The Norma Ross Walter Scholarship Program of the Willa Cather Foundation offers a scholarship to female graduates of Nebraska High Schools who are planning to enroll as English majors in an accredited college or university. Students may download the application at https://www.willacather.org/learn/scholarships. Deadline is January 31, 2018.

The Foundation for Individual Rights to Education offers an essay contest with cash prizes. For additional information and to enter, visit https://www.thefire.org/student-network/essay-contest/. Deadline is January 31, 2018.

The Acacia Fraternity offers scholarships for incoming male freshmen at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln who display excellence in academics, have motivation for personal success with an interest in developing and applying leadership skills. For additional information and to apply, go to http://bit.ly/acacia_unl. Deadline is January 31, 2018.

Blue Valley Community Action Partnership (BVCA) is offering $500 scholarships for seniors who have a financial need. Priority will be given to applicants who have received assistance from BVCA and/or have volunteered with BVCA. Additional information and the application packet may be found at www.bvca.net. Deadline is February 1, 2018.

The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation provides scholarships for seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA for tuition and fees up to $5000 per semester at any Nebraska public universities, colleges, or community colleges. Applications are available at https://buffettscholarships.org/application-requirements. Deadline is February 1, 2018.

The Willa Cather Foundation is sponsoring the $1000 Antonette Willa Skupa Turner Scholarship. This scholarship is intended for seniors who plan to continue their education as English or history majors. Selection is based on intellectual promise, creativity and character of the applicant. The application packet may be found at www.WillaCather.org. Deadline is February 28, 2018.

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is accepting applications for students who have a passion for service and would like to earn scholarship money. The AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time 10-month residential national service program for 18-24 year olds. During their service, members are provided housing, food, uniforms, equipment and a modest bi-weekly stipend for personal expenses. If members successfully complete the program, they are awarded a $5,775 Education Award. This award can be used for future tuition costs or to pay back student loans. Additional information may be located at https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps.

The Hagan Scholarship Foundation offers several scholarships for up to $5000 per semester of unmet financial need. This scholarship for high achieving seniors with meaningful work or volunteer experience and high character. Additional information is available at www.hsfmo.org. Deadline is November 15, 2017.

The Elks National Foundation sponsors the Most Valuable Student Scholarship Contest for seniors. The selection is based on financial need, academics, activities, and leadership. Seniors may apply online at enf.elks.org/mvs. Deadline is November 27, 2017.

The Fillmore County 4-H Council will award two $500 scholarships. Applicants need to be currently enrolled in the Fillmore County 4-H program and have participated in the program for a minimum of five years. The scholarship may be used for any field of study, at any post-secondary institution. Application information may be found at fillmore.unl.edu. Deadline is December 1, 2017.

The Nebraska Association of Fair Managers will award the Martha and Don Romeo Scholarships. They will award a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H male and a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H female who are seniors in the State of Nebraska and plan to attend a 2 year or 4 year college. Applicants must have exhibited their 4-H projects in a County Fair or at the State Fair within the last four years. Application information may be found at fillmore.unl.edu. Deadline is December 1, 2017.

Perennial Public Power District is offering a $1000 per year scholarship to a student planning to attend an accredited utility line college. Applicants must reside within Perennial’s service area to be eligible for a scholarship. Additional information is available at http://perennialpower.com/about-us/utility-line-scholarship/. Deadline is January 1, 2018.

The National Commission for Cooperative Education offers several scholarships. Additional information and an application are available at www.waceinc.org. Deadline is February 15, 2018.

The Midwest Student Exchange Program is an interstate initiative that enables Nebraska students to enroll at reduced tuition levels in participating colleges in Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, and Missouri. Additional information is available at msep.mhec.org.

The International P.E.O. STAR scholarship is in the amount of $2500.00 and is for senior girls with a minimum 3.0 GPA. The applicants need to exhibit excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service and potential for future success. Deadline is September 25, 2017. To be considered, applicants need to send their resume & cover letter to Karla Sheffield at PO Box 317, Exeter, NE 68351 or email them to karla_sheffield@yahoo.com. The cover letter needs to explain thoroughly how you exhibit the scholarship criteria.

The Hearst Foundation sponsors the United States Senate Youth Program. This program offers outstanding junior & senior leaders the opportunity to learn about all branches the Federal government in Washington, D.C. and the opportunity for a scholarship. Students must be currently serving as an officer in a school organization and must pass a written test to be eligible for this program. The application and additional information is available online at https://www.education.ne.gov/ss/USSYP.html. Deadline is October 4, 2017.

Wendy’s Restaurants sponsors the High School Heisman Award to honor high school scholar-athlete-citizens. Students must participate in at least one sport and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Applications are available online at wendysheisman.com. Deadline to apply is October 2, 2017.

Horatio Alger Association offers scholarships for seniors planning to obtain a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, have a financial need, and exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. Students must apply by October 25, 2017 at www.scholars.horatioalger.org.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for outstanding youth volunteers. Applications are available at http://spirit.prudential.com. Deadline is November 8, 2017.

RHOP (Rural Health Opportunities Program) is a full-tuition scholarship opportunity designed for Wayne State College students pursuing a career in Medical Lab Science, Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Medicine, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Radiography or Pharmacy and planning to practice in a rural Nebraska setting. RHOP is also offered through Chadron State College in the areas of Medical Lab Science, Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Medicine, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, and Radiography. Peru State College also participates in RHOP in the areas of Medical Lab Science, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant and Radiography. Upon successful completion of any of the listed programs, students are automatically admitted to the University of Nebraska Medical Center to continue their program of study. Additional information is available on each of the college's websites. Deadline is November 15, 2017.

The University of Nebraska at Kearney is offering the KHOP (Kearney Health Opportunities Program) for UNK students pursuing a career in Dental Hygiene, Clinical Lab Science, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy or Radiology and planning to practice in a rural Nebraska setting. Upon successful completion of any of the listed programs, students are automatically admitted to the University of Nebraska Medical Center to continue their program of study. Additional information is available at http://www.unk.edu/academics/health_sciences/scholarshipprograms.php. Deadline is November 15, 2017.

Wayne State College is partnering with the UNL College of Law to offer the Rural Law Opportunities Program (RLOP). Students interested in attending law school can get pre-admittance to UNL College of Law. As long as recipients keep their Wayne State GPA up and get a good score on the LSAT, they will have a spot saved for them at UNL College of Law. There are scholarships available for those receiving those spots at UNL. The application and additional information is may be located at https://www.wsc.edu/rlop. The application is available on October 3 and the deadline is December 1, 2017.