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Access to Education: Key to Success

It is our goal and commitment to increase the awareness and participation in educational opportunities and services within communities accross Nebraska. Over the years, we've seen an increase in student and parental involvement in the Annual Hispanic/Latino Educational Summit (founded by the Commission in 2006). We continue to work in identifying factors that have continued to the fostering of and/or issues that have contributed to the increase in the educational attainment gap seen in the Hispanic/Latino student population. Thus, we continue to actively participate in the P-16 initiative to combat these important and very real concerns.

Copy of 6th Edition National Directory of Scholarships, Internships, and Fellowships for Latinos



The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute has released the 6th Edition National Directory of Scholarships, Internships and Fellowships for Latino Youth. You can read a copy by clicking on the image cover to your left.



support undocumented youth Click on this cover for the U.S. Dept. of Education's Resource Guide for Undocumented Youth.


Click on the organizations' name below to view more information on scholarships and services, or contact our office at: (402) 471-2791.

Educational Resources

Organization Focus Eligibility Location
EducationQuest Foundation Free college planning services, scholarships, outreach and grants Everyone Lincoln, Kearney and Omaha
Hispanic College Fund College & Career Institute Financial, Social & Career Support Latino Youth Nationwide

Hispanic & Minority Scholarship Resource Guide

& Tips on Where to find Financial Aid

Scholarships and financial aid tips for students Latino & Minority Students Nationwide
Hispanic Scholarship Fund List of scholarships for Latinos of all backgrounds Latino Students Nationwide
Homeless Youth Guide & Resources List of financial aid and opportunities for homeless and at-risk youth Homeless or at-risk Nationwide
MALDEF Scholarship Guide 2014-15 List of various scholarships for U.S. Citizens, Legal residents, DACA recipients and DREAMers High School Seniors, College Students Nationwide
National Society of High School Scholars Various scholarships for high school and college students who are members of the National Society of HS Scholars. Society Members Only Nationwide, check if your high school has a chapter
Nebraska State College System Advantage Guarantees first-time freshman who receive federal Pell Grants do not pay tuition at the 3 state colleges. Must be Nebraskan. Incoming Freshman Peru, Wayne, Chadron
Nebraska Migrant Program Educational Services Migrant Youth Statewide
Peru State College Foundation 134 Scholarships for Peru State College, varies by major and eligibility All Students Statewide


Internships / Fellowships

Organization Focus Deadline Stipend
Apprenticeships - Omaha & Iowa Various apprenticeships for job training Ongoing Varies
Bank of American Diversity Fellowship MBA Program and Internship April 26, 2015 $40,000
Boren Scholarship / Fellowship Undergraduate Study Abroad February 2015 $8,000-$20,000
Cinco de Mayo Internship Cinco de Mayo Event in Omaha May 15, 2015 $3,000
Dream Summer National Internships March 1, 2015 $5,000
Intern Nebraska Varies by Company Ongoing Paid
Latino Heritage Internship with the National Park Service Historical site preservation, Archaeology, Museum Studies, Cultural Resources March 31, 2015 Paid
NE Attorney General Office Computer Data Input Ongoing Unpaid
Nebraska Appleseed Social Work & Lobbying Ongoing Unpaid
OLLAS Internship Program Train UNO students on research, community outreach and future careers Varies Unknown
Step-Up Omaha! For ages 14-21, provides career training and job placement Application Closed Pay Varies
The White House Interns will be placed in one Presidential Department. April 19, 2015 Unpaid


High School Student Summer Academies

Academy Eligibility Focus Timeline Deadline School
DREAM BIG! Academy Current high school juniors, 1st generation or under-represented students with low income status, minimum 2.5 GPA, interest in Business Business July 12-16, 2015 March 27, 2015 UNL, Lincoln
Latina Summer Academy Latina high school students entering 10th & 11 grade Higher education & college life, cultural pride June 21-26, 2015 May 15, 2015 College of St. Mary, Omaha
Latino Young Ambassador Program Graduating high school seniors, U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident, minimum 3.25 GPA, English fluency, be enrolled full time in a college Interest in Arts, Humanities or Science in regards to Latino community June 21-July 31, 2015 April 6, 2015

Smithsonian Latino Center, Washington, DC

Nebraska College Preparatory Academy 1st Generation and low-income students attending Omaha North Magnet and Grand Island Senior High School. College preparation and committment, receive mentoring 5 Camps from July 13 - July 31, select one None

UNL, Lincoln

University of Nebraska - Omaha IST High School Internships High school students interested in pursuing science & technology, paid internships of $1,500, work 20 hours a week Information, Science & Technology June 1 - July 24, 2015 May 1, 2015

UNO, Omaha


Local Scholarships

Organization Eligibility Deadline Award Location
Ak-Sar-Ben Scholarship Community college students/high school seniors going to attend a community college, U.S. Citizen April 1, 2015 $1,000 Statewide, Iowa
Barrientos & Heartland Latino Leadership Scholarship Latino/a graduating senior planning to attend Metropolitan Community College, minimum 3.0 GPA May 15, 2015 $5,000 Omaha
Heartland Latino Leadership Arts, Humanities & Government Scholarship Latino/a college student majoring in an arts, humanities or government field, minimum 3.0 GPA May 15, 2015 $2,000 Statewide Nebraska
Heartland Latino Leadership Business Scholarship Latino/a college student majoring in a business field, minimum 3.0 GPA May 15, 2015 $2,000 Statewide Nebraska
Heartland Latino Leadership Education Scholarship Latino/a college student majoring in an education field, minimum 3.0 GPA May 15, 2015 $2,000 Statewide Nebraska
Heartland Latino Leadership Engineering, Architecture & Technology Scholarship Latino/a college student majoring in a STEM field, minimum 3.0 GPA May 15, 2015 $2,000 Statewide Nebraska
Heartland Latino Leadership Health & Science Scholarship Latino/a college student majoring in a Health or Science field, minimum 3.0 GPA May 15, 2015 $2,000 Statewide Nebraska
Barrientos Lucy Mora Scholarship Latino/a high school senior planning to attend or current undergraduate attending Metropolitan Community College, can pursue any field, minimum 2.5 GPA May 15, 2015 $3,000 Omaha
Chief Standing Bear Scholarship Nebraska student enrolled in recognized North American tribe, on track to receive diploma or GED, or be high school graduate April 1, 2015 $1,500 Statewide
Dear Grandchild Scholarship Grandparents write and mail a letter explaining why their grandchild deserves financial aid Opens November $2,000 Statewide
Doane College - Presidential Scholarship High school seniors with a minimum 3.6 GPA, an ACT score of 30 or a 1320 SAT score Ongoing $48,000 Crete
Doane College - Board of Trustee Scholarship High school seniors with a minimum 3.3 GPA, an ACT score of 28 or a 1240 SAT score Ongoing $40,000 Crete
Doane College - Van Hoy Scholarship High school seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA, an ACT score of 24 or a 1090 SAT score Ongoing $32,000 Crete
Doane College - Community Award High school seniors meeting two of three criteria: minimum 3.0 GPA, rank in the top 33 percent, or an ACT score of 21 and a 980 SAT score Ongoing $20,000 Crete
Fraser Stryker Diversity Scholarship High school senior who is Asian, Latino, Native American or African American. Interested in pursuing law, financial need, ranks top 20% of class, U.S. citizen or resident. Opens March $2,500 a year Omaha Metro
Girls Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Scholarship Current and past Girls Scouts, ages 18-24, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership. To apply, contact Jenny Cardwell at the Homestead Service Center at 402-875-4345 or 800-487-2578 ext. 1106 or email: July 15 $1,000 Certain counties & cities: York, Seward, Fillmore, Saline, Jefferson, Gage, Richardson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Lancaster, Cass, and Saunders.
Inspiring Women Scholarship

Nebraskan women graduating from high school & attending college in 2015, or are currently attending college. Must write 500 maximum word essay about a female politician or community activist who inspired their own community service and political involvement. Contact Mary Herres at: or 402-617-2089. Please provide the following information: Name, Address, Phone Number, High School or College currently attending or will attend. Email Address, Brief Biography and resume (if you have one). 

July 1, 2015 $500 each for 3 women Statewide
International Students - University of Nebraska - Lincoln Global Scholarship Undergraduate international student admitted or attending UNL, minimum 2.0 GPA Admission Deadline $3,000 - $13,500 International
International Students - University of Nebraska - Omaha Advantage Scholarship For undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, minimum 3.0 GPA, must hold J1 or F1 Visa Rolling $4,800 - $9,600 International
International Students - University of Nebraska - Omaha New International Student Scholarship Be prospective UNO student, not enrolled, hold F1 or J1 Visa, minimum 3.0 GPA May 15 $3,000 - $6,000 International
International Students - University of Nebraska - Omaha Current International Student Scholarship Full time student at UNO, hold F1 or J1 Visa, minimum 3.0 GPA, financial need, have provided a service to campus/community May 15 $700 per semester International
Joseph's College of Beauty Outstanding Merit Scholarship for Cosmetology Minimum 3.5 GPA, essay, resume, reference letter, transcript Ongoing $3,500 Statewide
KID'S CHANCE Scholarship Must be between 16-25 years old, a high school senior or have a high school diploma/GED, child of parent who was injured or killed on the job and now affects family income, must be accepted to a college/university, complete FAFSA & complete application packet. Applicant must reside in Nebraska at time of applying for scholarship. April 15, 2015 $2,500 a year Any community college, college, university or vocational school in Nebraska or the nation.
Latino Employee Network of Union Pacific Scholarship 10 scholarships for Latino students, enrolled in college, minimum 2.8 GPA, ACT score 20 or higher/SAT score 1400 or higher, must be from Omaha metro area, must complete packet, to apply contact Maria Viviana Maldonado at April 15, 2015 $1,000 Any college as long as student keeps permanent address in Omaha
Lincoln Community Foundation List of 56 Scholarships Scholarships vary, open to high school seniors and college students. March 31, 2015 Varies Lincoln
Lincoln Legal Professionals Association Scholarship Funds vary, Open to college students interested in legal support field professions. Must have at least 3.0 GPA. March 16, 2015 Varies Lincoln
Louise A. Nixon Scholarship Graduate students majoring in Library Sciences, must be Nebraska resident, NLA member, library employee past or present. April 15 Varies Statewide
Metro Young Latino Professional Asc. Scholarship (MYLPA) Must be a DREAMER, not eligible for FAFSA, will attend Metro Community College in Omaha, must be from a Latin American country, financial need TBA $4,000 each Omaha
Matt & Ruth Sandoval Magic Touch Memorial Scholarship Must be Latino/a student graduating from Omaha South High and plan to attend Metro Community College, minimum 2.5 GPA May 15, 2015 $2,500 Omaha
Nebraska State College Board of Trustees Scholarship High school seniors who score a 25 or above on the ACT, or a 1700 on SAT. Must plan to attend a state college: Chadron, Peru or Wayne State. Must be Nebraska resident.

Opens October

Closes January

$17,000 Statewide
Nebraska State College Governor's Award High school seniors who score between 21-24 on the ACT, or between 1500-1650 on the SAT. Must plan to attend a state college: Chadron, Peru or Wayne State. Must be a Nebraska resident.

Opens October

Closes December

$8,400 Statewide
Nebraska Wesleyan University - Vaughn Scholarship for Students of Color Minority students with financial need; apply through FAFSA Ongoing $1,000-$4,000 Lincoln, Omaha
Nebraska Wesleyan University - M.O.S.I.A.C. Scholarship Minority students based on merit; apply through FAFSA Ongoing $500 Lincoln, Omaha
Oregon Trail Foundation Scholarships 13 diffierent scholarships offered by the Foundation, each with own criteria. Several are for high school seniors and for college students. One scholarship is for Hispanic students. April 1, 2015 $500-$2,000 Scottsbluff & surrounding counties
Peru State College - James G. & Mavis Green Scholarship Undergraduate Peru students majoring in business, accounting, CMIS, marketing, see list of approved high schools June 1, 2015 $800 Graduates of certain Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas or Missouri schools
Peru State College Scholarships Eight various scholarships to help students attend Peru State College, various eligibility including art & athletics Varies Varies Statewide
Rural Health Opportunities Scholarship Open to students attending Peru, Chadron or Wayne State College interested in pursuing a career in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, clinical laboratory science, dental surgery, dental hygiene, physical therapy, physician assistant, or radiology. Apply at same time you apply for a state college, or before December 1 Full tuition & early medical school admission Nebraska rural counties, not including Douglas, Lancaster & Sarpy Counties.
Southeast Community College Financial Aid Many scholarships available through their Scholarship Fund for current students & high school seniors. Varies by semester Varies Statewide
Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation Incoming college/community college freshman, minimum 2.5 GPA, financial need, merit, open to all students including non-citizens Opens Nov. 1 $4,250 per semester Statewide
True Potential Scholarship DACA Students who will or are attending a community college March 1, 2015 Full Tuition Nebraska, Iowa
Unity in Action Scholarship - 2 Scholarships Latino/a high school senior currently attending South Sioux City high school, enrolled in a college or university for 2015-16, must complete application packet. April 15, 2015 $500 each Any college or university in Nebraska and the nation
University of Nebraska - Kearney Peter Kiewit Foundation Educators Opportunity Scholarship Latino enrolled UNK Students graduated from a Nebraska high school, must be U.S. Citizen, Legal Resident or DACA, must be fluent and literate in Spanish and English, must show commitment to become a teacher. February 1, 2015 $10,000 a year Nebraska
University of Nebraska - Omaha Next Generation Leadership Scholarship UNO Incoming freshman & second to final year students who have graduated from Omaha, Ralston, Papillion-La Vista or Bellevue, minimum 3.0 GPA June 12, 2015 $2,000 - $3,000 Omaha Metro Area
University of Nebraska - Omaha Goodrich Scholarship UNO enrolled students, merit based and need based. Feb. 27, 2015 Varies UNO Students
University of Nebraska - Omaha Scholarship List UNO enrolled students, various criteria Varies Varies UNO Students
University of Nebraska - Kearney Scholarship List UNK students admitted by Feb. 1, 2015, rank top 30% from high school, ACT 23 score or SAT 1070 score Feb. 1, 2015 Varies All UNK students
Urban League of Nebraska Scholarships Minimum 2.5 GPA, submit transcript or GED copy, have done at least 10 hours community service March 6, 2015 Varies Graduating Nebraska high school senior/GED recipient
'Why I Want To Go To College" Essay Contest 7th & 8th Grade Students, 750 typed essays explaining educational goals for future. March 27, 2015 $500-$2,000 All 7th & 8th Graders in Nebraska & Midwest


National Scholarships

Organization Eligibility Deadline Award Students
Becas Univision Scholarship Must be 1/3 Hispanic & 1st generation college student, have financial need, minimum 3.0 GPA, will or have graduated from high school or have a GED, open to citizens, non-citizens, refugees & DACAmented March 30 $500-$5,000 High school seniors, undergraduate students, community college students
Buick Achievers Scholarship Enrolled/Plan to enroll accredited four-year university in U.S. or Puerto Rico, Academic achievement, financial need, U.S. citizen/ legal permanent resident, study eligible major, priority to first-generation students, minorities Feb. 27, 2015 $25,000 High school seniors, undergraduate students
Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarship Minimum 3.0 GPA, Achievement Based Opens Aug. 1 $20,000 High school seniors
Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Minimum 3.5 GPA Opens Oct. 1 $1,000 Community College Students
College Assistance Migrant Program Migrant / Seasonal farm-working youth Varies $750 - $4,000 High school seniors
City University of New York (CUNY) Becas Scholarship CUNY full-time students, must have academic excellence, financial need & commitment to help Mexican community, for citizens, non-citizens & DACA Feb. 28, 2015 $4,500-$6,030 CUNY Undergrad & Graduate Students
Dell Scholars Program Minimum 2.4 GPA, financial need, eligible for federal student aid, plan to enroll full-time to college, participate in approved Dell college readiness program Opens Nov. 1 Full-ride High school seniors
Denny's Hungry for Education Scholarship U.S. Citizens, legal permanent residents, multicultural students, minimum 2.5 GPA April 30, 2015 $1,000 K-12 students/ college students
Dr. David Monash/John Caldwell Scott Medical Student Scholarship Students who completed medical school & now matched to residency program in Chicago area with underserved population April 28 $25,000 Medical students in Chicago area
Dr. Juan Andrade Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders Must ne enrolled college student, at least one Hispanic parent, provide transcript, essay, & more. Dec. 31, 2014 $500 - $1,000 K-12 students/ college students
DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship U.S. Citizen/Legal Resident, minimum 3.0 GPA, completed FAFSA, have financial need, write essay explaining how your heritage shapes your aspirations, open to all ethnicities May 1, 2015 $500 Enrolled/accepted to enroll full-time accredited university students
Federal Pell Grants Students must have financial need, college expenses, enrollment status FAFSA Deadline varies Up to $5,500 High school seniors & college students
Flag Manufacturers Asc. of America Students must submit video of themselves explaining in 3 minutes what the American flag means to them May 30 $2,000 High school seniors
Gallery Collection Greeting Card Contest Students design & submit a Christmas greeting card, winning design will be used Opens April 2015 $10,000 High school seniors, college students
Gates Milliennium Scholarship Minimum 3.3 GPA, Minority student, U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident, Foreign National

Opens Aug.1, 2015

Deadline Jan. 13, 2016

Full-ride High school seniors, Graduate Students
Healthcare Scholarship Program Students must write 750-1,000 word essay, must be at least 18, U.S. Citizen & full-time student Dec. 31, 2015 $500 Current college students
HENAAC Scholarships Hispanic college students pursuing a degree in the STEM field, minimum 3.0 GPA April 30, 2015 $500-$10,000 Current college students
Hispanic Dental Association Scholarships Hispanic students being trained in dental residency or dental specialty program, May 15, 2015 $1,000 - 4,000 to four students Current Dental students
Horatio Alger Association Minimum 2.0 GPA, U.S. Citizen Opens Aug. 1 $21,000 High school seniors
Jeck Kente Cooke College Scholarship Program Pell Grant eligible, Minimum 3.5 GPA, plan to attend 4-year university, financial need, leadership skills Opens September every year $40,000 per year High school seniors
Jack Kente Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Be a current community college student or recent graduate, Minimum 3.5 GPA, plan to transfer to a university in Fall, financial need Opens October - December every year $40,000 Transferring community college student to four-year university
Judith McManus Price Scholarship U.S. Citizens, Financial Need, Women & Minority students enrolled in approved Planning Accreditation Board planning program with intent to pursue career in public sector April 30 $2,000 - $4,000 Undergraduate & Graduate Students
LeTendre Education Scholarship Homeless students under 21, or who was homeless at one point during K-12, may be undocumented or DACA June 16 $1,500 High school seniors, college students, GED graduates
National Association of Hispanic Nurses Scholarship Full time nursing student, minimum 3.0 GPA, must be of Hispanic descent, NAHN member April 3 Not specified Nursing students
National Cattlemen's W.D. Farr Scholarship Send resume, review of graduate research, explain belief in beef industry April 25 $12,000 College Graduate students
Marine Corps. Foundation Scholarship Must be child of active duty or reserve U.S. Marine or veteran U.S. Marine who has received honorable discharge or killed while serving, or child of active duty or reserve U.S. Navy Corpsman who served/serving with a U.S. Marine unit, minimum 2.0 GPA

Opens January 1

Deadline March 1

$1,500 - $10,000 per year High school seniors & college students pursuing their bachelor's degree
New York Trust Medical Research Scholarship Second or third year medical students from minority group attending accredited medical school in New York City

Deadline May 28, 2015

$5,000 Medical Students in New York
Nordstrom Scholarship Attend high school in state/U.S. territory with a Nordstrom store, Volunteer or participate in extracurricular activities, Minimum 2.7 GPA, Plan to attend university & plan to apply for financial aid

Deadline May 1, 2015

$10,000 High school juniors
Ronald McDonald House Charities/HACER Scholarship Hispanic students with financial needs, academic achievement, and community involvement. Legal U.S. Resident. Minimum 2.7 GPA.

January 20, 2015

$1,000 - $100,000 High school seniors
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers - 5 Scholarships Scholarships vary, for Hispanic students majoring in STEM field, have good academic standing & financial need

May 1, 2015

$1,000-$5,000 Undergraduate, Graduate & Doctoral Students
Truman Scholarship Full-time undergraduate with junior or senior level standing, must be nominated by faculty, U.S. citizen, would like to pursue Master's degree with funds.

February 3, 2015

$30,000 Undergraduate students
Twitter 140 College Scholarship Write a tweet highlighting how Twitter can improve the world, then 2nd tweet send to @Scholarship with hashtag #Scholarship with a link to your entry, then follow @Scholarship on Twitter for updates

Open from Oct. 14-Oct. 29, 2015

$1,400.00 College students
Varsity Tutor Scholarship Scholarship awarded every month, write an essay on new posted essay topic. Must be at least 16 & U.S. Legal resident. Every month ongoing $1,000.00 College students
Western Union Foundation's Family Scholarship Program Scholarship awarded to two members of same family for tuition, language classes, technical training, GED classes or financial literacy. Must be 18. May 25, 2015 $1,000-$5,000 College students
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