Nuclear Energy Scholarship Program

  • What is the Nuclear Energy Scholarship Program?

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has awarded SCC a grant which is to be used for scholarships for students concentrating in nuclear-related associate degree programs.

    The project goal is to help develop a workforce capable of supporting the design, construction, operation, and regulation of nuclear facilities and the safe handling of nuclear materials.

    Awards are up to $3,000 per year per eligible student as long as funding is available.

    Degree-seeking students who are accepted into or enrolled in the following Programs of Study are encouraged to submit an application for a scholarship from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Nuclear Energy Scholarship Program (NESP). Incoming students must meet the course-placement score for the program to which they applied.

    Approved SCC programs of study:

    • Energy Generation Operations
    • Electrical & Electromechanical Technology
    • Electronic Systems Technology
    • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
    • Nondestructive Testing Technology

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission funds this scholarship.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    1. Applicant must complete the financial aid (FAFSA) application.
    2. Recipients must maintain a  3.0 grade-point average (GPA) or higher to retain this scholarship.
    3. If the recipient falls below a 3.0 in any given term, they will be placed on  Scholarship Probation for the next term, during which time they must earn a grade-point average of 3.0 or above.
    4. Recipient must maintain a course load of at least 12 credit hours per term to be classified as a full-time student.
    5. The applicant must be a United States Citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.
    6. Applicant must be accepted into or enrolled in an approved program of study at Southeast Community College.
    7. Applicant must have never been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony.
    8. Awardees must agree to serve a six-month service agreement in a nuclear-related field for each partial or full year of academic support, which begins upon completion of the degree or certificate program. The employment may be with a nuclear-related industry, state agencies, Department of Energy laboratories, the NRC or other federal agencies, or academia in the student’s sponsored fields of study. Other requirements apply. A full list is available with the program chair for Energy Generation Operations.

    What is the service agreement?

    The service agreement is required for all students in receipt of federal funds, and the student will agree to maintain satisfactory academic progress and secure employment for six months in a nuclear-related field, which begins upon completion of the degree or certificate program.

    A good-faith effort by the student to secure employment in a nuclear-related field can be made with job applications, referrals, etc.

    The student will agree to provide current contact information (address, telephone, email), and employment information, subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act, for as long as the student remains under obligated service. This information will be used solely for verifying appropriate nuclear-related employment in compliance with this service obligation.

    After your application is submitted, you may be contacted by:
    Barbara Keating, Southeast Community College
    402-323-3628 or 800-828-0072, ext. 3628
    John Pierce, Southeast Community College
    402-761-8394 or 800-933-7223, ext. 8394

    You also will be contacted for a personal interview with the NESP Scholarship Committee. Award recipients will be notified as soon as possible. The scholarship funds can be used for tuition, books and fees. Each student may receive up to $3,000 per academic year. Awards will be deposited into the winning applicants’ student financial aid account shortly after award winners are announced.

    1. Applications are due as soon as possible so award will be available for your next available school term.
    2. An NESP scholarship committee made up of SCC faculty members and industry representatives will review and approve the scholarships. They will verify the following information:
      • All statements on the application are truthful
      • Confirm financial need status.
      • Confirm applicant’s Next Generation ACCUPLACER® score or, if an applicant is already in a program, their current CGPA must be at least 3.0.


    "This web page was prepared by Southeast Community College under award NRC-HQ-60-17-G-0012 06/30/2017 from U.S. NRC - HQ Acquisition Management Division, Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. NRC - HQ Acquisition Management Division or the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission."