There’s an easy way to lessen the cost of the classwork you take this fall as you work to improve your teaching skills and knowledge base: apply for a scholarship through the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Professional Development Fund.
The competitive scholarships are awarded three times each year, and the next deadline, for the summer term, is Saturday, Oct. 6. All applications must be made through the NSEA website. Applicants will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of the application (if you do not receive an e-mail, call NSEA).
Scholarships may be used to pursue an advanced degree, seek additional teaching endorsements or to take course work for certification requirements. Stipends may cover up to 50 percent of the cost of a single, three-hour college course. Each applicant may apply for scholarship dollars for no more than three hours of course work. Books and supplies are not covered.
To apply, NSEA members must complete the application form on the NSEA website. The form will be posted on the NSEA website through the Saturday, Oct. 6, deadline.
Scholarship winners will be notified by Nov. 1. The goal is to award stipends to the largest number of members from each of NSEA’s seven governance districts. To be eligible, NSEA members must be covered by either single or family Blue Cross/Blue Shield health care.
Previous applicants, successful or not, may re-apply. However, applicants may be scholarship recipients in only two of the three scholarship cycles during a school year.
Winners must provide evidence of completion of course work at an accredited post-secondary institution before they receive the scholarship funds. All courses must be taken for credit.
Since 1986, 4,704 NSEA members have shared more than $610,000 in scholarship dollars, thanks to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska.
The scholarship program does not affect Blue Cross and Blue Shield premiums. Click here for more information and to apply.
For details, contact Sally Bodtke at 1-800-742-0047 or via e-mail at: