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Available Scholarships

Pierce High School
Pierce, NE

Scholarship deadlines and availability change frequently. Please see your most recent senior newsletter or speak to Mrs. Birch, Pierce High Schools’ School Counselor for the most up to date information.

Last updated:  July 2015
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Golf Fore the Troops - A parent must have served in the Iraq War or the Afghanistan War. Letter outlining specific goals and financial need. One letter of recommendation. Deadline: August 14

NOMINATION TO U.S. SERVICE ACADEMIES – for top students interested in attending one of the service academies-West Point, The Naval Academy, The Air Force Academy-full tuition, books, and housing plus a monthly living allowance.  Deadline:  November  (allow 2 months to complete the entire application process).

Central Community College Parts, Sales and Management Scholarshipseveral @ $500; must enroll in this program at the Hastings campus; GPA of 3.0.  Deadline:  August

UNK Interfraternity Council Incoming Student Scholarship – 1 @ 250, must be male, must attend UNK, must demonstrate leadership, commitment to academics and show involvement in extracurricular activities.  Need not join a fraternity to receive this scholarship.  Deadline:  August



American Soybean Association SOY Scholarship – 1 @ $5,000, high school senior pursuing a degree in agriculture, GPA minimum of 3.0, child or grandchild of a current ASA member, ACT or SAT score, 500 word essay. Deadline: September 15 - November 15.

Hearst Foundation/U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship 1(from the state of Nebraska) @ $2,000 plus an expense paid trip to Washington D.C., must hold an office in a student organization, must complete a brief test on American and Nebraskan government.  Deadline: third week of October.  A September date for taking the test will be announced at school to eligible seniors.  Eligible seniors will receive preliminary applications in September

Aspirations in Computing - National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) sponsors the annual Aspirations in Computing Award competition for high school women involved in and/or interested in technology and computing.  You do not necessarily have to have achievements in technology to apply, you just have to have the passion – hence the “aspirations” name.   To access the information, please search “Aspirations in Computing NCWIT” and click on the results to go to the correct web page.  For more information, please see Mrs. Birch.

Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology - National Winner- $100,000 Regional winner - $3,000 (individual), $6,000 (team). Original research project.  Deadline for submission is September 22, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.



Coca-Cola Scholarship Program- 50 @ $20,000, and 200 @ $10,000, based on character, achievement, leadership, extra curricular activities, part-time employment, motivation to serve and succeed, GPA of 3.5 or better.  Apply on-line by accessing website.  Deadline:  October 31

Discover Colleges Scholarship Drawing – free private college information service as well as a $2,500 private College Scholarship drawing.

Duncan Aviation Scholarships – Must be pursuing aviation as a career Deadline: October

Heartland Latino Scholarship – several @ $1,000; must be of Latino/Hispanic heritage pursuing a post-secondary education in the state of Nebraska.  Deadline:  October 1

Nebraska Softball Foundation Scholarship- 1 @ $1,000, must be or be the child of a registered baseball, softball, or football official, GPA 3.0, Transcript, activities resume, 3 letters of recommendation.  Deadline:  October 15.

Horatio Alger Scholarship- 100 @ $2,500 and 100 @ $4,000, based on integrity, achievement, leadership, service, overcoming personal obstacles, perseverance, hard work and motivation to succeed. Three essays on the preceding topics, one letter of reference, certification form, and application required.    Www.horatioalger.org/scholarships to apply. Deadline October

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards- 50 @ $1,000, and 10 @ $5,000, must be engaged in exemplary service to your community, essays on impact, inspiration, effort and personal growth from your volunteer service to your community or school.  Deadline:  October

Vada M. Kinman and Colonel Barney Oldfield Scholarship- 1 @ $2000. High School Juniors. Attend high school and college in Nebraska. Essay on a veteran and why that veteran should be honored, 1000 word s or less. Deadline: October 1

Wendy’s High School Heisman Award – must have a GPA of 3.0, demonstrate scholarship, athleticism, citizenship, must participate in at least one sport in high school. Winners receive a free round trip ticket to New York City to appear on ESPN.  Apply at www.wendysheisman.com Deadline: October



Discover Colleges Scholarship Drawing – free private college information service as well as a $2,500 private College Scholarship drawing. Log on to register.

Elk's National Foundation "Most Valuable Student" Scholarships- 2 @ $60,000, 2 @ $40,000,  2 @ $20,000, 2 @ $16,000, 2 @ $12,000, 4 @ $10,000, 4 @ $8,000, 482 @ $4,000, GPA of 3.5, high school transcript, excellent leadership, ACT of 25 or better, 350 word statement of goals, 1 to 3 letters of recommendation, community service, and financial need.  All entries from Pierce must be turned into the Norfolk Elk’s Lodge #653. This is a great scholarship that requires a lot of work, so start on it soon! Deadline:  November

Hagan Scholarship Foundation – 1 @ up to $5,000 per semester, GPA 3.5 or higher, ACT Score 23 or higher, FAFSA EFC must be less than $7,500. Deadline: November

Nomination to U.S. Service Academies - for top students attaining one of our other Service Academics, full tuition, books, and housing plus a living allowance. Deadline:  November

P.E.O. STAR Scholarship – 1 @ $2,500, GPA 3.5, for a young women who demonstrates outstanding scholarship, talent, accomplishment and recognition.  See school counselor for application Deadline: November.

Jeffrey S. Raikes Honors Program in Computer Science and Management at UNL - leading educational program for high ability students, ACT 30, top 5% of class, full room and board, book scholarship, all applicants are encouraged to apply for tuition scholarships at UNL, program applications at http:///raikes.unl.edu Deadline:  November.

KHOP Kearney Health Opportunities Program – a cooperative program between UNK and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the program is designed to recruit and educate students who are committed to returning to rural Nebraska to practice healthcare, the participating programs this year include: medicine, radiography, Clinical Laboratory Science, and Nursing, is selected for the program applicants receive full tuition at UNK and guaranteed admission at UNMC to their designated health program.  Deadline: November 15, 2015

WSC and Chadron State College RHOP Scholarships- several full tuition scholarships in medicine and dentistry. RHOP is a cooperative program between WSC and Chadron State College and UNMC designed for rural Nebraska students interested in practicing in small communities throughout Nebraska.  Selected students will be automatically admitted or guaranteed admission into a professional health care program at UNMC in the following areas:

  • Wayne State College - dental hygiene, dentistry, medicine, and pharmacy. www.wsc.edu/schools/nss/pscm/rhop
  • Chadron State College - the same fields as WSC with the addition of physicians assistant, radiography, physical therapy, and medical technology. www.csc.edu/mathsci/healthprofessions
  • Full tuition scholarship for three years to the Dentistry and Medicine (physician) programs.
  • GPA of 3.5, ACT score 24 or higher, must submit application, essay, and 3 letters of recommendation, service and leadership activities.  Deadlines:  WSC and Peru State College:  NOVEMBER 15th; Chadron State College Medicine NOVEMBER 15th and all others DECEMBER 1.

ROTC Scholarships- for upper level students (top 20% of your class) who are willing to serve as officers for a period of time in the armed forces upon graduating from college in exchange for full and other benefits.  There is a unique ROTC Scholarship for any student studying nursing.  ROTC is not offered at every college in Nebraska.  Deadline: November

Samsung American Legion Scholarship -  varies, 10 @ $20,000 & 88 @ $1,000; High school juniors who participate in and complete either an American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program and be a direct descendant, i.e. child, grandchild, great grandchild, etc. or a legally adopted child, of a U.S. wartime veteran who served on active duty during one or more of the periods of war. See the website for more information. Deadline: Normally the application is submitted to program staff upon arrival at your respective Boys/Girls State program.  Additional scholarships are available through his website, including:  American Legion Baseball, Eagle Scout Award, and the National High School Oratorical Contest.  Deadlines: all others, additional scholarships listed immediately above check individual scholarships

Scholarship America – various different scholarships, programs managed by Scholarship America® are open to students in the general public. Deadline: varies according to the scholarship.

UNK Omaha World Herald/Kearney Hub Scholarships and Honors Program - several with room waiver, full tuition, fees, and books, ACT of 30 or above, top 10% of high school class, leadership and activities, written essay.  (It is possible to be a part of UNK's Honor's Program without receiving a scholarship.  Requirements are ACT of 27, top 25%, written essay.) Deadline:  November 15

UNL Honors Program Scholarship - several @ a book stipend for 4 years, 3.5 GPA, ACT 25 or higher. Deadline:  November & March



Air Force ROTC Scholarships- several full tuition, book fees, living stipend of $250-$400 per month, academic components for the average recipient is as follows:  ACT 27, GPA 3.59, top 9% of class, 25% will major in electrical engineering or meteorology, 50% will major in other engineering or scientific/technical fields, the remaining 25% will major in other fields.  Apply online.  Deadline:  December

American Quarter Horse Foundation Scholarship – several scholarships from $500-$25,000. Applicants must be a current member of the American Quarter Horse Association and/or American Quarter Horse Youth Association. Individual criteria and requirements vary for the different scholarships. Deadline: December 1

AXA Achievement Scholarships – 52 @ $10,000 (one in each state); GPA 3.5, ACT score, available to graduating seniors who are ambitious and motivated, as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community, or work activities, and be recommended by an unrelated adult who can attest to the student’s achievement..  Deadline:  December

Burger King Scholars Program  - several @ $1,000, must excel academically and work part time (15 hours a week), open to Burger King employees and children of Burger King employees involved in community service, show financial need. Applications are available online. Deadline: December

DAR Good Citizens Scholarship – 1 @ $250, 1 (national) $3,000, must demonstrate dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism, high school activities, future plans, service efforts, high school transcript, 2 letters of recommendation, an essay which must be written under the direct supervision of a guidance counselor. Deadline: December and February

Governor's Opportunity Award - ½ tuition at Wayne, Chadron or Peru State, score between 21 and 24 on the ACT, essay, an applicant may apply for a scholarship to ONLY ONE state college.  Deadline:  December 1.

Kaplan University Scholarships- scholarship available for students attending Kaplan University. See website for details.

Martha and Don Romeo – Nebraska Association of Fair Managers Scholarship - 2 @ $500, one to a male and one to a female student, must have exhibited 4-H projects at a county fair in the past four years, 2.5 GPA, support and involvement in school and community, goal-oriented.  To get the application, do an internet search of “Martha and Don Romeo Nebraska Association of Fair Managers Scholarship” – that will lead you to a PDF form for the scholarship.  Deadline: December 1

Nebraska Elk's Vocational Scholarship  -6 @ varied amounts to $1,000, must attend a vocational, technical 1 or 2 year college in Nebraska, 200 word essay on accomplishments, activities, and goals, 2 letters of recommendation, Deadline:  December

Peru State College RHOP – Peru State holds three seats in the School of Pharmacy and four seats in the School of Nursing.  Deadline:  December 1

SAE Scholarship – several @ varying amounts, GPA of 3.5 or better, ACT 21 and up, must study engineering at a four year program or “related majors like chemistry, physics, biology or computer science may also apply. Apply at www.sae.org/students/sngschlr.htm or go to the SAE web site, click on SAE Foundation and do a search for scholarships, a list will then come up Deadlines may vary but start as early as :  December 1.

Student Challenge Earthwatch Fellowship Program- seeks students with demonstrated talent in the arts and humanities, and is interested in the sciences and scientific research.  Students work with scientists, following the daily schedules and research plans for each site.  Visit website for more information.  Deadline:  December

U.S. Air Force ROTC Nursing Scholarships –Details on the website or through the air force recruiter.

United States JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship- several @ $1,000, must enroll full time in college, reference letters, 100 to 300 word personal statement.  Deadline:  December

Wayne State College Merit Scholarshipsseveral @ varying amounts; can include full tuition, room and board; plus $500 stipend; 3.5 GPA, ACT, 2 letters of recommendation, essay, activities, awards, involvement in school and community.  These include:  John G. Neihardt, Omaha World Herald, Presidential, Dean’s, and the Academic Achievement, Leadership Award, and Multicultural Awards. Deadline:  December 1



Acacia Leadership Scholarship - 1 @ $1,000 and 2 @ $500.  Must attend UNL, must be a male freshman student, GPA 3.5, outstanding in academics, extra curricular activities, community involvement, essay, 2 letters of recommendation.  Deadline:  January 31

America’s Homecoming Queen – Community Service and Educational scholarship.  Must be Homecoming Queen, or if the queen isn’t attending it can be someone in the court.  The student will go through a selection process in order to be eligible for scholarships.  Deadline for Nebraska is available on the website.

ButlerEdge Diesel Technician Program -

Chadron State College Academic Scholarships - several at varying amounts, depending on the student's GPA and ACT scores.  Deadline: January

Creighton University  - has a priority Academic Scholarships.  Deadline:  January

Creighton University Muchemore Forensics (speech & debate) Scholarship - 1 @ full tuition, participation in high school speech team, GPA of 3.0, must be willing to compete on Creighton's speech team as a college student.  Deadline:  January

Creighton University Christina Hixson Scholarship- 15 @ $4,500 x 3 years.  ACT 23, 250 word essay, must attend Creighton University, must major in business, preference given to students whose parents aren't college graduates.  Deadline:  January

Eagle Scout of the Year Scholarship – 1 @ $10,000, 3 @ $2,500, must be an active member of a Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing Crew, received the Eagle Scout Award, be an active member of his religious institution and must have received the appropriate Boy Scout religious emblem, demonstrated practical citizenship in church, school, Scouting and community, have reached his 15th birthday and be enrolled in high school, 2 letters of recommendation. Deadline: January

EducationQuest Financial Aid Program Scholarship – 3 @ $500.  To be eligible:  must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident; be a junior or senior attending a Nebraska high school; MUST attend the financial aid program held at PHS; and complete the online scholarship registration form.

Gates Millennium Scholarship- $1,000 are given each year. Pell Grant Eligible, must be:  African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific or Hispanic American; be a citizen of the U.S., GPA of 3.3, demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities.  Deadline:  January

Hastings College Academic Merit Awards-, GPA 3.75, ACT of 26.  Deadline:  January  

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest - 1 @ $10,000; 1 @ $1,000; 5@$500 plus an expense paid trip to Boston.  Submit an original, less than 1,000 word, essay on the meaning of political courage (standing up for your beliefs) as described in John F. Kennedy’s book, Profiles in Courage.  Deadline:  January 6, 2016.

McKelvey Foundation Entrepreneurial Scholarships – several @ up to $40,000; must own and operate your own business while in high school; have 1 paid employee; graduation from high school. Apply online.  Deadline:  January

Mensa Foundation Scholarship - awards of varying amounts based entirely on student essay. Deadline: Applications open September 15th and close on January 15th.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Scholarship Program – will range from $1,000-$3,000 per recipient. High School senior who have MS or who have a parent with MS, plan to attend post-secondary school for the first time and enroll in an undergraduate course of study at an accredited 2 or 4 year college or vocational-technical school. Deadline: October 1- January 15

National Wildlife Turke Federation JAKES Scholarship  - 1 @ $750 from local Norfolk chapter, 1 @ $1,000 at Nebraska State level, 1 @ $10,000, must participate in hunting sports, be involved in school and community activities, leadership essay on student's dedication to conservation, 3 letters of recommendation, GPA of 3.0.  Deadline:  January

Nebraska DECA Scholarships - Several scholarships of varying types available. Deadline: January

Nebraska Elk's Association J.C. Ferguson Golf Scholarship - 1 @ $500, must participate in high school golf and plan to participate in college golf, ACT score, GPA of 3.0, 3 letters of recommendation.  Deadline:  January

Nebraska Elk's Past Exalted Ruler's Scholarship - 6 (3 boys, 3 girls) 2 @ $700, 2 @ $500, 2 @ $400, GPA 3.0, ACT score, activities and community involvement, 3 letters of recommendation, financial need, may attend a 2 year, 4 year college or any vocational, technical college.  Deadline:  January

Nebraska Machinery Co. Scholarship Sponsorship Program - several @ full tuition, fees, books, and $2,500 tool allowance, must complete the 2 year program at Central Community College in Hastings and major in Diesel Technology Program, must work for Nebraska Machinery (which are found in Norfolk, Lincoln, Doniphan, Scottsbluff, Omaha & North Platte) for minimum of 2 years after graduation.  Deadline:  January

Nebraska Office Professional Association Scholarship – 1 @ $1,000; must be pursuing an office related career, essay 3 letters of recommendation, completed 2 high school business courses, high school transcript.  Deadline:  January

Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees Scholarships- several at full tuition at WSC, Chadron State, or Peru State, may only apply to only one of these colleges for this scholarship, ACT of 25, GPA 3.0, must attend college full-time the following fall.  Deadline:  January

Nebraska Women’s Amateur Golf Association - 1 @ $1,000, Deadline: January 31

NSCS Davis-Chambers Freshman Scholarship - several @$2,000, must attend Chadron, Peru, or WSC, GPA 3.0, must show financial need, and submit the FAFSA, one letter of recommendation, activities, honors and leadership may also be considered.  Deadline: January.

Norma Ross Walter Scholarship - 1 @ $1,000 for 4 years, GPA of 3.0, open to female graduates of Nebraska high schools who plan to major in English (journalism not included), based on intellectual promise, creativity and character, 3 letters of recommendation.  Deadline:  January

People to People Student Ambassador Change My World Forever Scholarship - 250 word essay on how you have displayed leadership and how the People to People program will build your leadership skills in the future and “change your world-forever”.  Based on financial need, community involvement, scholastic involvement and essay.  Deadline: January

Peter Kiewit/Walter Scott UNO Scholarships - ACT score 30 or higher and GPA 3.5 or higher. Must attend the UNO's Peter Kiewit Institute of Information Science, Technology and Engineering.   Deadline:  January

Phi Delta Kappa Scholarship for Future Educators- 30 scholarships to prospective teachers who have a connection to Phi Delta Kappa by having a family member or a teacher who is a Phi Delta Kappa Deadline:  January

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)/Scholarship Program- several @ $1,000. Emphasis on financial need, personal statement, and 1 letter of recommendation from a school staff member, copy of your and your parent’s IRS tax form. Must enroll in a two or four year program, funds are paid directly to the college.  Call the Ronald McDonald House in Sioux City at (712) 255-4084 for an application or go to the website.  Deadline:  January 21 (can begin applying Oct. 1)

U.S. Navy NROTC ScholarshipFour-year full tuition which can cover up to $180,000 in educational expenses plus the student will be entitled to a monthly stipend beginning at $250 a month. Requirements include ACT scores of 21 Math & 22 English and sound moral character. Applicants should begin filling out the application early!

United Methodist Dollars for Scholars Provides $1,000 dollar matching scholarships to United Methodist Students who have received $1,000 matching scholarship from their local United Methodist Church or congregation to help them attend a United Methodist related a United Methodist College, University or Seminary. Scholarship available on-line January 1-March 1.

United Methodist Student Scholarship Opportunities – The United Methodist Church offers financial assistance to United Methodist students pursing higher education. Several scholarship and loan programs are available. Various Deadlines

UNL Academic Scholarships- Must take the ACT or SAT test. Deadline January

University of South Dakota Academic/Foundation Scholarships- several full tuition and other varying amounts.  Deadline:  January

Nebraska Methodist College

(January 15 Deadlines)

In order to apply for the Nebraska Methodist College scholarships below, you must meet at least one of the following criteria: GPA of 3.5 or above, ACT of 25 or above, Top 10% rank in class.

  • Becker Presidential Scholarship – $8,000 for 4 yrs.; must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Wishmeier Dean’s Scholarship – $5,000 for 4 yrs.; must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Excellence in Allied Health Scholarship - $5,000 for 2 yrs.; associate degree program in allied health; must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Achievement Scholarship - $1,000 for one year; awarded to alternates for the Presidential Scholarship.
  • Horizon - $3,000 for one year; GPA of 2.5, ACT of 20 or above.
  • Dove Scholarship - $4,000 (2 year or 4 year award); financial need; may be first-generation students.
  • Kathryn Montgomery ACE Scholarship - $6,000 (one year award); must demonstrate financial
  • Need


    (January Deadlines)
  • Briar Cliff College Scholarship Competition Day for Presidential, Multicultural, and Departmental Scholarships- must submit application and be present, at Briar Cliff College Scholarship Day.
  • Listed below are the criteria for these scholarships:
  • Departmental Scholarships- Deadline: January.
  • Presidential Scholarship- -Deadline: January

(February 1 Deadlines)

Many @ varying amounts.  Must be completed online.  Go to “Quick Links” menu; select “Financial Aid/Scholarships.” Select the “On-line Scholarship Application” link on the left-hand side of the screen and follow the directions.  That single application will be used to consider students for all NECC scholarships except the Ak-Sar-Ben scholarship which requires a separate application.  Please request that your guidance counselor send your high school transcript to the NECC financial aid office.  Deadline:  February



Antonette Willa Skupa Turner Scholarship – 1 @ $500, first year college student planning to pursue an English or History degree, letter of recommendation from English or History teacher, 1,500 word essay. Deadline: February

Beta Sigma Psi National Lutheran Fraternityawards range form $500 - $2,000. Lutheran men enrolled full time, 2.5 GPA, active Spiritual involvement on campus. Two letters of recommendation, one page narrative and an interview. Deadline: February

Bill Lewis Scholarship – 2 @ $250. Dependents of individuals who are currently registered officials with the NSAA or have been a registered official within the prior 20 years. Deadline: February

Briar Cliff Richard Doyle Leadership Scholarship- several @ $1,000 for 4 years, leadership roles in school, church, or community that involve meaningful contribution to the effectiveness of that organization, 2 letters of recommendation, do not need to be present at Scholarship Day in February to apply.  Deadline:  February

Bruce Lee Foundation- 1 @ $1,000. Evaluating applicants include extra-curricular activities/community service/work experience, full potential and knowledge of Bruce Lee. Deadline: February

Buckle Excellence Scholarship - UNK – 1 @ $3,000 for two years.  Must be an incoming freshmen and major in CSIT (Computer Science and Information Technology); must be in top 20% of graduating class and have a minimum of 26 on the ACT.  Deadline:  February

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program – 1,000 @ $2,000 for 4 years and 100 @ up to $25,000 for four years. Major in a course of study that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering or Math. Demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industries.  Deadline:  February 28.

College of Hair Design in Lincoln - several between $500 to $1,000, must enroll next year in one of this college’s cosmetology programs, for more information on these scholarships, call 1-800-798-HAIR.

Dakota Wesleyan University Scholarships - several awards are given up to full tuition,

Dekalb Ag Youth Scholarship - 10 @ $2,500 must pursue an ag-related degree, strong leadership skills, community involvement, apply online. Deadline:  February

Doheny's Swim Forward Scholarship – 1 @ $500.  Criteria:  Lifeguard, must be in final year of high school or enrolled as an undergraduate in U.S. accredited institution, considered in academic “good standing,” minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Provide:  type, one-page essay, official transcript, honors/volunteer experience.  Deadline:  February 28

+Dorothy Fogle and Woody Fogle 4 year Memorial Scholarship- 2 @ $1000 x 4 years, GPA of 3.0, diligent, productive student of good character, need may also be considered, renewability is based on maintaining a 3.0 college GPA, must be returned to the counselor's office.  Deadline:  February

+Dorothy Fogle and Woody Fogle 2 year Memorial Scholarship- 2 @ $1000 x 2 years, GPA of 2.5, diligent, productive student of good character, need may also be considered, renewability is based on maintaining a 2.0 college GPA, must be returned to the counselor's office.  Deadline:  February

+Evergreen Masonic Grand Lodge Scholarship- 1@ $500, must be a PHS graduate, have a GPA of 3.0, also based on service, strong moral character, and excellent citizenship.  Deadline:  February

~Ethel Esther Louise Herbolsheimer Thanel Memorial Scholarship – 1 @ $400 renewable for 4 years; must graduate from Pierce High School; GPA 2.5; preference given to student pursuing a career in writing, journalism, drama or the fine arts; must maintain a college GPA of 3.0 to renew the scholarship.

 Foundation for Rural Service Scholarship (Pierce Telephone Company Co-Sponsor) – several @ $1,000, GPA 2.5 or higher; express interest to return to a rural community following graduation, attend a 2 or 4 year college; prepare a 300-word essay; one letter of recommendation.  Deadline:  February

GPACAC Scholarships- 6 @ $1,000, ACT 21-28, GPA 2.5, high school transcript, 500 word essay on what you will contribute to your college community, based primarily on the essay which is reviewed for creativity, content, grammar, academic portion will be used as a tie breaker.  Must attend college in Nebraska, Kansas or Oklahoma.  Applications are available online.  Deadline:  February

Hy-Vee Foundation Scholarship- several @ $1,000, high school seniors working at Hy-Vee or high school senior daughters or sons of full-, regular, and part-time associates, personal statement, resume, transcript, ACT score. Deadline: February 10

Joseph's College of Beauty Scholarships - several @ $2,000 and $2,500 for one year.  Deadline: 

Midland College Scholarships - competition in January and February, check college for exact dates and time.

Monsanto Scholarships - 100 @ $1,500, ACT 18, GPA 3.0, must have family actively engaged in production agriculture, must have an ag-related major, leadership activities, work experience.  Deadline:  February

NAIFA – Nebraskaland Scholarship – 2@ $250, be interested in furthering their education, with preference given to candidates interested in courses of study such as education, business/management/finance, marketing /sales, or actuarial studies; and preference given to those who attend a Nebraska University, College, or Community College, above average GPA.  Deadline:  February 15

NFIB Free Enterprise Scholars Award- 400 @ $1,000; 4 @ $5,000; 2 @ $10,000; must demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit and initiative through FFA, FBLA, NFTE or DECA organizations, academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, entrepreneurial endeavors. An officially established business is not a requirement. Must complete a 500 word essay on the importance of free enterprise, must meet or exceed recommended academic standards, using ACT test scores, class rank and GPA.  Deadline:  February

National FFA College and Vocational/Technical Scholarship Program - 328 @ various amounts (all together they total over $1.5 million), for both 2 and 4 year programs to study agriculture or ag-related fields, must be an FFA member.  Deadline:  February

National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Scholar/Essay - One male and one female from each section will receive a $1,000 scholarship and one male and one female will receive the national $2,000 scholarship; GPA 3.3 or higher, top 25% of class, ACT score of 24 or above, participated in 2 sports for at least 2 years in each sport, varsity letter in 2 sports, letter of recommendation from high school AD. Deadline: February

National Peace Essay Contest Scholarship - several awarded each year (the largest amount awarded is $10,000; must be a high school senior, complete a 1,500 word essay on a topic related to peace, further details about the essay and how to write it are on the website.  Deadline: February

Nebraska Community Colleges Davis/Chambers Scholarship – may be used at most of the Nebraska Community Colleges, recognizes the most academically-talented, economically-disadvantaged, underrepresented, racial minority, must have the completed packet to the college Financial Aid office by February (deadlines may vary year to year)

Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Scholarship - 1@$400, parents must be a member of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association (NGSPA), membership is $60 annually.  Deadline:  February

Nebraska Line Workers Scholarship   1 - $500 scholarship.  This scholarship is administered by Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation and funded by utility line workers from across Nebraska.  Must be a NE resident, must intend to pursue training in a utility line program in Nebraska, provide two letters of recommendation, resume, biographical sketch about yourself.  Deadline February 25

Nebraska Lumber Dealers Association Scholarship – 4 @ $250, plan to enroll in a building construction related program, one letter of reference, must have a lumber yard manager sign the application.  Deadline: February 1

Norfolk Optimist Oratorical Scholarship- Cash prize and a chance at larger scholarships, must write a speech on the chosen topic.  See website for details.  Deadline:  February 28.

Nebraska Press Association Scholarship Program – several @ $2,000; enrolled in Nebraska college or university. Specific interest in news, editorial, photography, circulation, production or advertising. Selection based on scholastic ability and good citizenship in school and community. Deadline: February

Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association Scholarship-6 @ an amount that varies from year to year, 1 female/1 male applicant per Nebraska high school, must enter a field of education, GPA 3.5, ACT of 22, 4 letters of recommendation, character, leadership, initiative, and school/community involvement.  Only one female and one male may apply from Pierce High.   You MUST see Mrs. Birch before you apply or send in an application. Deadline:  February

Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers- 1 @ $1,000 for 1 year, 2 @ $500 for 1 year, 3.5 GPA, ACT of 29 or more. 2 letters of recommendation, essay on career plans.  Deadline:  February

Northeast Community College Scholarships - Must access and complete the on-line scholarship application.  Many Northeast Community College scholarships are available for various academic programs. Other scholarships are non-program specific. Deadline: February

 Orscheln Farm & Home – 2 @ $1,000 (4-H) and 3 @ $1,000 (FFA) scholarships, must be entering UNL, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, must exhibit outstanding leadership potential, possess good character, keen interest in the family farm. Deadline: February

+PEO Dorothy Fogle Memorial Scholar and Award- 1 @ $250, must be a female graduate of Pierce or Osmond High School, 3.0 GPA, brief essays on educational goals and services of others, 2 letters of recommendation.  Deadline:  February

+PEO Marguerite Scholar and Citizen Award- 1 @ $250, must be a female graduate of Pierce High School or Osmond High School, 3.0 GPA, brief essays on personal goals and service to others, 2 letters of recommendation.  Deadline:  February

+Pierce High School Student Council Scholarships-1 @ $125 x 4 years, GPA of 3.0, leadership, extra-curricular activities, community service and an essay on how your contributions have benefited our school and community, do not need to be a member of student council.  Deadline:  February

Southeast Community College Foundation Scholarship - several up to $1,000. GPA of 3.0, top half of graduating class, school and community activities, letter of recommendation.  Applications available online only.  Deadline:  February

South Dakota of Mines Academic Scholarship- several at full tuition, plus others of varying amounts.  Deadline:  February

Sowers Club of Nebraska Scholarship – 1 @ $1,000, GPA 3.0, 3 to 4 letters of recommendations, resume of education and work experience, financial information. Deadline: February 28

UNK Academic Scholarships- several @ varying amounts depending on student's ACT scores and GPA.  Deadline:  February

UNK Activity Grant in Theater- several @ full tuition, must major in drama, must be actively involved in the production program when a UNK student.

UNK Honor's Program- books paid for 4 years, participate in special honor's classes, ACT 27 or above, top 25% of class, letters of reference, complete essay.  Deadline:  submit by February 28.

UNK ITEC Incoming Freshman Scholarships- various scholarships available, all scholarships require a letter of reference.  Go to link to complete forms.  Deadline: February

UNO Scholarships- several different types of scholarships available; including the Regents Scholarships, Distinguished Scholarships, and Chancellor's Scholarships.  Check them all out and apply online. Deadline:  February

UNO Academic Regents Scholarships- Deadline:  February

UNO Chancellor's Scholarships- Deadline:  February

UNO Distinguished Scholarships Deadline:  February

UNO College of Business Scholarships- several @ varying amounts up to full tuition for 4 years, GPA 3.0 or higher, essay on leadership, extracurricular activities, 3 letters of recommendation.  Deadline:  February

UNO Goodrich Scholarship Program - full tuition for ten semesters, 3.5 GPA, ACT 25 or higher, must participated in some selected courses, must file and have FAFSA information, 2 letters of reference, transcript, take English Placement Exam.  Deadline:  February

Wal-Mart Associates Scholarship -  several at $2,000. Student or students’ parents must be a Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club Associate. ACT of 18 or higher. Financial need. Deadline: February

Wayne State College Art Scholarship Competition - several @ varying amounts, must submit 5-10 art works in any media, on slides in PowerPoint on a CD-ROM, complete scholarship application form, 2 letters of recommendation, 1 from your art instructor and one from another teacher or administrator. Deadline:  February

+Local scholarship available only to Pierce seniors

(February Deadlines)

Mt. Marty Academic Scholarships- several @ varying significant amounts Deadline:  February

Mt. Marty Catholic Youth Leadership Awards- several @ varying amounts Deadline: February

Mount Marty also has other talent- fine arts and music major scholarships available.

(February Deadlines)

The following scholarships *** are available to graduates from Pierce High School who will attend Wayne in the fall:

***Carhart Lumber – 1 awarded; $300; GPA of 3.0; return completed application to counselor’s office.  The application can be accessed in the Share folder at the school. Deadline:  February.

***Harold and Mae Frey Endowed Scholarship- 2 awarded; amount varies from year to year, GPA of 3.0.  The application can be accessed in the Share folder at the school.  Deadline:  February

***WSC Cooperating Schools Scholarship- the number awarded varies from year to year, GPA of 3.0. The application can be accessed in the Share folder at the school.  Deadline:  February



AITP Omaha Scholarship - several up to $1,000; attending college in Nebraska or Western Iowa with the goal of achieving an undergraduate degree in Information Systems, Information Technology, Computer Science or a related field. Deadline: March

Ak-Sar-Ben Community College Scholarship- 10 @ $1,000, must submit a FAFSA form to the community college you plan to attend (Southeast Community College in Milford is a community college) 2 essay questions on yourself and your goals, 2 letters of reference, must be a good student, must maintain a 2.5 GPA in college, your complete application packet must be mailed to the Office of Financial Aid of the community college that you plan to attend.  Deadline:  March

The ~ scholarships below are all sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.  You must be Veteran communicated to apply for them.  That means your father, mother, or grandmother, grandfather, must have served in the Armed Forces.

~American Legion Auxiliary Licensed Practical Nursing Scholarship- 1 @ varying amount, must be veteran connected (have a parent or grandparent who was a veteran), must study to be a LPN.  Deadline:  March

~American Legion Auxiliary National President's Scholarship - 1 @ $2,500, 1 @ $2,000, must be daughter or son of veterans who served in the Armed Forces, must have contributed 50 hours of volunteer service to school or community.  Deadline:  March

~American Legion Auxiliary Nurse's Gift Tuition Scholarship- 1 @ a variable amount, must study nursing.  Deadline:  March

~American Legion Auxiliary Vocational/Technical Scholarship- 1 @ $300, must be veteran connected (have a parent or grandparent who was a veteran), must major in vocational or technical program at a one or two year college.  Deadline:  March

The American Legion Oratorical Contest- district winner $100, state winner $1,500, national winner $18,000, $16,000, and $14,000, must prepare and give at a contest a speech on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States.  See Mrs. Birch for a time and date of the local contest.

Americorp Education Award- $4,725 college scholarship for 1,700 hours of work for the Americorps National Service in a period of nine months, while working in these U.S. Government sponsored program you will receive in addition to the scholarship award a living allowance, room and board, health care, and will learn skills from construction to tutoring to environmental conservation, first aid among others.  This is an excellent way to learn and earn even through you would need to defer college for one year.  It is something like the Peace Corps except that all the work is done in the USA.  A good way to gain experience and earn college money.  Deadline:  March

ASQ Phil Shanline Scholarship – 1@ $1,000 – based solely on responses to application essay questions, and 2 @ $1,000 based on a combination of essay responses and financial need, GPA 2.0 or above.  Deadline:  Jan. 1-March 15

ButlerEdge Diesel Technician Program – Must study diesel ag technology at Mitchell Tech Institute in South Dakota.  Program involves 2 years of study and a simultaneous paid internship worth about $30,000 over two years.  Students must apply to Mitchell Tech (https://www.mitchelltech.edu/) and fill out a job application for Butler Ag.  Students are guaranteed a full-time job with Butler Ag upon completing the program.  The minimum pay guarantee is $62,000.  Must complete an online mechanical ability test and set up an interview with Butler Ag.

Career Education Foundation of Nebraska – Scholarship in the amount of $1,000; must be used for attendance at a Nebraska postsecondary institution.  This award is intended to recognize a student who is enrolled in a career and technical education program and has demonstrated a high level of competency in the program through classroom, work experience, laboratory training related projects, or extracurricular activities.  All nominees must currently be enrolled or have been a student within the last twelve months prior to the nomination date.  Please see Mrs. Birch details.  Deadline:  March 15

Central Community College Academic Scholarships – several @ varying amounts at the Columbus, Hastings, and Grand Island campuses, applications available online.  Deadline:  March

Central Valley Ag – 15 @$500.00, Parent/ Guardians stockholder of Central Valley Ag or employed by Central Valley Ag. Applicants must be a high school senior planning to earn an agricultural related degree. Deadline: March.

CHS Foundation Scholarship - Ag Related Scholarship – 50 @ $1,000.  Must be a graduating high school senior, resident of the U.S., and pursuing an ag related career.  Deadline:  March

Constance K. Rife Scholarship - 1 @ $1,000, Must be a female golfer, an active member of  a Nebraska School Activities Association High School Golf Team, GPA 3.0, I letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor, letter of verification from golf coach, applications in my office or online at: www.mhbgolf.com 

Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska Foundation Chet Lindner Memorial Scholarship - several @ $1,000, scholarship is awarded after winner completes one full year of college, ACT scores, GPA of 3.0, preference given to business related majors, brief essays on educational goals and plans, school and community activities, leadership, letter of recommendation from guidance counselor or principal, one of the scholarships must be awarded to a senior attending a Nebraska college.  Deadline: March

Colorado Institute of Art Scholarships- 2 @ full tuition for 2 years, 8 @ full tuition for 1 year, 250 goals essay, submit original art work or creation in the area in which you will study (graphic design, culinary arts, culinary management, web
site administration, interior design, computer animation, fashion design, multimedia, video production, photography, industrial design) Deadline:  March

Engebretson Foundation Scholarship 1 @ full tuition of up to $10,000,ACT 28 or higher, GPA 3.75, leadership potential as noted by community service, extracurricular activities, after school job, financial need, short essay FAFSA results of College funding Estimator Results, first 2 pages of yours and parents federal tax forms, letter of recommendation. Deadline: March

ESA Youth Scholarship Program – Several scholarships of varying amounts. State and National winners. Based on academic achievement, ACT test scores, extra curricular participation and an essay entitled “What it means to me to have my parent or guardian involved in securing my community.” Open to firefighters and law enforcement professional’s children. Deadline:  March

Faith Regional Volunteer Services Scholarship -  awarded to any person pursuing a higher education degree. 10 given in the amount of $500, $1,000, $1,500, and $2,000.  Must volunteer a minimum of 110 hours at Faith Regional Health Services. Deadline:  March

Farm Credit Services of America Scholarship  - $2,500, only open to college juniors and seniors, must study at UNL, Iowa State, SDSU, or University of Wyoming in an ag related field, 1 to 2 page essay on your college and career plans, GPA of 3.0.  Deadline:  March

Farmers Pride Scholarship – 5 at $400; high school senior enrolled in an ag related program at a Nebraska college.  One page essay.  Top 2 ag students from each school may apply.  Deadline:  March 1

Gallup Scholarship – 1 @ $500, GPA 2.5, attend college in Nebraska, leadership skills, work orientation through participation in extracurricular activities or part-time employment. Deadline: March 7

Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund - GPA 2.5 or higher, demonstrate leadership abilities through community service, extra curricular or other activities. Deadline: March

+Larry and Sue Hoefener Scholarship- 1 @ $250, must major in fine arts area--art, music, drama, goal statement. One letter of recommendation needed.  Deadline:  March

Husker Harvest Days Scholarships  -  9 @ $600, must study in ag-related program, can be at a 2 or 4 year college in Nebraska, must have a 3.0 GPA, essay questions, resume of activities and work experience.  Deadline:  March

Kohl’s Kids Who Care – 10 national winners @ $5,000, 170 regional winners @ $1,000; 2 winners from each store @ $50 Kohl gift card; must be nominated by an adult for volunteering in your community and making a difference in the lives of friends, neighbors and even strangers.  Refer to the website for more information.  Deadline:  March

Lincoln Community Foundation Scholarships- several different ones, check online to see if you qualify. Deadline:  March

+Jared R. Manzer "Makes Me Smile" Scholarship - 3 @ $500, must have participated on the speech team or been involved in drama.  The application is on the PHS Share Drive.  Deadline:  March

Maynard Jensen Memorial Scholarship - 1 @ $500, must be son/daughter, grandchildren members of the Nebraska American Legion, or a deceased veteran, brief essay on your chosen career, financial need, academic achievement, extra curricular activities, GPA 3.0.  Deadline:  March

Nebraska 4-H Scholarships – several scholarships from $200 to $1,000, Must have completed one year of 4-H and be a current 4-H member, Minimum of “C” average. There are more specific requirements for each scholarship offered. Deadline: March 1

Nebraska Academy of Sciences Loren Eiseley Memorial Scholarship - 1 @ $500, 800 word essay on Eiseley's message of compassion for all organisms and humanity's place in the universe, 2 letters of recommendation, scholastic achievements, list two essays of Eiseley's you have read (see your librarian if you need to read them yet), copy of college acceptance letter.  Deadline:  March

Nebraska Actuaries Club Scholarship- 2 @ $4,000 and 1 @ $1,000; the $4,000 scholarships will only be awarded to students entering the University of Nebraska (any campus); the $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student entering any college in Nebraska. Must be planning on majoring in a math or actuarial science related field. First semester college GPA of 3.0, high school transcript, ACT score, essay, activities, achievements, 1 letter of recommendation. Deadline:  March

Nebraska Aviation Trades Association Scholarship – 1 @ $1,000 and 1 @ $500 – scholarship available for one year and nonrenewable.  Must be a Nebraska high school senior or individual continuing their education; and, must be recommended by a member of the NATA.  Submission criteria:  minimum 400-word typed and double-spaced essay, outstanding scholastic achievements,  and leadership.  All must include an endorsement or written recommendation signed by a voting or associate member of NATA; high school transcript; and SAT or ACT scores.  Please see Mrs. Birch for the application.  Deadline:  March 15

Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Scholarship - must have a “C” or higher GPA; preferences to students attending a Nebraska institute of higher learning and majoring in an agricultural field of study; essay, 3 letters of reference.  Deadline:  March

Nebraska Coaches Association and Lincoln Country Inn & Suites Scholar/Athlete Scholarship - several @ $500, ACT of 24, top 25% of class, lettered in 2 varsity sports, participated for 2 years in 2 sports, letter of recommendation from high school coach.  Deadline:  March.

Nebraska Cottey Scholarship Application – 2@ $1,000 and 1@ $1,500, Accepted at Cottey, sponsored by a local Nebraska P.E.O. chapter. Deadline: March 1

Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Greater Horizon Scholarship - 1@$1,000, belong to Farm Bureau, enrolled in a production ag program, demonstrate leadership through extracurricular activities and work experience. Deadline: March

Nebraska Legal Professionals Association Scholarship- 1 @ $1,000, 1 @ $500, GPA 2.5, must study paralegal, legal secretary, business, criminal justice, psychology or a law-related program, goal statement, high school transcript. Deadline:  March

Nebraska Motor Carriers Association Scholarship- 1 @ $500, must study diesel technology, 3 letters of reference, copy of parent's 2000 1040 tax form must accompany the application.  Deadline:  March

Nebraska Roping Horse Association -1 @ $750, top 25% of class, ACT Score, 2 letters of recommendation, 750 word essay on interest in 4-H, agriculture, or a related field.  Deadline:  March

 Nebraska Scholarships for Students with Disabilities- see this link

Nebraska School Counselor Association – 1 @ $500, any graduating student pursuing a postsecondary education is eligible. Write a brief essay about their experience with a school counselor or counseling program.  See the link for more details. Deadline:  March

Nebraska State Volunteer Fire Association Auxiliary Scholarship- 2 @ $250, 2 letters of recommendation, transcript, letter of acceptance from college, 100 word essay "What are your college goals?"  Deadline:  Received by March

Northeast Nebraska Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Scholarship- 1 @ $250, GPA of 3.0, must study in education, business, management, finance, marketing, sales, or actuarial science, must attend a college in Nebraska, demonstrate good character, leadership.  Deadline:  Mail to scholarship donor in Norfolk by March

Nucor and Vulcraft Scholarships- all seniors who have parents working in either Vulcraft or Nucor Steel must have your parents pick up your applications. The applications then need to be turned back into the company's scholarship director by March

Omaha Archdiocesan Council OACCW Scholarship - 1 @ $500, must be a female and Catholic, recommendation from parish priest, essay on future goals, education, and goals as a Catholic woman, 3.0 GPA.  Deadline:  March

Oxbow Academy Scholarship Program - 2 @ $500; must major in animal science, pre-vet, food science or another facet of the small companion animal industry, 2 letters of reference, may attend any college in Nebraska.  Deadline:  March

+Pierce Automotive Supply NAPA Scholarship- 1 @ $200, must have a GPA of 2.5, must study in a business or business related area at a 1, 2, or 4 year college.  Deadline:  March

+Pierce Chamber of Commerce Scholarship- 1 @ $500, must plan to study in a business area at college, must have a GPA of 3.0.  The application can be found on the PHS Share Drive.  Deadline:  March

+Pierce County Farm Bureau Scholarship- 1 @ $250, family must be a member of or have insurance with Pierce County Farm Bureau, extra curricular activities, GPA, 2 letters of recommendation, an essay on career goals and educational goals. Deadline:  March

RMEL Foundation Scholarship - several @ varying amounts up to $2,500; must pursue a 2 or 4 year program in the electrical industry—engineering, utility line, electrician, business, information systems; official transcript; essay; goals, motivation, community service, academic ability.  Deadline:  March

Science Scholarships – Several different scholarships available; essay, teacher recommendations, scholastic achievements; see the website for specific requirements.  Deadline:  March

Scott Mecham BBB Student of Integrity Awards – 3 @ $2,000; awards, extracurricular activities, 2 letters of recommendation, description of college plans, high school transcript; essay on ethics.  Deadline:  March

Society of Women Engineers Scholarship- 100 from $1,000 to $5,000, GPA 3.5, must attend an accredited University engineering program, application can be downloaded from website.  Deadline:  March

 Susan Thompson Buffet Foundation Scholarship – several for up to $4,250 per semester for tuition and fees plus $500 for books; renewable for up to 5 years depending on program of study; must attend a state or public college or university or community college in Nebraska; GPA 2.5; financial need is a strong consideration, copies of last year’s tax forms, and SAR from the FAFSA, transcript, completed and typed scholarship application.  Deadline:  March 

UNK Balanced Man Scholarship - 1 @ $500, must be male, must attend UNK, GPA of 3.0, extracurricular activities, community service, employment.  Deadline:  March

UNK Industrial Technology Scholarship- varying amounts; must major in construction management, Industrial Distribution, Telecommunications Management, or Aviation systems, activities, goal essay, honors and awards.  Deadline:  March

UNL – Check with various Colleges and Departments for specialized scholarships and availability

UNL Honors Program- several @ a book stipend for 4 years, 3.5 GPA, ACT 25 or higher. Deadline:  March

US Bank Online Scholarship- 30 @ 1,000, 2 or 4 year college, selected by a random drawing for those who visit and apply on-line.  Deadline:  Applications accepted online from October -March.

+Local scholarship available only to Pierce seniors 



Ayn Rand Essay Scholarship Contest- 1 @ $10,000, 5 @ $2,000, and 10 @ $1,000, must read or have read a specific novel, then write an essay, selecting one of the three topics given on the scholarship application. Deadline:  April

Association of Information Technology Professional Scholarships- several @ $1,000; must live in Omaha, Eastern Nebraska or Western Iowa, study in a computer related field, 2 letters of reference from high school teachers, principals, or counselors. Deadline:  April

Carriage House Foundation Scholarship- 6 @ $1,000, must attend a Nebraska Community College, study an automotive field, 1 letter of recommendation and a letter from a new car dealer, school transcript, cover letter and career goals.  Deadline:  April

Collegebound Nebraska  - Grants available at Nebraska Public Universities to some students. 2.5 GPA, FASFA complete April 1st to Nebraska University you will attend

ERCA Community Contribution Scholarship -Between 25 @ $1,000.  Deadline: July 2013

The Conclave Scholarship Competition -tuition, application fees, books and supplies for Radio/Film/Video program at Specs Howard of Media Arts. Submit an audio CD. Deadline: April

Friends of the Library Scholarship- several @ $100, need to be able to show that they have volunteered at the public library, high school achievements, community activities and achievements, future plans and one letter of recommendation.  Deadline:  April

James M. Cox Foundation Scholarship- several @ $1,000; must have financial need and have the FAFSA completed, must reside in the eastern 1/3 of Nebraska, may enroll in private institution, a public or private 2 or 4 year college, the grant is intended to meet the cost of tuition and is paid directly to the college of the student's choice; GPA 3.0 or higher; copy of previous year's income tax return.  To obtain a copy of the application see Mrs. Birch or do an internet search for “James M. Cox Foundation Scholarship.” Deadline:  April

Jami Harper Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival Scholarship – 1 @ $250, preference given to a student studying in a science field related to water resources, must submit FAFSA to college of your choice, high school transcript, 400-600 word essay.  Deadline:  April

Lueshen Birder's Scholarship - 2 @ $200, must have a 3.0 GPA, must study in a biological field with an emphasis on wildlife and environmental conservation, school and community activities, one letter of recommendation.  Deadline:  April

Jim B. & Lillian F. Cooper Foundation Scholarships - 1 @ $1,500, must graduate from Pierce High School, GPA of 3.0 or higher, one page essay on career plans, letter of recommendation.  Please apply online at Jim B. and Lillian F. Cooper Foundation Scholarships  Deadline:  Submit by April 1

Joshua Benson Memorial Scholarship – 1 @ $1,000; available to a senior who resides in Nebraska and is active in a form of martial arts (like Ta Kwan Do); two statements of character; essay; application.  Deadline:  April

Lincoln Builders Bureau Educational Scholarship – several @ $750; applicants must be an employee of a Lincoln Builders Bureau member company, or the child of an employee; awards based on academic performance, work experience, community involvement and career goals. Deadline: April 1.

Manzer Equipment Ag-Diesel Scholarship -1@ $3,000; attending NECC and pursuing an Associate Degree in Ag-Diesel Technology.

Meadow Grove Federal Credit Union Scholarship – 1 @ $500; must attend high school in northeast Nebraska, study business or finance; short essay.  Deadline:  April.

Midwest Bank Anne Cooper Memorial Scholarship - $2,000 for 1 year, GPA 3.0, 500-word essay, extra curricular activities. Open to any senior in a community served by Midwest Bank. Apply online only at Midwest Bank Anne Cooper Memorial Scholarship  Deadline: Submit by April 1

Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation Scholarship- in honor of Michael S. Turner, 3 @ $600-$800 for students entering an agriculture field at UNL, Chadron State, or Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture; will be awarded to sons/daughters of a parent/legal guardian who has been an active member, director, or employee for at the prior 3 years of a cooperative.  Deadline:  April 15

Nebraskans for Peace Scholarship – 3 @ $500, 6 @ $100, must study education, political science, social work, psychology or law, 750 to 1,000 word essays on a plan to use non-violent means to solve community problems. Deadline: April

Norfolk Archery Club Scholarship – 1 at $500; please include 2 letters of recommendation, 400 word essay, activities resume, archery activities, and explanation of career goals.  Due:  April 1, 2015  Please see Mrs. Birch for an application.

Northeast Nebraska Ag Community Scholarship – 2 at $500; Must study in an agricultural program in college.  Must be a high school senior, have a “C” or higher GPA, must be a resident of Madison, Wayne, Stanton, Pierce, Antelope, Boone or northern Platte County, and one letter of reference.  Deadline:  May 1, 2016

+Pierce Community Foundation Scholarship- several @ $500, open to all PHS seniors with a 3.0 or higher GPA. Deadline in April.

+Pierce FFA Chapter Scholarship- 1 @ $200, must be an FFA member for 2 years, neatly completed application. Return to chapter advisor by deadline in April.

+Pierce High School Band Parent's Scholarship- several at $200, must study music in college or minor in music or be a part of an ensemble or flag line, must be a member in good standing of PHS's Band, obtain application from the school's share folder.  Deadline:  April

+Pierce High ESP (Educational Support Personnel) Scholarship:  Several awarded each year at $100 each; must be a senior planning on attending a 1-2 year college or a son/daughter of a Pierce Public School ESP (Educational Support Personnel) member planning on continuing your education at any postsecondary institution; obtain application from the school's share folder. Due:  April 15

+Pierce High Girls' Letterclub Scholarship- 2 @ $100, active member of the Pierce High Girls' Letterclub, must have accumulated at least 200 points in letter club, average to above average GPA, must attend college the summer or fall following graduation. Return to sponsor by April 15.

+Pierce High School Vocal Music Scholarship- $100, must be a member in good standing of PHS's Vocal Music, obtain application from the school's share folder.  Deadline:  April

+Pierce Kiwanis Club Scholarship- 2 @ $150, can attend a two year or four year college, based on activities, leadership, volunteering, include a h.s. transcript, short essay, 2 letters of recommendation, one from a h.s. teacher or counselor, one from a community member.  Deadline:  April

President's Students Service Challenge Scholarship -  1 @ $1,000, no minimum GPA, must contribute 100 hours of volunteer/learning service to the school and community in a twelve month period.  Deadline:  April

Steve F. Wemhoff Memorial Scholarship – 2 @ $500.  Must be a graduating senior with at least a ‘B’ average.  Essay showing why you should be considered for the scholarship and showing academic ability, leadership, activities, financial need, personal and career goals.  Also attach a letter from the school counselor stating that the applicant has at least a ‘B’ average.  Deadline:  April

Student View Scholarship Program – 1 @ $4,000; 2 @ $1,000 and 8 @ $500.  No minimum SAT/ACT score, no essay, no application forms or fees – click on the above link and complete a 15-20 minute application survey about colleges in your area.  Scholarship awarded by random drawing.  Deadline:  April

Tylenol Scholarship-10 @ $10,000 and 150 @ $1,000.  Must be going into a healthcare field.  Apply online at tylenol.com.  Deadline:  April

Tyson Foods Scholarship – several @ $3,000 per semester, must be the child or employee of Tyson Foods, transcript, 3 letters of recommendation, personal statement on future plans, financial information. Deadline: April.

UNK Delta Tau Delta Scholarship- 1 @ $100, must be male, must attend UNK, GPA of 3.0, must have achieved academic and community excellence, 2 letters of recommendation, essay.  Deadline:  April

UNK Gamma Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon Balanced Man Scholarship -  1 @ $1,000, must be a male student attending UNK. Deadline: April

UNL Acacia Fraternity Scholarship- 1 @ $500, 2 @ $100, must be male, must attend UNL, based on scholarship and leadership, GPA of 3.5.  Deadline:  April

UNL Alpha Gamma NU Scholarship- several @ $500, must be male and attend UNL this fall, must show outstanding scholarship and activity involvement.  Deadline:  April

UNL Northeast Nebraska Alumni Chapter Scholarship – 3 @ $1,000; must attend UNL, short essay, activities, honor’s resume, GPA & class rank.  Deadline:  April

+Zach Family Scholarship – 1 @ $500; must study in an agriculture or ag-related field, prefer a GPA of 3.0, resume of awards and activities, a brief essay on your future plans and career goals.  The application is on the PHS Share Drive. Deadline:  April.
+Local scholarship available only to Pierce seniors



AEMP Foundation Scholarship - several @ $2,000; GPA 3.0; high school transcript, must study diesel technology, parts managing, heavy equipment operation, activities, employment, career goals, several short answer questions, 1 letter of recommendation from teacher or counselor and 1 letter of recommendation from an employer. Deadline: May 1.

Marilynn Smith, Phyllis G. Meekins, and Dinah Shore Scholarship – 10 @ $5,000, played in a minimum of 50% of a high school golf team’s scheduled events, GPA 3.2 or higher, must plan to play competitive golf at an accredited college or university, essay, 3 letters of recommendation. Deadline: May

National Sorghum Challenge Foundation Scholarship  – 1 @ $1,500 plus a free trip to Washington D.C., parent or guardian must be a member of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association, must enter an ag or ag-related career, short essays, 2 letters of recommendation, high school transcript. See counselor for application.

+PHS Boys' Letterclub Scholarship- 1 @ $125 x 4 years, must be a male, senior athlete at Pierce High School.  See Mr. Warneke for an application.  Deadline:  May

Student-View Scholarship Program- 1-$4,000, 2- $1,00, 4- $500, scholarships awarded via a random drawing.  Deadline: April

Tip-Top-Tux – 1 @ $5,000, 1 @ $500, financial information, 2 letters of recommendation, personal essay, high school transcript. Deadline: May

Wells Fargo College STEPS Program Scholarship Sweepstakes- 100 @ $1,000, based on a drawing of all seniors registered. Log on and register here. One drawing each month.  Deadline:  May

+Local scholarship available only to Pierce seniors



Believers & Achievers – 8 @ $500; Must show a commitment to good citizenship and involvement in school and community projects.  Must be nominated by the high school and fill out the paperwork by the end of the junior year.  Must have a 3.75.  402/ 489-0386 for more information. 

DeVry Institute Scholarships - DeVry is a technology, computer, and business college.  The scholarship is for students that will be attending  DeVry.

FarmHouse Fraternity Scholarship - 3.0 GPA, must attend UNL, may be male or female, 2 letters of recommendation, scholarship and academics, leadership and activities.  Deadline:  June 1

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund – several @ varying amounts based on financial need, must be the son or daughter of a U.S. soldier who has died in action, missing in action or disabled due to a military operational mission or training accident. Deadline: see application

Boosalis Scholarship - $500 to Nebraska democratic women.  500 word essay about a female politician.  Deadline:  July 1

Natural Resources Conservation Service UNL Scholarship – 1 @ $1,000; plus summer employment while in college, must study in soil conservation, agronomy, forestry, soil science, ag education or civil or ag engineering, statement on career plans and goals. Deadline: June

UNL Sigma Chi Scholarship – James Parks Caldwell and Thomas Cowan Bell scholarships each for $1,000, 2 letters of recommendation, essay, high school transcript. Deadline: June



+Local scholarship available only to Pierce seniors

Please contact Mrs. Mary Birch at the Pierce High School Counseling Department if there are any questions, suggestions or problems regarding this webpage.

Good Luck with your scholarship hunting!

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