NORFOLK, Neb. - Northeast Community College is offering scholarships to first-time and transfer students pursuing degrees in programs of study leading to high wage, high skill, and high demand (H3) careers.
The Nebraska Career Scholarship Act, approved by the Nebraska Legislature in Aug. 2020, provides funding to colleges and universities throughout the state to increase student access, encourage student enrollment in high demand careers, and grow enrollments. Through a collaboration between the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) and Nebraska community colleges, the program allows Northeast to offer multiple scholarships of up to $5,000 per academic year to new students who are Nebraska residents and meet scholarship guidelines.
Amy Kaiser, workforce development coordinator at Northeast, said the scholarship is renewable for up to three years for students who remain eligible.
“Northeast will award scholarships, which can be used for tuition and fees, required tools and equipment, textbooks, and room and board, based on the quality and content of the scholarship submission,” Kaiser said. “All scholarship recipients will also be required to participate in a Nebraska-based and career-related work experience to connect the next generation of Nebraskans to opportunities within the state and to gather valuable hands-on and real-world exposure to their career field.”
To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be enrolled in a qualifying program of study. They are Drafting, Electrical Construction and Control, Health Information Management Systems, Information Technology, Machining and Manufacturing Automation, and Paramedic.
During the current academic year, Northeast has been awarded $121,000 of the $1 million in aid available to the state’s community colleges. DED reports $2 million will be available for the community colleges in the 2021-22 academic year with the funding increasing each year thereafter.
Kaiser said completion of an online application is required to be considered for a scholarship, with application availability from April 12-May 17.
“Scholarship recipients will be notified during the week of June 7,” she said.
New and transfer students can apply at northeast.edu/financial-aid-and-scholarships/scholarships/ nebraska-career-scholarships) beginning April 12.
Northeast Community College Information Technology (IT) Instructor Kris Coan is pictured in her classroom in the Echtenkamp building on the Norfolk campus. IT is one of six programs of study at Northeast where eligible students may qualify for $5,000 scholarships through the Nebraska Career Scholarship Act.