Upcoming! LPS ACT Test Prep Workshop

Did you know Lincoln Public Schools offers high-quality, affordable workshops to help students prepare for the ACT test? The October 5th registration deadline for the next LPS ACT Workshop is approaching quickly! This workshop is timed specifically to support students who will be taking the December 12th test, but is open to any student interested in preparing for the ACT. Tuition for LPS ACT workshops is $125 (reduced tuition is available for students who qualify for free or reduced meals). Please visit the LPS ACT Test Prep website for more information or to register for an upcoming workshop.

*ALL 2020-2021 test prep sessions will be taught via synchronous Zoom instruction and will utilize Google Classroom. Students are expected to attend during scheduled class hours and have camera on to participate fully in class.*

Registration for the PSAT is now open!

The PSAT will be offered Saturday, October 17th at Lincoln Southwest.  Any junior or highly motivated sophomore that wants to take the PSAT  must register with Kathleen Clements in the counseling office.  Tickets go on sale September 28th and the deadline to register is Friday, October 9th or until all seats are full. The cost to take the test is $30 and is due at the time of registration (cash or check only).

For helpful hints and to take a practice test visit HERE.  

Juniors:  You must take the PSAT in your junior year in order to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Program by visiting their website HERE. This test will also help prepare you for the SAT and ACT.

Sophomores:  You may take the test as a practice, but your results will not be considered for the National Merit Scholarship Program.  If you choose to take the PSAT this year, it would be practice for next year as well as the ACT and SAT.  Limited spots are available for sophomores and registration will be based on a first come first serve basis.

 Questions: Reach out to your counselor through e-mail

The EducationQuest Virtual College Fair is Coming Soon!

The EducationQuest Virtual College Fair is September 27-30!

During these four days, students and their families can virtual visit college booths, chat with college representatives in real time, and watch live or recorded college-prep sessions. This event is free to attend, but you must register — visit the EducationQuest Virtual College Fair website for all the details and to register!

Here’s a sneak peek at the College-Prep Sessions this year! Live sessions will be held Sept. 27 and will be broadcast via Zoom.
3:00-4:00 p.m. – What It Takes to Get Admitted to College
4:00-5:00 p.m. – What Are You Going to Major In?
5:00-6:00 p.m. – The Campus Visit – Your Key to Finding the Right College
6:00-7:00 p.m. – How to Find and Earn Scholarships
7:00-8:00 p.m. – How to Pay for College

EducationQuest Foundation’s Virtual Financial Aid Program

You’re invited to EducationQuest Foundation’s Virtual Financial Aid Program. By attending, you’ll learn how to pay for college and will be eligible to register for a $500 scholarship!

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 16 at 6:30pm.

Register here to join the event.

As you participate in the presentation, you may want to reference these resources:

If you need help with college planning or the FAFSA, call EducationQuest to set up a free virtual appointment.

Other Resources

To stay on track to college, sign up for the Countdown2College email service and attend the EducationQuest Virtual College Fair September 27-30.

Scholarships for seniors!

Scholarship opps are starting to filter into counselor inboxes! See below for more info, and contact your counselor for any related questions!

Elks Lodge:

Introductory letter here; multiple opportunities available by completing one application, linked above! App deadline: 1/31/2021 @ 7p CST

Highlights from the organization:

  • Please note that the Lodge offers two renewable $1,000 scholarships to aspiring elementary and secondary teachers – we would like to receive more applications for these scholarships, so if you know of seniors headed in this direction, please suggest they apply. 
  • I also want to bring to your attention this year that the deadline for the Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship competition is November 15, 2020. This application is completed and submitted online. These scholarships are quite valuable, and the competition is very keen. In addition to a generous scholarship, winners also have the opportunity to travel for service projects throughout the U.S. An additional note – should any of your students advance past the first round, their counselor will be contacted to provide additional information. If you are contacted, please make your response a priority – deadlines are strict! These scholarship values range between $4,000 and $50,000 over the course of a 4-year degree. A Waverly High School student won a $20,000 scholarship in last year’s contest, proving it is possible for an outstanding Nebraska student to win one of these national prizes!

Horatio Alger Scholarship:

Eligibility requirements:

  • Household earnings of $55,000 or less.
  • GPA of 2.0
  • See education as a way to a better future. Commitment to pursuing a degree at an accredited institution.
  • Involvement in co-curricular and community activities
  • A United States citizen
  • Willing to complete an online application before October 25.

…and info from the organization:

This year more than 106 students nationally will receive Horatio Alger National Scholarships valued at $25,000 each. Recipients have exhibited integrity, academic promise, and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. National Scholarship recipients attend, as guests of the Association, the National Scholars Conference held annually in Washington, D.C. The Association has additional state and targeted scholarship programs in all states for high school seniors who will be attending college. One application for all of these scholarships.

Ruth Hill Elementary School PTA Scholarship

Current high school seniors who attended Hill Elementary school for at least 4 years may be eligible for one of two $500 scholarships toward college expenses. Access this scholarship application and many others on the ScholarshipQuest website (if you don’t see this scholarship in your list on ScholarshipQuest, be sure your profile lists Ruth Hill Elementary as one of your elementary schools!).

Selection is based on:
• Grade Point Average
• Work and Volunteer Experience
• Extracurricular activities during 9th-12th grade only

Scholarship Application Deadline: March 27, 2020

Cameron Scholarship

The Bryan Cameron Education Foundation awards four-year, full-tuition, merit-based undergraduate scholarships to exceptional high school students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, and community service. The Cameron Impact Scholar is unique among their high-achieving peers in their desire to make an impact on their communities and in the world at large. This Scholar aspires to contribute to positive forces for change and plans to tailor their education to that end.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE CLASS OF 2021. 

Early Application Deadline: May 22, 2020 at 12:00PM PT (NOON) 
Regular Application Deadline: September 11, 2020 12:00PM PT (NOON) 

The applicant must:

  • Prioritize academic excellence (maintaining a minimum cumulative unweighted 3.7 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent in their high school studies);
  • Be a citizen of the United States of America;
  • Be in the high school graduating Class of 2021, planning to enroll in a full-time course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year U.S. college or university for the full academic year following high school graduation;
  • Excel in a broad variety of extracurricular activities. This includes, but is not limited to: athletics, academic clubs, music lessons, performance art, and philanthropic organizations;
  • Be motivated leaders with a strong work ethic and social acumen. Scholars rise to the occasion and are both candid and confident;
  • Demonstrate active participation in community service and in civic-minded arenas, exhibiting an appreciation for the world outside themselves and a belief in their own capacity to effect change on scales both large and small

Submit by the Application Deadline*:

  • Online Application,
  • Two (2) required Letters of Recommendation** (these letters MUST be submitted prior to the Application Deadline for an Application to be considered complete), and
  • Transcript (unofficial is fine) certifying academic performance.

For more information please visit https://www.bryancameroneducationfoundation.org/home

Leonard F. Hartwig Scholarship

A $400 scholarship will be awarded to one Native American graduating senior who will be attending a 2 or 4 year college or university.

Applicants are required to complete the Lincoln Community Foundation Application Form online at https://lcf.academicworks.com and submit the form and all required attachments electronically. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on March 15th.

Application required attachments:

1. High school transcript(s) (copies of transcripts are acceptable).

2. Financial Information that shows Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number, which is on the first page of the applicant’s Student Aid Report (SAR).

3. A copy of your proof of enrollment form or membership card for Native American Tribes