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Holdrege Public Schools | June 24, 2019

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Scholarship Opportunities

Brad Larson

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

LANDMARK IMPLEMENT, INC SCHOLARSHIP for the JOHN DEERE AG TECH PROGRAM at SOUTHEAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE-Milford NE – 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.

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.

NEBRASKA HARVEST CENTER SCHOLARSHIP (CLAAS Dealer) – Nebraska Harvest Center is looking for high school graduates who are interested in Diesel Mechanics and Ag Equipment Repair. They have established a scholarship/sponsorship program for high school students, where they offer tuition reimbursement, tool reimbursement and part-time employment while attending school. When students complete and receive their college degree, Nebraska Harvest Centers (located at: Seward, Kearney, Ogallala and Wayne NE) there is the opportunity of full-time employment upon successful completion of the program, with a minimum 2 year commitment. For more information or an application, email:

SOUTHEAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE – NUCLEAR ENERGY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM – 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 SCHOLARSHIP – 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 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.

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

CENTRAL PLAINS CENTER FOR SERVICES EDUCATION & TRAINING VOUCHER PROGRAM (ETV) – 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

Scholarships/Awards below are listed alphabetically by due date.
Look at them well in advance of their due date to see what is needed.


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HEARTLAND CRUISERS CAR CLUB SCHOLARSHIP – is worth $500.  Applicant must be a student graduating from a Phelps county high school that will be furthering their education in the field of automotive work (such as diesel or auto mechanics or auto body).  Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Completed applications and recommendation forms need to be turned in to the Guidance Office by Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

WILLIAM & BETTY RAE WHITLOCK & ERIN WHITLOCK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – Seniors from Holdrege High School who plan to continue their education at a tax-exempt institution of higher education are eligible for this scholarship.  The scholarship is for $500. To be eligible you must meet two of the following three: (1) Be in the Top 50% of the class, (2) have a 2.50 GPA, and/or (3) have an ACT of at least 20.  Special consideration will be given to students planning on a career in communications, media, or library science. Applications are available in the Guidance Office or Mrs. Nelson can email you a “fillable” application that you can fill out on the computer before printing it out  [].  Applications are due to Guidance Office by April 23, 2019.

The HOLDREGE TENNIS ASSOCIATION is offering the JADE JOHNSON MEMORIAL TENNIS SCHOLARSHIP – To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must have played tennis for Holdrege High School for at least two years.  The amount of the award is $500. Applications are available in the Guidance Office or Mrs. Nelson can email you a “fillable” application that you can fill out on the computer before printing it out [].  Due to the Guidance Office by April 24, 2019.

The HOLDREGE FRATERNAL ORDER OF EAGLES released their $500 scholarship for 2019 graduates in Phelps County of Nebraska. Applicants must be enrolled or in the process of enrolling full time in an accredited institution of higher education; public or private university, college, or technical school.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Turn completed application into the Guidance Office by April 25, 2019.

IRENE ANDERSON SCHOLARSHIP – Is an $800 scholarship for a 2019 graduate of Holdrege High School attending a 4 year college or university.  Selection is based on ability and worthiness of student. Applications are available in the Guidance Office or Mrs. Nelson can email you a “fillable” application that you can fill out on the computer before printing it out [].  Applications are due to Guidance Office by Friday, April 26, 2019.

NELLIE COLE SCHOLARSHIP – One, $500 scholarships will be awarded to graduates of 2019 Holdrege High School attending Community Colleges, Vocational, Trade, Technical or Business School or taking Home Economics Courses.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office or Mrs. Nelson can email you a “fillable” application that you can fill out on the computer before printing it out [].  Applications are due to Guidance Office by Friday, April 26, 2019.

The OPTIMIST CLUB of HOLDREGE has released its 2019 scholarship. They will award at least two $1,000 scholarships annually for graduating Phelps County seniors. Selection is based on financial need, career goals, academics, school activities, community activities, past participation in Optimist activities, and references. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. You may turn applications into the Guidance Office by April 26, 2019 or must be postmarked no later than 4:00 pm by said date.

NEW in 2019The OPTIMIST CLUB of HOLDREGE has released the ROD MELROY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP New in 2019.  They will award one $500 scholarship for one school year for a 2019 graduate of Holdrege High School. Criteria for selection is: 1) Participation in athletics (at least two NSAA sanctioned sports each academic school year); 2) Community service to the Holdrege area; 3) Financial Need; 4) Special consideration will be given to students continuing athletics at the collegiate level; 5) A minimum GPA of 2.0.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office. You may turn applications into the Guidance Office by April 26, 2019 or must be postmarked no later than 4:00 pm by said date.



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If you know of any Holdrege graduate that will be Student Teaching in 2019-2020, please tell them about the HOLDREGE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (HEA) EMMETT GANNON SCHOLARSHIP – the Holdrege Education Association is offering up to two $500.00 scholarships available to any college student who has graduated from Holdrege High School and will be student teaching DURING the 2019-2020 school year.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office or you can email for a fillable application that you can fill out before printing. The completed application is to be returned to the Holdrege High School Guidance Office by Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

HORATIO ALGER NATIONAL CAREER & TECHNICAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM – Receive up to $2500 to pursue career and technical education. Applicants must:

  • Have completed high school by spring
  • Be enrolled in a 2 year or less career or technical degree/certificate program in Fall 2019 that will lead to employment
  • Attend a not-for-profit post-secondary institution
  • Demonstrate financial need; must be Pell Grant eligible
  • Be under the age of 30
  • Be a US citizen

Students may apply online March 15 – June 15, 2019. For additional information regarding this program and to apply, visit their website at: Because there is a counselor’s part to complete, please have the application done by May 15, 2019.



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UNL’s ROBERT W. BRIGHTFELT TRIANGLE FRATERNITY SCHOLARSHIPS for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) focused students who will be attending UNL next fall. The scholarship program will award several scholarships; the largest of which is $2,000. There are two at $500 and several at $160. Applicants will be interviewed. The first step is for UNL/STEM students to fill out an application online at: Application due date is June 10, 2019. Joining Triangle is not required to receive a scholarship. Triangle is a national fraternity and is unique in that it only recruits members who are engineers, architects and scientists (defined as chemistry, physics, math, computer science and closely related fields). To learn more about Triangle check out the national website:

CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP is now available All Year Around! In order to apply for any CCC Scholarships, students must have an application for admission on file. There are three phases for awarding the scholarship dollars. In Phase 1 the online application is available October 1st – March 1st. BEST OPPORTUNITY FOR AWARDS IS IN PHASE 1: October 1 – March 1. The bulk of scholarship dollars are awarded in this phase. The online application includes one online letter of recommendation. You will automatically be considered for all eligible scholarships. The application is available at; Log in or register to create an awardspring account. Please use a personal email address, not your high school email address. Click “Submit” on completed application. You will automatically be considered for all eligible scholarships. Online application must be completed by March 1, 2019. (To be considered for Phase 1 CCC scholarships for the upcoming academic year, be sure to apply for admission by March 1st. You also need to complete the FAFSA by March 1st at the latest to be considered for need-based scholarships as well as merit-based scholarships.)

In Phase 2 the online application is available April 15th – June 1st.

In Phase 3 the online application is available July 1st – September 1st.

You can apply for scholarships in Phase 1, if you are starting in either the Fall or Spring Semester.



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UNL’S BETA SIGMA PSI NATIONAL LUTHERAN FRATERNITY DELTA CHAPTER is offering $1,000 scholarships to Christian young men who will attend UNL full time. Qualified applicants are students who display excellent scholastic achievement, leadership in school, community and church involvement.  The applicant must have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and beginning their first year at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. A short narrative describing your plans and goals beyond high school. All scholarships awarded are for $1,000. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Completed applications need to be postmarked no later than July 31, 2019.  If you wish to learn more about the great opportunities that Beta Sigma Psi can provide to young men, check out the national website: or the UNL chapter website:



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UNK’s PI KAPPA ALPHA FRATERNITY is offering its annual SLAG Scholarship. The scholarship is worth up to $500 to an incoming freshman male for the Fall of 2019. Applicants will be judged based on the four cornerstones of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity: Scholars, Leaders, Athletes, and Gentlemen (SLAG).  Selected applicants will be required to attend a follow-up interview.  Applicants are not required to join the fraternity to be considered.  Application deadline is Friday, August 23, 2019. Apply online, Scholarship Link: PI KAPPA ALPHA Fraternity SLAG Scholarship.