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Bellevue University Celebrates Youth Salute Program

University Recognized for Longtime Contributions, Scholarship Program

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Bellevue University recently received an award from Youth Salute for its contributions to the national youth leadership program over the past several years, and in celebration of the University's specific scholarship offerings. 

Bellevue University offers two scholarships for incoming high school students of $4,000 per year, for up to four years, for a maximum benefit of $16,000 per student. The scholarships can also be combined with other earned donor-related funds at Bellevue University, giving the recipient a very robust scholarship offer. Johnna Hargens-Brown, Director of Scholarships and Grants, said “Bellevue University is proud to provide scholarship opportunities to youth leaders in our local community who are making a difference.”

The Greater Omaha-Council Bluffs Area Council on Youth Leadership started its affiliation with the National Council on Youth Leadership in 2017. The local council will recognize outstanding youth leaders from area high schools during a program better known as the “Youth Salute.” The purpose of Youth Salute is to honor high school juniors who have maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average or higher through the end of their sophomore year and have held two or more leadership roles in school, religious or community sponsored organizations.

In 2021 approximately $988,000 in scholarships were awarded to students through the Youth Salute program.  

Bellevue University Senior Key Account Manager Debbie DeBolt, who is also an Executive Board Member for Youth Salute, said, “I am proud to serve on a board for an organization that supports youth leaders in our community to provide opportunities for graduating high school seniors through scholarship offerings. We currently have 230 students registered for the 2022 event."

See below for available awards in 2022:

  • Four individuals will be awarded an all-expense paid National Leadership Experience
  • Two $500 scholarships will be awarded from Arnold Clark Photography
  • One “Top Youth Leader” will be named and awarded from each high school
  • Each student will receive a certificate from the National Council on Youth Leadership
  • Additional scholarship offerings as provided through University partnerships

For more information about Youth Salute, click here.

If you have questions, email Debbie DeBolt at

About Bellevue University

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 (