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Scholarship FAQ

Who is eligible for a scholarship with the ONE Application for many Scholarships?

Thanks to many generous donors, Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation offers a large number and variety of scholarship opportunities, especially for people with a connection to the North Platte area.

The large majority of our scholarships are for graduating high school seniors, students already in college and others who reside or go to school in the North Platte area including the Nebraska counties of Custer, Dawson, Lincoln, Frontier, Hayes, Hooker, Keith, Logan, McPherson, Perkins and Thomas.

Also, there are some scholarships available for residents of Nebraska who reside outside of North Platte area.

How do I know which scholarship to apply for?

The Community Foundation uses ONE Application for many Scholarships that matches applicants to ALL scholarship opportunities for which they are eligible at this time. There is ONE online application for about 200 scholarship awards.

When is the deadline?

Applicants must register to apply on the ONE Application for many Scholarships online by Tuesday, March 8.  

Applicants must submit completed applications on the ONE Application for many Scholarships by Thursday, March 10.

What will I need to apply?

You will need access to a computer device and internet service to first register to use the ONE Application for many Scholarships and then to then complete the application online.

You will need to use an email address you check frequently and have permanent access to when registering and logging onto the online scholarship portal.

On the online ONE Application you will be asked many questions to determine which scholarships you are eligible to apply for. The specific questions and information required for each scholarship are detailed in the online application.

To qualify for almost all scholarships be prepared to submit the following:

  • Information about your current plan and goals for getting additional education
  • School Transcript (official or unofficial) ideally with Grade Point Average
  • A personal statement about your educational, career and personal goals and plans
  • For most scholarships you will need to get two people who know you to complete a short reference form about you. You will be asked to request one reference from a school- related person and to request another reference from another adult person who knows you and who is NOT related to you. You will need to enter the email address of each reference into the application and then your references will be sent an email to access the reference form online. Completed reference forms will be attached automatically to your application and you will not see them.

If you want to apply for financial need-based scholarships, you will be asked to submit the first two pages of your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) that identifies you and shows Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Also, you will be given an opportunity to tell how you plan to pay to attend college.

Certain scholarships require additional information specific to the criteria of those scholarships.

Is anything for an application accepted on paper?

No. All application materials are only accepted online. Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation has moved to an online application process to improve the application process as well as to improve review, selection, awarding and payment processes.

The online program is not allowing me to submit my application. Why?

The online program will not accept incomplete (including required attachments) or late applications. Check your application to ensure you have answered every required question and that you have uploaded all required attachments.

What will strengthen an application?

Accurately answer all required questions. Provide requested information. Provide thoughtful and well-written personal statement. Chose people who know you and your capabilities to ask to complete reference forms about you.

When are reference forms due?  Do applicants see reference forms?

The deadline for receiving reference forms from references is March 10. We urge applicants to make timely requests of references to complete reference forms. The requested information from references will not take much time at all.  Completed reference forms from references will be attached automatically to scholarship applications and applicants do not see them.

Is there a tutorial that can help guide me through the application process?

Yes, here is a link to a written tutorial:

Applicant Tutorial - Scholarships (Universal Application) - Google Docs

Where may scholarships be used?

Many scholarships may be used at any accredited US college or university. Others may only be used at a Nebraska institution and some are limited to specific institutions because of criteria established by donors. Knowing your educational plan and goals will help the ONE Application system find the scholarship opportunities that fit your plans.

How are scholarship recipients selected?

The selection process for almost all scholarships is competitive. Scholarship review committees are comprised of volunteers in our community who are invested in the future of young people in their communities and in helping qualified students help pay educational expenses. Selection of award recipients is based on the specific criteria for each scholarship.

When and how will I find out if I’m awarded a scholarship?

Recipients are notified by email whenever possible typically in May. It is very important to use an email you check frequently and have permanent access to when registering on the online ONE Application for many Scholarships portal.

What happens if I am selected as a scholarship recipient?

Scholarship recipients will be sent an award message BY EMAIL notifying them of their award and the details of the scholarship(s) they received. Recipients must logon to the online portal to sign their scholarship acceptance forms. Award payment will be made until the form is completed.

Is it appropriate to thank my scholarship donor directly?

We will advise scholarship recipients of names and addresses of the donors who made specific scholarships possible whenever possible.

A thank you note goes a long way to show appreciation to donors. We encourage scholarship recipients express appreciation for the financial help and tell something about themselves and their goals.

What expenses can scholarships cover?

The Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation pays scholarships directly to the college, university or school for the benefit of recipients. Scholarships may be used to offset tuition, fees and other qualifying educational expenses. The Foundation only awards scholarships to students attending US educational institutions in the United States.

When will scholarship awards by paid?

Typically, we mail scholarship checks directly to the school in July/August for the
upcoming fall semester. Larger scholarships are paid in two payments, half in July/August and the other half in January for spring semester.

What happens if I change schools after I’ve been awarded a scholarship?

You must notify Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation if you change your college choice or transfer to a new school. Email or call 308-534-3315.

How are scholarship criteria and opportunities determined?

The individual, donor, group, or organization who established the scholarship fund determines the selection criteria. Those interested in establishing a scholarship fund may contact Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation 308-534-3315.

Who may I contact with a question not answered here?

Contact Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation, 308-534-3315,

Community Fundraising Campaigns

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    Add connections to North Platte trails

    Help add connecting trail segments to North Platte trails.  To donate online to North Platte Trails Network Fund go to the Donate page on this website.

  • The goal is to provide North Platte with quality pickleball facilities, create fun and exciting recreational and competitive events as well as improve the physical and mental well-being of our citizens.

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