December 18, 2015 - Student Bulletin


Finals Schedule

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 LUNCH FOR: December 18, 2015


Please check our LSW calendar for upcoming sporting events and for any updates on the events.


December Visits:


The 2016 Scholarships at the Lincoln Community Foundation will be available at  beginning December 15th 2015.  Scholarship guidelines and online application forms will be available on this site.  Students will need to attach the first page only of the FAFSA Student Aid Report containing the Expected Family Contribution for 2016-2017 when a scholarship requires financial information.  Submitting a 2015-2016 report will result in automatic declination.

The Junior Saltdogs League baseball program is proud to announce that it will be awarding two $500 college scholarships to graduating seniors who currently attend Lancaster County area high schools. For more information and to download the application, visit or ScholarshipQuest.

Thumbtack is an online marketplace that connects people with experienced local professionals to help them accomplish more than 5 million projects each year. Thumbtack is offering a $5,000 scholarship to individuals enrolling in or continuing to pursue education opportunities that enable them to:

Whether you’re enrolling in school for the first time, continuing your ongoing education, or stepping back into the classroom for the first time in years, Thumbtack wants to hear your stories.

The scholarship will be awarded to an individual who demonstrates this commitment by chasing their passion to learn a new trade that they can turn into a business, learning fundamental business skills such as marketing and accounting, or deepening their knowledge and capabilities to improve public policy and foster an environment that better serves small business owners and independent professionals.

Eligibility You must be at least eighteen (18) years old and a legal resident of one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

Please submit your application through the Thumbtack Scholarship Entry Form. Deadline to apply Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Peru State College Cooperating School Scholarship is available to eligible students who are planning on attending Peru State College. Criteria includes: 1) Graduating in top half of class; 2) Active in school; 3) Possess leadership qualities; and 4) Attend PSC beginning Fall 2016. The scholarship covers one-half of on-campus tuition per term; up to a maximum of 128 credit hours of 4 years. The scholarship will be awarded to 3 Lincoln Public Schools seniors who meet qualifications. Click here or visit to ScholarshipQuest to download scholarship application.  Deadline: January 15, 2016 - Return to Counseling Center


Duke is currently accepting applications for an unforgettable summer at Duke University!  Students are invited to the Duke Summer College for High School Students (grades 10 & 11) to earn academic credit, or Duke Summer Academy for High School Students  (grades 9-12) to enroll in personal enrichment classes with a global perspective. Make friends from all over the globe by learning in a classroom environment that is intimate enough to gain the individual attention needed to thrive. Apply online or on paper today as spaces fill quickly! For more information, please visit


For the 2015-school year, the Nebraskans of World War II Scholarship Fund will award up to three $2,000 scholarships. The Pearl Harbor Remembrance Award will award up to four $300 awards to students who apply for but do not receive a Nebraskans of World War II Scholarship. Deadline: January 30, 2016 (Submit electronically to

High school seniors, BURGER KING® employees, their dependent children, spouses or domestic partners in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico can apply to receive up to $50,000 in scholarship awards for the 2016-2017 school year! High school seniors must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale to be eligible.Don't miss your chance to become a BURGER KINGSM Scholar. Apply today! The application period for the 2016-2017 school year closes Dec. 15, 2015.


If you are currently in grade 10 or 11, spend your summer Duke Summer College for High School Students!  Get ahead this summer and earn college credit with academically-motivated students from around the world. Or you might choose to spend your summer at Duke Summer Academy for High School Students if you are currently in grades 9-12!  This program for personal enrichment offers courses with a global perspective. Duke will begin taking applications on December 1, 2015. For additional info, visit


The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in.

 The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community..

 Please visit our website at to learn how to apply.


Goucher College has a December 1 application deadline for two scholarship opportunities:

Interested students must complete an application for admission to Goucher and complete a separate scholarship application by December 1 to be considered.

Goucher also offers a number of other merit- and need-based financial aid opportunities that are awarded at the time of acceptance for interested students who do not fit into the above categories. For more information, visit


Students applying for the Susan Thompson Buffet Scholarship are reminded to address the required criteria with the written essay being the most important component and recommendations the second ranked determining factor.  For more information, watch the application overview video at To access the online scholarship, visit


The Youth Wrap Support will meet on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 pm at 1645 N Street, Lincoln, NE, in Conference Room #1. The meetings assist 14-19 years old youth to Discover, Develop, Work Their WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan). The sessions are free.


Updates from the University of Minnesota are as follows:

Q: Has your admission timeline changed?

A. No. However, we did begin sending decisions a few days earlier than we did last year. 

More on Admission Decision Timeline: We practice rolling admissions and our first admission decisions were sent in mid-October. We admit freshmen directly to seven colleges—selectively—and timing can vary by college of interest. As a reminder, students can only be admitted to one of our freshman-admitting colleges. We review students for admission with the objective of admitting them to their college of choice. If we are unable to do that, we review students for their alternate choice college as it is listed on the application, or for another college that best matches students’ academic interests and preparation. All students who submit a complete application by the December 15th priority deadline will receive a decision by the end of February. Decision timing is dependent on a number of things: the date an application is complete, the academic strength and preparation of the applicant, additional (or secondary factor) information included in the application materials, and competitiveness of the applicant pool (within the overall pool and by college). 

The decision timeline is published on our website at and printed in admissions materials. In addition, once a student’s application becomes complete with all supporting materials submitted, the student receives an email indicating that the application is complete, and that a decision of admit, waitlist, or deny will be sent to the student by the end of February. 

Please note that we will continue sending decisions, including admit decisions, to students through February. Again, competitiveness of the applicant pool and shifting program popularity from year to year can impact decision timing. We find that students often try to draw conclusions about their forthcoming admission decisions based on our timing, but the timing of our decision does not suggest any particular outcome. We try to help students understand that not hearing early on is only an indication that we are still considering the student and have not yet rendered a decision. 

Again, with our review by, and admission to, seven different freshman-admitting colleges, competitiveness and decision timing can vary by student. We complete our review and render decisions as quickly as we can. However, because we review each application holistically, and each application is read by multiple reviewers, our review does take time to complete. And with our approach of direct college admission, our corresponding review process can take a bit longer. This process is student-centered, with our objective being to determine the best decision for a student, based on the best University of Minnesota Twin Cities college match for the student, at this point in their academic career.

Q: What test score or GPA is necessary for admission to the University of Minnesota?

A. We do not have automatic admission criteria. Admission decisions are based on a holistic review of each student’s application materials. 

More on application review: Freshmen accepted to the University of Minnesota are admitted directly to one of seven colleges based on their academic interests and preparation. We complete a holistic review of all applications, based on the colleges students list on their application, in the order they list them. In addition, if we are not able to admit a student to one of the colleges listed among their two choices, we automatically consider applicants for all colleges to which they may be admissible. We believe that it is important to admit students to the college that is the best fit or ‘match’ with a student’s academic interests and preparation. As such, it can take some time for us to complete our review.

Admission decisions are based on a very careful, overall assessment of each student's academic preparation and performance, as well as the additional information provided in the application, based on the primary and secondary factors, which can be found at The strongest consideration in the decision is given to the primary (academic) factors, and no single factor is the deciding factor in the decision. 

Please know that if your students have questions about our review process, our staff members will take the time to address individual student questions and, as needed, provide additional information about our decision timeline.  

Q: How can a student check on the status of application materials? How is a student notified that the application is complete?

A: Students can go online to our Application Tracker, 24 hours a day, to confirm that a complete application has been received. We also send an email to students confirming that we have received all application materials and the application is complete. 

More on Application Tracker: We encourage students to utilize our Application Tracker tool (, for the most up-to-date information on the status of their applications. Applicants can find out if their application is complete or if any items are missing. 

Our website, emails, and other communications indicate that received items such as transcripts or test scores will be noted on Application Tracker within 10 business days. We will continue processing documents as quickly as possible and most documents are connected to student files much more quickly than this. However, we share the 10-day timeline in an effort to manage student expectations and ensure adequate time to manually download, appropriately label documents, match them with student records, and update our communications to students regarding missing or complete application materials notification. 

All decisions (admit, waitlist, deny) are also posted on the Application Tracker website.


STEM is a fast growing field, with new jobs added every day. If your students enjoy problem solving and working on a team, a career in the sciences may be the right fit. Need more reasons? Here are three of our favorites:

  1. Job Availability - There are TONS of jobs in the STEM field ranging from research assistant to bio-medical engineer. 
  2. Higher Pay - 63% of people with a STEM career make more than someone with a bachelor's degree in anything else. 
  3. Innovation - STEM is a field where you can simultaneously do something you love and change the world. Your students may just create something revolutionary that gets honored at the USA Science & Engineering Festival.  

The 4th Annual USA Science & Engineering Festival is the only NATIONAL science festival featuring nationwide contests and school programs. 350K+ attendees will join the celebration to engage with some of the biggest names in STEM, hear stories of inspiration, and rock out to science during incredible stage show performances. 

For more info, visit


The Jackie Robinson Foundation launches its new website! After a year in development, the Foundation launched its exciting, content-rich, responsive website.  Check it out: Attention high school seniors: The application to become a JRF Scholar in the Class of 2020 is now available on our website.


Iowa Private College Week, a weeklong event, is held August 1-5, 2016. Iowa’s 25 private colleges synchronize campus visit schedules so students and parents can tour up to two Iowa private colleges a day. Encourage families to register at


There are a lot of misperceptions about what it's like to attend a single-gender institution such as Meredith College. Many college-bound women will rule out the possibility of attending a women's college from the outset and miss out on the proven opportunity to grow and develop as strong leaders and intellectuals.

That's not an overstatement. It's a fact that the majority of women holding leadership positions worldwide are graduates of women's colleges. Meredith College is no exception. Many of our alumnae are out in the world, cracking the glass ceiling. And that's possible thanks to the unique learning environment we offer.

At Meredith, women are encouraged to pursue their strengths and develop traits associated with success and leadership. They interact more frequently with faculty, participate more actively in class, and attain greater gains in self-understanding - including learning effectively on their own and working collaboratively with others - than their counterparts at coed institutions.

It's an approach that works - and that our alumnae value. In a recent survey, 98% of our alumnae said they saw important benefits in attending a women's college, and 97% said they were very satisfied with their academic experience.

Learn more about Meredith College by visiting


Southeast Community College in Milford is having a John Deere Tech Career Day on Thursday, February 25, 2016.  Plains Equipment Group would like to invite students who have a true interest in the John Deere Ag Tech program to participate in this event.  The career day will include a campus tour, program information, and demonstrations on John Deere equipment using Service Advisor diagnostic software.  

The career day starts at 9:30 and runs through 1:00 with lunch provided.  Students  who attend with Plains Equipment Group will meet immediately following, at the Seward location, to discuss what Plains Equipment Group offers to students who we select to sponsor in the program.

To help plan for the day’s activities, if you are interested in attending the career day, please have them contact the closest Plains Equipment Group Service Manager to make arrangements, by February 16, 2016.

Plains Equipment Group Locations and Service Managers



Below are five scholarships with deadlines in as little as 10 days. To view more information about each scholarship, visit the individual application page for each.
1. Good360 Sustainability Scholarship - $1,000 - 1 Award (Deadline: November 30, 2015)
Student Eligibility:
If you're a high school senior applying to college, or you're currently a college student, and you have an interest in sustainability and the environment, then we'd love to hear your thoughts on what sustainability means to you. Thus, we're sponsoring a college scholarship with an award of $1,000 to go towards tuition.
Applications can be found by going to:


2. Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships - $5,000 - 20 Awards (Deadline: December 5, 2015)

Student Eligibility:
A) Applications for Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships are accepted from October 5 through December 5, 2015.
B) Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships are open to student's enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the United States.
Applications can be found by going to:


3. Solution Reach Scholarship - $2,000 - 2 Awards (Deadline: December 18, 2015)

Student Eligibility:
A) High school graduates with a GPA of 3.2 or higher and already accepted at an accredited college/university may apply.
B) There are no requirements for major or graduation date.
C) Any undergraduate student currently enrolled in an accredited US college or university with a minimum of 9 credits and a GPA of 3.0 may apply.
Applications can be found by going to:


4. December SP Scholarship - $10,000 - 10 Awards (Deadline: December 8, 2015)

Student Eligibility:
A) Be at least 13 years old and enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the US.
B) Be a legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico.
Applications can be found by going to:


5. You Deserve it Scholarship - $1,000 - 1 Award (Deadline: February 15, 2016)

Student Eligibility:
A) You must be a resident of any of the 50 United States, District of Columbia or US Territories
B) You must be 16 years of age or older
C) You must either be enrolled now, or will be enrolled iin a qualified high school, college or university within the United States.
Applications can be found by going to:




Duke Youth Programs is a part of Duke University Continuing Studies and has provided summer academic enrichment for academically motivated youth for over 30 years. Each summer approximately 650 youth from around the nation and world, representing some 22 states and 5 different countries, attend one of the summer programs. The camps open for registration on December 1st! Duke offers 13 different programs for students from grades 6-11. All programs seek to engage learners in innovative, interactive, transformative learning experiences. Co-curricular social and recreational activities are carefully planned and delivered to complement the instructional day. The camp “learning community” approaches learning as a shared responsibility among students, instructors, and counselors. For more information on how to register for the Duke Summer programs, please visit You can also contact our office by sending an email to or giving us a call at (919) 684-2827
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) Advanced Scholars Program provides 11th and 12th grade high school students the opportunity to complete UNL college credit at a reduced tuition rate. We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2016 Semester. The Application deadline is January 7, 2016 but students are encouraged to apply early.
The Advanced Scholars website has instructions for students on how to enroll, ordering textbooks, paying tuition, beginning their online course(s), and important dates.
Advanced Scholars Application Forms
Students applying for Advanced Scholars need to provide the following information:
• UNL Visiting Student Application for Admission (to be completed online by the student). A one-time $45 application fee is required. This fee is waived if the student has applied to the University system within the last 12 months. The Visiting Student Application for Admission is good for only one semester.
• High School Student Hour Approval Form (to be completed by the counselor and principal)
• Tuition & Grades Signature Form (to be completed by the student and parent/guardian)
Nebraska high school students may qualify for the Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship Program offered by Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Post-secondary Education. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact:

Micaela Rahe
Senior Assistant Director
Office of Admissions
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
800.742.8800, ext. 4471

UNK's Freshmen Scholarship Deadline extended to March 1, 2016
UNK has extended our freshmen scholarship deadline to March 1st, 2016. Your high school seniors can take February ACT and it will count for the new March 1 freshmen scholarship deadline.


Goodrich Scholarship Program application period opens October 1, 2015 and ends Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 5:00PM (CST). Applicants can apply online at Unofficial high school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores will still be directly uploaded by the applicant in their Goodrich application account.

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites US high school students to write an essay on an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1956. To learn more about the 2016 Profile in Courage Essay Contest, please visit
Submission deadline: January 6, 2016


Students and families are reminded to visit the LSW Counseling Center website (, Facebook page (, and Pinterest site ( to access a variety of resources that are updated on an ongoing basis throughout the school year.