Scholarships

Each year, Nebraska Health Care Foundation offers more than $60,000 in scholarships to support those seeking to launch or continue an education in long-term care.

Quarterly Scholarships

Applications for Medication Aide and Nursing Assistant Scholarships open in January, April, July, and October and close at the end of March, June, September, and December. Scholarship recipients and non-recipients are notified the month following the close of the application period.

Medication Aide Scholarship

NHCF offers two Medication Aide Scholarships per quarter to assist qualified persons who wish to become a medication aide in a Nebraska nursing facility and/or assisted living community.

Nursing Assistant Scholarship

NHCF offers three $500 scholarships per quarter to assist qualified persons with expenses related to becoming a nurse aide who will work in a Nebraska nursing facility and/or assisted living community.

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Scholarship Cycle Status
 2024 Quarter 2 Scholarships  Application Open
Application Close: June 30
2024 Quarter 1 Scholarships Recipients Selected; Applicants Notified
 

Annual Scholarships

The application period for the 2024 Annual Scholarships has closed! All applicants will be notified at the end of March on their scholarship status.

Thank you to the following organizations for making these scholarships possible: Nursing – Health Care Information Systems and The Vetter Foundation; Dietary – Sysco Lincoln; Congressional Briefing – Nye Health Services, The Olson Group, and Quality First Insurance.

To spread the impact of the scholarship program, if an applicant has received a scholarship in the same category within the last three years, another applicant may be given preference. However, past recipients are still eligible and encouraged to apply.

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  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Scholarships — Six scholarships are offered to individuals wishing to attend an Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care seminar offered by the Nebraska Nursing Facility Association/Nebraska Assisted Living Association.

  • Activity Director Scholarship — One scholarship is offered to an individual wishing to complete an activity director training approved by Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Social Service Designee Scholarship — One scholarship is offered to an individual wishing to attend the Social Service Designee Training offered by the Nebraska Health Care Learning Center.

  • Assisted Living Administrator Scholarship — One scholarship is offered to an individual wishing to attend the Assisted Living Administrator Training offered by the Nebraska Health Care Learning Center and become an administrator or manager in assisted living.

  • RN Scholarships — Seven $1,000 scholarships are offered to individuals who would like to become registered nurses and practice in the long-term care profession.

  • LPN Scholarships — Six $1,000 scholarships are offered to individuals who would like to become licensed practical nurses and practice in the long-term care profession.

  • Dietary Scholarships — Six $750 scholarships are offered to individuals who would like to become involved in food service or dietary practice in the long-term care profession.

  • Nurse Advancement Scholarships — Three $500 scholarships are offered to licensed RNs and/or LPNs who would like to complete training/certification testing to enhance their capabilities and practice their skills in the long-term care profession.

  • Nursing Home Administrator Scholarship — One $500 scholarships is offered to an individual wishing to attend a Nursing Home Administrator program.

  • Maxine Guy LPN Scholarships — Four $250 scholarships are offered to current Nebraska LPNs wishing to further their education through an accredited organization.

  • General Scholarships — Four $250 scholarships are offered to individuals who would like to complete training to enhance their capabilities and practice their skills in a nursing facility or assisted living facility.

  • Quality Summit Scholarships Two scholarships are offered to individuals wishing to attend the AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit, May 20-22, 2024, in San Antonio, Texas.

  • Congressional Briefing Scholarships - Direct Care Staff — Three scholarships are offered to direct care staff individuals wishing to attend the AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing, June 3-4, 2024, in Washington, D.C.

  • Congressional Briefing Scholarship - Board Member — One scholarship is offered to a NNFA or NALA board member wishing to attend the AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing, June 3-4, 2024, in Washington, D.C.

  • AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention Scholarship — One scholarship is offered to a long-term care professional interested in attending the AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention Oct. 6-9, 2024, in Orlando, Florida.

 

 Programs

Safe Resident Assistance Grant

Thanks to the support of West Bend Mutual Insurance, Nebraska Health Care Foundation is offering a Safe Resident Assistance Grant to eligible Nebraska Nursing Facility Association and Nebraska Assisted Living Association facility members. In 2024, the West Bend Community Foundation is making it possible for NHCF to subsidize the cost of safe resident assistance equipment, such as a lift, purchased by awarded facilities. NHCF will award a total of four (4) grants at no more than $2,500 each. Applicants are not required to be West Bend Mutual Insurance customers.

The 2024 application period has closed! All applicants will be notified at the end of March on their grant status.

Emergency Support Fund

Following Nebraska’s historic flooding in 2019, Nebraska Health Care Foundation established a program designed to support Nebraska’s long-term care facilities and their team members in the wake of an emergency event. Emergency event is defined as a natural disaster (e.g., tornado, flood, wildfire), catastrophe (e.g., structure fire), or other significant, unanticipated event that suddenly impacts successful operations of a Nebraska nursing or assisted living facility (e.g., state or national emergency, pandemic, receivership).

Examples of support include post-event funding for:

  • Education assistance that falls outside of Nebraska Health Care Foundation’s current scholarship offerings
  • Purchasing and distributing food, water, hygiene kits, equipment, supplies
  • Funding transportation, housing, and childcare for staff members
  • Distribution of gift cards to staff members
  • Direct grants to staff members to assist with personal loss not covered by insurance

Members of Nebraska Nursing Facility Association or Nebraska Assisted Living Association, including individuals employed with a NNFA or NALA Facility Member, are eligible to benefit from Nebraska Health Care Foundation’s Emergency Support Fund.

Email [email protected] to receive details, including the application, additional eligibility requirements, award amounts, and post-award requirements. 

Nebraska Health Care LEAD

The Nebraska Health Care LEAD (Lead. Excel. Advance. Develop.) Program was established in 2016 to equip long-term care professionals to positively shape the future of health care in Nebraska through advocacy; grow leaders to benefit their local communities; benefit employers through leadership succession planning, operations improvement, and public relations; and lead participants to personal growth. The year-long program includes in-person and virtual workshops, book discussions, and connections with state and national leaders.

The 2023-2024 program is made possible by Nebraska Health Care Foundation, Choice Rehabilitation, Consonus Pharmacy, The Olson Group, The Vetter Foundation, and a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Health of Nebraska sponsorship.

Testimonials from just a few Nebraska Health Care LEAD graduates:

“I became stronger as a leader and have made adjustments to be a better administrator.”

“The program provided the tools on how to assess and adjust to the changing environment of health care.”

“I liked the group settings with discussions because it opened my eyes to other ideas and how other leaders handle issues.”

“LEAD made me a better leader, more confident, and more aware of others’ personalities.”

To inquire about participation or sponsorship, email [email protected] or call 402-435-3551.