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  • By investing in Southeast Community College, you are investing in an educated workforce in our 15-county area, the state of Nebraska and beyond. The Southeast Community College Educational Foundation supports the vitality and growth of SCC by assisting students, staff and our communities through the development and wise use of financial resources.

    Foundation donors share a special commitment: to provide Southeast Community College students a valuable educational experience. Providing opportunities for students in and around our service area is a critical step toward fulfilling the needs of a skilled workforce.

  • Providing an affordable education for SCC students is at the heart of the SCC Educational Foundation. In 1978, the foundation started the scholarship program with each of our three campuses receiving $1,000 for first year scholarships. Over 40 years later, our Foundation awards SCC students over $1.5 million in scholarship support.

    Many of our scholarship donors are SCC alumni paying it forward. Without their generous support, many of our students would not be able to realize their dream of being a college graduate in a successful career. Each gift to the Scholarship Fund represents a level of confidence in SCC’s tradition of providing a high-quality education to our future workforce. Make an impact on someone's life by contributing to the SCC Educational Foundation's Scholarship Fund.

  • The Southeast Community College Food Pantry aims to reduce the impact that food insecurity has on the academic success of our students by providing a variety of non-perishable food items and basic necessities to students and their families.

    There are currently four food pantries across the College: The Beatrice Campus, the Lincoln Campus at 8800 O St., Education Square at 1111 O St., and the Milford Campus. Each location provides different options to meet the short-term needs of students and are reliant on donor support for inventory.

  • SCC COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund was created to support SCC students and their families who are, or could soon be, in need of emergency funds as a result of the global COVID-19 health crisis. Your donation will allow students to continue their education while struggling with the following challenges:

    • Food Insecurity: Nationally, 50 % of community college students report food insecurity. This is likely to increase as unemployment rises.
    • Loss of Income: 83% of SCC students work at least part-time. Many work customer-service jobs, such as our students working in food service, and are most likely to lose their jobs. This will affect their ability to pay their rent and utilities.
    • Childcare Expenses: 15% of our students have children who live with them and/or depend on them for care. If they have lost their jobs, they will not be able to pay for childcare. This will force them to choose between leaving their children unsupervised while they attend classes or dropping out of school.
    • Medical Expenses: Students who get COVID-19 or with other health issues may choose to not seek medical treatment because they can’t afford it.
    • Technology: Students without updated technology may not be able to access SCC’s online delivery portal making it difficult to stay enrolled.
  • We opened the Great Plains Culinary Institute in 2018. You have an opportunity to be a part of its legacy by becoming a SCC Diners Club member. Your annual gift of $100 will foster many student success stories, industry transformation, and life-changing experiences for our students, faculty, and communities.

    This innovative facility features state-of-the-art educational spaces including two teaching labs, a demonstration kitchen and bakery as well as Course, a student-run upscale restaurant. Please join the SCC Diners Club today to support programming, capital improvements, and scholarships. All SCC Diners Club members will be prominently featured in Course.

  • Nebraska’s healthcare workforce is facing a serious shortfall and Southeast Community College is ready to fill the void, but we need your help. Our cutting-edge Health Sciences facility is set to open in 2021 and will expand our ability to produce a highly skilled workforce in SCC’s 16 Health Sciences programs. The new facility includes the latest advanced technologies, equipment, and practices which will empower our students seeking careers in healthcare and meet the demands of the communities we serve.

    Please consider a donation to support this transformative facility equipped to produce the next wave of skilled healthcare workers for Nebraska.

  • We are always looking for ways to partner with our alumni, friends and corporate sponsors to enhance the educational opportunities for the future workforce. Contact SCC Director of Advancement Rick Blessen at 402-323-5545 to discuss how you can help our students on their path to possible.

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    Holly Ostergard

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    Mike Casey

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    Jay Dunlap

    Board Advisor


    Dan Muhleisen

    Board Member


    Ron Sutter

    Board Member

  • What is the Southeast Community College Educational Foundation?

    The Southeast Community College Educational Foundation is a separate, non-profit, tax-exempt corporation whose purpose is to support the mission of Southeast Community College.

    Can I designate my gifts for a particular purpose?

    Yes. To do this, indicate the area you want to direct your gift to on the pledge card.

    Can a scholarship for our business or family be established?

    Yes. We will work with you on developing a scholarship to match the needs of your business or family.

    Is my contribution tax deductible?

    Yes. The SCCEF is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

    How will the Foundation manage my gift?

    The Foundation will seek the highest possible return consistent with a prudent regard for legal consideration, fiduciary responsibility and safety of capital.

    Whom do I contact for more information?

    You can call the SCC Educational Foundation Office at 402-323-3411, or email Jack Huck at jhuck@southeast.edu.