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Nebraska Career Scholarships

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.

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.”

Governor Pete Ricketts

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.

Program Highlights

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.

Scholarship Amounts:

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.

Participating Colleges

Seven Nebraska community colleges are participating in the Nebraska Career Scholarships program:

Additional participating private nonprofit colleges will be added here as that information becomes available.

Applications

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)

Resources

For more information, please review the applicable Nebraska Career Scholarships guidelines provided above or contact:
Rose Baker at rose.baker@nebraska.gov or 402-471-1559.

For help with AmpliFund, please visit DED’s AmpliFund support portal.

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