The program that started it all, the Avenue Scholars Program gives high school students the chance to learn about a variety of high-demand career fields, the opportunity to gain experience in these fields, and the ability to develop the necessary education and skills for the career they choose.

Operated through Avenue Scholars, the program is designed to enable students to establish a solid foundation and continue to build on it – through high school and beyond. So, young people are ready for successful careers with area businesses that want to keep homegrown talent close to home in the Omaha metro area.

SOPHOMORES – Get Started with Your Application

Avenue Scholars partners with area high schools to get sophomore students enrolled in the program in time for their junior and senior years and on the path to a high-demand career or technical field, including: health care, information technology (IT), business, trades, automotive and manufacturing. Avenue Scholars are eligible for an Avenue Horatio Alger Scholarship for up to $8,000 to MCC, covering tuition, books and fees, as well as any tools and uniforms. Students apply through their high school guidance counselor or complete this form:

The Right Plan of Action

With Avenue Scholars, students create a plan for success that’s based on their individual situation, interests and financial circumstances. It begins during the junior year of high school and lasts even after they’ve started working in their career.

Junior Year

Students take their initial Avenue Scholars class, explore career options and their own strengths, and create written plans for their future. They also find part-time work. Throughout this initial year, Avenue Scholars find they become stronger students and employees.

Senior Year

Seniors take an Avenue Scholars class, and career classes at Metropolitan Community College (MCC) or in their high school. It’s also time to apply for the Horatio Alger Career Scholarship and financial aid (FAFSA) for their postsecondary education. And of course, students graduate from high school!

Career Preparation

After high school graduation, Avenue Scholars have the option to earn a degree in one of the approved career programs at Metropolitan Community College or move straight to work.

Begin Your Career

With Avenue Scholars, even after education and training is complete, students still have the support of Avenue Scholars to help find and keep a job, enjoy success on the job, and make a good salary that makes living on their own a reality.

Career Coaches make a difference

One of the great things about Avenue Scholars is the fact that students have the support of a full-time Career Coach to help with personal and professional development that leads to success. From junior year of high school and into their full-time careers, they can count on their Avenue Scholar Career Coach for help, encouragement and support to navigate challenges and opportunities.

Support that Ensures Success

As students move from part-time employment during their junior to senior years, to career preparation and beyond, they have the full range of tools, training, guidance and development to be successful. From counseling, crisis intervention and problem-solving, to community resources, child welfare and juvenile justice systems, Avenue Scholars is there to help students on a highly individualized level. Special groups also bring students together, with:


A support group for female students that addresses topics like social issues, women’s health and wellness, relationships, substance abuse and self-esteem to empower them to meet social, academic and career goals.

Men of Standard

A group for male students and staff, men meet in a dinner table type atmosphere to discuss issues like healthy relationships, health and wellness, drug and alcohol awareness and distraction control.


This group helps students learn about healthy coping skills and problem solving, as well as connecting students for peer support.

What You Can Expect from Avenue Scholars

For Avenue Scholars, it’s more than what happens in the classroom. It’s also how well they’re able to achieve the goals they set for themselves. Armed with education and training, work experience and work-ready skills, and a demonstrated commitment to attendance, they’re able to overcome barriers to employment with financial success, along with physical and mental well-being.

Student Enrollment and Demographics

2018 - 2019


2018 - 2019




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