Sidney High School receives college access grant
SIDNEY, Neb. — A nonprofit based in Nebraska donates $200,000 to 24 different schools.
Sidney High School along with many other Panhandle schools received a college access grant from EducationQuest Foundation.
Sidney Associate Principle and School Counselor Tess Plummer applied for the grant.
“I applied for the EducationQuest grant last Spring and we were awarded $30,000 over four years for Sidney High School,” Plummer said.
According to Plummer, the grant money will mostly go to junior and senior students going on college tours.
“It’s to focus on college activities like college visits, college fairs, financial aid nights, and different things like that,” Plummer said.
Plummer said the students will be visiting trade schools, and four-year universities.
“The goal would be to go to Lincoln and possibly stop at Southeast or Kearny and if you go to Kearny then also go to Midplains Community College,” Plummer said.
Plummer said being in rural Nebraska can make college visits difficult, and financially challenging for students.
“We’re super excited to have the extra finances to do this,” Plummer said. “We already do a lot of great college exploration activities systematically built within Sidney Public Schools, but a little extra funding can help us with a few more college visits to hopefully catch all students, not just some.”
Plummer said she hopes to get Sidney students prepared for their next steps after high school.
“I would say the main thing is that we are going to be able to amp up some of the college preparation stuff that we already do,” Plummer said.
All of the schools who received the college access grant are:
Bellevue West High School
Callaway High School
Cozad High School
Crawford Public Schools
Elba High School
Fremont High School
Gering High School
Kearney High School
Keya Paha County High School
Lawrence-Nelson Public Schools
Lewiston Consolidated Schools
Lincoln Northwest High School
Lincoln Southwest High School
Logan View Public Schools
Nebraska City High School
Northwest High School (Grand Island)
Omaha Bryan High School
Omaha North High School
Pawnee City Public Schools
Plattsmouth High School
Sidney High School
Scottsbluff High School
Southern High School
Wood River Rural High School
The application process for the next grant cycle will begin in fall 2023.