February 2, 2017




For the current 9th-11th grade students who did not register for next year's classes by January 31st, there will be one FINAL make-up registration session held during P/T Conference on Thursday, February 9th from 4 to 7 pm. Counselors & Student Ambassadors will be available in the Media Center Lab. As a reminder, if you do not register for 2017-18 courses, your classes will be selected for you.

 LUNCH FOR: February 2


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



2017 Graduates--Please check the list of potential 2017 graduates posted on the Attendance Office window to make sure your full LEGAL name is spelled correctly.  Diplomas will be printed as shown.  See Mrs. Carman, Registrar, if there are ANY changes.

Seniors applying for the Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship are reminded that February 1st is the deadline for all materials to be submitted. Please visit http://buffettscholarships.org/application-requirements for more information and to apply for this scholarship. 


 Counseling Center Announcements:


For the current 9th-11th grade students who did not register for next year's classes by January 31st, there will be one FINAL make-up registration session held during P/T Conference on Thursday, February 9th from 4 to 7 pm. Counselors & Student Ambassadors will be available in the Media Center Lab. As a reminder, if you do not register for 2017-18 courses, your classes will be selected for you.


Project HELP is a federally-funded grant that is partnered with Central Community College, Mid-Plains Community College, Northeast Community College, and Southeast Community College. It focuses on helping low-income individuals achieve an education and career in healthcare, and our program is specifically designed to meet the challenges and barriers particular to those populations. We offer scholarships, tuition waivers, scrubs, gas cards, professional success and career coaching, and much more.

Project HELP serves the 77-county area for the community colleges listed above and are seeking news ways and opportunities to interested family members and students of Southwest High School know about this program. Click hereto learn more about this program. 

Project HELP has helped over 1,700 people attain an education and career in healthcare and have a track record of success.  It can be used to  qualified students, whether they are sixteen-years old and want their CNA certificate for a summer job or are looking into healthcare degree programs at a community college.

If you have questions, please call Vanessa at 402-437-2486.


Seniors are reminded  LIBA’s annual scholarships, in which eight $1000 scholarships are awarded. The application is attached at the direct link below, Application must be postmarked by March 31, 2017


If you have questions please contact Jessica Monroe at Office: 402.323.6777 or jessica.monroe@bancwise.com


Through the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools, the Todd Francis Creative Research Scholarship Awards were initiated in 1991 as a memorial to Todd Francis's passion in science, language, and the humanities. Over 11 years, 80 projects have been funded, involving over 200 students and 27 faculty members. Support will be provided for projects that stimulate creativity, and involve actions that benefit society. 

Students are encouraged to think about a topic, do preliminary research, and develop a budget. The proposal will be discussed with the student's faculty advisor, who will make some changes and send the form to the selection committee!

To apply, please click here or visit http://www.foundationforlps.org.


The Salvation Army will be accepting nominations for the 2017 D.J.'s Hero Awards until the post-marked deadline of March 6, 2017. Given in memory of D.J. Sokol, the awards recognize Nebraska high school seniors who exemplify D.J.'s dedication to faith, selfless acts for others and commitment to the community.  Honorees receive a $10,000 scholarship toward their selected university or college. Applications and a Short Best Practices video are available atSalArmyOmaha.org after February 2nd. To view the 2017 D.J.'s Hero Awards Brochure, please click here. 

Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the D.J.'s Hero Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Embassy Suites Omaha-LaVista Hotetel & Conference Center. This year's featured speaker is Jewel, a popular singer, songwriter, poetry, actress and philanthropist who overcame homelessness and has a story of perseverance and strength to share.

Potential applicants to be nominated should be that unsung hero, a student who gives 100%, even when no one is looking and rises above hardships and challenges. This person may not be the top student but one who quietly carries out good deeds and has the respect of his or her peers.  For more information, please contact Mari at 402/989.5909 or mari_heller@usc.salvationarmy.org.


OU's biggest open house of the spring semester, Sooner Saturday, will be held on Saturday, April 29th! This event is for high school juniors and their parents. Students will learn about the Sooner family, take part in information sessions, tour our campus and residential colleges, and so much more! 

To learn more about this event, visit http://www.ou.edu/content/admissions/events/sooner-saturday.html, or call OU's Office of Admissions & Recruitment at 405-325-2151. 


 The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Nebraska Wesleyan University a $649,863 grant that will provide scholarships and academic support to academically-talented science students with financial need. The grant will fund Nebraska Wesleyan’s STEM Scholars Program, which will provide financial, academic and social support for selected students who pursue majors in biology, chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, mathematics and physics.

Over half of the funds will be used toward scholarships for selected students who enroll in fall 2017 and fall 2018. In addition to assisting tuition costs, the grant will provide funding for students’ academic research, career programming, and other support to keep them on track for four-year graduation, including:

To qualify, students must:

Applications are due Friday, February 24, 2017. Seven (7) students will receive a $7,000 annually renewable NWU NSF STEM Scholarship and twenty-five (25) applicants will receive an annually renewable $1,000 STEM Recognition Scholarship. To see a complete list of qualifications, or to submit an application, visit www.nebrwesleyan.edu/nsf-stem.


MCSF scholarships are for children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen pursuing a post-secondary education at any accredited school—whether that be a career training, trade school, community college, or four-year university. We are a financial need scholarship and we award scholarships to every eligible applicant. Since 1962, the Scholarship Foundation has provided more than 37,000 need-based scholarships, valued at nearly $100,000,000.

Our scholarship application is open year-round for students pursuing career and technical education programs less than 12 months in length. Students can apply atwww.mcsf.org/cte.  For programs longer than 12 months, our application is open from January 1 to March 1 each year. We are eager to get the word out to as many students as possible and your help is essential to making this happen!

We hope you will consider using your network to raise awareness of our scholarship to the communities in your state; attached are materials that can be distributed electronically. If you would like print materials or more information about our program, please visit www.mcsf.org or e-mailscholarship@mcsf.org.  

We believe every dream has a journey and every career has a path. Together, we can help children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen forge their career path with scholarship support and lessen the worry about affording their education.


The Coolidge Schoalrship is a full-ride scholarship that covers a student's tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. Any high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2018 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply. For more information and to apply, visit https://coolidgescholars.org/

Deadline: February 22, 2017


In May of every year, the FIT campus becomes an extended gallery, as the graduating students in the School of Art and Design display their work for all to see. These accomplished students create pieces in 17 disciplines, ranging from advertising and graphic design to computer animation to fashion. The Museum at FIT, campus lobbies, and various display cases are filled with paintings and sculpture, jewelry and accessories, textiles and toys and more. Films and animation presentations are shown on monitors and a special installation by Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design students take over the Pomerantz lobby.

The Class of 2017 show will be on view from May 13-25, 2017. Interested students are invited to participate in a special guided tour. RSVP to reserve a space for May 18 or  May 19.


Juniors are reminded that the sixth annual DreamBIG Academy (Develop, risk, Empower, Achieve, Maximize, Build, Innovate, Grow) will be held Sunday through Thursday, July 16-20 at UNL. The DreamBIG Academy provides diverse, upcoming high school seniors the opportunity to learn about the dynamic world of business and potential career opportunities at the College of Business Administration at UNL. It emphasizes leadership, networking skills, and success in the business world along with a variety of fun activities at no cost to students.

Eligibility requirements include:

For more information and to apply, visit http://cba.unl.edu/promo/dreambig/.

Deadline: March 10, 2017


Kids’ Chance of Nebraska is once again offering two $5,000 scholarships to Nebraska students! Applicants must have at least one custodial parent, step-parent or legal guardian who has been killed or sustained injuries that have had a significant adverse effect on family income in a work-related accident that has been documented and accepted as compensable or found to be compensable by the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court.

 Eligible students should go to ScholarshipQuest to apply for this opportunity! Eligible students must be sure to select the ‘Parent work injury/work fatality’ option in the “Other Circumstances” section of their ScholarshipQuest profile in order to see the Kids’ Chance Scholarship in their results.  The scholarship deadline is April 15, 2017. Scholarship questions may be directed to the Scholarship Committee Chair, Steve Lincoln (Steve.Lincoln@rascompanies.com).


 Seniors are reminded that each year  LIBA awards eight $1000 scholarships to students from local schools here in Lincoln. Below is a direct link, Application must be postmarked by March 31, 2017



From sports to economics and race to gender, Duke Summer College is offering a host of captivating courses that study society’s most pressing issues.  See the list below for just a few examples of classes that Duke is offering this summer:  Advertising and Society: A Global Perspective

For a full list of the classes we are offering this summer, click here. To learn more and to register for Duke's Summer College Program, please visit http://summersession.duke.edu/high-school-students/summer-college-for-high-school-students.


 The Lincoln Community Foundation has updated its scholarship guidelines and application materials for spring 2017 scholarship awards! You may find information about these available scholarships by visiting the Lincoln Community Foundation website at www.lcf.org. The Lincoln Community Foundation administers more than 70 different scholarship funds--many of which are for students who live outside of Lincoln/Lancaster County!  Allstudents from across Nebraska are invited to visit the website to check their eligibility.

 Students are able to apply for multiple scholarships by completing a single electronic application form.  Their answers to questions within the application will match them to scholarships for which they may be eligible to apply. From this list they can select the specific scholarships for which they choose to apply and upload the required attachments for each one.  The application deadline is March 15th, 2017. 

 Click on “Scholarships” in the “GRANTS” box near the top of our home page.  Students can search scholarships by the specific name of the scholarship, or by keywords relating to the criteria of the scholarship.  Watch the REQUIREMENTS in the scholarship description for a list of documents the student will be required to upload after they complete the application.

Students wishing to apply will need to create an account on the website prior to filling out the general application.  After the application pages, they will be presented with a list of scholarships for which they may be eligible to apply.  Students are encouraged to carefully review all of the scholarships that display on their list to make sure they are eligible to apply; it is possible that some of the scholarships that display may not be applicable to them.

 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Robert McMasters at robertm@lcf.org or (402) 474-2345.


 UH Day at India House for High School Juniors


Dr. Renu Khator
President, University of Houston
Chancellor, UH System

Monday, Jan. 30, 2017
6 - 9 p.m.
8888 West Bellfort Avenue
Houston, Texas 77031

Dinner and refreshments will be provided.

 RSVP by Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.

 UH Day at India House is a great opportunity for prospective students and their families to learn more about UH, including:

Current faculty, staff and students will share their UH experiences and why the University of Houston is the best choice for your college experience.


Now's the time for interested students to think about college and Seton Hall's Open House on February 19, 2017 or April 23, 2017!

During Open House, your students will have the opportunity to:

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Richie Regan Athletic and Recreation Center. To register, please click here.


 Now's the time for interested students to think about college and Seton Hall's Open House on February 19, 2017 or April 23, 2017!

During Open House, your students will have the opportunity to:

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Richie Regan Athletic and Recreation Center. To register, please clickhere.


 Seniors are reminded that the online application for the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is now available at www.jackierobinson.org.  The JRF application is the vehicle through which more than 3,000 talented young minority high school students apply to become JRF Scholars and carry on the civic-minded legacy of the Foundation’s namesake, Jackie Robinson. The deadline to submit the application for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is February 15, 2017 by 5:00 pm ET.

 Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is a public, not-for-profit national organization founded by Rachel Robinson in 1973 as a vehicle to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson and his incredible achievements. Serving as an advocate for young people with the greatest need, the Foundation assists increasing numbers of minority youths through the granting of four-year college scholarships and comprehensive practical support. The Jackie Robinson Foundation is distinctive for providing much more than financial support. While each Jackie Robinson Scholar receives up to $28,000 over four years in direct support, they also become an active member in the Foundation’s unique Mentoring and Leadership Development Program, which is an extensive mentoring program that includes practical skills-building and exposure through attendance at conference workshops, the assignment of peer and professional mentors, assistance with internship and employment placement, and a myriad of other networking opportunities.

To learn more about the Jackie Robinson Foundation, please visit our website at  www.jackierobinson.org.

 To be eligible for a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, an applicant must:


The  2016-2017 Batherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home Scholarship was established in 1994 to aid high school graduates seeking higher education in the state of Nebraska. Butherus, Maser and Love Funeral Home recognize the importance of further study to achieve career goals. This scholarship is available to students who will attend a trade school, college or university in the state of Nebraska. The award is presented to a senior selected  from each of the Lincoln and surrounding area High Schools. A special Scholarship Luncheon will be held on Sunday, May 7th to honor the winners

To access the scholarship, please click here  . If you have questions or require more information please call Susan Gibson at (402) 202-3321.Please submit your applications and letters of recommendation by Friday, April 7, 2017 to:


 The application for the 2017 James M Cox Foundation Scholarship is available by clicking here. This foundation awards $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors in the eastern third of Nebraska who will attend an institution of higher learning in the 2017-18 academic year and who demonstrate acute need.

The application, FAFSA, transcripts, recommendation letters, and essay may be placed in one envelope and mailed on or before April 17, 2017 to:


 Below are links to the brochures and the applications for the St. Elizabeth summer camp (1 week) and Internship (4 weeks) programs. Students with a strong interest and commitment to pursuing a health related career are encouraged to apply. Applications  are DUE on MARCH 3…..a week before Spring Break, so selections can be made ASAP. ONLY a limited number of students are selected for this – 6 Interns and 10 campers.  No late applications will be accepted.

 2017 Health Occupations Camp Brochure

 Brochures and applications for the ST. Elizabeth Health Camp/Internship are also available in the counseling office.  The Health camp will be held June 5-9 for current Sophomores and Juniors. The Internship will be held June 5 – 29 for current Juniors.  If interested, pick up a brochure and speak to your counselor.  Applications are due back by March 3.

Students must have passed one of the pre-reqs for the camp, and 2 of the pre-reqs for the internship.  The interns who successfully complete the program earn a $500 scholarship. Pre-reqs include: Intro to Health Science, Fundamentals of Health Careers, Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology.


 UNO's Goodrich scholarship application deadline is March 1, 2017 at 5:00PM. Students can apply online athttps://goodrich.fluidreview.com/. Unofficial high school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores are directly uploaded by the applicant in their Goodrich application account.

For convenience, please note that the EPPE is now offered online. Directions for this process can be reviewedhttp://www.unomaha.edu/enrollment-management/testing-center/placement-exams/english-placement-proficiency-exam.php. Applicants must have their UNO NetID credentials (username and password) to register for this free exam. The FINAL EPPE date that will be accepted by Goodrich applicants is February 25. Because the EPPE is now offered online, they will only offer the in-person and on-campus EPPE exam 3 times (February 11, 24 and 25). Please note that the February 24 exam will have limited seats.

If you have any questions along the way, please feel free to contact Patty Patton Shearer:


 Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with its scholarship program for the 10th year. They will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s) each year.

 Scholarship Deadline   -  June 12, 2017.

Application Process

Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site:  http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm Full details are available on our site.


Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with its scholarship program for the 10th year. They will be awarding up to $1,000 to the winner(s) each year.

Scholarship Deadline   -  June 12, 2017.

Application Process

Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of our web site:  http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm Full details are available on our site.


 The Pound PTO Scholarship to be awarded again this spring.  Please note that any student who attended Pound for all three years of middle school and will graduate from any LPS high school is eligible.  This is NOT a needs based scholarship so financial information is not only not needed, but is not wanted when applying. The scholarship committee does NOT want any parent financial statements. The application process is very simple and only requires writing an essay and submitting it to the PTO Scholarship Chairperson, Carmen Skare, by the designated deadline (April 14th).  The topic of the essay is explained on the application form.  Money is paid directly to the designated college of the student winner in their name/account.

 Information is below:

Pound Middle School Essay Scholarships

“How has an event or person at Pound Middle School prepared you for high school, and advanced 
education, by making a difference in your life?”

Award: Two $250 scholarships will be granted for the winning essays. The scholarships will be paid 
directly to the post-secondary institution requested by winning recipient.

1. Eligible applicants include college-bound seniors who attended Pound Middle School for three 
years, and are graduating from a Lincoln Public Schools high school.
2. The minimum 300-word essay should be typed, double-spaced, in a 12-point font (Times, Courier, 
Calibri, etc.), saved as a PDF file, for submission via email, or postmarked, no later than Friday, 
April 14, 2017.
3. Spelling and grammar are important.
4. Essay should include personal experience and application responding to the question
- “How has an event or person at Pound Middle School prepared you for high school, and advanced 
education, by making a difference in your life?”

Judging: Criteria for judgment will include personal experience and application, as well as quality 
of writing. A panel including current Pound students, staff, and PTO parents will anonymously 
review submissions and select recipients.

Submissions: Hard copy submissions may be mailed to Pound Scholarship Application c/o Pound Middle 
School, 4740 South 45th Street, Lincoln, NE 68516 or emailed to Carmen Skare, PTO Vice President, 
at cskarePoundPTO@gmail.com. Please include “Pound Scholarship” in the subject line. Again, 
submissions are due via e-mail, or postmarked by Friday, April 14, 2017.


 ScholarshipGuidance.com has listed the following scholarships available to students:

1. Shred Hate Scholarship - January 31, 2017 (1 Award - $1,000)

2.  John and Muriel Landis Scholarships - February 1, 2017 (9 Awards - $1,000)

3. Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards - February 3, 2017 (250 Award - $4,000)

4. We the Student Scholarship - February 5, 2017 (15 Awards - $5,000)

5. SP Scholarship - January 31, 2017 (10 Awards - $10,000)

6. VIP Scholarship - January 31, 2017 (1 Award - $5,000)

7. YDI Scholarship - January 29, 2017 (1 Award - $1,000)


Students are invited to  register for College Week Live's Paying for College event, an online college fair designed to help them make the best financial decisions. It will be held from 2 pm to 10 pm on Thursday, January 19th. 

At the fair, students will be able to chat online with admissions officers from 100+ universities, College Board representatives, financial aid experts from the U.S. Department of Education, and:

Bonus! When a student visits five schools at the event, they will be automatically entered into our $1,000 scholarship drawing.

To sign up for this event, please click here.


Better Business Bureau (BBB) Foundation serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa  is accepting applications from high school seniors for the 2017 Scott Mecham BBB Student of Integrity Awards.

This year, twelve (12) students will each be granted $2,000 college scholarships: three from metro Lincoln and greater Nebraska, three from The Kansas Plains area, three from South Dakota and three from metro Omaha and Southwest Iowa.

These scholarships are not based on ethnicity, need or grade point average, but recognize students who exemplify ethical behavior and personal integrity, and who demonstrate humility, courage, compassion and respect for their peers, teachers and community — BBB’s values.

The application guide with full details and required forms can be downloaded athttp://www.bbb.org/nebraska/for-businesses/programs-services/bbb-awards-pages/student-of-integrity-award-scholarships/

 For more information, please contact BBB Communications Director Margo Riekes at 800-649-6814 #8526 ormriekes@bbbinc.org or BBB Lincoln Branch Director Teresa Stitcher Fritz at 402-436-2345, 800-649-6814 #8600 or tstitcherfritz@bbbinc.org. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 10, 2017.


 The Lincoln Public Schools Association of Office Professionals is offering the Dianne Grieser Memorial Scholarship Award to any LPS high school senior or graduate interested in furthering their education in the business field. For more information, click on the links below.

Deadline: March 10, 2017


 Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments. Distinguished Young Women strives to give every young woman the opportunity to further her education and prepare for a successful future.

For more information and to apply, please visit http://distinguishedyw.org/scholarships/. The deadline to apply for students in Southeast Nebraska schools is January 22, 2017.

Questions may be directed to the organization's Nebraska State Chairman:


 The State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship doesn’t require a high GPA, but rather focuses on students who are leaders and volunteers in their communities and demonstrate financial need.

 Applicants must meet the following criteria:


The deadline is March 1, 2017 or the first 700 submitted applications.

 Eligible seniors are encouraged to apply for the State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship program!


It is time to register for the 2017-2018 school year. The registration window will be open in the Synergy, ParentVUE/StudentVue now through Tuesday, January 31st. To complete the registration process, you will need to use a computer not your phone app.  Additional information, including online registration directions and graduation requirements for each grade level, is available on the LSW home page located at http://lsw.lps.org

          For students and families who would like assistance with the online registration process, dates and times of help sessions are listed below:

          Current 9th-11th grade students

 Recurring Announcements:

Want free husker football tickets? Receive free spring game tickets and be entered into a drawing for tickets to a regular season husker football game by participating in LSW's upcoming blood drive. The next blood drive will take place Wednesday February 1st. Any eligible student wishing to donate can sign up before school, after school or during lunch. Simply find a HOSA member who is recruiting. Questions? Stop by and see Ms. Duba or Mr. Watt.

 Reminder to all HOSA members that there is a meeting after school Wednesday in B101. Please stop by and see Ms. Duba if you can't attend for important information regarding registration for our upcoming state competition.

 Any student interested in attending UNL Natural Resources and Life Science Career Day or UNL Plan Biology Day, Please see Mr. Thomsen in A109.