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Holdrege Public Schools | March 22, 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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GOODWILL INDUSTRIES of GREATER NEBRASKA offer the MAGGIE THOMPSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – Qualifications to be eligible: Desire to increase your independence through education or employment and Living with a disability. Application Process: Submit a letter of request. In the letter, please include: 1) How the scholarship will be used to increase independence through education or employment; 2) Disability; 3) Phone Number; 4) Address; 5) Email address. Please send letter to: Maggie Thompson Scholarship Committee, Attn: Kim Buschkoetter, PO Box 1863, Grand Island NE 68802-1863 by March 22, 2019.

DELTA KAPPA GAMMA – PHI CHAPTER is offering a $250 scholarship to any male or female high school senior or any college student enrolled in education who has not previously received the scholarship.  Applicant must have attended a high school in the Phi Chapter area (Elwood, Holdrege, Alma, Southern Valley, Minden, Axtell, Loomis, Franklin, Wilcox-Hildreth).  Selection will be based on a personal statement, letters of recommendation and class rank. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Completed application must be received by March 23, 2019.

GATEWAY/KEARNEY FARM EXPO SCHOLARSHIP – One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a qualifying student. Applicant must be a student in or resident of the following counties: Buffalo, Dawson, Kearney, Phelps or Sherman.  A student completing home study at a level to enter college or who has received a GED during the current calendar years is also eligible as long as they meet all other criteria. The applicant must be planning to enroll full time (12 hours or more) in an accredited, tax-exempt college or university (including trade and technical schools) in the Fall of 2019 and pursuing a degree or certificate in agriculture which may include Production Agriculture, Agri-Business, Ag Economics, and related fields.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Completed applications must be submitted to Kearney Farm Expo by Monday, March 25, 2019.

JACHIN LODGE #146 AMAF of Holdrege is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Holdrege High School Senior planning to attend a 2 or 4 year college.  Recipient will be chosen based upon citizenship, moral character, leadership, caring for others, and pursuit of higher education.  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 []. Turn in your completed applications to the Guidance Office by Friday, March 29, 2019.

ST. JOHN COMMANDERY #16, KNIGHTS TEMPLAR of McCook NE is awarding five $1000 scholarships to graduating seniors from area schools.  Selection criteria to be considered: citizenship, morals, scholarship, community activities, leadership, general deportment, and need.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Applicant must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA. Applications must be received in McCook by March 30, 2019.

NEBRASKA INSURANCE FEDERATION AND NEBRASKA ACTUARIES CLUB SCHOLARSHIP – The Nebraska Insurance Federation is offering two $4000 scholarships awarded to students entering the University of Nebraska at one of the three campuses in Kearney, Lincoln, or Omaha.  The Nebraska Actuaries Club will award a $2000 Scholarship entering any college or university in the state of Nebraska.  Each scholarship is open to students graduating from any U.S. high school. Student must be majoring in Actuarial Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or Economics with an interest in pursuing an actuarial career.  All applicants must have demonstrated mathematical ability and evidence of some understanding of the actuarial field. An application is available in the Guidance Office or at  Applications must be received by March 31, 2019.

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The DAVIS/CHAMBERS SCHOLARSHIP recognizes academically promising students from diverse backgrounds who often find that the financial requirements of post-secondary education are a major obstacle.  This application may be used by students applying for admission to (or already admitted to) any of the following Nebraska Community College Areas:

  • Central Community College
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Mid-Plains Community College
  • Northeast Community College
  • Southeast Community College
  • Western Nebraska Community College

Applications are available in the Guidance Office or at the Community College you have applied at.  Application deadline is April 1, 2019.

The KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, All Saints Parish of Holdrege is offering a $250 scholarship.  Applicants must be the sons and daughters of current members.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Turn completed applications into the Guidance Office by April 1, 2019.

The LOWER REPUBLICAN NATURAL RESOURCE DISTRICT is offering two $1000 scholarships for students studying in a natural resource related field.  Scholarships will be paid $500 per semester, second semester payment upon proof of first semester completed with a 2.75 minimum GPA. Applicants must have permanent residence in the Lower Republican NRD and plan to major in a natural resources related field (i.e. forestry, park management, agronomy, agribusiness, etc.).  Scholarships are available to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year college students.  Applicants must attend college in Nebraska and be registered full-time at their college.  A Short essay explaining why you are interested in and should receive this scholarship and what your major has to do with natural resources is part of the application.  Application is due to the NRD Office in Alma by April 1, 2019. Applications are available in the Guidance Office or from their website:

PINK BANDANA BEAT BREAST CANCER SCHOLARSHIP – Pink Bandana is a non-profit organization which raises money and awareness about breast cancer for women under the age of 40.  They are offering a scholarship for students who have battled or who have watched a parent or sibling fight breast cancer within the past 5 years. The scholarship will be a 4 year or 2 year renewable scholarship to the institution of their choice.  Requirements: 1) Senior at a Nebraska High School and plan to enroll in 2 or 4-year college for the 2019-2020 academic year; 2) The student, or a dependent sibling of their parents, a biological parent or guardian having battled breast cancer in the past 5 years. The application is available in the Guidance Office or on their web site: The completed application must be received by April 1, 2019.

The UNIVERSITY of NEBRASKA EXTENSION-LINCOLN OFFICE IN PHELPS COUNTY administers the following scholarships: (Applications are available in the guidance office & Extension office. The application is also found on the Nebraska Extension website for Phelps County and may be accessed at: For more information, contact Nebraska Extension-Phelps County, 1308 2nd St, Holdrege NE 68949, at 308-995-4222 or

  • The PHELPS COUNTY 4-H FOUNDATION is offering one-year scholarship of $2000 and up to five $1000 scholarships to past or present members of Phelps County 4-H.  This scholarship can be used at any university, college or technical school. An “out of county” scholarship committee shall select the six winners. Applications are due in the Phelps County Extension Office by 5:00 p.m. April 1, 2019.
  • The PHELPS-GOSPER LIVESTOCK GROWERS ASSOCIATION is offering one $1000 scholarship to a high school senior in Phelps or Gosper Counties. In addition, you must meet one of the following:
  1. You must be an immediate family member of a member of the Phelps-Gosper Livestock Grower’s Association (Nebraska Cattlemen) or an employee working for a Phelps-Gosper Livestock Grower’s member firm, or a contributing business to the Phelps-Gosper Livestock Grower’s group. OR
  2. Any current FFA or 4-H member in Phelps or Gosper, or surrounding counties. OR
  3. Any student who is involved, or has an immediate family member involved in agriculture.

Applications are due in the Phelps County Extension Office by April  1, 2019.

SOUTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION – AGRICULTURAL SCHOLARSHIP – To be eligible for this scholarship you must reside in Phelps, Gosper, Furnas, or Harlan counties in Nebraska.  You must be pursuing an Ag or Ag related major at a vocational or 4 year college or university. The amount of the scholarship is $500 payable to the school of enrollment after providing proof of first semester GPA of 3.0 or higher and proof of second semester enrollment.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Completed applications are due to the Elwood Area Foundation by April 1, 2019.

SOUTHERN POWER DISTRICT awards utility lineworker scholarships on an annual basis to individuals who plan to attend an accredited school to begin a utility line training program. SPD is offering a $1000 scholarship to a high school student who plans to begin a 1-year lineworker program or $2,000 to a high school student who plans to begin a 2-year lineworker program in 2019. The scholarship applicant must currently reside within Adams, Franklin, Hall, Hamilton, Kearney, Merrick, or Phelps Counties in Nebraska. They must also agree to complete a 12-week summer internship with Southern in cooperation with the school attended. If awarded a scholarship for a 1-year program, the scholarship will be paid directly to the student following the successful completion of fo the utility line study program. If you are awarded a scholarship for a 2-year program, half of the scholarship will be paid directly to the student following the successful completion of their first year of the utility line study program. The second half will be awarded following graduation. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. The application deadline is April 1, 2019.

GLENWOOD TELEPHONE MEMBERSHIP CORPORATION offers the GTMC SCHOLARSHIP – GTMC will award six $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors.  The student, their parents, or guardian must be a recipient of GTMC Telephone service.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office or on their webpage: under “Community” at the top. Applications must be received in their office by April 5, 2019.

EASTERN STAR TUSCAN CHAPTER #35 SCHOLARSHIP – The Kearney/Holdrege Chapter will award one scholarship for $500, to a 2019 Holdrege High School senior who best exemplifies good citizenship and high moral character.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Return the completed applications to the Guidance office by April 8, 2019.

NEBRASKA COACHES ASSOCIATION (NCA) SCHOLARSHIP sponsored by COUNTRY INN & SUITES of Lincoln North.  Eight (8) NCA-Lincoln Country Inn & Suites Scholarships, in the amount of $1,000, are available in each of the six NSAA state districts.  (In Districts I & II two scholarships are awarded). They will be awarded to the students who rank in the top 25% of their class or have a 3.75 Cumulative GPA, have been a 2 year participant in 2 sports, and have earned a varsity letter in 2 sports.  The students must have at least an ACT of 24. Must include at least two letters of recommendation from high school coaches. Application forms and other information regarding the scholarship can be found at: or you can pick up an application in the Guidance Office.  The applications must be postmarked no later than, April 15, 2019.

Chapter HM, P.E.O. SCHOLARSHIP – is a scholarship available to female seniors graduating from Holdrege High School – two scholarships worth $200 will be awarded.  To be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must exhibit potential to succeed and good work ethic based upon the following: rank in class, grade point average, extracurricular activity, community involvement, future goals, interests and character.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Completed applications and 2 recommendation letters must be received in the Guidance Office by Monday, April 15, 2019.

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.

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.

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.


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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.