It's Scholarship Time!

There are many benefits to membership in NSEA, and one of the most popular is the availability of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska scholarships. Click here to apply. Application deadline is Tuesday, May 24.

NSEA members are eligible to apply for each of three rounds of offerings of a scholarship from Blue Cross and Blue Shield designed to help make paying for graduate coursework a little easier.

The deadline for the next round of scholarships from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Professional Development Fund is Tuesday, May 24.

Applicants for the scholarship will receive confirmation of the status of their application by mail by the middle of June.

The funds are for advanced degrees, to 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 on the NSEA website. The form will be on the website through May 24.

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, 5,470 NSEA members have shared more than $727,500 in Blue Cross and Blue Shield scholarship dollars. The program does not affect Blue Cross and Blue Shield premiums.

Questions? Reach Sally Bodtke at 1-800-742-0047 or via e-mail at:


2015-16 Scholarship Semester Schedule

Semester Begins Ends  Application Online- Deadline
Fall September December 8/25/2015 - 9/30/2015
Spring January May 12/22/2015 - 2/14/2016
Summer June August 4/20/2016 - 5/24/2016


The Application form will be available online in conjunction with the schedule as set out above.  Applications will not be accepted after the semester deadline.

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