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Scholarship Opportunities



Updated SEPTEMBER 15, 2020

Seniors and Senior Parents: this is the most recent updated list I have of scholarships that are sent to my office. The scholarships that say " OPEN " should be ready to go.  Read the criteria, click on the name of the scholarship to access that application.  Those that say "See Mr Thiele", stop in and pick up a hard copy from Mr. Thiele or Mrs. Ruppert. 

Most completed scholarships are turned back into guidance office, unless an address is given; on due date I send the file containing all applications to the specific committee that heads up that scholarship.

Continue to check with the scholarships/financial aid department of the school you are looking at attending to determine what (if any) scholarships and grants are available through them.

The FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) can be filed after October 1st using your 2019 taxes. Go to:   http://www.fafsa.gov - you must first have a FSA ID- for that go to: http://www.fsaid.ed.gov

You can check out available Nebraska scholarships under ScholarshipQuest at Educationquest.org.  There are many national websites such as: 

Chadron, Wayne, and Peru State

*have scholarships listed under www.nscs.edu

*go to students and scroll down.  Also check out the NSCS Advantage in same spot


 *go to collegeboundnebraska.com to check out possible help to cover tuition

Listed below are admission requirements and some of the scholarship opportunities listed by college - if "OPEN" is listed next to Admission - that means there is not an ACT or other score needed to be admitted to that college.

Northeast Community College (Norfolk, NE)

Admission – Open

Scholarships –

  • Board of Governors – Full Tuition for 4 Semesters – ACT 23 or above OR:
    MAPS Math 252, Language 231, Reading 232
  • President Early Entry – ½ Tuition for 4 Semesters – ACT 18 or above OR:
  • MAPS Math 234, Language 223, Reading 223
  • Dean’s Scholarship - $500 – only one given per school


Southeast Community College (Beatrice, Lincoln, Milford, NE)

Admission – Open

Scholarships –

  • Foundation and Alumni Scholarships.  Too Many Scholarships to List!!!


Central Community College (Columbus, Grand Island, Hastings, NE)

Admissions – Open

Scholarships –


Wayne State College (Wayne, NE)

Admission – Open

Scholarships –

  • Board of Trustees – Full Tuition for 4 years – ACT 25 or above
  • Neihardt Scholars – Full Tuition, Room, and $500 Stipend – ACT 25 or above
  • Presidential – Full Tuition, Renewable – ACT ?
  • Omaha World Herald – Full Tuition, Renweable – ACT 25 or above
  • Education Matters - $2000 Renewable for 4 years – ACT?
  • Governor’s Opportunity Award – Renewable – ACT 21-24
  • Leadership Award – Room Waiver for 2 years


Chadron State College (Chadron, NE)

Admission – Open

Scholarships –

  • Board of Trustees Scholarship – Full Tuition for 4 years – ACT 25 or above
  • Governor’s Opportunity Scholarship – ½ tuition – ACT 21-24
  • Presidential Honors - $4500 – ACT 27 or above
  • Presidential excellence - $2400 Tuition/$600 Room & Board for 4 years – ACT 25-26
  • Presidential Merit - $500 for 4 years + $500 Room Waiver – ACT 22


Peru State College (Peru, NE)

Admission – Open

Scholarships –

  • Chancellors Scholarship - $12,000 – ACT 28 or above
  • Presidents Scholarship - $8,000 – ACT 26 or above
  • Deans Scholarship - $4000 – ACT 24 or above


University of Nebraska at Kearney (Kearney, NE)

Admission – Open

Scholarships –

  • Academic Scholarships – ACT 23 or above
  • Board of Regents – Full Tuition for 4 years – Based on HS Rank and ACT*
  • Chancellor’s Scholarship - $3000 per year for 4 years – ACT?*
  • Dean’s Scholarship - $2000 per year for 4 years – Top 30% of the Class – ACT?*
  • Loper’s Excellence - ???

****There is a formula online to calculate the above scholarships with an asterisk next to them.


University of Nebraska at Lincoln (Lincoln, NE)

Admission – ACT 20 -or- top half of class

Scholarships –

  • Regents Scholarship – Full Tuition – ACT 30 or above
  • Davis Distinguished - $3500 for 4 years – ACT upper 20s


University of Nebraska at Omaha (Omaha, NE)

Admission - ACT 20 -or- top half of class

Scholarships –

  • Regents Scholarship – Full Tuition – ACT 30 or above


Nebraska Wesleyan (Lincoln, NE)

Admissions – Open

Scholarships –

  • Founders Scholarship - $20,000 – ACT 32 or above
  • Board of Govenor’s Scholarship - $18,000 – ACT 29 or above
  • President’s Scholarship - $16,000 – ACT 26 or above
  • Black & Gold Scholarship - $14,000 – ACT 23 or above
  • Archway Scholarship - $12,000 – ACT 20 or above


Midland University (Fremont, NE)

Admissions – ACT 20 or above

Scholarships –

  • Anderson Leader Scholarship – Renewable – ACT 24 or above
  • Presidential Scholarship – Renewable – ACT 22-23
  • Board of Directors Scholarship – Renewable – ACT 21-20


Doane University (Crete, NE)

Admissions - ?

Scholarships –

  • Presidential Scholarship - $20,000 for 4 years – ACT 26 and GPA 3.65
  • Board of Trustees Scholarship - $13,000 for 4 years – ACT 23 and GPA 3.25
  • Van Hoy Scholarship - $12,000 for 4 years – ACT 20 and GPA 3.0
  • Dan Community Award - $10,000 for 4 years – Requirements??


Creighton University (Omaha, NE)

Admission - ?

Scholarships –

  • Scott Scholarship – Full Tuition for 4 years – ACT 32 or above


Briar Cliff (Sioux City, IA)

Admission – ACT 19

Scholarships –

  • Presidential Scholarship – Full Tuition – ACT 26 or above
  • Bishops – Increases Annually $500-$10,000 – ACT 24 or above
  • STEM - $6000 – ACT 22 or above


South Dakota State University (Brookings, SD)

Admission – ACT 18 or above

Scholarships –

  • Jackrabbit Guarantee - $1000 per year for 4 years – ACT 18 or higher


University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD)

Admission – ACT 21 -or- GPA 2.6

Scholarships –

Vary by ACT Score and Academic Success



** RHOP (Rural Health Opportunities Program) Medical – Full Tuition & Automatic Acceptance to UNMC – Available at all State Colleges and I believe the Universities also!!!



All of these colleges have many other scholarships based on academics, involvement, and leadership!!!  There are really too many to list!!!


         Due Date




Horatio Alger/AKSARBEN Scholarship Program - OPEN- Must be done ONLINE @:scholars.horationalger.org


TEAMMATES SCHOLARSHIPS - open October 1st - Many different scholarships - too many to list.  Various deadlines.  Must be involved in Teammates organization. CLOSED

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship- must be done online

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship Application OPEN


Elks Gary Kelly Memorial Scholarship

Elks Gary Kelly Memorial Scholarship  CLOSED  - hand in to Ruppert by Nov 1


Ainsworth Elks Lodge 1790

Past Exalted Ruler Scholarship CLOSED-Hand in to Ruppert by Nov 1


Ainsworth Elks Lodge 1790 - Vocational Scholarship

Ainsworth Elks -Vocational

CLOSED -Hand in to Ruppert by Nov 1


Ainsworth Elks Lodge 1790





West Holt Medical Services Foundation Scholarship

WH Medical Foundation Scholarship

*follow instructions carefully -  open to seniors interested in a health related field -OPEN - hand in to Ruppert by 11-13-20 -  will open again in spring and be due 4/15/21

Hagan Foundation Scholarship (click on, then go to "brochure" for information and criteria) OPEN turn in on line


Nebraska Poultry Education Scholarship -  For students interetsed in careers in the poultry industry in Nebraska  -CLOSED Scholarship link - must be done online
  2020 Catholic Women Schol.pdf CLOSED- hand in to Ruppert by JANUARY 9th


Elks Legacy Scholarship -CLOSEDmust be done online


   ACACIA Fraternity Scholarship - for freshmen males attending UNL.  Must be done online - Acacia Fraternity Scholarship Application -CLOSED

Susan Thompson Buffet ScholarshipCLOSED  Go to https://buffettscholarships.org/ 

This is a substantial scholarship and the process in lengthy, start early, the website shows criteria and videos with tips on applying.  Submit ONLINE



Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers - Application and more information can be found at nspenebraska.org-  Please read carefully and hand in to Ruppert no later than 1-30-20 CLOSED


2019 Nebraska Rural Schools Association Scholarship-for students planning to become teachers, counselors or media specialists -CLOSED 2020 NRCSA Scholarship - hand in to Ruppert by 2-4-20
  NRCSA - Gary Fisher Fine Arts Scholarship - for students who excel in fine arts and are planning to major in fine arts in college. -CLOSED  2020 Gary Fisher Fine Arts Scholarship- hand in to Ruppert b 2-4-20
  Nebraska Press Association Scholarship - for students pursuing newspaper journalism education at a Nebraska college. Please submit online. NPA Foundation Scholarship   CLOSED

 The Set Me Free Project - Sydney Loofe Memorial Scholarship- Due to Ruppert on 2-12-20. Sydney Loofe Scholarship Link CLOSED


 Bill Lewis Scholarship - to provide financial assistance for the education of dependents of current and past officials registered with the Nebraska School Activities Association. $500 - Bill Lewis Scholarship App/Info CLOSED

2/28/20 St. Joseph Home and School Scholarship - for students who graduated 8th grade from St. Joseph and will graduate from WH.  Turn in to Mrs. Ruppert by 2-28-20.  St. Joseph Scholarship App - CLOSED                          
American Legion Auxillary Scholarships - go to website:  https://nebraskalegionaux.net/scholarships/ (Click on scholarships tab)CLOSED - there are many different scholarships - some may apply to you, some may not. Must have a relative or be a veteran.
The Weller Foundation.  New application process: Opens October 1st of every year and is due by March 1st, every year.  Grants will be paid in August for the Fall semester and January for the Spring semester.  This MUST be done online: Weller Grant application - CLOSED
Nebraska Legion Scholarships (Click on and select scholarships on top bar)CLOSED
Jim Hurlbert Baseball Scholarship - DUE JUNE 15
Maynard Jensen Memorial Scholarship
American Legion Eagle Scout
Edgar J. Boschult Memorial Scholarship
American Legion Baseball Player of the Year - DUE JULY 15th
Samsung American Legion - online - must have attended and truned in app at Girls/Boys State last summer

Titan Machinery Sponsorship Program - go to website: CLOSED


 CNSGA SCHOLARSHIP APP-  Boys & Girls Golf Team MembersCLOSED
Player Scoring Guide - hand in to Ruppert by 2-26-20
Cargill Global Scholars Program- CLOSED Must Attend UNL and pursue Ag-related degree
SEMA Loan forgiveness/scholarships - For students studying automotive careers - Plese see Website @: SEMA Website   -CLOSED- APPLY ONLINE
Central Valley Ag - for students seeking a degree in agriculture
Northeast Nebraska Telephone Company - Foundation for Rural Service - Scholarship(s) - Go to:Northeast Nebraska Telephone Complany website for scholarship application information.  You will then need to submit your completed application and support materials online.  Actual application can be found at: www.FRS.org/student - CLOSED
Niobrara Valley Electric Goodwill Fund-  turn in to Ruppert by 3-2-2020 - CLOSED
Better Business Bureau Student of Integrity Award- $2000 - access at: BBB website and turn in to Ruppert by MARCH 3rd -CLOSED 
hand in to Ruppert by 3-9-20



Gladys D. Goodson Scholarship - $2500 - for any student in Nebraska OR CURRENT college student attending a college or university in Nebraska pursuing an undergraduate degree in nursing.  GO TO:Gladys Goodson Scholarship - CLOSED submit online                          
Frederick Will Cronk Scholarship App CLOSED (All West Holt Seniors may apply) - hand in to Ruppert by 3-12-20



Nebraska School Counselor Association Scholarship -CLOSEDturn in to Ruppert by 3-12-20
3/15/20 Eastern Star Scholarship Application - Bethany Chapter - Turn in to Ruppert by 3-10-20.  CLOSED                          
CLOSED (Selection is based on WEST HOLT seniors who express interest in returning to area and display good citizenship) turn in to Ruppert by MARCH 13th - WH SENIORS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR BOTH THE WEST HOLT ONLY and the MULTI COUNTY!!
Mitchell Equipment MULTI COUNTY CLOSED (seniors living in Antelope, Boyd, Brown, Garfield, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Loup, Rock, or Wheeler with a specific interest in ag-related field and returning to the area) turn in to Ruppert by March 13th
3/25/20 J & J Sanitation Scholarship -CLOSED  - hand in to Mrs. Ruppert by 3-25-20                          
Atkinson-Ettes-CLOSED (All seniors may apply) hand in to Ruppert by 3-25-20
Werner Scholarship Application -CLOSED(Must attend the Atkinson Methodist Church) hand in by 3-26-19
Jones Family/Thad Jones Trucking Scholarship CLOSED  (All Seniors  hand in to Ruppert by 3-26-20
West Holt Booster Club Scholarship -CLOSED(All West Holt Seniors may apply) hand in to Ruppert by 3-27-20
 Nebraska Insurance Federation and Nebraska Actuaries Club CLOSED  - hand in to Ruppert by 3-25-19
Holt County Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship CLOSED (All Seniors may apply) hand in by 3-30-20


At the Nebraska Society of Mayflower Descendants' Spring Meeting on Sunday, April 26, 2020, the Society will award the sixth Burt & Becky Whedon Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,620 to a high school senior planning to attend an accredited 4-year college or university during the 2020-‘21 academic year.

Scholarship applicants must be a resident of Nebraska and a U.S. citizen. Applicants will be evaluated by a written essay, GPA and class rank, ACT or SAT scores, honors received, school or volunteer activities, employment, demonstrated leadership and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor. Mayflower ancestry is NOT a requirement.

Applications must be submitted in ONE .pdf file no later than March 31, 2020 to gmabecky1955@gmail.com

Atkinson-Stuart Country Club CLOSED (Senior golfers may apply, and any students whose parents hold membership) - Hand in to Mrs. Ruppert by 4-1-2020.
Roll of Excellence Scholarship - Federal Credit Union Services Center - Must be enrolled in the Cervices Center Federal Credit Union - GPA of 3.5 - Must be done online at: SCFCU Scholarship link .   CLOSED
Farmers State Bank Scholarship App . AtkinsonCLOSED Open to Seniors attending an in-state 2 OR 4 year college, preference given to student interested  in business or agriculture-related field hand in to Mrs. Ruppert by 3-31-20 OR SUBMIT ONLINE by 4-1-20.
4/1/20 Holt County 4-H Council Senior Scholarship -CLOSEDdue to Mrs. Ruppert by 3-27-20                          
Tressa Wright Memorial Scholarship - CLOSED All Seniors may apply) hand in by 3-27-20
Chambers Davis Community College Scholarship - ANY Community College in NEBRASKACLOSED - turn in to me by March 26th, 2020
Sandhills Ranch Expo Information CLOSED (Students studying agricultural related fields) Hand in to Ruppert by March 25th
Pink Bandana Scholarship Application CLOSED   Students who have battled breast cancer or have a parent or legal guardian who battled breast cancer) - Hand in to Ruppert by March 26th
Jerry Hollingsworth Memorial Scholarship -CLOSED  pursue a four year degree) hand in to Ruppert by 3-30-20
4/1/20 Hoegmeyer Seeds Scholarship - Must be done online by April 1 - for students planning to enroll in an ag related field.  Award 10-$500 scholarships .  www.therightseed.com   CLOSED                          
(All seniors may apply) CLOSED hand in by 3-27-20
This must be done online - details are on this guideline sheet  McKenna's Rae of Hope Guidelines   (must study a mental health field) CLOSED
 Kaup Application - Kaup Guidelines CLOSED ( Seniors studying agriculture, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, or related fields at a 2-year community or technical school) hand in by 3-30-20
St. Patrick's Altar Society Scholarship CLOSED (Must be a member of St. Patrick's Parish) hand in to Ruppert by 3-26-20
St. Joseph's Altar Society/Knights of Columbus Grant/Scholarship - CLOSED-  (Seniors who attend St. Joseph Catholic Church) hand in by 4-1-20
American Legion Riders -CLOSED (All seniors can apply) hand in to Ruppert by 4-1-20
West Holt Education Association -CLOSED (West Holt Seniors pursuing a degree in teaching) - hand in to Ruppert by April 15-NEW DUE DATE!!!!!


Abood Scholarship Guidlines CLOSED (Must attend UNK and first generation college student) hand in to Ruppert by 3-27-20
Vera E McIntosh Memorial P.E.O. Scholarship CLOSED (West Holt females who have community service, high school activities)hand in to Ruppert by 4-3-20 ***** NEW -  DUE TO ME  by WED, 4-1-20
Upper Elkhorn NRD CLOSED (resident or family owns land in Upper Elkhorn, pursue natural resources or ag) hand in to Ruppert by 3-27-20
Johnny Baxter Carriage House Foundation Scholarship  (Seniors attending a Community College studying an automotive field)Complete application due to Mrs. Ruppert by March 30th.   Johnny Baxter Carriage House Foundation    CLOSED
Atkinson American Legion Auxiliary-CLOSED (All seniors may apply) hand in to Ruppert by 4-6-20 
Atkinson America Legion Post-CLOSED(All seniors may apply) hand in to Ruppert by 4-6-20 ****PLEASE INCLUDE PHONE # ON THIS APPLICATION
Vittles and Such Scholarship -CLOSED (All seniors may apply) hand in to Ruppert by 4-9-20



West Holt Memorial Hospital Healthcare Scholarship- 

Given through Hospital Foundation.

West Holt Memorial Hospital Healthcare Scholarship

CLOSED -Due to Ruppert by 4-9-20


Chamber/BRAN scholarship - $1500 scholarship - please submit on your own via EMAIL, FAX or mail by 4-10-20     

Chamber/BRAN Scholarship app




Farm Bureau Assorted Scholarships  CLOSED - on your own - online



West Holt Foundation Scholarship CLOSED - - HIGH SCHOOL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP - 2; $500 Scholarships.  Hand in to Ruppert by 2nd Friday in April 4-9-2020


Fleming Scholarship App-CLOSED (All Seniors) - Due to Ruppert by 4-9-20




West Holt Medical Services Foundation Scholarship

West Holt Medical FOundation Scholarship

*follow instructions carefully -  open to seniors interested in a health related field CLOSED- Hand in to Mrs. Ruppert by 4/14/20

*DUE DATE EXTENDED due to CORONA-VIRUS - Refer to email received from me



SPEEDEE MART Scholarship - Speedee Mart sponsors a scholarship issued to seniors pursuing any kind of post-secondary education and is distributed by the West Holt Foundation Comittee - no application required.  CLOSED - amounts vary accordingly


Atkinson Sons of the Legion Scholarship CLOSED Ruppert by April 14th


Atkinson Lions Club ScholarshipCLOSED  - must be son or daughter of current Lions Club member -  hand in to Ruppert by April 14th


West Holt Memorial Hospital Healthcare ScholarshipCLOSED (senior who pursues a degree in a medical or health related) hand in to Ruppert by April 11th




West Holt Medical Services Foundation Scholarship

WH Medical Foundation Scholarship

*follow instructions carefully -  open to seniors interested in a health related field -CLOSED - hand in to Ruppert by 4-13-20 


2020 GJW Scholarship App - CLOSED ***PLEASE NOTE- even though the due date and file says 2019 - THIS IS WHAT YOU need to use - per the organization. Please get to me no later than 4-10-20


Jones/Sandhills Genetics App -CLOSED ***PLEASE NOTE- even though the due date and file says 2019 - THIS IS WHAT YOU need to use - per the organization. Please get to me no later than 4-10-20

Nebraska Coaches Association Scholarship CLOSED (senior who participated 2 years in 2 sports and earned a varsity letter in 2 sports)- *****NEW DUE DATE TO ORGANIZATION BY JUNE 12 - or, I can send for you
Jake Elger Memorial ScholarshipCLOSED (All seniors may apply, IEP student will be given 1st consideration.  Scholarship not based on GPA) hand in to Ruppert by April 10th
2020 Pheasants Forever Niobrara  CLOSED hand in to Ruppert by 4/9/20
TEAMMATES - Holt County Jodell Jones Memorial Scholarship.  For students involved in the Teammates organization. Completed app due to me no later than 4-10-2020   CLOSED Holt County Teammates Scholarship Application

James M. Cox Foundation Scholarship      James M. Cox Map Info

James M. Cox Information   CLOSED  Must attend a Nebraska college.  Due to Mrs. Ruppert no later than APRIL 9th, 2020

Lioness Scholarship  (All seniors may apply) -CLOSED hand in to Ruppert by April 18th
Geraldine Skopec Teacher Education Scholarship  (West Holt Senior pursuing a degree in education) CLOSED - hand in to Ruppert by April 18th
Charles G. Skopec Science Scholarship (West Holt senior pursuing a degree in science, including medical) CLOSED - hand in to Ruppert by April 18th
Martens Family Scholarship (All seniors may apply, 4-H experience and attendance in the Methodist church given preference.CLOSED - hand in to Ruppert by April 23rd
5-6-20 Jim Hanna Memorial Scholarship - Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska - for any child or grandchild of a member of ICON- hand in to Ruppert by May 6th. -Hanna Memorial Scholarship App - CLOSED                          
5-31-20 PB & J Scholarship - for students whose test scores or GPAs might not be the best but have the drive to succeed. $1000 - must be submitted online by May 31, 2020 at: PB & J Scholarship app - CLOSED                          


Linhart Scholarship

All seniors may apply CLOSED

Should be done via email - applications to be sent via email in pdf form.  See web link for info

Brightfelt Triangle Fraternity Scholarship - for students focused on STEM (Scienc, Technology, Engineering and Math) - at UNL - should be completed online.  






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