Nebraska Career Scholarships Program is a collaboration between the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED), Nebraska community colleges and Nebraska private nonprofit postsecondary institutions. This program will provide scholarships to students pursuing degrees in programs of study leading to high wage, high skill and high demand careers.
“Connecting the next generation of Nebraskans to great opportunities in our state is key to helping our kids make Nebraska their home. These scholarships will help to equip young Nebraskans to enter careers in fields with high-demand for new talent, such as engineering, healthcare, and IT. This adds to the pipeline we’ve been building to connect young Nebraskans with great-paying careers so that they can enjoy the Good Life. Now, students will also have the opportunity to apply for a Career Scholarship as they prepare for to enter fields where our state has a workforce shortage.”
Nebraska Career Scholarship aid is awarded to Nebraska community colleges and Nebraska private nonprofit postsecondary institutions. The program was created in 2020 through Legislative Bill 1008, which appropriated aid for Nebraska community colleges. The following year, additional aid was appropriated for Nebraska private nonprofit postsecondary institutions through Legislative Bill 380.
Amount of Aid:
In Fiscal Year 2021-22, $2,000,000 will be awarded to Nebraska community colleges and $1,000,000 will be awarded to Nebraska private nonprofit postsecondary institutions.
Requirements for Awardees:
The awarded colleges and institutions will act as agents for DED to receive and process individual students’ applications and disburse scholarships. The awardees must also provide a robust report on scholarship recipients and outcomes to DED.
Community college students may be awarded up to $5,000 a year for up to 3 years. Private nonprofit postsecondary institution students may be awarded up to $10,000 a year for up to 4 years.
Eligible Scholarship Recipients:
Eligible scholarship recipients must be enrolled in an eligible program of study, live in Nebraska while receiving the scholarship and participate in a Nebraska-based career-related work experience prior to completing their program of study. For the initial award, the recipient must either be a first-time student or transfer student.
Eligible Programs of Study:
Eligible programs of study at Nebraska community colleges include programs within: Architecture & Engineering; Business, Financial & Administrative Operations; Computer & Technology Assistance; Construction & Extraction; Farming, Fishing, & Forestry; Healthcare Practitioners & Technical; Installation, Maintenance, & Repair; Production; or Transportation & Material Moving.
Eligible programs of study at Nebraska private nonprofit postsecondary institutions include programs within: Computer Information Systems; Healthcare; or Math.
Seven Nebraska community colleges are participating in the Nebraska Career Scholarships program:
- Central Community College (contact Janel Walton, Dean of Enrollment Management, at email@example.com or 308-398-7405)
- Little Priest Tribal College (contact the Office of Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-878-2380)
- Metropolitan Community College (contact the Scholarship Office at email@example.com or 531-622-2400)
- Mid-Plains Community College (contact Erinn Brown, Director of Financial Aid, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 308-345-8112)
- Northeast Community College (contact Amy Kaiser, Workforce Development Coordinator, at email@example.com or 402-844-7245)
- Southeast Community College (contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Western Nebraska Community College (contact Sheila Johns, Financial Aid Director, at email@example.com or 308-635-6366)
Additional participating private nonprofit colleges will be added here as that information becomes available.
Aid for Nebraska community colleges is not open for application.
The Department of Economic Development will accept applications from eligible private nonprofit Nebraska postsecondary institutions and disburse aid to institutions that elect to participate. The Nebraska Career Scholarships – Private Nonprofit Postsecondary Institutions application will open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Applications are due Friday, June 18 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)