PINC (Poverty Is Not a Choice) Scholarship

The PINC Scholarship is awarded in recognition that Poverty Is Not a Choice. It is named after a documentary of the same name which received the Mayor’s Choice Award at the Lincoln Mayor’s Arts Awards in June 2016. This documentary, made by 9 high school and college students and aired on NET TV, related several stories about children’s day-to-day realities with living in poverty. It is the donor’s hope that this award will be received by someone who has been directly affected by poverty who could not otherwise attend college but who would benefit from specialized study in their chosen art or music field.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a senior or graduate of public or private Lancaster Co high school, or a home-schooled senior, who is majoring in the arts. There is a preference for home school students. The applicant must demonstrate extreme financial need – only applicants with an EFC (expected family contribution from FAFSA report) under $5,000 will be accepted. The applicant must demonstrate a record of participation in music or the arts. Previous recipients will be eligible if they maintain 2.5 GPA or above in college. First preference will go to previous PINC Scholarship recipients who re-apply, meet stated criteria, and have maintained a college GPA of 2.5 or higher.

REQUIRED WITH APPLICATION: High school transcript(s) or equivalent record and first page from FAFSA report.

$3,000 Minimum Award (1 Award, may be renewed with full reapplication)
Supplemental Questions
  1. Explain how the scholarship would affect your dream of attending college and further studying art or music.
  2. Explain how studying art or music in college will help you become established for a future beyond college.
  3. Is your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) below 5,000?
  4. Have you previously received the PINC Scholarship?