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Learn to Dream Program Information

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    A quality college education changes lives every day.  It can open the door to a promising career and a fulfilling life.  For low-income students living and attending high school in Lincoln, Nebraska, the dream of a quality college education can be a reality through the Learn to Dream scholarship.  The scholarship was established to create an opportunity for every economically disadvantaged high school student graduating from a public or private Lincoln-area high school to further their education by attending SCC in Beatrice, Lincoln or Milford.

     Other low-income students attending high school in Southeast Community College's 15-county area may have the opportunity to participate in the Learn to Dream scholarship program.  The following schools also award Learn to Dream scholarships: Ashland Greenwood, Beatrice, Bishop Neumann, Diller-Odell, Exeter-Milligan, Fillmore Central, Friend, Heartland, Johnson-Brock, Johnson Co, Central/Tecumseh J.S., Lewiston Cons, McCool Junction, Mead, Milford, Norris, Palmyra, Pawnee City, Seward, Shickley, Syracuse-Dunbar, Tri-County, Wahoo, Weeping Water, Wilber-Clat, York.  To see if you qualify for a Learn to Dream scholarship from one of these high schools, you must check with your high school guidance counselor for information about the application and deadline.

    How does it work?

    For students who have graduated after Jan. 1, 2018, from a Lincoln area high school, Learn to Dream will pay for up to 90 quarter (or 60 semester) credit hours, which is around $6,255 of tuition at Southeast Community College. The scholarship can only be used at SCC Lincoln, Beatrice or Milford campuses. Recipients must start college within one year of their high school graduation date. Once a student begins using the Learn to Dream Scholarship, they have four years to complete the 90 quarter (60 semester) credit hours. Once enrolled at SCC, the student must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade-point average and pass the Learn to Dream Seminar Class to remain eligible. Students do not have to be full-time to receive the Learn to Dream Scholarship.

    Eligible students in 11th or 12th grade may enroll in SCC “dual credit” courses (including The Career Academy) that provide high school and college credit at the same time. The scholarship will pay the tuition and fees, and these courses will count toward the 90 quarter (60 semester) credit hours available to each student.

    Lincoln-area students who have graduated before Jan. 1, 2018, and for students graduating from a school outside of Lincoln, will not be eligible for the second year of free tuition. These students will be eligible for 45 quarter (30 semester) credit hours to be used within two years of starting at Southeast Community College.


    All Lincoln graduates who attended a Lincoln school during their entire senior year and who qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch (as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture) are eligible for the scholarship. Applying is easy. Graduates can pick up a Learn to Dream Scholarship application in the Student Success Center (L-121) at SCC’s Lincoln Campus, 8800 O St. Current seniors, please see your high school counselor to apply.