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November 2020 Newsletter


Scholarship Resources

  • Check the OPS scholarship Handbook (Scroll down for attached PDF attached) OR view them in Naviance
  • Register with ScholarshipQuest (over 2000 scholarships) through www.educationquest.org
  • Search for scholarships on the College website where you've applied


University of Nebraska at Omaha Goodrich Scholarship

Both merit and need based scholarship that pays tuition and fees at UNO for up to 5 years.

Due March 1, 2021

1. Complete Goodrich Scholarship Information Form, at https://goodrich.fluidreview.com/

2. Complete a UNO Application for admission

3. Submit TWO official reference forms

4. Complete the FAFSA

5. Complete the UNO English Placement and Proficiency Exam (EPPE)

6. Upload unofficial high school transcripts

Metropolitan Community College Scholarships

The MCC Scholarships Office has launched a NEW scholarship application. Apply for over $3 million in scholarships through one scholarship application. All students apply only once per year through one application and will be considered for each eligible scholarship during every scholarship period. If a student is not offered a scholarship in a particular scholarship period, their application is automatically rolled into the next scholarship period, and they will be considered for all eligible scholarships until all scholarship dollars are offered.

How to apply:

  1. Apply to MCC at www.mccneb.edu
  2. Then complete the scholarship application at mccneb.edu/scholarships
  3. Click on “Apply now” at the bottom of the page
  4. Create or Login to a student account
  5. Complete the application!

Application deadlines:

Early Awarding – December 1, 2020

Last Call – March 1, 2021

Apply early = more scholarship opportunities!

Questions? Email scholarships@mccneb.edu

Susan T. Buffett Scholarship

The Susan T. Buffett Scholarship is awarded for up to 5 years of college with a maximum of $5,850 per term, depending on the college a student attends and their full or part-time status. Scholarship funds can be applied to any part of the cost of attendance, including at any eligible Nebraska public college. This includes resident tuition, fees, books, room and board, personal expenses and transportation.

Eligibility & Selection

To be eligible for the Susan T. Buffett scholarship, you must:

  • Live in Nebraska and meet in-state residency requirements of the college you plan to attend
  • DACA, undocumented, or DACA eligible students are eligible to apply
  • Graduate from a Nebraska high school or earn a Nebraska GED
  • Achieve at least a 2.0 cumulative unweighted high school GPA
  • Be a first-time freshman when entering college (students obtaining dual enrollment credits in high school are still eligible to apply)
  • Plan to attend a Nebraska public college: NE Community Colleges, NE State College System or University of Nebraska
  • Be in need of financial assistance in order to attend college
    • Do not need to be Pell Grant eligible
    • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) below $10,000

All eligible applications are reviewed and scored. Selection is based on Financial need, Academic merit, Personal essay, Recommendation

Submit the following via the online application

  • Application forms
  • One recommendation
  • Student Aid Report
  • High school transcript
  • Consent form
  • Essay: 500 to 1000 words addressing the following:
  1. Tell us about you, your life, your family and/or communities. (In your response, discuss people, communities/organizations, and experiences that have shaped your life and your values).
  2. Tell us about a time you worked hard to achieve something in school and why it was meaningful/what you learned. Additionally, tell us about a time you worked hard to achieve something outside of school and why it was meaningful/what you learned.
  3. Tell us why you want to go to college. How will this scholarship help you reach your goals?

Apply at: https://buffettscholarships.org/

Deadline: February 1, 2021 at 5 pm CST

Scholarship Application Tips from EducationQuest

Thousands of local, state and national scholarships are available – and you may qualify for many of them. Here are a few places to look:
  • ScholarshipQuest features over 2,000 Nebraska-based scholarships. After you create a profile, you’ll be matched with scholarships that fit your criteria.
  • Your school counselor’s office. Visit at least once a month during your senior year to check on local and national awards.
  • The college you plan to attend. Contact the school for a list of scholarships and application procedures.
  • National search sites such as College Board, Peterson’s and Good Call.
  • Other resources could include your coach, clubs and organizations, and your parents’ employers and civic organizations.

Most scholarships are based on academics, but others are based on community service, school involvement, or talent in art, dance, music, or athletics. Some are based on financial need as measured by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Therefore, to earn scholarships, earn good grades, get involved in your school and community, and complete the FAFSA.

Follow these tips!

  • Organize scholarships in deadline order and set aside time each week to work on them.
  • Focus on college-based and local scholarships. You’re more likely to earn them over large national awards.
  • On the application, list your activities, awards, honors classes and volunteer or paid jobs. Track them using the Activities Resume.
  • 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.
  • If an application requires a letter of recommendation, give the person writing the letter plenty of notice, a specific deadline, and a list of your accomplishments and activities.
  • After writing an essay, ask an English teacher to review it.
  • Don’t ever pay for scholarship services! Talk to your school counselor or contact EducationQuest about free resources.

It's FAFSA Time!

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Application opens October 1 for students planning to attend college during the 2021-22 school year.

  • Create a Federal Student Aid account at fsaid.ed.gov Both the student and one parent or guardian will need create an FSA ID before filling out the FAFSA. You'll need your user names & passwords to access and sign the FAFSA, so write them down and store them somewhere safe. Students - use a person email account, not your OPS one.
  • Review this FAFSA Checklist for items you need to complete the form.
  • Complete your 2021-22 FAFSA at studentaid.gov

Need help? See FAFSA Tools at EducationQuest.org for free resources, or call the EducationQuest location nearest you to make a virtual appointment for free help.

Click here for short videos that explain the financial aid process

College Funding Estimator

For students/families who are unable to complete the FAFSA, use the 2021-22 College Funding Estimator instead: http://www.educationquest.org/.The CFE estimates the results of your FAFSA – the application for federal, state, and college-based financial aid. The information will help you plan financially for college and determine if you qualify to apply for “need-based” scholarships. Some scholarship applications will allow submission of a CFE in lieu of a FAFSA student aid report.

Gather these items to complete the College Funding Estimator:
Include parent information unless you are an independent student:

  • Your federal tax return and W-2s
  • Birth dates
  • Dates parents were married, separated, divorced or widowed
  • Value of checking/savings accounts and investments
  • Value of business or investment farm
  • Child support paid or received
  • Workers compensation benefits
  • Other untaxed income such as housing/food/living allowance for clergy
  • Veteran’s noneducation benefits
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Creighton University OPS Night

All OPS Seniors and their parents or guardians are invited to attend the OPS-specific virtual information night on Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 pm.

Creighton students, faculty, and staff will share their university experiences while highlighting the value of a Creighton education and some of the reasons to stay in Omaha for college.

Sign up at: https://choose.creighton.edu/register/OPSVInfoNight

Questions? Contact Kayman Nixon, kaymannixon@creighton.edu, 402-280-3716

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