Nebraska Diversity Leadership Symposia

Below is information about the Nebraska Diversity Leadership Symposia this spring, sponsored by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and Union Pacific.

Nebraska Spring Black Leadership Symposium (for grades 9-11)
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Nebraska Spring Latinx Leadership Symposium (for grades 9-11)
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

By attending this event, students will be considered for the Emerging Leaders scholarship worth $2,000 per year (up to $8,000), if they meet the requirements.

The theme this year, #WeAreTheChange, is focused on meeting students wherever they are on their path. We know with support and guidance, every student possesses the power to do big things.

Great leaders are made, shaped and developed over time. At the 2020 Spring Diversity Leadership Symposia, students will discover the many ways Nebraska can provide all the tools they’ll need to establish a strong foundation for success, from learning how to apply to college to engaging with community members on trending issues. The difference you will make make starts by combining our strengths now to create change.

Additional details regarding these events and student nominations will be available soon.

Online Course Selection

It is that time of year again when you can select your courses for the 2020-21 school year. You will need your computer or Chromebook to complete the selection of courses.

The window for the Online Course Selection process for the 2020-2021 school year will begin on January 7, 2020, and will be accessible to students through February 9, 2020. The online course selection process should be completed using the Synergy StudentVUE or ParentVUE.

Students and families are reminded that this selection of courses does not mean that all will be scheduled into their 2020-2021 class schedule. There may be schedule conflicts, classes that don’t end up being offered due to low interest, or prerequisites that haven’t been met. These requests create an inventory of courses that will determine how the master schedule is built to accommodate the highest percentage of classes possible. Course selection does ensure that students have the opportunity to select the coursework that will best meet their needs and that we can plan our staffing resources for these courses.

Course menus, selection guidelines, and instructions can be found on our school’s website: https://lsw.lps.org/.

Help sessions will be held during PLC time on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, January 14th
  • Tuesday, January 21st
  • Tuesday, January 28th

Lincoln Community Foundation Scholarships

The Lincoln Community Foundation is pleased to announce that its Scholarship Season opens December 16!  Applicants may now access the online application form for the Spring 2020 scholarship awards!

Please use the following link to access the Foundation’s scholarship section:  https://lcf.academicworks.com/ 

The Lincoln Community Foundation administers more than 80 different scholarship funds–many of which are for students who live outside of Lincoln/Lancaster County!  We encourage all Nebraska Students to visit the link to research their eligibility.  In 2020, over $447,000.00 will be awarded to more than 250 recipients.

Using the link above, students will click Sign Up and create an account on the Blackbaud Award Management platform by supplying their e-mail address as their username and a password.  Next, they receive an e-mail asking them to confirm their account.  When they do this, they have access to current scholarship information and the online application form.  NOTE* Students should NOT attempt to create an account on the Lincoln Community Foundation website www.lcf.org by clicking the “My LCF Login” button.

Based on information provided in the application, when students complete and submit the form, they are automatically applied to Scholarships for which they are fully eligible.  These are “Auto-Match” scholarships, so they will not be applying directly to each one.  After submitting the application form, students will see these submitted applications on their account’s “My Opportunities” Tab.  A transcript and first page of the FAFSA report with the EFC (Expected Family Contribution) are required for all applications.

There are also Scholarships which require additional information beyond the transcript and FAFSA first page.  These are not “Auto – Match.”  They are labeled “Apply-To Opportunities” and can be seen on the account’s “Recommended Opportunities” tab after the application form is submitted.  Please read the information and criteria carefully to determine if you are eligible for these “Apply – To” scholarships.  “Recommended” does not mean that you are necessarily eligible.  To apply, students must click on these individually to finish and submit.  These opportunities may require references, answers to additional questions, special essays or other documentation.  When you click on the “Apply To” button of an opportunity you will see additional fields to answer questions, upload documents and fill in the names and addresses of your references.  References will automatically receive a link to write a letter of reference directly within the system.

The application deadline for most scholarships is March 15, 2020. 

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies’ Summer Program

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies will offer summer programs across a wide variety of disciplines—including arts, business, humanities, math, science, and more—allowing highly motivated students to investigate advanced topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Participants engage in small classes with brilliant instructors and peers who share their passions.

Deadlines for most of the summer programs are in February, with some early round deadlines in January. Admission is selective. Limited financial aid is available.

  • Stanford Summer Humanities Institute brings students in grades 10 and 11 together to explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities. Seminars are led by distinguished Stanford professors during this three-week residential program.
  • Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes allows students currently in grades 8–11 to apply to a single-subject intensive course selected from a wide range of disciplines, and benefit from small class size and academically themed residences.
  • Stanford AI4ALL invites students in 9th grade to apply to this three-week residential summer program. Participants learn about topics in AI, partake in ongoing research at Stanford, and receive mentorship from professors, graduate students, and industry professionals. Young women and students from underrepresented and/or low-income backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) students participate in a highly-selective program centered around lectures, guided research, and group problem-solving in advanced math topics. This four-week program is intended for an elite group of talented students in grades 10 and 11.
  • Stanford Pre-Collegiate University-Level Online Math and Physics offers 13 courses throughout the year, including a summer term for high school students, grades 9–12. Students earn Stanford University Continuing Studies credit.

For more info, click here.

 

2020-2021 Nebraska Poultry Education Scholarship

Nebraska residents, those attending school in Nebraska, or those interested in a career in poultry-based in Nebraska are encouraged to apply for the 2020-2021 Nebraska Poultry Education Scholarship.

A total of four $1,000 scholarships may be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. The four scholarships are awarded based on college credit hours completed (0-26 Freshman, 27-52 Sophomore, 53-88 Junior, 89 or more Senior). Read and follow the instructions carefully prior to submitting your application. All winners will be notified no later than February 1, 2020.

If awarded, the scholarship will be awarded directly to the educational institution. Applicants and winners are encouraged to apply each year and can be awarded the scholarship multiple times but not totaling more than $1,000 per academic year. Winners are required to attend the Nebraska Poultry Industries Annual Banquet to be presented the scholarship on February 19, 2020, in Columbus, NE. Non-traditional students are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline – January 1, 2020

If you are not an eligible student, we encourage you to forward this email along to any high school seniors or current college students in your network that are pursuing a career in the poultry industry. To access the application, click here.

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.

Registration