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Senior Class Newsletter October 2018



Dates to Know

Mid-Term Graduation: December 20th
Prom: April 13th
Seniors last day of class: May 16th
Class day/rehearsal: May
Graduation: May 19th 


Mr. Woods  

Class Flower:            Sunflower
Class Colors:            Silver and Maroon
Class Song:              "I'll Always Remember You" by Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana
Class Motto:              "Every ending is the beginning of something new"
Prom Theme:            Masquerade


Mrs. Hoesche 

Please read the following carefully:

There are two components to ordering items for graduation.

1)      Cap and gown unit

  • Every student who is graduating will need a new Cap & gown unit (cap, gown, tassel & diploma) in order to be able to participate in the graduation ceremony. The cost for the cap & gown unit is $40.
  • Cap & gown unit orders and payments will be taken at GISH by Mrs. Hoesche in the West office.
  • Payment for cap and gown unit is due by Thursday, December 20th.
  • Mid-Term graduate cap and gown unit payment is due Friday, November 5th.

 2)      All other optional graduation merchandise

  • Students who will not be participating in the graduation ceremony will still need to fill out an order form for just the diploma, which costs $20.
  • All other optional graduation merchandise, such as announcements, clothing, jewelry, picture frames, etc. will be ordered through School Traditions, our representatives from Jostens. An assembly will be held Monday, November 5 from 11:15-11:40 in the auditorium at which time information and forms for ordering graduation merchandise will be handed out.
  • The reps from School Traditions will return on November 15th & 16th to take the orders and payments for graduation merchandise.
  • All other graduation merchandise-orders and payments taken at GISH by School Traditions (our Jostens reps).

MIDTERM GRADUATES                                                                                                     


Midterm graduation will be held on Tuesday, December 20th at 2:00 pm in the auditorium. There will be a meeting on Nov 5th after the Josten’s assembly for details pertaining to mid-term graduation.

College and Scholarship Essay Workshop 

Mrs. Skalberg

The GIPS Foundation is sponsoring a College and Scholarship Essay Workshop on Monday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the North Cafeteria.  Seniors and their parents/guardians are invited to attend.  We introduce our online scholarship system and present examples, techniques, rubrics and helpful tips. Students are asked to bring their laptops.

Spanish translation will be available via headsets.


College Entrance Exams

Seniors should continue to take the ACT in the fall to try to get the highest score possible for them. Register for the ACT at Make sure you use .org (not .com)

ACT Test Given
Registration Due
December 8
ACT Grand Island Senior High Code 280-955

Test Coordinator – Larry Uhing

If you want to attend a college that prefers the SAT, register for the SAT at

SAT Test Given
Registration Due
December 1     
SAT Grand Island Senior High Code 280-955

Test Coordinator - Lori Christensen

* Students will be required to present a photo ID such as a driver’s license or a school ID at the test center in order to take the ACT exam. Students may use the TI-85 or the TI-86 calculator on the ACT. The TI-89 or the TI-92 calculators are not permitted by ACT.

* All seniors who registered should report to GISH or to CCC (check your ticket as to which site you are scheduled to test) at 7:45 am on October 28 (if you met the September 22 registration deadline) and December 8 for the ACT.

Resource for DREAMers 

Thousands of DREAMers want nothing more than the opportunity to get a college education and give back to their families, their communities, and this country. At TheDream.US (, they work with a community of partners to provide that opportunity.

Free ACT Online Prep

During the 2017-18 school year, all juniors in the state of Nebraska were given an ACT Online Prep account. This account is still active through the end of December 2018.  

ACT Online Prep is the only interactive test prep offering from the makers of ACT that provides personalized learning paths.  Once you log in, you have access to practice tests, testing resources, and flashcards. 

To log in go to:

  • username is gips full email
  • password is giXXXXX (gi followed by 5-digit ID)

For free help with college planning, contact EducationQuest Foundation:

Omaha:  1-402-391-4033 or toll free at 1-888-357-6300
Lincoln: 1-402-475-5222 or toll free at 1-800-303-3745
Kearney: 1-308-234-6310 or toll free at 1-800-666-3721   
Scottsbluff: 1-800-303-3745

10 Reasons to Apply to Colleges now!

  • The earlier you apply, the sooner you will hear from colleges!
  • The sooner your application is complete, the sooner your name is sent to financial aid for scholarship consideration and you will find out about Honors Programs and the benefits.
  • You can get your college online files set up with email, ID numbers and PIN numbers.
    You can check your application status online. (UNL on MyRed, UNO on MvSpace, UNK on MyBlue)
  • The sooner your application file is complete, the sooner you get housing applications.
    (If you want a dorm room at UNO, the sooner you apply the better.)
    Late students at UNL were housed in student lounges and on waiting lists for a dorm room.
  • Coaches will contact you about college athletics. Fine Arts will post audition dates.
  • You can visit with College Department Chairs to learn about departmental scholarship opportunities.
  • Universities have career information online to help you choose a major.
  • The colleges will identify any high school deficiencies early and you can work with your high school counselor to get them taken care of in the spring of your senior year.
  • Some colleges may waive the application fee if you apply early and apply online.
  • You can access support services right away if you are on an IEP or have other accommodations.

Can I be excused for a College Open House?

Yes, GISH will allow you two college visit days, but we encourage you to schedule visits on days GISH is not in session(Nov 9). Your parent/guardian needs to excuse you and inform the attendance secretary about your college visit (385-5950). Many colleges provide opportunities for students and parents/guardians to tour their campuses. Students usually get to meet staff members, see the dorms, take a closer look at academic programs, or attend extracurricular activities. Often, students can make appointments with advisors, fine arts directors, or coaches. VISIT ANY COLLEGE WEB SITE AND LEARN HOW TO SCHEDULE A CAMPUS VISIT!

Questions to Ask on Your Campus Visit

When you talk to admissions reps, ask them.......
  • What are the admissions requirements?
  • Does the college have academic programs that fit my interests?
  • What is the average class size? Are classes taught by professors or by graduate assistants?
  • What are the critical college deadlines?
  • Will I be required to live on campus? If so, for how long am I required?
  • Is there a waiting list for housing?
  • Are computer labs available? Is there a charge? Is the campus wireless?
  • Does the school offer tutors or resource centers if I need academic help?
  • Where are most students from? Can I study abroad? Describe your student population.
  • What clubs, activities, and organizations are offered on campus?
  • What internships, career planning and placement services are available?
  • What percentage of students graduate with a degree? What is the average length of stay?
  • What new programs or facilities will be available in the near future?
  • Do you have an Honors Program, what are the requirements and benefits? How do I apply?

When you tour the campus, ask yourself.......

  • Do I like the dorms? Can I study here?What is the cafeteria like?
  • Is there a fitness and recreation center for all students?
  • Is off-campus housing available for upperclassmen?
  • Would I like to live in this town or city?
  • Does the school have activities that interest me?
When you talk to current students, ask them.......

  • How easy is it to register for classes? Did you get your first choices?
  • Are faculty members accessible outside of class?
  • Are campus jobs available?
  • How safe do you feel? What security features are in place?
  • How easy was it to adjust to campus life?
  • What is the Greek system like?
  • Can freshmen bring cars to campus? What is parking like?
  • Is your advisor good? How do freshmen get an advisor?

When you talk to Admissions or Financial Aid Counselors, ask them........
  • What applications are required for scholarships, financial aid, and what are the deadlines?
  • Are there separate applications for departmental scholarships? Leadership scholarships? Multicultural scholarships?
  • What is an estimate of my financial aid package?
  • What are some suggestions for financing college?

Can’t afford to go to college?

  •  The truth is you usually can’t afford NOT to go to college. On average, the year cost of a four-year public college or university is $7-9,000.00 for tuition. That is a small amount when you consider that college graduates will earn over $1 million dollars more during their lifetime than students with only high school degrees. There may be some good reasons not to attend college, but lack of money should not be one of them! Applying for scholarships and other forms of financial aid is difficult and time consuming, but whatever you do, do not stop trying. A college education will pay dividends for a lifetime.

Excellent WebsiteS

The counseling portion of GISH’s web site has some great resources for seniors. Go to www.gips/

Go to Counseling Office on the left hand side. There you can see who your counselor is, and find out what testing done is at GISH. You can use the built in links to EducationQuest to run an activities resume, college Funding Estimator and plug in last year’s income tax materials to see if you will qualify for federal grants or loans. Students can also run a scholarship search, or find college profiles. You can download the monthly senior newsletters, which will keep you up to date on senior information. Scholarship information can be found under counselors > scholarships > current scholarships. Be sure to check this often as new scholarships are added throughout the year.

 Another handy website, which contains more than 5,500 institutions of higher learning as well as a fast search to out-of-state college web sites, is And here are some more scholarship resources on the web:

FAFSA Prep-Work                                                                                    Educationquest

Beginning October 1, you and your parents can complete the 2018-19 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is the application for state, federal, and college-based financial aid. Here's what you need to do:

  • Review the FAFSA Checklist at to determine items you’ll need to complete the FAFSA.
  • Create an FSA ID. You and a parent must each create a username and password at that will serve as your Federal Student Aid (FSA) IDs for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You will each need your own email address to create an FSA ID.
  • Complete the FAFSA at on or after October 1. The FAFSA is your application for federal, state, and college-based financial aid. The colleges you list on the application will use that information to determine the types and amounts of financial aid they will award you.

See FAFSA Tools at for helpful resources.

For free personal help, call EducationQuest to make an appointment: Omaha – 888.357.6300, Lincoln – 800.303.3745, Kearney – 800.666.3721, and Scottsbluff – 800.303.3745, ext. 6654 

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, 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
  • 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.


NCAA Eligibility

Mr. Uhing  

To practice and play as a freshman at an NCAA Division I or II College, the student athlete must satisfy the requirements of NCAA bylaws. Your eligibility is determined by a qualifier index, which includes your GPA in core classes and your ACT scores. The NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse Application is available online at

Hot NCAA Topics

Test Score Rule: Test scores must be reported to eligibility center directly from ACT or SAT. The clearinghouse code number is 9999.

High School Core:  Verify that the courses you are taking are approved on high school’s approved core course list on the web site. You need to take 16 yearlong college prep level courses from English, math, science, social studies or world languages. You DO NOT need to enter your dual credit courses in the college sections as you are a true freshman and all of those courses are posted on your high school transcript.

Amateurism Questionnaire and Final Authorization Signature: Remember to log back in to your account and finalize your amateurism questionnaire on or after April 1 of your senior year if you plan to enroll in college the following fall. Make sure your final transcript is sent to NCAA in June.

College Status: You are a true freshman. Do not mark that you have attended college even if you have taken dual credit classes at CCC.


NAIA Eligibility

Mr. Uhing 

The NAIA Eligibility Center is responsible for determining the NAIA eligibility of first-time student-athletes. Any student playing NAIA sports for the first time must meet the eligibility requirements. Students must have their eligibility determined by the NAIA Eligibility Center, and all NAIA schools are bound by the center's decisions. Colleges that require NAIA eligibility are usually private schools such as Doane, Hastings College, Midland University, Concordia, and York. Students must send their ACT scores to the NAIA Eligibility center and the ACT code number is 9876.

Applying to UNL, UNK or UNO?

Students have the option to transfer their application to one of the Nebraska Universities to the other two automatically. This option appears early on in the process.


UNK Tours

Weekday Campus Visits (Aug 27 - Dec 7, 2018)

UNK Admissions offers campus tours to prospective students (and families) at 9:30 AM and 1:30 PM, Monday through Thursday, and at 9:30 AM on Fridays. Fall campus visits begin on Monday, August 27th and include:

  • a walking tour of campus with a current UNK student
  • an academic appointment in your intended major or area of interest
  • optional financial aid session
  • opportunity to dine on campus in the Market @ 27th (Student Union) at a discounted rate

Campus Visits should be scheduled at least one week in advance by (1) clicking on an available date on the visit calendar and (2) registering online! Space in each tour is limited. Available dates are removed from the calendar when full or unavailable. Contact us via email at or at 308-865-8526 with questions about registering. 

Saturday Campus Visits

On select Saturday mornings this fall and spring, campus tours will be available at 10:00 AM, and include (1) a full walking tour of campus, (2) viewing of a traditional-style residence hall and room, and (3) option to dine on campus!  

Note: Academic and Financial Aid Appointments are not available during Saturday Campus Visits.

During a Saturday Campus Visit, you will:

  • take a walking tour of campus with a current UNK Student
  • tour a co-ed residence hall and view a typical UNK student's room
  • have the opportunity to dine on campus in the Market @ 27th at a discounted price (optional)

 Saturday Visits in the fall typically occur on Loper Football home dates!  Sign up for a Saturday Tour now on the Campus Visit calendar!

Conozca UNK

UNK will host a Spanish visit on the last Friday of October, November, February, March and April for the current academic year (2018-2019). The event is titled Conozca UNK “Get to Know UNK”.

Dates: November 30, February 22, March 29, and April 26

Conozca UNK, will include:

  • Academic departments sharing exciting program information
  • A panel of current UNK students
  • Faculty insight into classroom life and expectations
  • A complete campus tour
  • The opportunity for individual academic appointments
  • Option to apply to UNK and/or Financial Aid information. (Seniors Only)

For registration look for Conozca UNK on the Campus Visits Calendar.

Loper Preview Days 

Loper Preview Days are events hosted on campus to allow for a larger student audience, and typically include general information sessions and a student organizations and majors fair. The Fall (November) Loper Preview Day is designed for high school seniors, while the Spring (March or April) Loper Preview Day is designed for high school juniors and families.




Maverick Visit Experiences

Maverick Landing opened in September 2017 to serve as UNO’s new welcome/visit center. This new space on the Scott Campus creates new opportunities to welcome prospective students and Omaha visitors with information on how to join the Maverick Family, while also creating a new social space for students.

Experience UNO

Experience for yourself what life is like for a student at UNO. This free visit will include an Admissions Presentation, a walking tour of our Dodge campus, a tour of a residence hall and a shuttle tour of our Scott and Center campuses. You’ll also get the chance to meet with a representative from your program of interest during a Recruitment Meeting (September – April only).

College-Specific Visits

Explore your specific college more in-depth with our College-Specific visits. These free visits include an admissions presentation, a deeper look into the programs that your college offers, a behind the scenes tour of your college’s building and a tour of UNO’s campus.

Discover UNO

Designed specifically for students who are interested in simply just seeing the campus. This option will include a brief overview of the Maverick experience. This walking tour of Dodge Campus includes visiting residence halls and a shuttle tour of our Scott and Center Campuses.

Signature Open House Events

Come experience one of our open house events, tour campus, and get information about how to become a future Maverick. Guests will have the opportunity to talk to representatives from various majors and other resources, learn about scholarships and financial aid opportunities, and tour the campus.

Be A Mav Day

Our signature open house events allow high school seniors to learn what life as a Maverick is all about. Guests will have the opportunity to talk to representatives from various majors and other resources, learn about scholarships and financial aid opportunities, and tour the campus.

  • Nov. 17
  • December 1, 7

Junior Be A Mav Day

Junior Be A Mav Days are designed for high school sophomores and juniors. You'll learn about navigating the college application process from our admissions experts, while getting the inside scoop on paying for college, selecting a major, and life as a Maverick. You’ll also learn tips and tricks from the experts on how to prepare for the college application process during your senior year and making the most of high school to be ready for UNO.

Somos Familia

UNO abre las puertas a las familias que hablan español con eventos que proveen información acerca del proceso de admisión en tu idioma. Nos encantaría que nos acompañes en estos eventos. Si necesitas ayuda en español llámanos al 402.554.3577.

UNO welcomes Spanish speaking families to participate in events that provide information about the admissions process in Spanish. We welcome you to join us at all events. If you need help in Spanish please call us at 402.554.3577. All information will be presented in Spanish.

  • Diciembre 1 (December)
  • Diciembre 8 (December 7)



Red Letter Days (Nov 12)

Experience for yourself what life is like as a student at Nebraska. During your Red Letter Day, you’ll tour campus with a current Nebraska student as your guide, explore your academic interests, visit a residence hall, learn more about student involvement opportunities, discuss important admissions, scholarship and financial aid information, and discover the many services that help students at Nebraska succeed.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the Nebraska Office of Admissions at 402-472-2023.


Because Red Letter Days fill up quickly, we encourage you to reserve your spot early. Walk-in registration is open only on a space-available basis the day of the event.

Your pre-registration will also allow us to prepare for your visit, ensuring you the best possible campus experience.

Program Fee: $10.00 per person. Sorry, no refunds on program fees.

If you are interested in any health-related fields, check out our Pre-Health Red Letter Day.


Husker Weekdays


Experience for yourself what life is like as a student at Nebraska. Husker Weekdays are free campus visit opportunities held daily. During your visit, you’ll explore campus with a current Nebraska student as your guide, tour a residence hall, and learn more about student involvement opportunities. You’ll also get the chance to discuss important admission, scholarship and financial aid information with Nebraska Office of Admissions staff.

Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to attend an academic appointment with a representative from your academic interest area. Discuss, ask questions, and learn more about the many academic resources and opportunities available to you at Nebraska.


Because Husker Weekdays fill up quickly, we encourage you to reserve your spot early. Reservations are required for this event. Please reserve your spot before booking travel arrangements.

If you have any questions about this event or would prefer to register over the phone, please contact the Van Brunt Visitors Center at 402-472-4887.

Keep in mind that although campus tours will operate as usual, there are fewer students on campus during university breaks. Nebraska’s scheduled breaks include: fall break (October 15–16), Thanksgiving break (November 22–25), winter break (December 17–January 4), and spring break (March 18–22). Please plan your visit accordingly.


CCC Schedule a Tour

Group Tour Days
  • November 27
    (Fine Arts Day - Columbus Only)
  • December 5
  • February 6
  • March 12
  • April 8

Central Community College (Grand Island, Columbus, or Hastings)
Or individually any time, call 1-877-222-0780


Doane College

Personalized Visit

Choose a date and pick the time that works best for you to come and visit Doane University! Start times are available for your visit each weekday (Monday - Friday) at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.  Enjoy a tour including:

  • Newly-renovated residence halls
  • Outdoor Cassel Theatre
  • Beautiful scenic campus
  • Meet with your admission counselor to learn more about Doane.
  • Request a meeting with a professor, director, or coach (limited availability for some)
  • Sign up at:
Theatre Visit Day - Monday, November 19, 2018

Heralded by critics as one of the best theatre programs in the region, our students even stand out nationally. Now that’s stage presence. Talk with our award-winning faculty and understand why getting involved with Doane Theatre will let you learn it all: acting, directing and design.

  • Watch selected scenes from a Doane Theatre production
  • Join our Performance or Tech groups
  • Mock auditions
STEM Visit Day - Thursday, December 6, 2018

At Doane, students studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics receive an undergraduate experience unlike any other. Find out why real-world research, your own personal lab space, working with nationally recognized faculty and our new S-STEM Program scholarships set Doane apart.

  • Campus tours
  • Visit with admissions counselors
  • Student/faculty Q&A
  • Sit in on a science class
  • Free lunch

NE Wesleyan University Prairie Wolves Days

See “our” campus for yourself. Talk with professors, tour the facilities and meet the friendly faces. You’ll soon realize NWU isn’t “our” campus at all. It’s yours. And it’s waiting for you.

Prospective high school students automatically receive a renewable $1,000 Campus Visit Grant after completing a visit arranged through the admissions office.

Family and friends are welcome to join you on your visit.

Campus visits are available Monday through Friday, starting as early as 9 a.m. Below is a list of available time slots for your campus visit. Your visit will automatically include a campus tour and meeting with an admissions counselor (unless you specify otherwise). Please plan your day at NWU accordingly to make the most of your visit.

  • Campus tour: 1 hour
  • Meet with a counselor about admissions and financial aid: 45 minutes
  • Meet with a professor: 45 minutes
  • Meet with a coach or director: 45 minutes
  • Lunch: 1 hour

Professors and coaches may have limited availability to meet with prospective students on visits after 1:30 p.m.

If you would like to schedule a visit with less than a week’s notice, please call Heather O’Neill at 402.465.2148

Hastings College Campus Visit

Group Visits

The Hastings College admissions team hosts many events throughout the year when you'll have an opportunity to come to campus, take part a tour and meet your admissions counselor, faculty, financial aid staff and others. 

Schedule Your Hastings College Visit

Select a day from the calendar, then a time to scheduled your personalized visit to Hastings College.

During your visit, you’ll enjoy a full tour of our academic facilities and residence halls, plus check out where you can participate in athletics, music, theater, art, media and more.

If you are not able to select the date you'd like to visit, or are coming through town on a weekend, please call our office in advance (402.461.7315) and we'll help make arrangements just for you.

Appointments can be made from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday – Friday. Call 1-800-532-7642 in advance.


Wayne State

Daily campus tours offered Monday-Friday: walking tours for students and their families (joining other individuals in a small group)

Group walking tours when six or more people visit campus together

Monthly Saturday campus tours

Visits depart from the Welcome Center and last approximately 90 minutes. You'll start things off by talking with an admission counselor for details about the application process and Wayne State's range of academic programs. Then a current student will lead you on a walking tour of campus with other prospective students and guests, showing off highlights such as the Student Center, the Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center, the Undergraduate Library, residence halls, and classrooms.

Visits to our athletic complexes and medical campus are not included in the campus tour.

Appointments with faculty are available when the college is in session and are subject to faculty availability. Please allow at least a one-week notice so that they can schedule your appointment. Call the Admissions Office at 866-WSC-CATS.

Health Care Majors: RHOP & KHOP

Many colleges have special programs for their health care majors. One very unique program offered by Chadron State College, Wayne State College and/or Peru State College in partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center is the RHOP or Rural Health Opportunities Program. The purpose of this program is to recruit and educate students from rural Nebraska who promise to return to practice in rural communities in the state. Students must make a commitment to quality health care in Nebraska. In return, these students are given scholarships for their undergraduate work and automatic admission in medical programs at the UNMC upon successful completion of the pre-professional studies.

Chadron State College RHOP to UNMC Programs: (check their web site for more specific details)

RHOP, is a cooperative agreement between Chadron State College and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The purpose of the program is to recruit and educate high school students from rural Nebraska who will return to practice in rural areas of the state. This program represents a commitment and dedication to the education of Nebraskans and quality health care for citizens of the state. Non-traditional students from rural Nebraska will be considered and are encouraged to apply. For more information on the programs that consider non-traditional applications, please contact the Health Professions office.

RHOP Brochure

This program offers the following options:

  • Medical Lab Science - 3 yrs CSC / 1 yr UNMC
    • up to 3 positions
    • UNMC - Omaha or Kearney
  • Dental Hygiene - 2 yrs CSC / 2 yrs UNMC
    • up to 2 positions
    • UNMC - Gering
  • Dentistry 4 yrs CSC / 4 yrs UNMC
    • up to 3 positions
    • UNMC - Lincoln
  • Medicine - 4 yrs CSC / 4 yrs UNMC
    • up to 5 positions
    • UNMC - Omaha
  • Nursing - 2 yrs CSC / 2 yrs UNMC
    • up to 5 positions
    • UNMC - Scottsbluff
  • Pharmacy - 3 yrs CSC / 4 yrs UNMC
    • up to 3 positions
    • UNMC - Omaha
  • Physical Therapy - 4 yrs CSC / 3 yrs UNMC
    • up to 2 positions
    • UNMC - Omaha or Kearney
  • Physician Assistant - 4 yrs CSC / 28 mos UNMC
    • up to 3 positions
    • UNMC - Omaha or Kearney
  • Radiography - 2 yrs CSC /2 yrs UNMC
    • up to 2 positions
    • UNMC - Omaha or Kearney


  • Be a rural Nebraska resident (excluding the following cities: Omaha, Ralston, Boys Town, Elkhorn, Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista, Chalco, Offut Air Force Base & Lincoln).
  • Have applied and been accepted to Chadron State College.
  • Demonstrate strong academic potential with preferred minimum ACT score of 24.
  • Apply for only one professional field and only at either CSC, WSC, or PSC.
  • All materials must be received by the respective deadline for consideration for the following academic year.
  •  All RHOP participants receive a RHOP Tuition Waiver for the years they attend CSC.
  • All participants receive early acceptance into UNMC.
  • Early registration privileges
  • Opportunities to visit UNMC while attending CSC
  • Qualified Participants receive up to $5700 in renewable scholarships
  • Qualified Alternates with an ACT of 23 or better receive up to $2500 in renewable scholarships

Selection Guidelines

We are looking for well-rounded students who are dedicated to the health profession and have demonstrated commitment to the rural areas of Nebraska; and who are willing to work hard and have demonstrated they have the intellectual ability to complete the rigorous academic programs in health professions at CSC and UNMC.

Numerous factors are always a part of the selection process; however, special emphasis is placed on:

  • The academic potential of the student.
  • A commitment to return to the rural areas of Nebraska to practice their profession.
  • Academic preparation.

Deadlines & Applications

The application deadline for all options is November 15. 

The application packet is a multi-step process which must be completed, without exception, by the respective deadline for consideration into the program. The following must be submitted in order for the application to be considered complete:

  • Apply to Chadron State College
  • Complete and submit the RHOP application, including personal essay, must be completed online (hand-written applications are not accepted)
  • A pdf copy of the High School Transcript
  • A pdf copy of college transcripts from dual-enrollment courses (if applicable)
  • A pdf copy of the ACT and/or SAT scores printed from their respective websites
  • Three letters of recommendation (submission link coming soon)


Wayne State College RHOP to UNMC Programs: (check their web site for more specific details)

Rural communities make up a majority of Nebraska. They are the lifeblood of the state and deserve quality medical care.  Established and successful for over 25 years, the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) is a special cooperative program between Wayne State College and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) to meet that need.  As a citizen of rural Nebraska, you've experienced the rural lifestyle, and you know the unique needs of your community.  That's why we're recruiting Nebraskans like you - because you're dedicated to your home state and you care about its rural health care needs.  We do too.  Our program represents that commitment and will prepare you to return to rural Nebraska and care for its citizens.

Program Benefits*
  • Full tuition scholarship at Wayne State College
  • Guaranteed admission to UNMC
  • Early registration privileges
  • Opportunities to visit UNMC during your time at WSC

*All benefits are contingent upon successfully maintaining and completing the program requirements.

Participating Fields
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Dentistry
  • Medical Lab Science
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Radiography

RHOP participants spend time at both WSC and UNMC, with the amount of time at each institution determined by the program.

Peru State College RHOP to UNMC Programs:

The Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) is a cooperative program between Peru State and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Students admitted into the RHOP program must be from a rural background. The purpose of the program is to recruit and educate students from rural communities who plan to return to rural areas to practice. It represents a commitment and dedication to quality health care for the citizens of the state. Upon selection into the RHOP program, students who meet all the program requirements will be admitted into their specific program at the UNMC. Students are strongly encouraged and expected to practice in the rural areas of Nebraska. Currently, Peru State has been allocated three seats in the pharmacy program, four seats in the nursing program, three seats are available in the physician assistant program, three in medical laboratory science, two in physical therapy and two in radiography.

Benefits of the Program
If selected as a participant in the program each student will:
  • Receive a full tuition waiver while enrolled at Peru State, provided the student maintains good standing within the RHOP program standards.
  • Be given acceptance to the UNMC after their completion of PSC pre-professional curriculum.
  • Follow a special curriculum at Peru State that will prepare the student for studies at UNMC.
  • Have recognition of their desire to become a health care professional.

Application Deadline: Nov. 15
For more information:


KHOP & Scholarship Programs

Kearney Health Opportunities Program (KHOP)

The Kearney Health Opportunities Program (KHOP) is a cooperative program between the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). The purpose of the program is to recruit and educate students from rural Nebraska who are committed to returning to rural Nebraska to practice healthcare. This program represents a commitment and dedication to the education of Nebraskans and quality health care for citizens of the state. Beginning in Fall 2018, KHOP will offer students an amazing new opportunity to be part of the KHOP Learning Community. The CN AHEC is helping coordinate the Kearney Health Opportunities Program Learning Community by providing additional support and professional development opportunities. The learning community will be comprised of first-year KHOP students and four KHOP upperclassmen mentors. View more information on CN AHEC and the Learning Community.

Programs include:

  • Dentistry
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Medical Lab Science
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiography
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant

Special Note from UNMC:  The College of Dentistry, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, the College of Allied Health Professions, and College of Medicine at UNMC have all agreed on the rural residency status eligibility guidelines for the KHOP/RHOP Programs.  For more information on rural residency eligibility, please visit their for more information. 

The due date is November 15.  

Go to for more information.

Lincoln (UNL) Rural Law Opportunities Program: (check their web site for more specific details)

The Rural Law Opportunities Program (RLOP) aims to ensure all Nebraskans have access to legal representation by encouraging the practice of law in the state’s rural communities. Through the program, students from certain Nebraska areas will study at one of three Nebraska State Colleges or Universities, obtain their legal education at Nebraska Law and then practice in rural areas throughout the state. RLOP was established through a partnership between the University of Nebraska College of Law and Chadron State College, the University of Nebraska at Kearney and Wayne State College.

The Need

The need for attorneys in rural Nebraska is greater than ever. Currently in Nebraska, 11 of the state's 93 counties, including McPherson, Arthur, Blaine and Hayes, have no attorneys. The shortage of attorneys in these rural Nebraska areas means that people may have to drive hundreds of miles for legal assistance. Communities not only lack lawyers and judges, but also important leaders for schools, community organizations and businesses.

The Program

RLOPs are available at Chadron State College, the University of Nebraska at Kearney and Wayne State College. RLOP students will receive scholarships to fund their undergraduate education and will begin to develop their relationship with Nebraska Law as early as their freshman year in college. Participants will be required to maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA at their undergraduate institution to remain in the program. RLOP students who satisfy this GPA requirement, obtain a minimum LSAT score and meet other minor law school application criteria will be automatically accepted to the University of Nebraska College of Law.

As RLOP participants, students will visit Nebraska Law for guest lectures, special court proceedings, observation of classes and networking activities. Nebraska Law administrators and admissions representatives will also visit the campuses of participating schools at least once an academic year to meet with students one on one. Between their junior and senior years, RLOP students will have the opportunity to participate in rural Nebraska internships. 

The Schools

Undergraduate admissions requirements will vary by institution. All RLOP students must have an interest in practicing law in a rural Nebraska community and meet certain residency requirements.
For specific school requirements and to apply, visit one of the institution’s web sites listed below.




CCC Transcripts

If you have taken dual credit courses at CCC, you will need a CCC transcript. This will show the names of the CCC courses (at CCC) that you have taken and how many credits you have earned at CCC. Don’t forget this important step for your college applications!

For Dual Credit Classes you need to request your transcript be sent from CCC:

  • E-Transcript 
    • Processed same business day, $ 2.50 per transcript
  • Paper transcript 
    • (mailed or picked up) 3-5 business days, $ 2.50 per transcript
    • Paper transcript option must be used if you are required to send an attachment with the transcript. 
            Examples: NAIA, PTCAS, NursingCAS, PharmCAS 
  • Expedited paper transcript 
    • UPS Next Day/Domestic
    • $40.00 per transcript
    • UPS Overnight/Domestic orders need to be submitted by 3:30 pm (CST)
  • If you want to see your CCC transcript online:
    • WebCentral (bottom of page)
    • Log In ID – your first initial and last name followed by last 5 digits of your CCC ID number.
    • Password –
      • If the student has never logged in:  CCC# followed by last 6 digits of SSN
      • If student has a password, use that password
      • If student does NOT have a SSN, then CCC# followed by ALL the digits of the students CCC student ID number.

If you want to see what your CCC courses transfer for:
  • “Transferring CCC Credit” on the right side of the page
  • Select how you would like to see the information: by schools or by subject
  • Follow the directions at each web site.


In the mail….

Simpson College                                                                                                                          Indianola, Iowa

  • November 9 Full visit day
  • Register for a Simpson Fall visit day at or by calling 515–961–1624


Bryan College of Health Sciences                                                                                          Lincoln, Nebraska

  • Simplified application process for nursing and sonography
  • Visit the campus or take a Skype tour to visit the plastinates, cadaver, Science and skills lab


Hastings College                                                                                                                    Hastings, Nebraska

  • They are starting a new schedule next year; see more at
  • Also starting next year every student will have the opportunity to stare abroad for part of the semester in their second year on campus at no cost
  • Learn more at or call 402-463-2402


Doane University                                                                                                                        Crete, Nebraska


  • Tiger sleep over - Sunday, November 11 through Monday, November 10
  • Theater day Monday, November 19
  • STEM day Thursday, December 6
  • Learn more at or call 402-826-6767


School of the Art Institute of Chicago                                                                                    Chicago, IL
  • November 15 priority scholarship and Action deadline
  • January 15 final merit scholarship deadline for first time freshman students
  • Learn


Central Community College                                                                                                   Grand Island, NE

Dental days

  • Friday, November 9 9 AM to 11 AM
  • Call or email admissions to sign up for these events at 402-461-2428 or admissions at


Wayne State College                                                                                                                          Wayne, NE

Focus on you Fridays

  • November 9
  • January 25
  • February 8
  • February 22
  • March 15
  • April 12

The wildcat experience a personal visit Monday through Friday 9:30 AM or 1230 p.m.

  • Spanish visit day November 10 and March 23
  • Learn more at WSC.EDU


Southeast community college                                                                           
Beatrice, Lincoln, Milford, NE

Discovery days 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM

  • Beatrice Campus - Friday, November 9
  • Lincoln campus - Friday, November 16
  • Milford campus - Friday, November 30

Register at Southeast EDU/discoverscc

Colby Community College
Colby, KS

College Planning Conference

  • Senior day
  • Learn or call 785-460-4690
  • Wednesday, November 14


University of South Dakota
  • November 10 fall open house
  • February 8 admitted students day
  • Register for these events or an individual campus visit at USD.EDU/visit


Northeast Community College                                 
Norfolk, O’Neil, South Sioux City and West Point, NE

Career days

  • Veterinary technology November 14
  • Media arts and graphic design November 29
  • Register online visit or call 402 844-7262


Morningside College                                                                                                                      Sioux City, IA

Schedule a personalized private tour at Morningside eDU/admissions or call 712 274-5511

  • Senior visit day is Friday, November 9


Media Inquiries
Jack Sheard, Marketing & Communications
308-385-5900 Ext. 1127