Current International Students

International Student Scholarship

Policies and Procedures

Purpose: The International Student Scholarship (ISS scholarship) program at the University of Nebraska Kearney is intended to recognize outstanding academic performance of international students. Additionally, the review committee will consider the contribution of applicants to extra curricular activities on campus and in the community. The scholarships are tuition waivers, which pay a portion of an international student's tuition during the period of award. Awards are made for the academic year.

Application Procedures:

  • International Student Scholarships are awarded to students who are admitted as international students.Typically a student will have to accumulate a minimum of 24 undergraduate or 18 graduate UNK credit hours before becoming eligible to submit a scholarship application. Students are no longer eligible for scholarships after completing 125 undergraduate or 30 graduate UNK credit hours. The minimal cumulative grade point average for consideration is 2.8.
  • Applicants must be degree seeking students in a full program of study.
  • Students who are not admitted under Agreements for Academic Cooperation & Exchange will be given preferential treatment.
  • Applications for scholarships should be submitted to the UNK Office of International Student Services, located in Welch Hall, by March 1st.
  • A committee that is responsible for final award decisions based on available funds, will review all applications.
  • Selection for the scholarship will be primarily based on academic performance of the applicant. However,participation in international student organizations and student government will be a secondary evaluating factor.
  • Scholarships are awarded for one academic year and allocated by semesters. Scholarships are renewable under terms and conditions outlined in the scholarship offer. Students will be notified if they have failed to meet the renewal criteria. Students will not be notified if their scholarship is renewed.
  • ISScholarships are awarded for tuition and fees only; they are not awarded for room and board.
  • If an International Student Scholarship recipient receives another tuition waiver from the University or an outside agency, the amount of the International Student Scholarship grant will be reduced so the student's total tuition costs are not exceeded by the combination.
  • International Student Scholarship awards are based on full-time enrollment. Enrollment status is verified on the last day of drop and add. The International Student Scholarship award will be canceled if the student is not full-time on the last day of drop and add.
  • Applicants may request references from faculty or other UNK personnel who are familiar with your performance. Please limit references to two.

Applications for International Student Scholarships are available after February 1 in the Office of Financial Aid in the Memorial Student Affairs Building, or the Office of International Student Services in Welch Hall. You may access the application and Allocation Criteria at the link in the Application tab above. The application requests that students write a short essay (one page), which covers the following information:

  • Grade level
  • Major
  • Country of Origin
  • Professional goals after completing your degree at UNK
  • Description of your involvement in campus and community activities.

Attach the required essay to the application. You may also request references from faculty or other UNK personnel who are familiar with your performance. Please limit your references to two (2). Funds are allocated before summer break for the coming academic year. Half of the award amount is allocated for the Fall semester and half for the Spring semester.

Application Form

Click HERE for the International Student Scholarship online application form.