Senior Newsletter #12

December 16, 2015

Tis the Season for Scholarship Applications!!

Students often find that many scholarships will be due on February 1st, March 1st, and April 1st. Hopefully, you have taken our advice and organize your materials. Keep a scholarship folder (either electronic or paper or both). Organize scholarships in order of due date. Make sure your resume is updated and ready to go. Have some letters of recommendation handy and make sure you give the person writing the letter of recommendation at least two weeks notice. Check the college planning website often and other online scholarship websites. Most importantly, come to college club on Monday's during the lunch periods in the College and Career Center or see your counselor for help!

You will also start to see many more local scholarships. I just posted the first one this week! Check out the short video below for some additional scholarship tips.

10 Tips to Get Scholarships - AdviceFromJustin

Financial Aid Presentation

Monday, Jan. 25th 2016 at 7pm

Johnny Carson Theater, Norfolk Senior High

Education Quest will have a representative present on Federal Financial Aid and completing the FAFSA. Students who attend could win a $500 scholarship.

Financial Aid Webinars

If you can not attend the Financial Aid Presentation, here is an opportunity for you to get the information in the comfort of their home. Education Quest will conduct free Financial Aid webinars on the following dates:

No pre-registration is required. Click on the link under with desired date and enter the password - college. Each program is one hour and will contain information about the types of financial aid; the process, how to complete the FAFSA and changes for next year.


Click this button for a complete list of scholarships available. Below is a list due within the next 6 weeks.

NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

The award was created to recognize young people who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and initiative. The scholarships are valued between $2,000 and $15,000. The awards are open to any graduating high school senior who owns and operates his/her own small business. The student must enter their freshman year at an accredited two or four year university, college or vocational/technical institute during the Fall 2016. Students are encouraged to apply online at beginning October 1, 2015 and may apply until December 18, 2015.

Cross Lites Scholarship

In order to apply for the CrossLites scholarship, you will write a reflective essay (400-600 words) based on one of Dr. Parker’s quotes. Although the contest is open to High School, College, and Graduate students, you will only be competing against the submissions from other high school students.

The judges will review each essay and pick the top 20 from each level to be posted on Applicants then have the opportunity to invite others to view their essay and to vote for them. The number of votes and shares make up a large portion of the applicant’s total score. When the voting period has ended, the winner will be chosen.

There are no minimum GPA or test score requirements in order to qualify for the scholarship contest. Any student that is currently enrolled in a high school, college, or graduate school may apply.

Review your completed essay before submitting, including checking for typos, misspellings, and other grammatical errors. Essays should be between 400 and 600 words in length. All applicants must also submit an official transcript. Failure to provide an official transcript, that shows current enrollment, will invalidate your application – no exceptions.

Scholarship Entry Dates:

  • Essay and transcript submissions: August 1- December 31, 2015
  • Voting Occurs for the top 20 Essays from each level: February 1- March 14, 2016
  • Scholarship Winners will be notified by: March 30, 2016

More information at

National Wild Turkey Federation

The Northeast Nebraska Beards and Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is excited to be able to offer this scholarship opportunity to students.

Click here for a scholarship application. You can also go to: Type in the search field “Scholarship Information” It will then take you to the link for the application. Fill in our information for the local scholarship and mail it to the address listed below post marked no later than January 1, 2016.

Northeast Nebraska Beards and Spurs

Gina Glasser

205 West Sycamore Avenue

Norfolk, NE 68701

The Local Scholarship Winner will receive a minimum of $250 to $1,000. The winner of each local Chapters scholarship goes on to the state level to compete for an additional $1,000 scholarship. Each States winner goes on to the National scholarship competion to compete for a $10,000 scholarship.

If the winner is NOT a current NWTF member we will pay for their membership and their ticket & their parents to attend our local banquet February 6, 2016.

Cabela's Women in Leadership

Amount: $10,000 ($2,500 a year for four years)

Eligibility: Any female student graduating from a Nebraska high school in spring 2016 and planning to begin college in fall 2016

Applications: Available Oct. 1st. Click here for more information and to apply. The application is due January 4, 2016.

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship

This national program awards college scholarships to high school seniors who embody the characteristics of President Ronald Reagan at school, in the community, in the workplace, and at home. They are looking for students with: leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship.

Recipients receive $10,000 renewable scholarships - up to $40,000 per student.


  • demonstrate strong community involvement
  • demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 GPA)
  • demonstrate financial need
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a graduating high school senior
  • plan to enroll a full-time undergraduate course of study pursuing a 4 year degree at an accredited four year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year.
For more information and to apply, go to

Deadline to Apply: January 7, 2016

Elks Scholarships

Elks Past Exalted Ruler Scholarship

The 2016 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. The basic emphasis will be on need.

Amounts: Two (one boy and one girl) $1,100.00 first place

Two (one boy and one girl) $800.00 second place

Two (one boy and one girl) $600.00 third place

Click here for an application or see the counseling center.

The completed application must be submitted to the Elks Lodge #653 at 316 Braasch Ave by January 15th.

Elks Legacy Awards

The Elks Legacy Awards scholarship program offers 250 college scholarships worth $4,000 each to the children and grandchildren of Elks members. Applicants are judged on the core values of the Elks National Foundation: Knowledge, Charity, Community Service, Integrity. For more information about eligibility requirements and to obtain the online application, visit

Applications must be submitted online by January 29, 2016 at 11:59 a.m. Central Time.

L. "Ron" Letson Acacia Leadership Scholarship

The Acacia Leadership Scholarhsip is a single-year scholarship awarded to 3 (1-$1,000 and 2-$500) incoming male freshmen at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who display excellence in academics, motivation for personal success with an interest in developing and applying leadership skills. To apply students should go to the following website for an online application:

The deadline to apply is January 31st, 2016.

College Schoarships

UNL, Chadron State, and Peru State all have general scholarship deadlines in January! Click here for a chart of college scholarship deadlines.

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