Ricketts to pitch Nebraska scholarship program to lawmakers

(Left to right) University of Nebraska President Dr. Hank Bounds, Labor Commissioner John Albin, DED Director Dave Rippe, Governor Pete Ricketts, State College System Chancellor Dr. Paul Turman, Nebraska Community College Association Executive Director Greg Adams, AKSARBEN Foundation Chairman Terry Kroeger, Nucor Detailing Center Manager Derek Kowalski, and Metro Community College President Randy Schmailzl
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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has unveiled a plan to provide scholarships for college students in a variety of high-demand fields.

Ricketts announced Monday he will propose a Nebraska Talent Scholarships program to lawmakers. It will provide $4,000-per-year scholarships for four-year students and two-year students.

Scholarships for the University of Nebraska will go to students studying math, engineering, industrial technology and computer information systems. Community and state college students can qualify if they're studying rangeland management, industrial technology, computer information systems and criminal justice.

Ricketts says the program for four-year colleges will start with 250 scholarships in its first year, at a cost of about $1 million. Community colleges will get 65 scholarships, at a cost of $260,000 in its first year.

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