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Bellevue University Announces New Nebraska Indigenous Grant

Graduates of Little Priest Tribal College and Nebraska Indian Community College Can Now Earn Bachelor’s Degrees Through Innovative Transfer Grant

BELLEVUE, Nebraska – Bellevue University, one of the nation’s leaders in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, has announced a new innovative Nebraska Indigenous Grant that allows Little Priest Tribal College and Nebraska Indian Community College graduates to transfer in 60 credits or credits earned in an associate degree and apply the full cost of students’ associate degree tuition toward their Bellevue University tuition.

Jim Nekuda, Bellevue University’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, said that, “Thanks to the Nebraska Indigenous Grant, graduates from Little Priest Tribal College and Nebraska Indian Community College can pursue a bachelor’s degree and receive the necessary education to enhance their skills and knowledge for career opportunities.”

The Nebraska Indigenous Grant is open to all graduates who have completed an associate degree at Little Priest Tribal College and Nebraska Indian Community College, no matter when they completed their degree or their major.

Manoj Patil, President of Little Priest Tribal College, stated that, “Little Priest Tribal College’s mission, ‘Be Strong and Educate my Children’ and its goal to provide the best resources for our graduates is reinforced in this grant ‘Nebraska Indigenous Grant.’ This grant provides a great pathway and platform for our graduates to complete a baccalaureate degree at Bellevue University. This strategic alliance will also provide great educational opportunities for our students and for our community at large.”

The Nebraska Indigenous Grant will cover the balance of tuition and fees after all outside scholarships and grants are applied for Pell Grant-eligible graduates. Non-Pell Grant eligible graduates can qualify for up to $5,250 awarded through the grant to apply toward tuition.

Graduates can choose from Bellevue University’s more than 50 online bachelor’s degrees.

“The Nebraska Indigenous Grant allows NICC graduates to bring their entire associate’s degree with them to Bellevue University using transfer credits to get them halfway through their bachelor’s degree,” Charles Kreber, Public Information Officer for Nebraska Indian Community College, said. “This innovative grant also provides a convenient and flexible pathway for students to earn a bachelor’s degree while they stay in their home communities.”

For more information about Little Priest Tribal College, visit transfer.bellevue.edu/littlepriest.

For more information about Nebraska Indian Community College, visit transfer.bellevue.edu/NICC.

About Nebraska Indian Community College

The Nebraska Indian Community College was founded in 1973 as the American Indian Satellite Community College under a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education. The grant was administered through Northeast Technical Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska, to provide post-secondary education on the Omaha, Santee Dakota, and the Winnebago reservations. The College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). Today, NICC serves the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska at the Macy Campus, and the Santee Dakota Nation at the Santee Campus, and maintains a campus site in downtown South Sioux City, Nebraska. In 2020, NICC also began collaborating with Pawnee Nation College in Pawnee, Oklahoma while they work towards their own accreditation.

About Little Priest Tribal College

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska chartered Little Priest Tribal College (LPTC) in May 1996. Its major focus is to provide a two-year associate degree and certification and prepare students to transfer and successfully complete a major at a four-year institution. Another equally important part of the college’s mission is to provide HoChunk language and culture classes as well as provide training opportunities for upgrading job skills and improving employment opportunity. Little Priest Tribal College is named after Chief Little Priest, the last war chief of the Winnebago Tribe.

The college was declared a land-grant institution in June 1998, and received accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in August, 1998. It is a great credit to the Winnebago Tribe and to the college to have met all of the Association’s standards of excellence and have achieved the distinction of accreditation, awarded just two years after opening its doors to students.

LPTC has signed the Nebraska Transfer Initiative, an agreement with four-year Nebraska institutions to accept the common core of general education courses in the associate of arts, academic transfer degree. LPTC issues two-year degrees and certificates, Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Applied Science (AAS), and Associate of Science (AS), in the following areas: Native American Studies, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Education, Indigenous Science- Environment, Indigenous Science- Health, Business, Liberal Arts, Biology, Chemistry, and Cannabis Studies transfer degree. 

LPTC has been approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and has been accepted for full membership in the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC). LPTC is also fully accredited by the Higher Learning Committee (HLC).

About Bellevue University

Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with nearly 60,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military and accessible institutions, the University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everywhere online with more than 80 degree programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org).