Eligibility Requirements

  • Current or former CEDARS client 
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Enrolled in or starting college between July 2024 and April 2025
  • Meet the criteria for financial need (Eligible for Federal Pell Grant)


  • Must be submitted by April 30, 2024
  • CEDARS will notify all recipients in June
  • Scholarships are available in various amounts
  • Recipients may re-apply on an annual basis
  • Recipients must present award letter to the admissions office at school of their choice
  • Funds will be transferred and applied directly to tuition and fees based upon receipt of enrollment verification

Acceptable Use

  • Awarded funds can be used for any nonprofit institution regardless of location 
  • Awarded funds can be used for equipment and materials necessary for a secondary degree, such as laptop, books, CNA classes, or tuition, but cannot be used for room and board
  • Award amount will be split into two payments to be paid directly to the institution at the beginning of each semester

Application Checklist - all must be submitted by April 30, 2024

  • Complete online application form
  • Submit recommendation form to Chelsea at cwittgren@cedarskids.org
  • Submit FAFSA Submission Summary to Chelsea at cwittgren@cedarskids.org

Questions? Contact Chelsea Wittgren at 402-904-3254 or cwittgren@cedarskids.org

CEDARS Programs/Services Applicant Might Have Utilized

  • Arnold Community Learning Center (CLC)
  • Boys Home 
  • Carol Yoakum ECDC 
  • CEDARS Home 
  • Clinton CLC
  • Community Youth Coaching (CYC)
  • Downtown ECDC 
  • Education
  • Electronic Monitor 
  • Emergency Shelter (Pioneers Center)
  • Family Support
  • Foster Care
  • Freeway Station 
  • Hartley CLC
  • Healthy Families (HFA/HFHV)
  • In-Home Safety
  • Intensive Family Preservation 
  • Juvenile Diversion 
  • Life Quest 
  • Life Skills Center
  • Northbridge ECDC 
  • Parenting Time 
  • Partners in Permanency (PIP)
  • Reporting Center
  • Richardson House 
  • Service Coordination 
  • Sixpence
  • Street Outreach Services (SOS)
  • TLC 
  • Tracker
  • Transitional Living Program (TLP)
  • Turning Point Residential Treatment Center
  • Wraparound 
  • Youth Opportunity Center