Senior Newsletter #15

February 9, 2016

Norfolk Public Schools Foundation Scholarships

The Norfolk Public Schools Foundation is offering several local scholarships to Norfolk High graduating seniors! By completing one application form you can apply for many scholarships. The due date for all applications is March 23rd at 4:00 pm. You will find all instructions, more information, and the application form when you go to the NPS Foundation Page on the NPS District website.

To apply:

  • Complete the application form on the NPS website. Make sure you fill in all required fields and mark the scholarships you would like to be considered for.
  • Transcripts are required. Contact the counseling center for an official transcript.
  • Some Scholarships require essays and/or letters of recommendation. Refer to the individual scholarship description for all requirements.
  • If you are applying for scholarships where financial need is part of the criteria, then you must complete the FAFSA and include the “Student Aid Report Summary” with your application. You should receive this within 4 days after submitting the FAFSA online or 3 weeks if you apply by mail.
  • Mail or deliver all materials to:

Norfolk Public Schools Foundation

Attention: Scholarship Committee

512 Philip Avenue, PO Box 139

Norfolk, NE 68702-0139

If you have any questions contact the NPS Foundation office at 402-644-2504 or see the counseling center.


Click this button for a full list of scholarships.

Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarship

The Hy-Vee Foundation is proud to award up to 40 - $1,000 scholarships to students seeking a four-year degree at any baccalaureate degree-granting college in the United States. The scholarship is for students currently working at Hy-Vee or children of employees at Hy-Vee. Click on the links below for more information and the application.

Program Guidelines

Checklist of Required Information


These materials are also available in the counseling center or at Applications are due February 10th.

AGC Scholarships

The Associated General Contractors (AGC) Nebraska Chapter is the only full-service statewide construction trade association that serves and represents heavy, highway, bridge, and municipal/utility contractors. We provide our members and their employees with access to news concerning the construction industry; opportunities to learn, network, and build relationships; and the ability to educate and influence public officials. You can find more information on our website at

On behalf of AGC Nebraska Chapter and our staff, I would love to tell you about our Chapter Scholarship program which we are making available to seniors in high school around Nebraska. Our Board of Directors have approved an annual $1000 scholarship which will be awarded to an applicant who plans to enroll in one of many specific construction related programs at a two year technical institute ( Click here to see a flyer for details) that meets our criteria, fills out the scholarship application and is approved by our Board of Directors.

Click here for application criteria and application instructions.

AGC Scholarship Application

The scholarship applications will be due by February 15, 2016.

The Nebraska Press Association

The Nebraska Press Association is giving $2,000 scholarships to qualified graduates of Nebraska high schools enrolled or planning to enroll full time in post-secondary educational programs in Nebraska-based colleges and universities leading to careers in print journalism. The scholarships will be given to students with a specific interest in news, editorial, photography, circulation, production, or advertising careers on weekly, semi-weekly, or daily newspapers. Selection of the recipients will be based on scholastic ability and good citizenship in school and community.

A letter of reference from the applicant's community newspaper publisher or editor may accompany the application, but this is not a requirement in order to be considered. A statement from a high-school administrator, guidance counselor, or college counselor is required and a letter of reference from an unrelated party is also required. The application form must be filled out by the applicant and an essay must be provided. Mail or email to the NPA Foundation Scholarship Committee, c/o Nebraska Press Association, 845 "S" Street, Lincoln, NE 68508, Applications are available in the counseling or click here and are due February 19th.

The Spirit of Anne Frank Scholarship

These awards are given out each year to students who have proven themselves exceptional leaders in combating intolerance, prejudice and injustice in their communities.

Our scholarship awards are available to high school seniors in the United States who are attending a four year college in the fall of 2016. This opportunity is for any student leaders at your school, who have proven themselves committed to social justice and who fight for equality in your community.

Students must submit a 1,000-word personal essay and two supporting letters of recommendation that highlight their work in the community and exhibit their commitment to achieving lasting change.

Applications are accepted online and must be submitted by February 19, 2016.

Past winners of these awards have helped to change legislation, have started or run non-profit organizations, and have written books or created documentaries.

You can learn more about these awards, the application requirements and read about past winners at

SCC Educational Foundation Scholarships

The SCC Educational Foundation awards scholarships to high school seniors to be applied toward the cost of tuition when a student enrolls full-time in a degree or diploma program at SCC. The SCC Scholarship Committee will select the recipients. Scholarship recipients will be notified via email.

Eligibility: Your application will be considered for scholarships for which you meet the criteria. Please see the complete list of scholarships at for details and requirements.

To apply:

  • Only online applications forms will be accepted. Applicant must complete the online application for the upcoming academic year. Click here to go to the application.
  • Upon completion of the online application, the applicant must immediately provide to SCC a copy of his/her high school transcript which must include class rank and cumulative GPA (see the counseling center for an official copy of your transcript)
These steps must be completed by February 22nd.

The Atlantic and College Board Writing Prize

The goals for this contest are to encourage serious student engagement with works of art, and to promote effective instruction by providing an opportunity and model for such engagement.


The winning student will receive $5,000 and have their essay published in the September 2016 issue of The Atlantic. Additional prizes may be added. The students' sponsoring teacher will receive a year's classroom subscription to The Atlantic.

Eligibility and Rules Include:
1) Must be a High School student between ages 16 to 19 years old;

2) Must be sponsored by a Teacher or, if home-schooled, a Parent-Sponsor;

3) Essay must be student's own original work, in English, not be previously published or submitted in connection with any other contest, be in-keeping with the Sponsor's image, and not be offensive or inappropriate as determined by the Sponsor, nor can it defame or invade publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person's personal or property rights or any other third-party rights; and

4) Essay must be typed, double-spaced with one-inch margins, and must be 1,000 to 1,500 words (excluding citations). The essay cannot include any information that identifies the student or Student Sponsor. When the teacher-sponsor submits the essay, he or she will be directed to provide contact information. Each submission will be assigned an identification number, and that number will be tagged to the teacher and student's contact information. ESSAYS SUBMITTED WITH IDENTIFYING INFORMATION WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE CONTEST.

Essay Theme and Content:

This year's theme is: The Importance of Art. Students are asked to choose a work of art from a pre-selected list of 21 works of art, as students write, they may choose to:

  • closely examine how the form, function, and/or content of the artwork work together to inspire your response and that of others,
  • consider the work's social, cultural, and/or historical context,
  • complement your writing with research, and/or
  • compare the work to another work of art.

Your writing should engage in the reader curiosity, interest, and understanding of the work of art, of your experience with the work, and of your perspective as an author: What work of art do you find most striking? Why are you inspired by the work? Why do you return to look at it again and again? Is the work disturbing or beautiful or confusing or truthful? Dig into these ideas and consider choosing a work that challenges you. Look at the work for a long time. Make observations about its craft. Explore the things you notice and how they might provoke different reactions.

Rules and Application


Essays must be submitted by Feb. 28, 2016. The Teacher or Student-Sponsor must represent and warrant that he/she provided feedback to the student during the essay-writing process but did not write any portion of the Essay in any draft. The Student or Teacher-Sponsor will also be required to verify the originality and authenticity of the student's Essay.

For more information, please visit the contest website.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program


Applicants to the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program must:

  • Be high school seniors, high school graduates, or current postsecondary undergraduate students.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university based in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the entire 2016-17 academic year. Proprietary and online schools are not eligible.
  • Plan to major in a course of study that focuses on Engineering/Technology or select Design related programs of study. .
  • Demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industries using these areas of study.
  • Be U.S. citizens and have permanent residence in the United States or Puerto Rico.

Award Criteria

Scholarship recipients are selected based on the following factors:

  • Academic achievement
  • Financial need
  • Participation and leadership in community and school activities, work experience and interest in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industry
  • Please note special consideration will be given to the following applicants: first-generation college, female, minority, military veteran or a dependent of military personnel.

The majority of the scholarships will be awarded to students majoring in Engineering/Techology Fields.

Award Amounts

The 50 recipients of the Buick Achievers National Scholarship will receive an award of up to $25,000 per year, available for four years, and one additional year for those entering a qualified five-year engineering program. The scholarships can be used toward the total cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, required equipment, room and board and other allowable expenses, less other gift aid known at the time of application (scholarships, grants and other awards that do not have to be paid back).

The awards are renewable for the given years noted above or until a bachelor's degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon maintaining a cumulative 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), full-time enrollment and continuing to major in an eligible field of study.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Click Here for more information and application instructions

The application must be submitted electronically by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on February 29, 2016..

Peru State College

General Scholarship Information: Due March 1st

Some scholarships are based on your application of admission to Peru State. Others require a separate application. It is noted on the scholarship page (click on "General Scholarship Information" above) if the scholarship requires a separate application.

SME Education Foundation Scholarships

SME Education Foundation programs have encouraged more than 60,000 students to study STEM, with a focus on technology.

The scholarships are awarded annually, so students can re-apply every year. Scholarships range from $1000-$6000 and can be used for tuition, books or lab/course fees related to attaining a technical or engineering education. Eligible students include high school seniors, undergraduates, graduate students pursuing degrees in advanced manufacturing and related fields at two-and four-year colleges.

In order to apply for scholarships, students must first register with the SME Education Foundation. The application process is open from November to February.

For more information and to register, please go to

Northeast Community College Scholarships

All scholarship applications require a current application for admission on file at Northeast Community College.

6. McIntosh/Davis-Chambers Scholarship


  1. Must be an academically promising student that is active in school or community
  2. Must be enrolled full-time and plan to transfer to a 4-year public NE college or university
  3. Must be a graduate of a NE high school or have earned a G.E.D.
  4. Must be a U.S. citizen and a NE resident
  5. Must submit the FAFSA and show financial need

DEADLINE: March 1, 2016. Click here for an application or see the counseling center. Completed applications should be submitted to the Northeast Community College Financial Aid Office.

NHS Counseling Center

Virginia Hilkemann A-D

Brandi Bartels E-K

Heather Marotz L-Ri

Kendra Marshall Ro-Z

Connie Ingram - Administrative Assistant