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Holdrege Public Schools | December 4, 2023

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Scholarship Opportunities Open Year-Round

Pat Nelson

Scholarships are updated regularly, check the list often for new ones available.


This scholarship will be awarded to qualifying students interested in pursuing a career with John Deere. This scholarship is equivalent to the cost of tuition and books, paid over a 3 year period. SCC’s John Deere Tech program is a cooperative effort between John Deere Co., the John Deere Dealership Network and SCC. It is designed to be completed in seven quarters (21 months). Students are on campus participating in lecture/lab courses during five of the seven quarters. The other two quarters involve a unique opportunity for students to demonstrate the knowledge they have learned on campus at their sponsoring John Deere dealership. During these Cooperative Education Experiences, students are paid, helping offset the costs of college. The program is fully accredited by the state of Nebraska and by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information go to or interested students can contact Jim Fastenau of LandMark Implement, Inc. for more information. Cell: 308-991-0552 or email Every February SCC-Milford has an open house for their John Deere Ag Tech Program, it’s a great way for students to gain a good understanding of this in demand career opportunity.


The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation provides need-based scholarships to 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. The scholarship is open year-round for students pursuing career and technical education programs less than 12 months in length. Students can apply at For programs longer than 12 months, the application is open from January 1 – March 1 each year.

NMC (CAT) STUDENT SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM – Diesel / Mechanical Technology

For over 20 years, NMC has partnered with Diesel Technology schools in the Midwest (CCC Hastings, SCC Milford, etc), offering a premier sponsorship opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in the Heavy Equipment industry.  In collaboration with the Midwest’s finest Diesel Technology schools, our program includes:

  • Paid college tuition, books, fees, and NMC branded uniforms
  • Paid summer internships
  • Toolbox and tool set (~$12,000 value)
  • Personalized mentoring and guidance over the course of the program
  • Opportunity to earn an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Diesel Technology
  • Employment and career progression opportunities with NMC Group of Companies

Clicking on the link below will take you to the site with opportunities to learn more about these programs as well as attend a virtual informational session.

Student Programs and College Sponsorships / NMC Cat


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has awarded SCC a grant to be used for scholarships for students concentrating in nuclear-related associate degree programs. The awards are up to $3,000 per year per eligible student as long as funds are available. Degree-seeking students who are accepted into or enrolled in the following Programs of Study are encouraged to submit an application for a scholarship from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Nuclear Energy Scholarship Program (NESP). Approved SCC programs of study: Energy Generation Operations, Electrical & Electromechanical Technology, Electronic Systems Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and Nondestructive Testing Technology.  Incoming students must meet the course-placement score for the program to which the applied. Eligibility requirements: 1) Applicant must complete the financial aid (FAFSA) application; 2) Recipients must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher to retain this scholarship; 3) Recipient must maintain a course load of 12 credit hours per term to be classified as a full-time student; 4) Recipient must be a US citizen or a noncitizen national of the US, or have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence; 5) Applicant must be accepted into or enrolled in an approved program of study at Southeast Community College; 6) Awardees must agree to serve a six-month service agreement in a nuclear-related field for each partial or full year of academic support, which begins upon completion of the degree or certificate program. The employment may be with a nuclear-related industry, state agencies, Department of Energy laboratories, the NRC or other federal agencies, or academia in the student’s sponsored fields of study. Other requirements apply. For more information and an application, go to:


Truck Center Companies (TCC) offers scholarship opportunities to individuals enrolled in an accredited diesel technology program. The program is designed to strengthen student learning and enhance professional development. Selected individuals will be awarded up to $10,000 through this program. The first year, $1,500 will be paid directly to the the diesel technology program; the second year, $3,500 will be paid directly to the diesel technology program. Students who successfully complete their diesel technology program receive a hiring bonus of $1,000 when they begin full-time employment with Truck Center Companies. Students receive the remaining $4,000 in equal monthly installments their first year of employment. More information and applications are available at Truck Center Diesel Techs Scholarship. All applications must be received two months before the accredited diesel program begins. Community Colleges with accredited Diesel Programs include: Metropolitan Community College-Omaha NE; Southeast Community College-Milford NE;Central Community College-Hastings NE; Northeast Community College-Norfolk NE; Iowa Western Community College-Council Bluffs IA; Salina Area Technical College-Salina KS; North Central Kansas Technical College-Beloit KS. Private Technical Colleges with accredited Diesel Programs include: Wyo-Tech-Laramie WY; Universal Technician Institutes in: Avondale AZ, Lisle IL, Dallas TX and Huston TX.


Check out their Website for scholarships available. New scholarships added all the time. Go to


Central Plains Center for Services, through a contracted partnership with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, administers the Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program. This program provides financial assistance for tuition, fees and books, as well as one-on-one support, for current and or former state wards to attend college. You can receive up to $3,000 per year. You are Eligible if you have graduated from high school or obtained a GED and meet one of the following criteria:

  • State Wards or Tribal Wards who are age 17 or older.
  • Youth who were in the State or Tribe’s custody and received guardianship or adopted status at the age of 16 or older and have yet to reach age 21.
  • Youth who were in the State or Tribe’s custody on their 17th birthday and are now between the ages of 17 and 21.
  • Youth participating in the ETV Program on their 21st birthday, are eligible until they turn 23 years old, as long as they are enrolled in a post-secondary education or training program and are making satisfactory progress toward completion of that program.

An application is available in the guidance office or from the school website. More information and an application is also available from the Central Plains Center for Services site:


Distinguished Young Women of Nebraska is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership, and talent in young women. Scholarships are available at the state level ($6100 awarded last year) and national level.  In order to qualify for any of the scholarships, you must participate in a program that includes rehearsals and an on-stage performance. Stop by the guidance office for additional information. Program dates are fast approaching. Sign up today so you don’t miss out on this life-changing experience. To apply go to