Senior Newsletter #10

November 17, 2015

Federal Financial Aid: FSA ID

An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on ED websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) at

If you are a parent of a dependent student, you will need your own FSA ID if you want to sign your child's FAFSA electronically. If you have more than one child attending college, you can use the same FSA ID to sign all applications. Please note: Each FSA ID user must have a unique e-mail address.

Request at This is something you can do now to prepare for the FAFSA.

  • Student and Parent must each get one
  • You will be asked to provide email and create username and password
  • You will also have to provide social security number, name, address, and date of birth
  • You will have to answer 4 challenge questions and pick a unique date
Your email will be verified

You will use the FSA ID for:

  • Data Retrieval from IRS
  • Electronic Signature for FAFSA and Promissory Notes
  • Access to grant and loan history

We strongly recommend that you PRINT off your username and password when you create it. There is a button you can click to view the password. Keep it in a safe place. There are ways to retrieve your username and password if you forget it but we have been told that it is not easy!

Follow the link below for more information on the FSA ID.

Application Overview
Essay Overview

College Scholarship Deadlines

One of our biggest scholarship tips for students is to focus on college and local scholarships. This is one reason we tell students to apply for college in the fall since you must be admitted to a college before you can apply for the colleges scholarships. With this in mind, we have created a new page on the College Planning Website that lists colleges and ways to apply for scholarships. Click on the link below to view the page. It is a work in progress.

Click on this button to see a list of all scholarships available. Below are ones with upcoming deadlines.


RHOP in the Nebraska State College System

The Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) is a cooperative program between Chadron State College, Peru State College, or Wayne State College and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Students admitted into the RHOP program must be from a rural background. Typically, students need to demonstrate strong academic potential with preferred minimum ACT score of 24. 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. Students can apply to only 1 of the 3 campuses.

Benefits of the Program

If selected as a participant in the program each student will:

  • Receive a full tuition waiver while enrolled at Chadron State College, Peru State College, or Wayne State College, 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, or Wayne State College that will prepare the student for studies at UNMC.
  • Have recognition of their desire to become a health care professional.

Programs and Application Deadlines:

Chadron State College - Three seats in Clinical Lab Science, 2 seats in Dental Hygiene, 3 seats in Dentistry, 4 seats in Medicine, 5 seats in Nursing, 3 seats in Pharmacy, 3 seats in Physical Therapy, 3 seats in Physician Assistant and 2 seats in Radiology. Medicine Deadline is November 15th and all other programs are December 1st. Go to to apply.

Peru State College - 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. Deadline is December 1st. Go to to apply.

Wayne State College Scholarships

Board of Trustees Scholarship and Governor's Opportunity Award no longer require a separate application. Students apply for these scholarships when they apply for admission to Wayne State College byDecember 1st.

General Scholarships Application Steps:

  1. Apply for admission and submit additional requirements (high school transcript and ACT/SAT score).
  2. Download and fill out the scholarship application form completely.
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation from teachers or other professionals who know you and are familiar with your work.
  4. Write an essay of 400 to 500 words on the following topic: Discuss a situation in which you were actively involved in positive change in your culture, community, school, family, etc. How will this continue to shape your life direction?
  5. Submit your completed scholarship application by December 1.

American Legion National Oratorical Contest

9-12 grade students can participate in the oratorical contest. Scholarship awards range from $1,500 to $18,000. Local contests are held first. Then, students go on to state and regional contests. Eventually, contestants compete at the National level to receive the scholarships. Click here to see a flyer with more information about the contest or go to You can contact our local American Legion office at 402-371-6162 to find out contest dates.

Nebraska Wesleyan First Year Scholarships

Nebraska Wesleyan has some 4 year renewable scholarships you are automatically considered for as soon as your're accepted for admission to NWU based on your ACT score and GPA. There are also additional scholarships available and may require a separate application. Click here to go to the complete list of first year scholarships at NWU.

Boston University Trustee Scholarship Competition

Boston University’s most prestigious merit-based award recognizes students who show outstanding academic and leadership abilities. Those considered for the Trustee Scholarship rank in the top of their class and demonstrate exceptional records of service and activity in their schools and communities.

While the competition is especially rigorous, the benefits are considerable. A Trustee Scholarship covers full undergraduate tuition plus the University orientation and mandatory undergraduate student fees and is renewable for four years if certain criteria are met. Scholarship application is due December 1st.

For more information and the application process go to

Elks Most Valuable Student 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. Applications for the 2016 contest are available to download at:

The application must be submitted to the Elks Lodge #653 at 316 Braasch Ave on December 4, 2015 between 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

Applications can be mailed to Carol Coolidge, 819 Wood St., Norfolk, NE 68701 but must bereceived by December 4th.

AXA Achievement Scholarship

The AXA Achievement Scholarship is awarded to 52 students nationwide – one selected from each state, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Each state winner receives a scholarship award of $10,000. From that pool of 52 winners, ten are selected as national winners and receive an additional $15,000, bringing the national AXA Achievers’ total scholarship awards to $25,000 each. Click here for more information and to apply by December 15th.

The Peter Kiewit Institute Undergraduate Scholarships

Scholarship Application for Incoming Freshmen

Students pursuing a degree at University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute in the College of Engineering or College of Information Science and Technology are invited to complete the PKI Scholarship for Incoming Freshmen. Applicants must graduate high school in May 2016.

Required Documents to be Submitted

1. Fill out and electronically submit your UNO Application for Admission. You will be issued your NU ID which you will need to apply for PKI Scholarships.

2. Fill out and electronically submit the PKI Scholarship Application for Incoming Freshmen

The Walter Scott, Jr. Scholarship Application Process

The Walter Scott, Jr. Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship extended by The Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI), University of Nebraska. The scholarship provides four years of funding for undergraduate programs based within the Peter Kiewit Institute and taught by the College of Engineering or College of Information Science & Technology.

The Walter Scott, Jr. Scholarship covers: university fees, required course books and materials, room and board for Fall and Spring terms at Scott Resident Hall and personal computer for use during the duration of the scholarship. When paired with The University of Nebraska Regents' Scholarship, it can be considered a "full-ride" scholarship.

Recipients for the Walter Scott, Jr. Scholarship are selected as incoming freshman. To be eligible for the Walter Scott, Jr. Scholarship, applicants must have a composite ACT score of 30 or higher (1340 SAT) and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Candidates must be admitted into one of the following programs on the Omaha campus: Architectual Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Construction Engineering, Construction Management, Electronics Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Information Assurance, IT Innovation, or Management Information Systems. Selected candidates will be contacted to interview with the scholarship selection committee.

Required Documents to be Submitted

1. Fill out and electronically submit your UNO Application for Admission. You will be issued your NU ID which is needed to apply for PKI Scholarships.

2. Fill out and electronically submit the PKI Scholarship Application for Incoming Freshmen.

3. Download and submit two (2) Peter Kiewit Institute Recommendation Forms. Letters of recommendation are optional.

Deadline for submittal is December 15, 2015.

2016 Young Entrepreneur Awards

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award were 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.

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