Academic Merit Scholarships

Resident Academic Merit Scholarship Requirements

First time freshmen admitted to the University of Nebraska at Kearney by March 1, 2019 will be automatically considered for the UNK Board of Regents, UNK Distinguished Scholar and the UNK Loper Achievement academic merit scholarships.  There is no additional application required for these academic awards.  The minimum academic benchmarks required to qualify for a scholarship award are a 23 composite score on the ACT (1140 on the SAT) and a cumulative grade point average of 3.20.  Students are notified of scholarship awards if they qualify 10 to 14 days after admission.

All self-reported information used to determine an academic scholarship will be confirmed once the official transcript is received from the high school.   Awards are based upon sixth semester (end of the junior year) unweighted cumulative grade point average.  The University will convert all grade point averages to a 4.0 scale.  ACT scores through the February 2019 test date will be considered. The University will automatically re-evaluate a scholarship award due to an improved composite test score.  The new test score must be sent directly to the University from ACT/SAT. 

Scholarship awards are determined using the following grid: 

ACT / GPA
3.20 - 3.29
3.30 - 3.39
3.40 - 3.49
3.50 - 3.59
3.60 - 3.69
3.70 - 3.79
3.80 - 3.89
3.90 - 3.99
4.00
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36

UNK Loper Achievement Award Range

UNK Distinguished Scholar Award

UNK Board of Regents Scholarship Range

Non-Resident Academic Merit Scholarship Requirements

When determining scholarship eligibility for incoming freshmen from states outside of Nebraska, UNK uses class rank, grade point averages and ACT/SAT scores submitted to the University by official sources.  Official sources for class rank and grade point averages are high school transcripts.  Test scores are considered official only when they are provided by ACT and SAT.  Minimum scholarship requirements and deadlines are listed in the descriptions below.  It is the student’s responsibility to submit this information by the deadlines. 

If a student receives new ACT/SAT scores after admission, UNK will reevaluate a scholarship award on the basis of the new scores only if those scores are sent to the University from the test provider.  New test scores provided on a high school transcript will not be considered. 

The UNK Blue & Gold Scholarship is a full waiver of tuition awarded to non-resident students. To qualify students must be admitted by March 1, 2019. Eligibility is determined by cumulative sixth semester grade point average and composite ACT or SAT score. The charts below provide the qualifying test scores and grade point average to receive the Blue & Gold Scholarship.

ACT / GPA
3.20 - 3.29
3.30 - 3.39
3.40 - 3.49
3.50 - 3.59
3.60 - 3.69
3.70 - 3.79
3.80 - 3.89
3.90 - 3.99
4.00
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36

SAT scores used to determined scholarship awards are the combined evidence based reading and writing and math sections.

SAT / GPA
3.20 - 3.29
3.30 - 3.39
3.40 - 3.49
3.50 - 3.59
3.60 - 3.69
3.70 - 3.79
3.80 - 3.89
3.90 - 3.99
4.00
1350 - 1380
1390 - 1410
1420 - 1440
1450 - 1480
1490 - 1510
1520 - 1550
1560 - 1590
1600

Blue & Gold Scholarship