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Here’s the Situation
This year, Gov. Pete Ricketts has proposed creating the Nebraska Career Scholarships program to provide a total of $16 million over the next several years for scholarships for students in high-need areas like engineering, nursing and IT. Half of that amount would go to University of Nebraska students, starting with $2 million in 2020-21.
The Nebraska Career Scholarships, which the Appropriations Committee has funded in its preliminary budget recommendations, would put the University and our higher education partners in a stronger position to attract and retain talented students to our state who can help meet urgent workforce needs. We hope the Legislature will support this important investment in access and economic growth, and we need your help in telling the story of why financial aid matters.
What Advocates Do
When you become an NU Advocate, you amplify the conversation about investing in the University of Nebraska. Here’s what you can expect when you join the effort, and how you can make the most of your actions.
Get Loud on Social Media
Find the handles of your state senators and tag them on posts that talk about how the University of Nebraska has impacted you. Share positive NU news in your feed to help spread the word. Be sure to use our hashtag: #NUforNE.
Attend Advocacy Events
Look for emails about events like our “I Love NU” Advocacy Day at the State Capitol. Or, attend bill hearings at the Rotunda to get more informed. When NU Advocates show up at the State Capitol, it sends a powerful message to legislators.
Call or Send an Email
Emails and phone calls are effective ways to reach state senators. If you're not able to speak directly with a senator, talk to a staff member or leave a message. Include your name and number and share why the University is important to you.
Legislation to Watch
The 106th Nebraska Legislature second regular session began on January 8, 2020. This session, there were more than 480 legislative bills introduced for lawmakers to consider and debate over the next two years.
The University of Nebraska monitors hundreds of legislative bills each year that could impact college affordability, campus operations, research, economic development and our academic programs.
Here are just a few key legislative bills impacting the University of Nebraska.
Gov. Ricketts’ proposal to invest a total of $16 million into career scholarships for college students in H3-career majors — permanent high-wage, high-skill and high-demand jobs such as engineering, IT and healthcare.
Appropriation to the Daugherty Water For Food Institute for University research in water and agriculture.
Legislation that would allow the Nebraska Transformational Project at UNMC to qualify for incentive-like state funds as part of a public-private partnership with federal, state, and philanthropic funding.
What Does Being an Advocate Mean to You?
“I’ve been able to get a great education, for an affordable cost, that’s preparing me for my future. I want other young people to have the same opportunity. For my fellow students and I, the state’s partnership with its University sends a strong message that policymakers want to invest in the next generation.”
Student Regent, University of Nebraska at Kearney
“Workforce development is one of our top concerns. If we can’t recruit and retain the best talent in Nebraska, other states are going to gain a competitive advantage. Our economic future depends on a talented workforce–the kind of graduates the University of Nebraska provides. I want to see that pipeline grow.”
Senior Director of Talent, Omaha Chamber of Commerce
"As a proud Native American and lifelong Nebraskan, I believe that education is a singular force in leveling the playing field. I support NU's commitment to providing access to all Nebraskans and promoting diversity. That's the kind of University I want to see serving Nebraska for generations to come."
Executive Director, Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs
“For almost 150 years, the University of Nebraska has been a key partner in advancing agricultural research and production in our state—and beyond. As a sixth-generation farm operator and UNL graduate, I believe the future of agriculture depends in part on the skilled graduates and research produced by Nebraska’s only public university.”
Past President, Ag Builders of Nebraska
“The economic success of our state is linked to the growth of rural Nebraska, which faces real challenges: brain drain, gaps in access to technology and other resources, workforce shortages. The University of Nebraska is a critical partner in addressing those challenges. I’m proud to join business and community leaders across the state in supporting a strong University for Nebraska’s future.”
City Administrator, South Sioux City
“The University of Nebraska is a source for innovation and growth within our state. And that growth includes important roles for students. Each campus works closely with students to improve academic success and foster community engagement. I appreciate the opportunity to make a difference, and will continue to support the University—just as it supports me.”
Renata Valquier Chavez
Student Regent, University of Nebraska at Omaha