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Their Opportunity.

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Access digital copies of our district flyers.

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This page has information on a number of scholarship opportunities available to Grand Island Senior High students.
The best way to locate the most up-to-date available scholarships is to find your desired college’s website and look for scholarships. Students can only apply for these scholarships after completing the desired college's admission application.

Current Scholarship information

Grand Island Public Schools Foundation

The Grand Island Public Schools Foundation’s Scholarship Program allows students to complete one online application to be considered for 150 scholarships totaling approximately $400,000. Scholarships range from $250-$220,000 each. 

Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program

Authorized by the Nebraska Legislature in 2007, the Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program Act (LB 192) pays tuition and mandatory fees for qualified, low-income high school students to enroll in college courses from Nebraska colleges or universities, either through dual-enrollment or early enrollment agreements with these institutions. High school students may apply for funding under this program by completing the ACE Student Application, which is reviewed by the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE) for award consideration.

EducationQuest

For more information on scholarships, visit the EducationQuest ScholarshipQuest page. 

The National Scholarship - We think of our National Scholarship as the “Pell Grant” for highly motivated DREAMers with significant, unmet financial need. While we consider your GPA and test scores, we place great emphasis on your demonstrated commitment to community service and your ability to overcome the barriers and challenges that DREAMers face each and every day.

Midwest Exchange Program - The Midwest Student Exchange Program, or MSEP, is a multi-state tuition reciprocity program. Through the MSEP, public institutions agree to charge students no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate for specific programs; private institutions offer a 10% reduction on their tuition rates.

The Susan T. Buffett Scholarship - The Susan T. Buffett Foundation has offered scholarships to college students in Nebraska for over 50 years. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to first-time freshman entering college who live in Nebraska, graduate from a Nebraska high school (or GED) with plans to attend a Nebraska public college, and demonstrate financial need. There are a limited number of scholarships, so the Foundation is unable to provide awards to all eligible candidates.

The 2021 application opens Nov. 1st

Deadline: Feb. 1st 5 pm CT/4 pm MT

 Winning the scholarship game:

Follow these tips to increase your chances of earning scholarships:


Don’t pay for scholarship services! Free resources include ScholarshipQuest at EducationQuest.org, your school counselor’s office, and EducationQuest offices in Omaha, Lincoln, and Kearney.


Focus on college-based and local scholarships. You’re more likely to earn them over large national awards.


Continually update your activities, honors, and volunteer or paid jobs using the Activities Resume at EducationQuest.org.


Earn the best possible ACT/SAT scores by taking the exams in the spring of your junior year and again in the fall of your senior year. 


Use quality references such as a teacher, coach or counselor. Give them advance notice, a specific deadline, and a copy of your Activities Resume.


Ask at least two people to proofread your application. 

The key is to make yourself stand out!


College Applications:

1. Know your deadlines.  Create an excel spreadsheet.
   a. Early Decision-100% commitment to this school.  Submit applications around November.  Decisions from school by December.  You must withdraw your application from any other colleges if accepted.
   b. Early Action-submit your application around November.  School decisions are out by December.  If accepted, not required to go.  Typically still have until May 1 to decide.
   c. Regular Decision-extend into January and February.  Schools can send their decisions in April.  You are not required to attend if accepted.
   d. Rolling Admissions-Schools go through applications as they come in.  Again you get to choose if you want to attend or not if accepted.
   e. If you are laser focused on one school, apply early.


Letters of Recommendation

1. Find someone who has witnessed your growth. Find the person who has seen you overcome obstacles and persevere through hard times.  You want someone you have a relationship with and has known you for more than one semester.
   a. Ask them in person.
   b. say thank you!  Again, do this in person or in writing.
2. Evaluate your social media accounts.  Do your accounts portray the same person you are describing in your college application and college essay.Go through your accounts and delete anything that might be offensive or inappropriate.
3. Confirm that your materials have arrived.  Check back a few days after you submit.  Save everything.  If a school is missing something, you will have a copy.

Tips for the Common Application

1. Utilize the entire app.  It has an “explore colleges” function which allows you to search by certain criteria.
2. Start your application early.  The Common App goes live on August 1.Don’t wait until the last minute.  Focus on quality.
3. Ask for help.  The Common App has a Solutions Center that can be reached any time of the day or night.  
4. Only apply to schools that align with your goals for the future.

Tips for the College Application Essay

1. Pick the perfect topic-write about something you are passionate about.  Let the college see a unique side of you that is different than your transcripts and list of activities.
2. Look ahead of time for essay prompts.  Sometimes they are published early.  
3. Take advantage of your resources.  Sometimes a conversation with a friend or teacher can spark an idea.  There are online resources. For example, College Essay Guy-will guide you through the process.
4. Be honest. 
5. Proofread and proofread again.Stay structured.  Ask a friend or family member to read it.  Maybe your English teacher would be willing to read it also.

Media Inquiries
Jennifer Worthington, Marketing & Communications
308-385-5900 Ext. 1124
Your Legacy.
Their Opportunity.

Enhancing opportunities by seeking and securing resources for projects, scholarships and programs.

Access digital copies of our district flyers.

Improving school-to-home communication by distribute school flyers directly to families digitally.


This page has information on a number of scholarship opportunities available to Grand Island Senior High students.
The best way to locate the most up-to-date available scholarships is to find your desired college’s website and look for scholarships. Students can only apply for these scholarships after completing the desired college's admission application.

Current Scholarship information

Grand Island Public Schools Foundation

The Grand Island Public Schools Foundation’s Scholarship Program allows students to complete one online application to be considered for 150 scholarships totaling approximately $400,000. Scholarships range from $250-$220,000 each. 

Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program

Authorized by the Nebraska Legislature in 2007, the Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program Act (LB 192) pays tuition and mandatory fees for qualified, low-income high school students to enroll in college courses from Nebraska colleges or universities, either through dual-enrollment or early enrollment agreements with these institutions. High school students may apply for funding under this program by completing the ACE Student Application, which is reviewed by the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE) for award consideration.

EducationQuest

For more information on scholarships, visit the EducationQuest ScholarshipQuest page. 

The National Scholarship - We think of our National Scholarship as the “Pell Grant” for highly motivated DREAMers with significant, unmet financial need. While we consider your GPA and test scores, we place great emphasis on your demonstrated commitment to community service and your ability to overcome the barriers and challenges that DREAMers face each and every day.

Midwest Exchange Program - The Midwest Student Exchange Program, or MSEP, is a multi-state tuition reciprocity program. Through the MSEP, public institutions agree to charge students no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate for specific programs; private institutions offer a 10% reduction on their tuition rates.

The Susan T. Buffett Scholarship - The Susan T. Buffett Foundation has offered scholarships to college students in Nebraska for over 50 years. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to first-time freshman entering college who live in Nebraska, graduate from a Nebraska high school (or GED) with plans to attend a Nebraska public college, and demonstrate financial need. There are a limited number of scholarships, so the Foundation is unable to provide awards to all eligible candidates.

The 2021 application opens Nov. 1st

Deadline: Feb. 1st 5 pm CT/4 pm MT

 Winning the scholarship game:

Follow these tips to increase your chances of earning scholarships:


Don’t pay for scholarship services! Free resources include ScholarshipQuest at EducationQuest.org, your school counselor’s office, and EducationQuest offices in Omaha, Lincoln, and Kearney.


Focus on college-based and local scholarships. You’re more likely to earn them over large national awards.


Continually update your activities, honors, and volunteer or paid jobs using the Activities Resume at EducationQuest.org.


Earn the best possible ACT/SAT scores by taking the exams in the spring of your junior year and again in the fall of your senior year. 


Use quality references such as a teacher, coach or counselor. Give them advance notice, a specific deadline, and a copy of your Activities Resume.


Ask at least two people to proofread your application. 

The key is to make yourself stand out!


College Applications:

1. Know your deadlines.  Create an excel spreadsheet.
   a. Early Decision-100% commitment to this school.  Submit applications around November.  Decisions from school by December.  You must withdraw your application from any other colleges if accepted.
   b. Early Action-submit your application around November.  School decisions are out by December.  If accepted, not required to go.  Typically still have until May 1 to decide.
   c. Regular Decision-extend into January and February.  Schools can send their decisions in April.  You are not required to attend if accepted.
   d. Rolling Admissions-Schools go through applications as they come in.  Again you get to choose if you want to attend or not if accepted.
   e. If you are laser focused on one school, apply early.


Letters of Recommendation

1. Find someone who has witnessed your growth. Find the person who has seen you overcome obstacles and persevere through hard times.  You want someone you have a relationship with and has known you for more than one semester.
   a. Ask them in person.
   b. say thank you!  Again, do this in person or in writing.
2. Evaluate your social media accounts.  Do your accounts portray the same person you are describing in your college application and college essay.Go through your accounts and delete anything that might be offensive or inappropriate.
3. Confirm that your materials have arrived.  Check back a few days after you submit.  Save everything.  If a school is missing something, you will have a copy.

Tips for the Common Application

1. Utilize the entire app.  It has an “explore colleges” function which allows you to search by certain criteria.
2. Start your application early.  The Common App goes live on August 1.Don’t wait until the last minute.  Focus on quality.
3. Ask for help.  The Common App has a Solutions Center that can be reached any time of the day or night.  
4. Only apply to schools that align with your goals for the future.

Tips for the College Application Essay

1. Pick the perfect topic-write about something you are passionate about.  Let the college see a unique side of you that is different than your transcripts and list of activities.
2. Look ahead of time for essay prompts.  Sometimes they are published early.  
3. Take advantage of your resources.  Sometimes a conversation with a friend or teacher can spark an idea.  There are online resources. For example, College Essay Guy-will guide you through the process.
4. Be honest. 
5. Proofread and proofread again.Stay structured.  Ask a friend or family member to read it.  Maybe your English teacher would be willing to read it also.

Media Inquiries
Jennifer Worthington, Marketing & Communications
308-385-5900 Ext. 1124
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