Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships Specific to Migrant Students

Albert Lee Wright Scholarship
Due: February annually
Criteria: The scholarship honors migrant students who have overcome barriers presented by mobility, who have performed strongly academically, and who have provided service to his/her community.
Requirements: Two letters of recommendation, a personal essay, transcripts, proof of acceptance and/or enrollment into a post-secondary degree granting institution, financial need documentation form, and proof of Migrant Education eligibility; submit copy of Certificate of Eligibility.

National High School Equivalency Program (HEP)/ College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) Association Scholarship
Due: HEP March 30th, June 30th or September 30th & CAMP September 30th
Requirements: Completion of HEP or CAMP, financial need, and enrollment into a post-secondary degree granting institution.

The Geneseo Migrant Center administers a variety of scholarships, linked below, to offer financial assistance to migrant students who want to further their education.

Scholarships Specific to Latin American/Hispanic American Students

Barrientos Scholarships
Criteria: To be eligible for the Barrientos scholarships, the applicants must not be receiving major financial assistance from other outside sources, such as Pell Grant, Goodrich Scholarship, or Susan Thompson Buffett award.

Gutierrez Mora Scholarship
A $7000 scholarship awarded in the Business field of study to the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Due: May annually
Criteria: Business Major to also include Finance, Accounting, Marketing and/or Economics.
Requirements: Female of Latino decent, GPA 3.0 on 4.0 scale and 3.75 on 5.0 scale or higher, cumulative GPA required.

Lucy Mora Barrientos Scholarship
A $2500 scholarship awarded in any field to attend an accredited college in the State of Nebraska or Western Iowa.
Due: May annually
Requirements: Latino decent, GPA 2.8 or higher.

Matt & Ruth Sandoval Magic Touch Memorial Scholarship
A $1500 scholarship awarded to a South High Student in any field to attend an accredited college in the State of Nebraska.
Due: May annually
Requirements: Applicant must be an Omaha South High School student or alumni, GPA 2.5 or higher.

Latino Employee Network of Union Pacific Railroad Scholarship
Due: January annually
Requirements: Latino decent, GPA 2.8 or higher, ACT 20 or higher, plan to attend a 4 year college, and provide a social security number.

NSBA Hispanic Caucus
Due: January annually
Requirements: Hispanic decent, GPA 2.5 or higher, and accepted at 2 or 4 year college.

Scholarships Specific to African American Students

Black Employee Network of Union Pacific Railroad Scholarship
Due: February annually
Requirements: African-American United States citizen, GPA 2.75 or higher, enrolled in a full time course of study at an accredited college or university in the state of Nebraska, Illinois, Texas, California, Louisiana, Missouri, or Arkansas.

The Ron Brown Scholar Program
Criteria: The Ron Brown Scholar Program is open to African-American high school seniors who are active in their community and demonstrate financial need.

UNCF (Formerly the United Negro College Fund)
Criteria: The UNCF (Formerly the United Negro College Fund) runs 400 scholarships and internships designed to help African Americans earn a degree. The organization also provides fellowships and grants for students starting undergraduate work all the way up to a doctorate. Each scholarship has different requirements and restrictions. If you are attending a school with a UNCF membership, you may also complete a form for a general scholarship.

Scholarships Specific to any U.S. Minority Group Students

Davis-Chambers Scholarship
Apply for Admissions: Apply for admission by January 15 (University of Nebraska-Lincoln [UNL]) or Feb 1 (University of Nebraska-Omaha [UNO], University of Nebraska-Kearney[UNK])
Due: Feb 1 (UNL*, UNO, UNK) and Aug 1 (University of Nebraska Medical Center [UNMC])
* UNL applicants must apply online at
Criteria: Recognizes academically promising students from diverse backgrounds who often find that the financial requirements of postsecondary education are a major obstacle. Qualified applicants must be Nebraska residents who have graduated from a Nebraska high school. Award amounts vary, but are generally $2,000 to $4,000 per year.
Requirements: Each applicant is required to also file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as additional resources may be available to students with financial need.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

Due: March annually
Criteria: Offered to minority students planning to attend an accredited four-year college or university. Considers academic achievement, leadership potential, community involvement, and financial need.
Requirements: Transcripts, ACT of 21 or SAT of 1000, a personal essay, and one letter of recommendation.
After October 15 each year you can find and submit the required application online at under the “Apply” tab. All supplemental materials must also be received by the deadline.

Page Education Scholar
Due: May annual
Criteria: Page Education Scholars receive a monetary scholarship for post-educational studies and act as role-models to youth through the Service-to-Children Project.
Requirements: Student of color, graduate of a Minnesota high school, enrolled full-time in a post-secondary educational institution in Minnesota, and willing to complete a minimum of 50 hours for a Service-to-Children project.

Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program
Criteria: Sponsored by the Magic Johnson Foundation, this scholarship is provided for minority high school students seeking to earn an undergraduate degree. However, this scholarship is limited to students who live in Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Lansing, Los Angeles County, or New York.

Other Scholarship and Tuition Waiver Opportunities

Ak-Sar-Ben Horatio Alger Scholarship Program, a partnership with Horatio Alger, Ak-Sar-Ben and Team Mates
Criteria: Offered to Nebraska or western Iowa seniors who exhibit integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity, and who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree, but has critical financial need.
Requirements: Minimum 2.0 GPA and resident of Nebraska.
Note: Students may start their studies at a 2 year institution and then transfer to a 4 year institution.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Scholarship Program
Criteria: Students must demonstrate financial need (typically determined by FAFSA) and attend a HACU-member college or university in the US or Puerto Rico at the time applications are completed and scholarship awards are made.

Public Health Early Admission Student Track (PHEAST)
Public Health Early Admission Student Track (PHEAST) is a cooperative program between Peru State College and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health (UNMC CoPH). Through the PHEAST program, eligible Peru State College students in their sophomore or junior year can gain provisional acceptance into the UNMC CoPH Masters of Public Health Program while enrolled at Peru State College. If selected as a participant in the program, each student will receive a full tuition waiver (junior and senior years) while enrolled at PSC provided student maintains good standing within the PHEAST program.

Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP)
The Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) is a cooperative program between Peru State and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Students admitted into the RHOP must be from a rural background. The purpose of the program is to recruit and educate students from rural communities who will plan to practice in the rural areas of Nebraska. It represents a commitment and dedication to quality health care for the citizens of the state. Upon selection into the RHOP, students are automatically pre-admitted into their specific program at the UNMC. Students are strongly encouraged and expected to practice in the rural areas of Nebraska. If selected as a participant in the program, each student will receive a full tuition waiver while enrolled at Peru State, provided the student maintains good standing within the RHOP.

Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation Scholarship
Due: Apply on-line at beginning November 1st. The deadline is February 1st by 5:00 pm CST/4:00 pm MST.
Criteria: Scholarship to any Nebraska public university, college, or community college.
The Susan T. Buffett Foundation provides scholarships that can be used to cover expenses related to attending college (e.g. tuition and fees, housing, books). The amount of the scholarship varies by institution but is typically equal to the average cost of tuition and fees for a full-time student (15 credits) at that institution.

TEACH Early Childhood Nebraska
TEACH Early Childhood Nebraska provides scholarships to help early care and education professionals complete coursework at a local college and work toward a degree in Early Childhood Education.  Scholarships are available for both Associates and Bachelors Degrees.

Additional Resources



Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)

Nebraska Educational Savings Trust

The SallieMae Fund


Updated February 12, 2024 12:19pm