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
"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
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.