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Blue Cross Blue Shield Scholarship Information and Application

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska offers college scholarships to NSEA members

The deadline has passed-- please watch here for future applications.

Upon successful submission, you will receive an email verification. If you do not receive an email, contact Sally Bodtke ( at (800) 742-0047.

Summer class work will be on your schedule before you know it. Wouldn’t life be easier with a scholarship to help pay for some of that coursework?

The deadline for a scholarship through the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Professional Development Fund is near. Scholarships are awarded three times each year. The deadline for the summer term is Wednesday, May 21. 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).

The funds may be used to pursue advanced degrees, seek additional teaching endorsements or to take courses for certification. Stipends may cover up to 50 percent of the cost of a single, three-hour college course. Applicants may seek scholarship dollars for no more than three hours of courses. Books and supplies are not covered.

To apply, complete the application form found here.  The form will be posted on the website through the Wednesday, May 21, deadline.

NSEA will notify applicants of their scholarship status in June. The goal is to award stipends to the largest number of members from each of NSEA’s six 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. Applicants may receive scholarships in only two of the three scholarship cycles during a school year.

Recipients must offer evidence of completion of work at an accredited post-secondary institution to receive funds. Courses must be for credit.

Since 1986, 5,011 NSEA members have shared more than $655,000 in Blue Cross and Blue Shield scholarship dollars. The program does not affect Blue Cross and Blue Shield premiums.

For more information, contact the NSEA by calling toll-free 1-800-742-0047. Sally Bodtke ( is the associate staff member who handles the scholarship program.


*Spring, Summer and Fall Scholarship Application forms are available online and coincide with the printing schedule of The Voice.

Semester schedule

Semester Applications Accepted Deadline
Fall Starts in September Ends in December
Spring Starts in January Ends in May
Summer Starts in June Ends in August



Application form for the pending semester will be available online by the start of the semester for four up to six weeks and will be suspended on the deadline set for that semester as noted on this page.   Note:  Semester submission deadlines are not the same each year.

The application must be submitted during the semester  when course “ends” - not when it “begins”.