Nebraska Career Scholarship
Northeast Community College, 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.
Application and Eligibility
To be eligible for funding for the 2024-2025 academic year, you must complete the Northeast Community College Scholarship application and have a current application on file with the admission office. The Northeast Community College scholarship application is located in your My Apps Portal. Students can begin submitting applications October 1, 2023. Application priority date is March 1, 2024. Final application deadline is September 15, 2024.
- Apply for Admission
- First-time student or transfer student
- Nebraska resident
- Enrolling in an approved program in the following areas of study:
- Automotive Technology
- Business Administration
- Business Diploma
- Diesel Technology
- Electrical Construction and Control
- Electromechanical Technology
- Health Information Management Systems
- Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
- Information Technology
- Machining and Manufacturing Automation
Scholarship recipients will be notified by the Northeast Financial Aid Office via email.
Scholarship recipients must meet all the qualifications of the scholarship at the time of selection and maintain academic progress consistent with Northeast's Financial Aid Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress policy throughout the life of the scholarship. To maintain ongoing eligibility, students must complete a career-related work experience prior to completion of their program and be enrolled in an approved program of study.
Frequently Asked Questions
Scholarship awards are up to $5,000 per person per academic year.
No, only Nebraska residents are eligible.
Yes, the Nebraska Career Scholarship is renewable for a maximum of three years (For certificate programs this is equivalent to 2 semesters of funding; for diploma programs this is equivalent to 3 semesters of funding; for degree programs this is equivalent to 6 semesters of funding). To ensure ongoing eligibility however, a scholarship recipient must maintain satisfactory academic standing as detailed in the Northeast Financial Aid Standards and Satisfactory Academic Progress policy. This requires students to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.000 and maintain an adequate enrollment pace of 67% or higher. Scholarship recipients must also continue enrollment in one of the approved programs of study as identified by Northeast Community College. Should a scholarship recipient elect to change his/her program of study to one not eligible for Nebraska Career Scholarship funds, then that student will no longer receive the scholarship beginning the following term.
Eligible programs at Northeast Community College include Automotive Technology, Diesel Technology, Drafting, Electrical Construction and Control, Health Information Management Systems, Information Technology, Machining and Manufacturing Automation, Paramedic, Plumbing, and Welding.
Qualifying expenses include tuition, fees, required tools and equipment, books, and room/board.
For the purpose of this scholarship, first-time students are defined as individuals enrolled for the first time in any postsecondary institution after graduating from high school or receiving a diploma of high school equivalency.
For the purposes of this scholarship, transfer students are defined as individuals who have one or more college credits, who have not previously earned a post-secondary credential, and who have transferred their enrollment from one or more institutions of higher education to the participating community college with continuous enrollment.
Scholarship recipients are awarded Career Scholarships by an individual college. Students who transfer from one Nebraska college to another would need to reapply for the Nebraska Career Scholarship at the college they are transferring to. It would be at the discretion of the incoming college as to whether a scholarship was awarded to that individual.
Scholarship recipients will need to:
- Be enrolled and maintain enrollment in an eligible program of study
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress
- Meet with an advisor to create an academic progress plan to ensure completion of their program of study within a three-year period
- Complete a career related/work-based learning experience in their field of study prior to their final semester
Recipients of the Nebraska Career Scholarships will participate in a 20-40 hour cooperative internship course or micro internship. This experience is designed to provide a platform for each student to develop and improve the skills and knowledge being taught at Northeast Community College in a real-world work experience. If the student’s program of study does not offer a coop course, they can complete and return the NE Career Micro Internship Agreement.
Students need to complete their program of study work experience and submit the NE Career Scholarship Work Experience Summary as well as the NE Career Timesheet Tracker, prior to the start of their final semester. Any scholarship recipient that does not have the proper documentation submitted, will not receive a final award and no funds will be disbursed to their student account.
Work experience can be paid or unpaid at the discretion of the industry partner.