Scholarships and Awards
NRCSA honors excellence in its member schools annually through a scholarship program designed to help deserving students attend college and pursue careers in public education. There are two different awards given, the NRCSA Scholarships and the Gary Fisher Fine Arts Scholarship. The NRCSA scholarships are endowed through the Lincoln Community Foundation through a gift made by the family of Sheila Dickenson Dinsmore Graf. The Gary Fisher Fine Arts Scholarship is funded through donations from NRCSA members, business affiliates, and a portion of the proceeds from the annual NRCSA golf tournament. Currently NRCSA gives $16,000.00 dollars in scholarships to students from its member schools, and through the generosity of the Graf family this number will increase in the coming years. NRCSA is also hopeful that the Gary Fisher Fine Arts Scholarship will grow as well.
The NRCSA Scholarships
NRCSA awards scholarships on an annual basis. Graduating seniors from NRCSA member schools are eligible to apply for these scholarships. The dollar amounts awarded may vary depending on the funding available through the endowment. Each member school district may submit one boy and one girl in this scholarship competition.
The Gary Fisher Fine Arts Scholarship
There are two (2) awards for a student planning to pursue a college degree and career in fine or performing arts. Graduating seniors, male or female, from NRCSA member schools are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Member schools may each submit one (1) application in this scholarship competition.
The application packets for these scholarships become available on the NRCSA website shortly after the NASB/NASA conference in mid-November. Post cards containing the details about the application process are mailed to guidance counselors at that time as well. The deadline for submitting applications falls in late January or early February of the following year. The application packet contains the rules and instructions students must follow to apply for these scholarships.
In addition to the scholarship program, NRCSA also honors the excellence found in the dedicated faculty, administrations, and boards of member schools. NRCSA recognizes those who demonstrate leadership and character in promoting quality education in rural Nebraska with a series of awards presented during the Spring Conference. The awards presented include:
¨ Outstanding Superintendent
¨ Outstanding Principal
¨ Outstanding Board Member
¨ Outstanding ESU Staff Member
¨ Outstanding Elementary Teacher
¨ Outstanding Secondary Teacher
¨ Gary Fisher Outstanding Music Teacher
Nomination forms for these awards become available on the NRCSA website shortly after the NASB/NASA conference in mid-November. The deadline for submitting nominations falls in late January or early February of the following year. The awards packet contains the rules and instructions that must be followed to nominate individuals for these awards.
2019-20 NRCSA Scholarship and Awards Forms
Scholarship and awards forms for 2019-20 will be available in November of 2019.
Closing the Achievement Gap Awards
In addition to the personnel awards NRCSA also created the Closing the Achievement Gap awards. Closing the Achievement Gap is a research project, begun in 2014, designed to identify rural community school districts that, by research indicators, have demonstrated success in closing achievement gaps within their student body.
Each year NRCSA will recognize districts that have achieved significant results towards closing identifiable achievement gaps across socioeconomic status. These awards are presented at the Spring Conference and come with a honorarium for each district to recognize and further their efforts in school improvement.
Awards are presented at the Spring Conference to districts which have closed these gaps across socio-economic status.