Nebraska communities that participate in the 2022 Nebraska Rural Fellowship Program will be eligible for financial support. In total, $100,000 will be available to communities hosting students to work on projects as part of the Rural Fellows Summer Internship Program.
In addition, a $10 1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural and Natural Resources Scholarships for high school students who are selected to work 10 hours per week for 10 weeks in their hometown.
The Rural Fellowship Program brings college students and rural Nebraska communities together in an immersive training experience. For 10 weeks, fellow students work on community development projects identified by the host communities. The 2022 internship is open to high school students who wish to gain experience in the workforce and community development prior to entering college.
“By including high school students in this traditional college- and student-centered experience, these students will not only be able to spend 10 weeks receiving mentorship from their fellow university students, but gain first-hand experience in community development that can lay an early foundation for becoming a community said Helen Fagan, program coordinator.
Beginning in May, selected high school students will volunteer in their hometown. After completing the trial, each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship to enroll in it CASNR courses. To host high school students, participating communities must also host fellow students from the university.
“When we discuss the vitality of the community,” he said, “the relations between the students and their towns are the embodiment of that discussion,” CASNR Dean Tiffany Heing Moss. “When students work to improve their hometown, synergies are created that deliver long-term benefits to these communities. Yes, these benefits impact a Main Street, a city park, or a city council. But these experiences also create community members who are committed to the improvement and growth of Nebraska communities, working even These improvements take root and become part of the community’s culture.”
$100,000 will be awarded to 20 Nebraska communities based on their application date. Hosting two fellow students in the summer typically costs $12,000 – $10,000 for wages and $2,000 for housing. via IANR Funding the extension, 10 new communities in the program will receive half the cost ($6,000) and 10 returning communities will receive a quarter of the cost ($3,000). Communities that apply before the December 31 deadline have the highest probability of receiving funding.
“Our mission is to work with Nebraskans to create a viable future for everyone in the state,” said David Varner, temporary dean of extension. “We see this funding opportunity as another step toward achieving that future. It’s not about throwing money at the wall to see what gets stuck. It’s about helping communities create their own resources to achieve their community-led goals.”
The Rural Fellowship Program is currently accepting applications from host communities for 2022. The live webinar for interested communities will be at 10 am. December 13. Registration is available here. The webinar can also be accessed via Zoom here.
Additional details can be found here.
Funding for community support is made possible by the Nebraska Extension and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The scholarships are made possible by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
“The Rural Fellowship Program is about creating leaders — leaders among students, leaders within communities,” Fagan said. Thanks Karam IANRand extension and CASNRThese funding awards and scholarships will provide more opportunities for more people to become leaders who help Nebraska communities thrive and themselves become leaders in rural development across the country.”