A college education improves your chances at having a promising career and fulfilling life. Thanks to the generosity of the Acklie Charitable Foundation, Nelnet and Union Bank & Trust, the dream of a quality education can be a reality for every graduating Lincoln public or private high school student through the Learn to Dream Scholarship.
The scholarship, established in 2007, gives economically disadvantaged students the opportunity to complete up to 60 semester credit hours at one of the Southeast Community College campuses in Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford, without paying tuition and fees.
If you attend high school in SCC’s 15-county area, you may be eligible for a Learn to Dream Scholarship which covers 30 semester credit hours. Check with your high school guidance counselor at one of these schools to see if you qualify: Ashland Greenwood, Beatrice, Bishop Neumann, Diller-Odell, Exeter-Milligan, Fillmore Central, Friend, Heartland, Johnson-Brock, Johnson Co, Central/Tecumseh J.S., Lewiston Consolidated, McCool Junction, Mead, Milford, Norris, Palmyra, Pawnee City, Seward, Shickley, Syracuse-Dunbar, Tri-County, Wahoo, Weeping Water, Wilber-Clatonia, and York. Graduates from outside of Lincoln High Schools are not eligible for a second year of scholarship.
You can apply for the Learn to Dream Scholarship if you meet the following criteria:
Eligible students in the 11th or 12th grade may enroll in SCC dual-credit and The Career Academy classes that provide high school and college credit at the same time. The scholarship pays tuition and fees and counts toward the 60 semester credit hours available to each student.
If you graduated from high school before Jan. 1, 2018, you are eligible for 30 semester credit hours which must be used within two years of starting at SCC.
Once you are awarded a Learn to Dream Scholarship, you must be actively participating in an SCC class within one year
after graduating high school to activate the scholarship. If the scholarship is not activated within one year, then
it is withdrawn permanently. For example, if you graduate from high school on May 15, 2021, then you must be
attending a class before May 15, 2022. Please note, being enrolled for a future term within the deadline does not
activate the scholarship. You must be actively participating in a class within a year.
The Learn to Dream Scholarship is awarded term by term and is applied to your student account approximately four
weeks into the term. As an SCC student, you are eligible to also apply for Pell Grants and other scholarships. The one exception is the Buffett Scholarship – you cannot receive the Learn to Dream
Scholarship and the Buffett Scholarship at the same time. To apply for Pell Grants and other scholarships, you will
need to complete the FAFSA. Keep in mind each award and scholarship you receive have separate academic policies,
regulations and requirements. Always speak to the Learn to Dream office and Financial Aid when figuring out your
Once you are in the program and a start date has been established, you must successfully complete 30 semester credit hours within 24 months of first enrollment at SCC after graduation. If completed successfully, you will be granted another 30 semester hours and have 24 months to complete the second year. If you used Learn to Dream at TCA or for dual credit classes while in high school, we will use your graduation date as your official enrollment date.
To remain in good standing in the program, you:
As a Learn to Dream Scholarship recipient, you:
Once you have been awarded the scholarship, we suggest you do the following:
Learn to Dream Scholars are encouraged to stop by the Student Success Center for assistance with:
Learn to Dream has played a major role in many students' lives. Here are some examples of what students say Learn to Dream has done for them.
“It helped me figure out things better and helped to get college started for me.” -Mariah Nava
“I knew I had to go to college, and my parents would always tell me I was going to college. This was one less burden for them since they couldn’t afford it.” -Jessica Jimenez
“Without Learn to Dream, I would give up on my dreams and goals of being a successful, independent woman in the future.” -Faten Fanharawi
"Learn to Dream has helped me begin my dream by being able to be the first person in my family to go through college after being the first to graduate from high school." -Tiffany
"Learn to Dream is such a great opportunity for new or college freshmen. It is very helpful to me because it's paying almost all of my tuition fees. I am very thankful for Learn to Dream for all of its help." -Leticia
"The Learn to Dream Scholarship is really helpful to me. It paid for my tuition and fees for 45 credit hours in my first year. During that first year, I hadn't decided what program to study, and I still didn't have a job. LTD helped me out with tuition and fees to pay for classes in which I was interested." -Diem
"The Learn to Dream Scholarship means a lot to me. It paid the tuition for my classes. Also, it helps a lot of other students and is there for students in need. It's a great opportunity to dream and make your dreams come true." -Farida
"Learn to Dream has taught me to dream. If I did not have the Learn to Dream Scholarship, I would have not been able to attend school now. With Learn to Dream, I know I will be able to continue my education and plan a good future." -Islam Mohammed