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scholarship opportunities - 2016/17

Students planning to attend UNL and have a STEM related major can apply for the Robert W. Brightfelt Triangle Fraternity Scholarship. Several scholarships will be awarded. The top scholarship will be $2000. You can fill out an application at      Scholarship deadline is June 15.

The Nebraska School Counselor Association will award three $500 scholarship to Nebraska high school seniors based on an essay.  There is no GPA or test score requirement. You must plan to attend a college in Nebraska next year. The essay must illustrate how one particular counselor or counseling program has assisted you to plan/decide/grow in an area of your life. Essays are limited to 500 words and will be reviewed for content and grammar. Submission deadline is May 1. The application form and other information are available in the counseling center or online at  at the bottom of the home page

Millard United Sports will be awarding nine scholarships to alumni of the Kingswood, MAA, and MUS programs. You are eligible if you have a 3.0 GPA, played for three years in baseball, football, or wrestling. To apply go to their website:   You need to complete an essay, obtain two letters of recommendation, and submit your transcript. Information and an application are also available in the counseling center. Application needs to be received by May 1.


The Monsignor Andrew Meister Freshman Scholarship for Nebraska Catholic High School Students is for $2500 and students who plan to attend UNL and UNK are eligible to apply. Information on how to apply is available at

Application deadline is May 1. There is also information there on scholarships being offered by the Delta Tau Delta fraternity for incoming freshmen interested in Greek life.

 Donate Life Nebraska is offering one $1000 scholarship in memory of Michael Peters ’14. You must have a GPA of 2.5 and write a persuasive essay that will inspire and motivate the audience to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors. Essay topics and application information can be found at

Application deadline is April 15.

 The ICON Foundation Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for individuals who self-identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or as children of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered persons. At least one scholarship will be awarded in each category. Criteria: Community service and involvement, three letters of recommendation (one from a person who self-identifies as GLBT), financial need. Application deadline is May 15. Applications are available in the counseling center.

The Norden  Club Foundation awards $1000 scholarships to those who wish to pursue an educational experience or project pertaining to any of the five Scandinavian countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.  Classroom courses and study abroad would be included in this heading. Applications are due by May 1. See Fr. Tillman for an application.

 The Engineers Club of Omaha will award $500 scholarships to area seniors who plan to study engineering at a Nebraska College. Applications are available in the counseling center. Applications must be received by April 1.

 Students with at least a 3.0 GPA and who have been involved in community service activities and school activities are eligible to compete for a $500 Nebraska Community Service Award for males sponsored by the Miss Nebraska Scholarship Program. Application deadline is March 21.

The Engebretson Foundation scholarship is based on financial need, a GPA of at least 3.75, an ACT of 28, leadership potential, work experience, extracurricular activities, and community service. Applications with an EFC exceeding $10,000  will not be considered.  The scholarship is worth from $5000 - $10,000 based on tuition cost. To apply go to   Application deadline is March 1.

The Omaha Legal Professionals Association is offering  a $500 scholarship to students entering the legal profession or criminal justice field. GPA of 2.5 or higher is required. The deadline is March 17. Applications available in the counseling center.

 The Nebraska Legal Professionals Association is offering two scholarships of $1000 and $500 to students entering the legal profession, pre-law or criminal justice field. The deadline is March 31. Applications available in the counseling center.

 Anyone intending to major in Nursing in College in Nebraska with at least a 3.0 GPA is eligible for the $1200 Sertoma Club of Omaha Nursing Scholarship. Application deadline is April 1. Application information available in the counseling center. Basis of award is essay and volunteer and/or service work. No transcript or test scores are requested.

The Pink Bandana Scholarship will be awarded to students who have battled breast cancer or have watched a parent or sibling fight breast cancer. This scholarship is worth $1000 a year not to exceed $4000. Applications are available in the counseling center. Application must be received by April 1.

Johnny Baxter Carriage House Foundation is awarding a $1500 scholarship to someone wishing to attend a community college and pursue training for an automotive career.  Application deadline is Apr 7.  See Fr. Tillman for more information and an application.

Several students will be selected for a D.J.’s Hero Award worth $10,000. This scholarship recognizes those who have overcome challenges and shown a commitment to others and to the community.  Applicants must obtain a letter of nomination from someone familiar with their leadership as a positive role model, their commitment to others and the community, their courage to act independently, their enthusiasm for life, and their humility.  You must also write an essay. All entries must be postmarked by March 6. Test scores and grades are not a criterion. Applications available in the counseling center or at


 The Keystone Community Task Force is offering a scholarship to a senior who is going on to college who has lived in the Keystone area for the past five years. An emphasis will be placed on service that includes scouting, care giving, and community service. An additional scholarship may be awarded to a student who is going to a non-traditional college. Deadline is March 15. The boundaries for Keystone are 72nd to 90th street, Maple Street to Fort Street.  Scholarship application available in the counseling center.


 The McAleer/Pierce Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to one graduating senior with a permanent disability or who has a parent with a permanent disability. Financial need is a factor.  250-word essay required. March 1 is the deadline. Application available in the counseling center.


 MCSF scholarships are for children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen pursuing a post-secondary education at any accredited school—whether that be a career training, trade school, community college, or four-year university. We are a financial need scholarship and we award scholarships to every eligible applicant. Students can apply at  For programs longer than 12 months, our application is open from January 1 to March 1 each year. Click here for a digital brochure


 If you have ever been involved with Destination Imagination you might be able to apply for a scholarship with a March 1 deadline. More information available at

The Missouri Valley Professional Society offers scholarships to students with excellent academic performance, involvement in a variety of activities in school and in the community, and has demonstrated leadership abilities.  You must enroll in a Nebraska college. You should also have definite career goals. You will need to write an essay not to exceed 250 words on your most significant achievement. You must also have three people fill out recommendation forms. Application deadline is April 15. Application is available in the counseling center or contact Fr. Tillman to email it to you.

Kids Chance of Nebraska offers scholarships to residents of the state of Nebraska who have a custodial parent, step-parent or legal guardian who has been killed or sustained injuries in a work-related accident that has been documented and accepted as compensable by the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court. Scholarship deadline is April 15. Contact Fr. Tillman to email you the application.

Preventing Childhood Obesity Community Scholarships are for seniors in the Omaha Metro area pursuing a career related to health or wellness (nurse, dietitian, health teacher, physical therapist)  with an exclusive or significant focus on children or adolescents. You must submit a personal  essay regarding how you will make a difference in the fight against childhood obesity through your college education and future career. You must also submit a letter of support from and adult who can advocate for you commitment to a career in health and wellness. Five scholarships will be awarded. Scholarships are renewable. You can apply online at   Applications are due Friday, March 10 at 5:00 p.m.  Scholarships are renewable.

The Better Business Bureau is awarding three $2000 Scott Mecham Student of Integrity Awards to high school juniors or seniors who reside in Metro Omaha or Southwest Iowa. These scholarships are not based on ethnicity, financial need, or GPA. They are awarded to students who exemplify ethical behavior and personal integrity and who demonstrate humility, courage, compassion, and respect for their peers, teachers, and community. The essay you write is a big factor in the selection process. The application can be downloaded at    Application deadline is March 10.

The Theatre Arts Guild of Omaha will be awarding two scholarships of $1000. You are eligible if you plan to study acting, dance, voice, direction, design, broadcasting, theatre management, or technical theatre in college or at an approved school of drama.  Scholarship application deadline is February 1. Visit the scholarship page on the TAG website for application materials:  

The Eastern Nebraska/Western Iowa Car Council will award four $300 scholarships to areas students planning to enroll in an automotive technology program or study for the automotive industry. Applications are available in the counseling center. Application deadline is April 15.

Nebraska State Historical Society Scholarship. Write an original 1-2 page essay based on your interview with a WWII veteran or his/her immediate family member regarding the significance of WWII events to them or their community. Write a cover letter to tell the committee about yourself, your family and your goals, and your plans to further your education and your family who served in WWII or the US Military. 2-page maximum.  Provide a Resume and two reference letters--one from a teacher and one from someone other than a relative. Submit to Fr. Tillman by January 27. There will be four $1000 winners selected in Nebraska and four $250 winners. You must have a GPA of at least 3.75.

The Westside Kiwanis Club awards scholarships of $500 - $1000 to seniors based on past community service, financial need, and grades. Application deadline is March 3. An application can be picked up in the counseling center.

 If you have applied to a Catholic College and still considering attending a Catholic College you can apply for The National CCAA Scholarship. It is a one-time, $1,000 award.  There is no GPA or test score requirement. The application is brief and will take students a few minutes to complete.  The deadline to apply is March 1, 2017  and award recipients will be selected in mid to late March.  Further details regarding the scholarship and application procedures can be found by clicking here

 The Nebraska Coaches Association will give eight awards sponsored by the Country Inns and Suites to scholar/athletes. You must have at least a 3.75 GPA, participate in 2 sports for 2 years each, earned a varsity letter in two sports, and have at least a 24 ACT.  Applications are available at  or in the counseling center.    April 14 is the deadline for the receipt of applications in Lincoln.

 The Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling will award one Nebraska student a $1000 scholarship. Your highest ACT score must be between 21-28 and you must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. An essay of no more than 500 words is required. For an application go to     Application deadline is March 1.

The Paul Max scholarship for service is awarded by the Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling. If you have done lots of service hours since August 1, 2014 and your service has impacted you and your leadership perspective and you have a GPA between 2.75 and 3.5 you are eligible for this scholarship. The application is available at   The application deadline is March 1.

The Nebraska Press Association will be awarding $2000 scholarships to graduating seniors planning to enroll in a college program in Nebraska  leading to a career in print journalism. The application must be postmarked by February 17. Applications are available in the counseling center and online at  (scroll down midpage under NPA NEWS.

Two Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska Foundation Memorial Scholarships are available for $1000 each. Basis of selection is scholastic application, participation and leadership in school, community activities, and your educational goals. You must plan to major in business. Applications must be postmarked by March 1. Applications are available in the counseling center.

Sanford Health Network is offering a $2500 scholarship for high school students who develop a plan to attract more students into health careers in rural settings. You can do this as an individual or as part of a group. February 1 is the submission deadline. Email your submission to   Contact Fr. Tillman for more information.

The Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers will award two $1500 scholarship to applicants who plan to enroll in an accredited engineering program in the state of Nebraska and the Eastern Chapter will award two $1000 scholarships that can be used at any accredited engineering curriculum in Nebraska. You must have GPA of at least 3.5 and Math ACT score of 29 and English score of 25 or SAT Math of 600 and Verbal 500. Selection is based on GPA, teacher recommendations, Essay, Activities and Work Experience, need, and Test scores. Application deadline is February 1. Applications available in the counseling center.

The National Society of Professional Engineers awards scholarships to promote diversity in engineering if you are from an ethnic minority. This scholarship can be used at any college. More information and deadline information  (March 1) on this scholarship at

The Suburban Rotary Club of Omaha awards 10 scholarships of $2500 to seniors with disabilities who are going to college. Disabilities include hearing impaired, orthopedically impaired, visually impaired, those with specific learning disability, or speech-language impaired. For an application check the Counseling Center. Application deadline is February 1.

Applications are now available online for The Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors Scholarship. It is a full tuition scholarship. To be eligible a student must have a GPA of 2.75. Deadline to submit your application is February 15, 2017. Applications are available at     

Anyone planning to attend Southeast Community College should check their website at for scholarship applications. Application deadline is Feb. 22.,2017.

Bellevue University awards the Freshman Academic Achievement Scholarship to graduating seniors with a GPA of 3.0-4.0, The scholarship ranges from $2000 - $8000 based on your GPA. Yearly tuition at Bellevue University is $8000.  

 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program offers scholarships to seniors who demonstrate at school, in the workplace, and in the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have financial need. For more information and an application go to   Application deadline is January 5, 2017.

CHI Health will award 12 $1500 scholarships to seniors preparing for health care careers. Primary Selection critieria: Materials submitted on time, completely and correct, quality of essay, volunteer hours loggedat a CHI Health facility, participation in a CHI Health Career Academy, participation in a CHI Health Career Camp, volunteer and community service hours logged, and ethnic diversity. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Application deadline is noon on February 6. Email Fr. Tillman to request an application.

AkSarBen-Horatio Alger Career Scholarship is available for a senior planning to attend Metro Community College and pursuing study in a high skill/high demand occupation such as health care, information technology, manufacturing, welding, electrical, auto mechanics, culinary arts, or other skilled trades. You must have financial need. You must complete FAFSA by February 1 and complete the scholarship application by March 1. Inform your counselor immediately if you are eligible for this scholarship.

The Nebraska Association for the Gifted will be awarding one scholarship of $1000 to a Nebraska senior. The scholarship is called the Leta Hollingworth Scholarship. Criteria are distinguishing yourself through outstanding achievement, accomplishment, or unusual ability. Deadline for application is January 15. Application form available in the counseling center.

Excel Physical Therapy will award five $1000 scholarships to students that demonstrate a sincere interest in pursuing a career in physical therapy. You must have a GPA of 3.5 and be involved in a school sponsored extra-curricular activity. Applications are available in the counseling center. Application deadline is February 20.

Miami University (OH) offers full-tuition and half-tuition scholarships based on rigorous coursework, a GPA of at least 3.5 and an ACT of 33. Miami does superscore the ACT. Other scholarship awards available for lower ACT scores. Priority application deadline is December 1.

The University of Michigan will award 12 Geisinger Scholarships to non-Michigan resident students who declare as an Engineering major. The scholarships are worth $20,000 per year. Geisinger application receipt deadline is January 17 4:00 p.m.. For an application:

Washington and Lee University offers full-tuition board and room scholarships. The Johnson Scholarship Program deadline is December 1. Minimum ACT is 34.

Centris Federal Credit Union will award four $500 scholarships to Centris members residing in Nebraska or Iowa. You will be selected on the basis of leadership, community service, an essay, and academics. Application deadline is December 31 . Application is available at

The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program at The University of Texas at Dallas is one of the nation’s most generous and selective undergraduate merit awards.Valued at more than $250,000 (out of state) the scholarship includes tuition, stipend, study abroad and professional development funding. Application deadline is January 4. You must have ACT of 33 and GPA of 3.98. For more information on qualifications and an application

Students may apply for the Cricket Student of the Month award. Nine students will be chosen throughout the year with each winning a gift package. One of the nine will then be selected for a $1000 scholarship. You must have a 3.5 GPA to apply and be an active participant in school activities and/or athletics. Student will need to submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach, or activity sponsor. To apply go to   You need apply only once for the entire year.

Board of Trustees Scholarships are available at Chadron State, Wayne State , and Peru State. You must be admitted by January 15. Students must have an ACT of 25. These are full-tuition scholarships. At Wayne Statae and Chadron state you must complete the respective scholarship application at the sites listed for Governor’s Opportunity Award below .

Governor’s Opportunity Award for Chadron State, Wayne State , and Peru State must be admitted by January 15. Students must have an ACT of 21-24 or SAT of 1500-1650. This is a half-tuition scholarship. Go to or Peru state does not required a scholarship application.

The University of Missouri has several scholarship programs. Priority deadline is December 1. The application can be found at

Morningside College offers scholarships ranging from $10,000 - $20.000.

The Susan Thompson Buffet Foundation provides scholarships for tuition and fees up to $3750 per semester and a textbook allowance of $500 per semester for students attending Nebraska public universities, colleges, or community colleges. All applications must be completed by February 1, 2017. To be eligible you must show that you need financial assistance to attend college and have at least a 2.5 high school GPA. Families with an EFC under $10,000 are encouraged to apply. The primary criterion is financial need.

Deadline for the full-tuition Trustee Scholarship at Boston University is December 1. A special application is required. 25 will be awarded.

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (Omaha Chapter) is awarding 5 scholarships to area high school students of Douglas, Sarpy, Washington, or Cass Counties. Preference will be given to students with an interest in education, business/management/finance, marketing/sales, or actuarial studies and who plan to study in Nebraska. You need to have been involved in school activities, community activities, received above average grades, and receiving some awards would help. Applications must be received by December 31. Applications are available in the counseling center or at   Click on Quick Links.

Seton Hall awards $22,500 scholarships to students applying who have a 28 ACT and a 3.97 GPA. Application deadline is December 15.

Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky awards a 50% tuition discount to anyone graduating from a private Catholic high school.
St. Louis University awards the Martin Luther King Scholarship to students who are committed to the promotion of diversity in our society and who demonstrate leadership in the classroom, on campus, and in the greater community. This is a $3000 per year scholarship in addition to whatever scholarship money you may have already been awarded by St. Louis University. You need to have a minimum 3.25 GPA. Application deadline is February 1. See their website for applying.

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarships reward 500 high school seniors with scholarships ranging from $4000 to $50,000. Criteria are financial need, leadership, and scholarship. For an application and more information go to   Application deadline is November 30.

Elks Legacy awards go to children and grandchildren of Elks members. They are judged on the basis of knowledge, charity, community service, and integrity. Application deadline is January 30. For more information and an application go to

Past Exalted Rulers Scholarships based on need are also awarded by the Elks to residents of Nebraska. Please see Fr. Tillman for more information. January 15 is application deadline.

Scholarship deadline for the full-tuition Montana State scholarships is December 2. A separate application is required.

WACE is sponsoring a Scholarship Program and will award 175 $6000 scholarships to students planning on participating in cooperative education at Drexel, Johnson and Wales, University of Cincinnati, Clarkson, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Merrimack College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, State University of New York Oswego, or University of Toledo . Deadline is February 15 and must be made on the website and not the school. You must have a 3.5 GPA. Application available at

The Hy-Vee Foundation will be awarding 80 $1000 scholarships to seniors working for Hy-Vee who began their work before September 15, 2016 or the sons of Hy-Vee employees . Applications available in the counseling center or at   Application deadline is February 10.

Five Catholic High School Seniors will receive $1000 scholarships for their winning essays in the Fireside Essay Scholarship Contest. Essays must be limited to 750 words. The topic is: “How is your religious education influencing your life?”  Deadline for submitting to Fr. Tillman is December 7, 2016.

Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts awards every accepted Prep graduate a $2500 per year scholarship in addition to whatever other merit scholarship they qualify for. Your tuition will also not increase during your four years at Assumption.

Wayne State Art and Design Scholarship Applications are due November 15. More information at

Presentation College In Aberdeen, SD awards every Catholic high school graduate with a 3.0 GPA an extra $4000 in scholarship money.

Nebraska Wesleyan offers 50 full-tuition scholarships to Nebraskans with ACT above 25, a GPA 3.0 or above, and an EFC below $1000.

Nebraska Wesleyan offers a $12,000 scholarship to any students with a GPA 3.5 or higher regardless of ACT score.

Truman State awards many scholarships ranging from $2324 to full-tuition board and room. There are 12 Pershing Scholarships for full-tuition, room and board. Students need high ACT scores and a GPA of at least 3.97 for the Pershing Scholarships. Priority application deadline is December 1.

Profile in Courage Essay Contest will award $20,000 as first place award and six runner-up awards. Write an original and creative essay describing an act of political courage by a U>S> elected official who served during or after 1917, the year of JFK’s birth. Students are encouraged to choose an original subject and tell a story that has not yet been told. Essays must be 700-1000 words with a bibliography of at least five reliable sources. Deadline for submission is January 4, 2017. For complete guidelines visit Profiles in Courage Essay Contest at

One AXA Acheivement Scholarship of $10,000 will be awarded to a Nebraska senior. Application deadline is December 15. Only the first 10,000 applications will be accepted. Download an application at /achievers

College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA offers two four-year, full-tuition scholarships for students who will major in the Classics. Application deadline is January 15 for this Henry Bean, S.J. Scholarship.

Drake University awards a full-tuition scholarship based on the results of an online Physics test to be taken February 1, 2, or 3.. Registration deadline is 1:00 p.m. January 30, 2017. Register at   The top 50 scorers will also be invited to apply for a second full-tuition scholarship.

The Metro Omaha Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society will award two $1000 scholarships to seniors planning to pursue a career in nursing. Required GPA is 3.0 and be involved in school and community activities. Application deadline is March 3. Application form is available from Fr. Tillman.

The Offutt Enlisted Spouses Club will be awarding scholarships to dependents of active duty, retired or deceased military personnel residing in Sarpy, Douglas, and Cass Counties. You must have a least a 2.0 average. Postmark deadline is March 24. Applications are available at

The Hays Memorial Scholarship is offered by Hendrix College. It is awarded to four deserving freshmen. It is full-tuition, room, board, and fees. You must have an ACT of at least 32 or SAT score of 1410. Apply ideally by November 15 but no late than February 1. Have your counselor fill out the nomination form.

If you have a parent, guardian, or grandparent who is a current member of Phi Delta Kappa you can apply for a PDK Legacy Scholarship. See Fr. Tillman for an application. Deadline date is February 15.

If you have started your own business or shown entrepreneurial spirit you are eligible to compete for a Young Entrepreneur Award. Scholarships range from $2000 to $15,000. There will be 100 awards. Application deadline is December 18. Application information and details at  Click on Apply Now.  You must have good grades and test scores.

Gonzaga University offers Music scholarships. There is a February 1 deadline.

The Acacia Fraternity at UNL will award three scholarships to male applicants based on high school performance and an essay describing an inspirational and educational event in your life. Applications must be completed online at   by Janaury 31, 2017.

The Scott Scholarship at the Peter Kiewit Institute at UNO is open to students with a 30 ACT and at least a 3.5 GPA. Students must also be pursuing an engineering degree or technology related program in the Peter Kiewit Institute. Application deadline is December 15 on the pki website.

Washburn University Leadership Institute awards scholarships to students selected for the program. Application deadline is December 1. Aplication available in the counseling center.

Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY sponsors the Martin Luther King Scholar Program. 15 entering first-year students from traditionally underrepresented populations are selected every year for the program. Scholars receive a minimum award of $25,000 per year. A separate application is required. January 15 is the deadline. More information at  

Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY sponsors the Park Scholars Program. 10 entering first-year students are selected every year for the program. The Scholarship covers full-tuition, room, and board. The scholarship is offered to academically exceptional students who have demonstrated deep commitment to service and leadership in their communities. A separate application is required. January 15 is the deadline. More information at my   and click on the scholarships tab. The candidates should be interested in using the power of mass communication to make a positive impact on the world.

University of Texas at Dallas awards McDermott Scholarships that cover full-tuition, room and board, plus other benefits for students with an ACT of 33 and GPA of 3.98 and record of leadership and community service. Application deadline is January 4.

Goodrich Scholarship Applications are available for the University of Nebraska at Omaha. These are full-tuition scholarships. Students of all academic levels are selected. This scholarship is based on financial need and the willingness to take one specific course in English and several specified social studies courses. Deadline for application is March 1.  You must be a Nebraska resident. To apply go to








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