Learn to Dream Scholarships

  • How do I pay for school?

    There are a number of ways you can fund your education. 

    First you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA. Financial aid awards are not determined or renewed automatically. You MUST apply for financial aid each year. To apply for financial aid, complete your FAFSA as soon after Jan. 1 as possible every year. So grab your parents and your tax returns and fill out the FAFSA. 

    You can get help with your FAFSA or with your search for scholarships at EducationQuest. EducationQuest Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve access to higher education in Nebraska. It's also a proud sponsor of the KnowHow2GONebraska campaign. They provide free planning services, outreach services, need-based scholarship programs, and college access grants. EducationQuest has locations in Lincoln, Kearney and Omaha, Neb. Please visit the EducationQuest website  for more information or call 402.475.5222. Their web page for scholarships is a very good resource. EducationQuest scholarship referral instructions.

    Don't forget that SCC has a number of scholarships in which you may qualify. Make sure to fill out a SCC Scholarship Application. Don't forget that in order to qualify for SCC scholarships, you MUST apply prior to the quarter in which you wish to receive help.

    Here is a list of scholarships by due date compiled by Learn to Dream. Please review the list and identify ones in which you qualify. Once you determine if you qualify, apply as soon as possible.
    Central Plains Center
    Provides funding to students who have been a ward of state or in foster care at any point in their life. The Central Plains Center (CPC) provides comprehensive financial assistance by covering tuition, books, and some extraneous bills.  Students are eligible for $2,200 a year or up to $550 a quarter. 
    Eligibility requirements are having been a ward of state, or in foster care.  Students must apply before they turn 21. Scholarship will continue through the age of 23 if they are continuously enrolled (summer quarter is not required).  The scholarship can transfer to other colleges and universities. Once accepted students must maintain a 2.0 GPA, stay in contact with the Center on a monthly basis, send in their grades, and new class schedule every quarter to CPC.
    Contact  information: Andra White or Michele Taylor, 908 South E Street, Broken Bow, NE 68822.  Phone: 308-872-6176
    Click to visit their website and to apply.

    YESS (Youth Education and Support Services)
    Provides financial assistance and case management to help students reach their educational and career goals.   Students are eligible for their services until the age of 21.  Must be low income and one of the following to qualify:  Disabled, Dropped out of high school, Foster child, Homeless or a Runaway, Pregnant, a Parent, or Involved w/ the court system.
    Contact Bethany Olson, 1010 N Street, Suite 150, Lincoln, NE 68508  Phone: 402-441-4920
    Please visit their website for more information and to apply.
    Scholarships A-Z (You have the DREAM. We have the resources. Tú tienes el DREAM y nosotros los recursos.)
    Scholarships A-Z provides its scholarship list in an effort to help all students locate additional scholarship funding. The offering organization for each scholarship is always the final authority regarding the details in this list. View their list of scholarships.
    Hispanic College Fund (due March 1)
    During the course of the academic year, students accepted into the College and Career Institute will receive a scholarship ranging from $500 - $10,000, as well as advisory phone calls once per term. Additionally, scholars will participate in webinars on several topics, including Time Management, Transitions (from high school to college, from undergraduate to postgraduate), Financial Literacy, Internships, Character Building, and Networking & Relationship Building.
    Visit the Hispanic College Fund website for more information.
    The Gates Millennium Scholars
    GMS will select 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. We provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs, along with academic support throughout their college career. Visit the Gates Millennium Scholars website for more information.
    United Negro College Fund (various deadlines)
    UNCF awards more than 10,000 scholarships through more than 400 scholarship, internship, fellowship and institutional grants that support students at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. Those programs include the:
    • Gates Millennium Scholars Program, which supports students from undergraduate through doctoral studies and whose students have graduation rates of 80-90 percent
    • UNCF/Merck Science Initiative, which offers students bioscience and biotechnology research fellowships, cultivating their potential with financial support, hands-on training, close mentoring relationships and institutional support
    • Corporate Scholars Program supports hundreds of students with scholarships and internships at major Fortune 500 corporations

    Visit the United Negro College Fund website for additional information.

    You are always free to come visit us at our office in H-1 where we can discuss in more detail your options for making your educational future possible.