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David M. Rice and Ephraim L. Marks

Second Chance LGBT Scholarship


Mr. David M. Rice and his lifetime partner, Ephraim L. Marks, have been pioneers in the Nebraska gay rights movement.

To honor Mr. Rice’s and Mr. Marks' belief that education is key to opportunity and success, this scholarship has been established to help ensure that all students have the resources to pursue their lifetime goals through further education.

This scholarship is intended to serve as a second chance award for students 22 years of age or older, to assist first time students who have been out of the formal education system for a period of time and who are returning to begin working toward their educational goals.  Specifically designed to support students in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual community (LGBT).  May be used to support students who are taking developmental coursework or credit GED classes, as well as, for-credit coursework.  Recommendation by MCC’s Spectrum Alliance faculty sponsor preferred.

Selected recipients are encouraged to join the MCC Spectrum Alliance (any membership fees will be provided through the scholarship). The scholarship will be awarded in equal payments for four quarters, up to the equivalent of 20 credit hours. To remain eligible for the scholarship, selected recipients are required to remain in good academic standing and meet with an academic advisor at least once quarterly to review academic progress.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Financial need is required
  • Part-time Student
  • Recommendation by MCC's Spectrum Alliance faculty sponsor preferred
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