Learn to Dream Program Information

  • Program Information

    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?

    Learn to Dream pays for up to 45 credit hours, or around $3,037.50 of tuition at Southeast Community College.  The scholarship can only be used at SCC Lincoln, Beatrice or Milford.  You must start college within 1 year of your high school graduation date.  Once you start using your Learn to Dream scholarship, you have two full years to use your 45 free 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.  You do not have to be full-time to receive Learn to Dream.

    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. The scholarship will pay the tuition and fees, and these courses will count toward the 45 quarter credit hours available to each student.


    All Lincoln graduation seniors 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. Complete a simple form (below), signed by you the student and your parent(s) or guardians. Please ask your high school counselor for more information and to see if you are eligible. Even if you are not on free or reduced-price lunch, you might qualify, so please contact us here at SCC Learn to Dream or ask your school counselor.

    Application for high school graduates.