With annual gifts up to $560,000, the Nelnet Foundation helps the Learn to Dream Scholarship unleash potential in low-income students.
Since 2007, the Nelnet Foundation has partnered with Union Bank & Trust and Southeast Community College to make the dream of college a reality for Nebraska high school students who have financial barriers through the Learn to Dream Scholarship.
With the program, students who qualified for free or reduced lunch could attend Southeast Community College for one year (30 credit hours) without paying tuition or fees. In 2018, the Acklie Charitable Foundation joined the partnership and increased the scholarship opportunity to two years (60 credit hours) without paying tuition or fees.
Since its inception, the program has sent nearly 7,000 aspiring students to college – children who struggled to financially access higher education without the help of the Learn to Dream Scholarship. Many of these students choose to complete a certificate program or a two-year degree, while others continue to a four-year program through academic transfer.