The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has approved nearly $1 million in Nebraska Career Scholarships at Metropolitan Community College for the 2022-23 fiscal year.
The $962,100 in DED funding is for first-time students and transfer students enrolled in programs identified as shortage areas or skilled trades that meet the state’s labor needs.
This Nebraska Career Scholarship funding will allow MCC to award more than $4 million in scholarships in the 2022-23 academic year – the highest amount in recent history.
The Nebraska Career Scholarship Program is a collaboration between DED and Nebraska Community Colleges.
As the largest of Nebraska’s seven community colleges, MCC received the largest share of funding awarded – more than 36%.
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Each Nebraska Career Scholarship recipient is eligible for up to $5,000 in scholarships per year, for up to three years. It gives MCC the ability to cover the full annual cost of MCC’s full-time education for more than 200 eligible Nebraska-based students over the three-year period (including books and supplies).
Chris Swanson, MCC’s associate vice president of Pathway Support Systems, said students who want to apply for one of more than 150 MCC scholarship programs awarded each year need only complete one application. The college will determine eligible funding. Visit mccneb.edu/scholarships to apply.
For Nebraska Career Scholarship funding, eligible fields of study at Nebraska community colleges include the following programs: Architecture and Engineering; commercial financial and administrative operations; computer and technological assistance; construction and excavation; agriculture, fishing and forestry; health practitioners and technicians; installation, maintenance and repair; production; and transportation and movement of materials.
Qualified students can be placed into MCC’s existing workforce development and GAP training programs, including the Rapid IT Employment Academy and Career Forward. Other eligible uses of scholarships include tuition, fees, required tools and equipment, and room and board.
New students are defined as individuals who enroll in a program of study for credit and who have completed a non-credit workforce training program, who have not been previously enrolled in a post-secondary institution within the last three years and who have not already graduated from post-secondary education.
Transfer students are individuals who have one or more college credits, who have never obtained a post-secondary degree, and who have transferred their enrollment from one or more institutions of higher learning to the participating community college with continuous enrollment . Fellows must live in Nebraska while receiving a fellowship, but can be recruited from outside Nebraska.
For more information on Nebraska Professional Scholarships, visit opportunity.nebraska.gov.