Ak-Sar-Ben Scholarships


For nearly 100 years, scholarships have been at the core of the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation’s mission, awarding students in the Heartland. Currently the Foundation supports scholarships through four programs: 

  • NEW! Ak-Sar-Ben Community College Scholarships, in partnership with Horatio Alger and Metropolitan Community College
  • Ak-Sar-Ben Scholarships in partnership with Horatio Alger Association and the TeamMates Mentoring Program
  • Ak-Sar-Ben Friends Community College Scholarships
  • Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Scholarships (available only to 4-H Exhibitors and applies to all exhibitors from the ten-state region)

Ak-Sar-Ben Community College Scholarships

The Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation, in partnership with Horatatio Alger Association and Metropolitan Community College, is launching a full-ride, 2-year scholarship program that prepares low-income youth for careers in high demand fields: applied technology and trades, construction & manufacturing.
The Ak-Sar-Ben Community College Scholarship Program sets talented youth on the path to quality careers – decreasing economic disparity while growing the skilled workforce.

For more information, please contact Jon Burt at burj@aksarben.org or 402-554-9600 x 101.
Read the Omaha World-Herald Article

Ak-Sar-Ben Scholarships

Funded by the proceeds from the Ak-Sar-Ben Coronation and Scholarship Ball, the Ak-Sar-Ben Scholarship is a $6,000 award payable over four years managed in partnership with the Horatio Alger Association.  Ak-Sar-Ben also partners with TeamMates Mentoring Program and each scholar is offered to participate with a mentor.

Interested students should apply online through the Horatio Alger Association

Community College Scholarships

The Ak-Sar-Ben Friends Community College Scholarship Program awards eleven $1,000 scholarships to community college-bound high school seniors and current community college students of eligible community colleges in Nebraska and Western Iowa. Awards are given to students who demonstrate the need for financial help, academic achievement, leadership potential and the desire to earn a degree. Applications are due to the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben office by April 1, 2015. 

2015 Community College Application

Eligible institutions in Nebraska include:
Central Community College
Metropolitan Community College
Mid-Plains Community College
Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
Nebraska Indian Community College
Northeast Community College
Southeast Community College
Western Community College

Eligible institutions in Iowa include:
Little Priest Tribal College
Iowa Western Community College
Northwest Iowa Community College
Southwestern Iowa Community College
Western Iowa Techinical Community College


Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Scholarships

The Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Stock Show is open to 4-H exhibitors from a ten-state region. More than $120,000 scholarships and prizes are awarded from a number of show programs and the Ak-Sar-Ben Buyers Club Purple Ribbon Auction. For more details, visit the 4-H Stock Show site at www.rivercityrodeo.com.   

Download forms here