Career Pathway Scholarship Established at CCC-Hastings

September 21, 2022

Central Community College has been selected by the Suzanne & Walter Scott Foundation to establish a Walter Scott Jr. Career Pathway Scholarship at CCC-Hastings. The foundation has made an initial reviewable commitment of more than $6 million over the next decade for this one-of-a-kind program.

“We are excited to partner with Central Community College to deliver one of the most comprehensive scholarship programs in the state of Nebraska,” said Calvin Sisson, President and CEO of the Suzanne & Walter Scott Foundation. “The Foundation is committed to supporting youth through higher education and developing the next generation of leaders for a skilled and talented workforce. Walter Scott, Jr. believed that investing in young people through scholarships is one of the finest investments we can make as a society. We are proud to invest in the education of CCC students who strengthen communities and ultimately our state.”

The innovative program will annually provide up to 50 students in skilled technology programs with the opportunity for a full scholarship that covers tuition, fees and room and board. Additional amenities include an on-campus living and learning environment and program enrichment activities throughout the year. Student support and career placement will be coordinated by a full-time director dedicated to the program.

“This life-changing program will allow hundreds of skilled technology students make positive impacts throughout Nebraska,” said CCC President Dr. Matt Gotschall. “Our faculty, staff and administration are grateful for this opportunity to implement the shared vision with this generous donor.”

The ultimate outcome is for the students to complete a paid internship, receive a career and technical education credential and be placed in a high-demand, high-wage and skill position within six months of completion, with no or minimal debt.

“Central Community College is thrilled to partner with the Suzanne & Walter Scott Foundation on this unique opportunity,” said Alison Feeney, CCC associate dean of skilled technology. “This partnership will allow students, who otherwise could not afford college or the complete residential experience, to fill needed positions in the central Nebraska workforce.”

The first selection of 25 students will occur by January 2023 and another 25 students by August 2023. Scholarship recipients will be able to choose from the following CCC programs:

  • Advanced manufacturing design technology
  • Auto body technology
  • Automotive technology
  • Construction technology
  • Diesel technology
  • Drafting and design technology
  • Electrical technology
  • Energy technology
  • Heating, air conditioning and refrigeration
  • Heavy equipment operator technician
  • Welding technology

Details about the application process are forthcoming and will be overseen by the CCC financial aid office.