NORFOLK, Neb. – Northeast Community College is expanding opportunities for first-time and transfer students who are interested in pursuing degrees in programs of study leading to high wage, high skill, and high demand (H3) careers.
Nebraska Career Scholarship program is back for students interested in H3 careers
January 4, 2023 7:04 AM
Last year, Northeast and Nebraska’s other community colleges began a collaboration with the Nebraska Department of Economic Development to offer up to $5,000 Nebraska Career Scholarships to new students who are Nebraska residents and meet scholarship guidelines to enroll in qualifying programs of study. Qualifying programs include drafting, electrical construction and control, health information management systems, information technology, machining and manufacturing automation, paramedic, plumbing, and welding.
The scholarships come through the Nebraska Career Scholarship Act which provides funding to colleges and universities throughout the state to increase student access, encourage student enrollment in high demand careers, and grow enrollments.
Amy Kaiser, scholarship and continuing education coordinator at Northeast Community College, said the scholarship is renewable for up to three years for students who remain eligible.
“Northeast will award scholarships, which may 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 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.”
During the 2021-22 academic year, 49 Nebraska Career Scholarships totaling $214,000 were awarded to both diploma and degree seeking students. Five welding and one plumbing scholarship recipients received diplomas at the conclusion of the academic year in May. Of the 49 students, 27 recipients returned in the 2022-23 academic year and have been awarded an additional $66,000 during the first semester.
In the 2022-23 academic year, 56 scholarships totaling $138,000 have been awarded to new scholarships recipients.
Kaiser said a unique feature of the Nebraska Career Scholarship is that every recipient must complete a career-related work experience prior to the final term of their program.
“Many of the degree programs have internships, summer co-ops, clinicals, practicums, and professional practice experience built into their programs of study, making this requirement a fairly easy task to complete,” she said. “However, most of the diploma programs do not have this luxury. They must instead seek out their own work experience opportunity for the scholarship requirement.”
To assist diploma students in the program, Northeast has developed a micro-internship contract to provide structure to the experience and provide details and responsibilities of all parties included. Kaiser said it has assisted students enrolled in welding, machining and manufacturing, plumbing, and information technology programs which do not require internships at the present time.
Northeast students who would like to apply for the Nebraska Career Scholarship may use the College’s general scholarship application. Priority is given to students who complete applications turned in by March 1, 2023.
“To date, everyone who has applied and is eligible has been awarded a scholarship,” Kaiser said.
Beginning in the 2023-24 academic year, the Nebraska Career Scholarship will expand its eligible programs of study to include automotive technology and diesel technology.
To learn more or apply for the Nebraska Career Scholarship, visit northeast.edu/financial-aid-and-scholarships/scholarships/nebraska-career-scholarships.
Northeast Community College paramedic students work on a patient during a mock disaster exercise at the Norfolk Fire Training Facility near the Northeast campus in Norfolk. Paramedic is one of six programs of study at Northeast where eligible students may qualify for up to $5,000 in scholarships through the Nebraska Career Scholarship Act. Other qualifying programs include drafting, electrical construction and control, health information management systems, information technology, machining and manufacturing automation, plumbing, and welding. The Nebraska Career Scholarship will expand its eligible programs of study to include automotive technology and diesel technology beginning in the 2023-24 academic year.