The EducationQuest Scholarship Program is an annual gift of $1.55 million to Nebraska’s public and independent colleges. The schools use the funds to provide scholarships for undergraduate students who show financial need. The funds also help minority students and students who face significant obstacles to higher education.
If you administer EducationQuest Scholarship Program funds at your college, please note the following guidelines and reporting requirements.
Award amounts should range from $250 – $2,500. All scholarship money must be applied toward tuition, fees or books. Recipient selection must be nondiscriminatory.
EducationQuest strongly encourages consideration for:
- First-generation students
- Under-represented minority students
- Students who face significant obstacles to higher education
In addition, students must meet the following criteria:
- Demonstrate financial need as defined by Title IV regulations
- Nebraska residency
- U.S. citizenship or permanent residency
- Enrolled at least half-time
- Undergraduate status
- Not in default on a Title IV student loan
- Not owe a repayment on a Title IV grant
While all students who demonstrate financial need are eligible, EducationQuest encourages you to consider students who either receive a Pell Grant or are just above the cut-off for a Pell Grant.
Each college must fully expend its allotment by June 30.
Each college is required to submit a verification report to EducationQuest in an Excel document with the following data for each recipient:
- First Name
- Last Name
- Permanent Address
- Permanent City
- Permanent State
- Permanent ZIP
- State of Legal Residence
- Year of Birth
- Race/Ethnicity (if known)
- Award Date
- Award Amount
- Expected Family Contribution
- Adjusted Gross Income
- Name of High School Graduated
- Year in High School Graduation
- Year in College
The verification report is necessary for EducationQuest’s own reporting requirements. Reports must be submitted no later than March 1 each year, and can be emailed to Lisa Mueller.
EducationQuest reserves the right to hold or terminate future disbursements from the EducationQuest Scholarship Program if the college does not comply with reporting requirements.
By accepting this scholarship money, the college agrees to allow EducationQuest to audit, if necessary, the scholarship awards to ensure proper distribution of funds. EducationQuest reserves the right to request full restitution and/or terminate future participation in the program if the college does not abide by the awarding guidelines.
If you have questions about the EducationQuest Scholarship Program contact:
Director of Scholarships
800-303-3745 ext. 6606