The AKSARBEN Foundation is partnering with the Avenue Scholars Foundation and Metropolitan Community College to offer the AKSARBEN Career Scholarship. One-hundred fifty scholarships will be awarded to area students from low-income families seeking quality careers in high skill/high demand occupations such as healthcare, IT, manufacturing, welding, electrical, auto mechanics and other skilled trades. Nominees must be high school seniors who are eligible for free and reduced lunch and/or Federal Pell Grant and have a demonstrated interest in one of the targeted career paths.

AM I ELIGIBLE?

If each of the following is true for you, the answer is yes!

 I want to find a high-quality, high-skill, high-demand career pathway, such as health care, information, technology, manufacturing, welding, electrical, auto mechanics, culinary arts, or other skilled trades.

 I will attend Metropolitan Community College in the fall of 2018.

 I am reliable, responsible, and hard-working, and others will confirm this.

 I am a senior attending a Douglas or Sarpy County high school.

 I understand this is a need-based scholarship that will be determined, in part, by my FAFSA report EFC score.

 I am either a US citizen, a permanent resident, or an eligible non-citizen with a work permit (also known as Employment Authorization Document or EAD)/DACA, (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

HOW DO I APPLY?

- See your high school counselor or ASF Career Coach. 
- Complete the AKSARBEN Career Scholarship application, including references, by March 2, 2018. To apply, visit apply.avescholars.org.
Complete FAFSA and submit the Student Aid Report (SAR) by March 2, 2018 (fafsa.ed.gov). List MCC as a school to receive the report (school code #004432).
Complete the ACT and/or ACCUPLACER test by March 2, 2018. Send those reports to MCC.
Apply to MCC online by March 2, 2018 (www.mccneb.edu).

WHAT DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP INCLUDE?

- Up to $4,000 annually for two years at Metropolitan Community College.
- Tuition, books, and fees.
- Other educational costs such as approved tools, uniforms, etc.
- Avenue Scholars college and career support.

WHAT WILL I DO AS AN AVENUE SCHOLAR?

The Avenue Scholars Foundation (ASF) program is designed to ensure meaningful careers for committed students of hope and need through supportive relationships and training/education.

As an Avenue Scholar, you will:

- Work with MCC Navigators and ASF Career Coaches.
- Receive support with part time work.
- Attend cohort classes, study sessions, career activities, and social events.
- Make a plan for working and living on your own.
- Get support in finding and keeping a job you love.

WHEN WILL I KNOW IF I GET THE SCHOLARSHIP?

You will be notified in April 2018 if selected.

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