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

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

Nancy Ganser and Diana Pasco Scholarship

The Nancy Ganser and Diana Pasco scholarship provides one Lincoln Public Schools graduating senior, $1,000 towards post-secondary education (student must have been a Food Bank BackPack Program recipient in elementary or middle school***). The student must be on schedule to graduate in spring of 2020 and ready to use the scholarship funds in the fall of 2020. Funds will be sent directly to the institution after the student is enrolled and verification of enrollment has been confirmed by the Food Bank of Lincoln. For additional information or questions, please contact the Southeast counseling department or Alynn Sampson at the Food Bank of Lincoln. (asampson@lincolnfoodbank.org, 402-904-6550 ext 101)

Scholarship is due by March 31st, 2020 and mailed to:

Food Bank of Lincoln

Attn: Alynn Sampson

4840 Doris Bair Circle Suite A

Lincoln, NE 68504

***BackPack Program provides food-filled backpacks each Friday throughout the school year.  If you received these bags in elementary or middle school, you are encouraged to apply for this scholarship.  BackPack Program primarily serves students who are on or qualify for Free/Reduced lunch. If you did not receive a food filled back during elementary or middle school, you are not eligible to apply.

The scholarship winner will be chosen by a committee comprised of Food Bank of Lincoln supporters and staff members. The winner will be selected based on how well the applicant conveys the impact the BackPack Program had on his or her family and how the scholarship will help the student.

Come 2 Iowa Senior Scholarship

Iowa Student Loan offers five $1,000 scholarships for college attendance in Iowa through the Come 2 Iowa Senior Scholarship. To be eligible, students must be current high school seniors from Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin who are going to attend an Iowa college in fall 2020.

There are no requirements for minimum GPA or class rank, financial need, intended major or purchase.

To qualify, students must:

-Register at www.IowaStudentLoan.org/IowaBound between Jan.15 and May 15, 2020.
-Meet the eligibility requirements and other conditions listed in the scholarship rules found here: https://register.iowastudentloan.org/seniorscholarship/Rules-C2IA.aspx

Kansas State University January Updates

A Chance for Scholarships:

The K-State Scholarship Network (KSN) is available for students to apply for additional awards at the university! By submitting your general application for the KSN, students will be considered for academic college, departmental, and University Foundation awards. Students will be notified later in the semester on additional scholarship award offerings. To apply you can visit http://www.k-state.edu/sfa/aid/scholarships/ksn/ and log in with your EID and password! Don’t forget the deadline for KSN applications is February 15th!

Spring Events for Students on Campus

Discover K-State Days are great for any high school students that have not been admitted to K-State. Whether you are just beginning your college search or are wanting to narrow down your academic major, it is a way for students to connect with two different academic colleges, learn more about maximizing your scholarship opportunities, get a walking tour of campus, hear from a student panel and so much more! Admitted Wildcat Days are for those seniors who have been admitted to K-State! You will get to meet with your academic area, connect with representatives from Housing and Dining, Honors Program, Undergraduate Research, Financial Aid, and more! Both will have optional breakout sessions to dive deeper into your interests. More details about these event can be found at http://www.k-state.edu/admissions/visit/events

Orientation & Enrollment

Students who are ready to select an Orientation and Enrollment date will be able to do so in late February. This one-day on-campus event is required for all incoming freshmen, but students are encouraged to sign up for the extended Orientation program, Wildcat Warm-Up! It is a great way for students to spend the weekend with K-State, spending the night in the residence halls, eating in the dining centers, perfecting your Wabash, and meeting current students at the university! For more information, please visit http://www.k-state.edu/admissions/orientation

Iowa Western Scholarship Information

If you are planning to attend Iowa Western in 2020-2021, their scholarship application is now open! You will need to apply and be accepted to Iowa Western before you can complete the application – you will need your 7-digit IWCC student ID number to create an account.

Deadlines for the 2020-2021 academic year:

Presidential Scholarship (Applicants must be freshmen, enrolling directly from high school, and have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher. In addition to the application, each applicant must submit two original reference letters supporting the scholarship qualifications):

· March 15th by midnight CST

Foundation Scholarships:

· April 22nd by midnight CST for full-year awards (fall/spring)

· November 15th by midnight CST for spring-only awards

Click here for the online application https://iwcc.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com/CMXAdmin/Cmx_Content.aspx?cpId=869

Smithfield Foods Scholarship

Smithfield Foods began partnering with UNL in 2016 to support students with generous scholarships. In the first year, they identified 11 qualified students for $5,000 scholarships and the program has now grown to over 70 for scholarships that are now up to $7,500. Outside of Smithfield headquarters in Virginia, they have quickly become one of the most successful programs across the country. To apply for this scholarship:

· Students must file the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov and the UNL priority date is April 1st.

· The application deadline for the Smithfield Scholars fund is now May 15th (although, April 1st would be recommended to maximize other opportunities at UNL).

· Incoming freshmen who have been admitted can apply for this scholarship through MyRED under the Financial Aid tab

If you have questions about the Smithfield Scholars Fund you can contact Deb Augustyn, Assistant Director of Scholarships and Financial Aid at deb.augustyn@unl.edu.

Additional information and updates:

· Smithfield Fund educational scholarships are available to dependent children and grandchildren of full-time and retired employees

· Employees must have worked with the company a minimum of 18 months for their dependent child or grandchild to be eligible

· Recipients must maintain a 2.5 GPA to remain eligible and must reapply for the scholarship each year (we reach out to each recipient to reapply)

· Recipients must submit a note each year describing their educational achievements and goals (through an efficient electronic thank you note system)