Nebraska Career Scholarship

Ƶ, in a collaborative effort with the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, is offering scholarships to first-time and transfer students pursuing degrees in programs of study leading to high wage, high skill, and high demand careers. Awards up to $5,000 per school year are available. The scholarship is renewable for up to three years for students who remain eligible.

To be eligible for funding for the 2024-2025 academic year, you must complete the Ƶ Scholarship application and have a current application on file with the admission office. Application priority date is March 1, 2024. Final application deadline is September 1, 2024.

Eligibility
  • Must be a first-time student or a transfer student as defined below
  • Must carry a minimum of 9 credits per semester.
  • Must maintain at least a 2.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) to continue to receive the scholarship.
  • Scholarship recipients must live in Nebraska while receiving a scholarship (but may be recruited from outside of Nebraska).
  • Scholarship recipients are awarded Career Scholarships based on their enrollment in an eligible program of study.
  • Scholarship recipients may select another major and retain the scholarship award as long as the new program of study is an eligible program of study as defined in these guidelines.
  • A scholarship award shall not exceed $5000 per year. Financial need, as determined by FAFSA may be considered.
  • Scholarship recipients may not have previously earned a post-secondary credential. This includes a certificate, diploma, Associate Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, or Ph.D.
First-Time Student
  • First-time students are defined as individuals who are enrolling in a for-credit program of study who have not been previously enrolled in a post-secondary institution, and
  • have not previously earned a post-secondary credential. This includes a certificate, diploma, Associate Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, or Ph.D.
Additional Information
  • Prior participation in high school dual-credit courses does not count as previous enrollment at a postsecondary institution.
  • Students who enroll Fall term 2024 and enrolled in college for the first time in the prior summer term are eligible.
  • Students who enroll in a preprogram for a selective admission eligible program are eligible for a scholarship in their first year; subsequent scholarships should only be awarded if the student is accepted into the eligible program of study.
  • Students who have a future matriculation record for a limited enrollment eligible program are eligible for a scholarship in their first year; subsequent scholarships will only be awarded if the student is accepted into the eligible program of study.
  • Participation in the program is capped at a maximum of three years
Transfer Student
  • Transfer students are individuals who have one or more college credits,
  • who have not previously earned a post-secondary credential. This includes a certificate, diploma, Associate Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, or Ph.D. and who have transferred their enrollment from one or more institutions of higher education to Ƶ with continuous enrollment.
  • Scholarship recipients are awarded Career Scholarships by an individual community college.
  • Transfer students between Nebraska colleges who were awarded a scholarship at the original college may receive a scholarship from the incoming college, at the discretion of the incoming college, and must follow the incoming college’s scholarship application process.
Renewable

The Career Scholarship is automatically renewable if the scholarship recipient continues to meet eligibility requirements of the scholarship and remains eligible to enroll. To maintain ongoing eligibility in the program:

  • Scholarship recipients must maintain satisfactory academic standing,
  • a 2.00 Cumulative Grade Point Average,
  • Maintain an adequate enrollment pace that will enable completion of the program of study within three years, in accordance with their educational plan.

The Nebraska Career Scholarship can be combined with other scholarships and financial aid. Once awarded, it may be renewable for up to three years, if the student maintains at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA and continues to be enrolled as a full-time student in one of the following programs (Note: programs not listed below will not be considered for the scholarship)

Preprograms and Future Matriculation

Students who received a scholarship by enrolling in a preprogram for a selective admission eligible program may only receive a subsequent scholarship if the student is accepted into the eligible program of study.

Students who received a scholarship by enrolling with a future matriculation record for a limited enrollment eligible program may only receive a subsequent scholarship if the student is accepted into the eligible program of study.

Accordion - Additional Requirements

1. Career-Related Work Experience Every scholarship recipient must participate in a Nebraska-based internship, apprenticeship, clinical position, or employment in the field of study prior to their final term of the program of study. To receive disbursement of the scholarship for the final term, the scholarship recipient must have participated a career-related work experience. Colleges will document career-related work experiences for each scholarship recipient.

2. Major Changes Scholarship recipients who change their major to one not included as an eligible program of study will no longer receive the scholarship beginning the following term. Scholarship recipients who change their major must inform the scholarship Coordinator or risk losing their scholarship.

*Prerequisites required. Please contact Admissions for more information.*