Scholarships available to CSIT students

UNK offers several scholarships to prospective students and current students. Additionally, the CSIT Department has scholarships available exclusively for CSIT students.

Incoming CSIT students, please use the CSIT Scholarship Application to apply for scholarships. You will also need to obtain letters of recommendation. The application deadline is February 28th. See below for more information on incoming student scholarships, including how to apply for the Robert Rathe Scholarship.

Scholarship for Prospective CSIT Students

Buckle Excellence Scholarships

Since 1948, Buckle has been providing a place for young men and women with an interest in clothing, to dress, accessorize, and express themselves through their style! It has also been a place that has provided many people a rewarding, and fulfilling career. Now, through the “Buckle Excellence Scholarship Fund”, Buckle is providing a new kind of opportunity for young men and women headed to college at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Each year, one freshman majoring in Computer Science or Information Technology will be selected to receive a two year scholarship, in the amount of $3,000 per year and two CSIT students are selected to each receive a $3,000 scholarship! Candidates hoping to receive one of these scholarships must fill out the application, obtain letters of recommendation, and:

  • Pursue a major in the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology

  • Be an incoming freshman

Preference will go to students who have a minimum ACT (or SAT equivalent) composite score of 26 (with at least a 24 in Math), but all new CSIT students are encouraged to apply.

The scholarship recipients are also provided with unique opportunities to build relationships with Buckle IT professionals through activities such as job shadowing, tours of the Buckle facilities, and presentations on-site. Buckle also has a student internship program for upper-level CSIT students and has hired numerous CSIT graduates over the years. Buckle also offers its employees for classroom presentations and student project reviews.

For more information on the Buckle Excellence Scholarship, please contact the CSIT Department.

2017 UNK Buckle scholarship winners

CSIT Friends and Alumni Scholarship in Honor of Marilyn Jussel Scholarship

The CSIT alumni and friends established an endowment in honor of CSIT emeritus faculty Dr. Marilyn Jussel. All CSIT students are eligible for this scholarship.

Congratulations to Drew Fritson, the 2017 Jussel Scholarship recipient.

Jussel Scholarship winner

Robert Rathe Scholarship 

The 2018 Rathe scholarship will be awarded to a UNK student who is a new freshman who chooses a major in either Mathematics, 7-12 Mathematics Education, Computer Science, or Physics. The amount of the award is expected to be approximately $1,000.

Both Bette Rathe and her brother Robert were Kearney State College (now UNK) graduates. Robert earned a Mathematics degree in 1980. He loved computer science and he enjoyed a long career working at NASA where, among other things, he worked on the Hubble Space Telescope. In the early 1970s, Bette earned a Kearney State College education degree and she recently established this scholarship to honor her brother, Robert.

We hope that you will enjoy completing your application. It involves solving several math puzzles and writing an essay of 300 words or less. The puzzles, along with instructions for solving them, are available here. The topic for your essay is: What motivates you to pursue a UNK degree in Mathematics,  Mathematics  7-12  Education,  Computer  Science,  or  Physics?

When you have completed your essay and solved as many of the puzzles as you can, mail your entry to: Cami Roach, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney NE 68849. If you prefer, email your entry to Entries are due on or before March 1, 2018. To earn the award, you must attend UNK, be a new freshmen, and must have a declared major in either Mathematics, 7-12 Mathematics Education, Computer Science, or Physics.

We are looking forward to receiving your completed application. If you have questions about the application process, please contact Cami Roach at either (308) 865-8531 or email

Congratulations to Stephanie Slayden, the 2017 Robert Rathe Memorial Scholarship recipient.

UNK Rathe Scholarship Recipient

Continuing Student Scholarships for CSIT Students

Continuing students are able to apply online for all scholarships through the standard scholarship application (available in MyBlue during the month of February). The scholarship information system will automatically match students to the scholarships for which they qualify.
Northwestern scholarship for CSIT juniors and senior students

NorthWestern Energy is providing a $1000 per year scholarship for a CSIT student at UNK. This scholarship will help support an upper-level CSIT student who maintains at least a 3.0 GPA.

First preference is for a CSIT student from the Alda, Kearney, Grand Island, or North Platte communities in Nebraska. Second preference is for any CSIT student from Buffalo, Hall, or Lincoln counties in Nebraska, then third preference is for any CSIT student who meets the other criteria.

Congratulations to Angel Ruiz, the 2017 Northwestern scholarship winner.

2017 Northwest energy scholarship winner

Buckle Excellence Scholarship for current CSIT Students

While the Buckle Excellence Scholarships usually are awarded to new students, occasionally these scholarships are awarded to current CSIT students.  Current CSIT student candidates shall have completed CSIT 130 and CSIT 150 with a minimum grade of B in each; and successfully completed a minimum of at least 24 credit hours in the preceding academic year. 

CSIT Friends and Alumni Scholarship in Honor of Marilyn Jussel Scholarship

The CSIT alumni and friends established an endowment in honor of CSIT emeritus faculty Dr. Marilyn Jussel. All CSIT students are eligible for this scholarship.

Association for Computing Machinery Scholarship

The recipient of this scholarship shall be a member of the ACM organization at UNK. Candidate shall have a 3.0 or above GPA and have completed 14 credit hours in computer science.

Generation Google Scholarship

Google believes information should be universally accessible. Google education and scholarship programs aim to inspire and help students become future leaders in computing and technology by breaking down the barriers that prevent them from entering these fields.

The Generation Google Scholarship was established to help aspiring computer scientists excel in technology and become leaders in the field. Selected students will receive 10,000 USD (for those studying in the US) or 5,000 CAD (for those studying in Canada). Both current university CS/IT students and high school seniors are eligible to apply.