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Gov. Ricketts proposes new scholarship initiative

Posted at 12:41 PM, Jan 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-07 13:41:22-05

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — With this year's legislative session slated to begin Wednesday, Governor Pete Ricketts has proposed a new jobs and education initiative aimed at developing and keeping young talent in the state to meet the growing need for skilled workers.

Ricketts made the announcement fpr "Nebraska Talent Scholarships" alongside University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds Monday morning. The scholarships will target specific career areas where the state needs to develop talent. Overall, 250 $4,000 scholarships will be available to students with 65 more $2,000 scholarships for community college students.

The idea is to increase the number of professionals specializing in engineering, math, computer information systems and other areas.

The proposal dedicates $1 million of scholarships in the first year and then doubles in the second year. The funding is part of the Governor's budget.