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Doing More Than Servicing to Make Educational Dreams Possible

June 11, 2014

At Nelnet, we encourage associates to give back to their communities. They do so in different ways—it can be as simple as donating a portion of their paycheck to the United Way campaign, or as large as donating time every week to teach Junior Achievement classes.

Not only do individual associates give back, but Nelnet as a company takes steps to improve the community as well. The Nelnet Foundation supports educational opportunities, such as the Learn to Dream scholarship program. Nelnet partnered with Union Bank in 2007 to help fund the program, which pays for one year of college at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Neb., for more than 400 students each year. Eligible candidates are recent high school graduates from Lincoln Public School system who qualify for free and reduced lunches.

The impact of this program is far-reaching in Nebraska. Scholarship winner Jessica Rodriguez headed to Paris, France to further her dreams of learning how to open her own bakery. With Nelnet’s help she set a goal, and she achieved it. Find out how the Learn to Dream scholarship helped her make it to the other side of the world in this brief video:

ACM Sweet Dreams Video from Nelnet Marketing on Vimeo.

Not only was Jessica’s life positively affected, but Izzy Iwanski, 2012 Lincoln High School graduate, felt the impact as well. Read about Izzy’s experience in this article from the Lincoln Journal Star. Her dream is to become a graphic designer, and the Learn to Dream scholarship is helping her do just that.

The Nelnet Foundation set a goal to help make educational dreams possible and they continue to achieve it each year. By impacting hundreds of Lincoln students, Nelnet helps make dreams a reality.

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