Saturday, March 26, 2011

Nebraska Offers Scholarships For College

By Michelle Connor

When it comes to need-based grants, Nebraska doesn't have that many. It more than makes up for this with an incredible amount of scholarships. In fact, the state says it has so many, no web listing site has yet to list all of them. Because of this, a student might have a hard time hunting down all that's available. Luckily Nebraska has two different groups that helps collect and administer these financial aid plans.

The first is the Education Quest Foundation. It created a program called ScholarshipQuest that helps match up appropriate scholarships to the right students. With a motto of "Reaching Your Potential," it can help a student generate anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000 a year towards their academic goals. It should also be noted that it primarily works on helping students go to Nebraska state schools. You can find a lot more information about online school on the internet.

The other group is the Lincoln Community Foundation. Founded in 1955, it helps families and communities find scholarships that tend to be smaller and much more specialized than those provided by Education Quest. At the same time, it has a reputation for generating an extra $200 to $2,000 a year for those who've earned the right to go on for an advanced education.

Then there are organizations that don't appear to work with either of these groups. One is the Capitol City Footprinters. Based in the state's Lancaster County, its Post-Secondary Scholarship, aka the Richard A. Aksamit Memorial Scholarship, awards $500 annually to a student who is studying criminal justice or fire safety. The recipient can be anywhere from a graduating high school student to post-graduate.

Another independent scholarship is the Norma Ross Walter Scholarship. This plan is open to young women either about to enter or already enrolled in a state university. It awards $1,000 to English majors provided they supply two letters of recommendation, complete an essay and provide their academic transcript. It is administered through the Willa Cather Foundation.

Any student who grew up in a town with a population of under 10,000 or less can also apply for the Rural Schools plan. To qualify, they must have been in the top 10% of their high school graduating class or currently keeping a 3.5 GPA if they are already in college. Each year the group chooses four deserving students and gives them $500 to $2,000 each. Analyzing the value of college online can work to your benefit.

Another writing competition a student maybe interested in winning is the Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention Essay Contest Scholarship. They must write from personal experience about substance abuse and hand it in double-spaced and typed/printed for easy reading; with a count between 600-1,000 words. If it is about themselves or someone they know, it doesn't matter. The top essay writer earns $500 for the best essay.

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