Growing minds, Talent and State

Aksarben scholarships are ‘ground-zero’ in approaching the workforce needs of Nebraska.


At Aksarben, it’s about more than a scholarship, it’s about jobs. Scholarships can change the lives of young students, but we are just as focused on what happens after graduation. Are our Aksarben Scholars finding gainful employment in Nebraska after graduation? That’s our goal.

Aksarben Career Promise

Aksarben Career Promise

...not all careers require a four-year degree.

Partnering with Metropolitan Community College, we aim to change the landscape of education and workforce development across the state.

Students receiving this $2,000 scholarship renewable for up to 2 years must be enrolled in designated high school career academies. Upon completing a degree at MCC, students will be qualified for high-demand, high-paying careers in our state.

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Aksarben | Horatio Alger

Aksarben | Horatio Alger

Empowering students to achieve their dreams, right here in Nebraska.

The Aksarben Foundation, utilizing the contributions of our generous donors, partners with the Horatio Alger Association to award four-year scholarships each year to Nebraska and western Iowa students who have overcome great personal adversity and need financial assistance to earn a college degree.

With every dollar being donated from the Aksarben Foundation and it’s generous donors, Aksarben restricts these scholarships to colleges and universities in Nebraska. By keeping our bright, hard-working students here, we are encouraging retention and growth within Nebraska’s workforce today, tomorrow, and beyond.

These $10,000 awards, payable up to five years, are matched by local colleges and universities, including the University of Nebraska, Creighton University, College of Saint Mary, Bellevue University…etc.

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Aksarben Cooperative

Aksarben Cooperative

“The Cooperative Education Program is a great example of a community - businesses, educators, and public servants - rallying together to take responsibility for its future,” - Governor Pete Ricketts.

In partnership with Wayne State College, the cooperative education program is one of several strategies connected to the “Northeast Nebraska Growing Together” initiative that was developed as part of the Aksarben Foundation challenge to address the workforce crisis in Nebraska.

“The next generation of Nebraska leaders won’t appear out of thin air. They’ll need to be mentored, taught, and connected to opportunities where they can contribute their skills. I applaud the Aksarben Foundation, Mike Flood, and Wayne State College for stepping up to envision and fund this program to grow Northeast Nebraska.” – Governor Ricketts

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We Award Annualy

$1.5 Million

to deserving heartland students in the form of scholarships.

Aksarben Present

From the Stock Show to student scholarships, Aksarben Foundation is opening doors for community members in the heartland.