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SCC presented with equity award for Western Region of ACCT

ACCT Award
Dr. Paul Illich, second from left, and Kathy Boellstorff, second from right, accept the 2015 Equity Award for the Western Region of the Association of Community College Trustees. Joining them on stage are 2014-15 ACCT Chair Robin Smith, a trustee from Lansing (Mich.) Community College, and ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown.

Southeast Community College was presented with the 2015 Association of Community College Trustees Western Region Equity Award during the organization's Annual Leadership Congress last week in San Diego, Calif.

Kathy Boellstorff, chairperson of SCC's Board of Governors, and Dr. Paul Illich, SCC president, accepted the Charles Kennedy Equity Award on behalf of the College.

SCC's nomination centered on its Learn to Dream Scholarship, which was created in 2007 through a partnership between SCC, Union Bank & Trust and Nelnet. The program is designed to provide eligible students with free tuition for up to 45 quarter credit hours of classes at any of SCC's locations. All graduating seniors who qualify for free and reduced lunch as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture are eligible for the LTD Scholarship.

SCC helps LTD students take advantage of this opportunity through one-on-one academic and career advising. The College's Student Retention Specialists provide information, support and guidance to help students achieve their academic and life goals.

"A quality college education changes lives every day," Illich said. "It opens doors to a promising career and a fulfilling life. For low-income students in our 15-county district, the dream of a 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 high school in SCC's 15-county district to further their education by attending one of SCC's three campuses in Beatrice, Lincoln or Milford. Students are made aware of the Learn to Dream Scholarship opportunity beginning in the eighth grade. They work with their guidance counselor to take courses that will prepare them to become successful SCC students."

Eligible students in 11th or 12th grade may enroll in dual-credit courses that provide credit at both their high school and SCC. The scholarship pays the tuition and fees, and these courses count toward the 45 quarter credit hours available to each student. Learn to Dream services include help with homework and tutoring services; personal mentoring and support; educational goals and planning; financial aid, scholarships and money management; retention support; registration guidance and support; transfer advising; career exploration; and locating textbooks and supplies for college.

Since LTD's inception, more than 3,400 students have been awarded the scholarship, and more than 2,200 have enrolled and have availed themselves of various academic, instructional and related support activities at SCC. Each year, approximately 65 percent of the students offered an LTD scholarship choose to attend SCC. To date, more than 600 LTD students have either graduated from SCC or have started their higher education pursuits at SCC and then transferred to another post-secondary institution. Scholarships have been awarded to students representing nine high schools.

The ACCT was founded in 1972. It is the nonprofit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees of community, technical and junior colleges in the United States and beyond. ACCT's purpose is to strengthen the capacity of community, technical and junior colleges and to foster the realization of their missions through effective board leadership at local, state and national levels.


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