marketing and more.

Missouri Western recently hired its first esports coach and will build a state-of-the-art esports arena in Blum Student Union over the summer. Hear more from Missouri Western President Matt Wilson about how we are paving the way for students to participate in these up-and-coming sports that have grown into a multibillion-dollar industry.

https://youtu.be/rEBvyRBBMQA

What is esports?

Esports is organized team-based, multiplayer competitive video gaming.  Competitions among collegiate teams and professionals can take place in arenas in front of large audiences and are streamed on the internet or broadcast on television.  To learn more go to https://www.missouriwestern.edu/esports/

Mourning Hope’s January Groups

Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group

Thursdays | January 9February 27 | 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Survivors of Suicide Loss Grief Support Group is for those who have experienced the suicide death of someone significant in their lives. Participants will take part in small groups divided by age. Register as an individual, or as a family… adults, teens and children (ages kindergarten and up) are welcome to attend.

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Family Grief Support Group

Tuesdays | January 14March 24 | 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Family Grief Support Group is for families with youth ages kindergarten through high school seniors who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives. Youth process grief experiences through discussion, art and dramatic play in a peer group setting. Caregivers attend a separate group that runs congruently to learn how to support a grieving child, as well as process their own grief.

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EducationQuest’s January College Planning Bulletin

In EducationQuest’s January College Planning Bulletin,  seniors are reminded to complete the following tasks if they have not already done so:

Juniors are encouraged to complete the steps listed below:

To read the January College Planning Bulletin, please click here.

Distinguished Young Women Scholarship

The Distinguished Young Women Scholarship specifically targets students with a performing arts background. For more information, click on the Handout link shown below.

Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Handout

Additionally, at the following link – http://distinguishedyw.org/scholarships/college-granted-scholarships/ you can find a complete list of all the tuition scholarship offerings which may help you target students with a specific college interest, as some of these scholarships are available simply for applying if the student meets the academic requirements listed.