Financial Aid

Incoming Freshmen Scholarships for Nebraska Residents

2014-2015

All first year students who apply for regular admission to the University of Nebraska at Kearney will be evaluated for scholarship eligibility based on information supplied with the application for admission. Scholarships requiring separate applications are specified in the descriptions below. Typically, UNK notifies students of scholarship awards shortly after they have been admitted to the university. However, some scholarships involve a more competitive evaluation, and notification will take place after February 1, 2014.

Please note: The list of scholarships found below may not be a complete listing of scholarships awarded to first year students. Depending on the availability of scholarship funding, UNK may award additional scholarships to recognize high academic achievement or potential.

Academic Scholarship Awards

When determining scholarship eligibility for incoming freshmen, UNK uses class rank and ACT/SAT scores submitted to the university by official sources (high school transcripts or test scores sent to UNK from ACT/SAT per the student's request). The deadline to qualify for freshmen scholarships is February 1, 2014. It is the student's responsibility to make sure this information is submitted on time.

If a student receives new ACT/SAT scores after originally submitting information to UNK, UNK will reevaluate a scholarship award on the basis of new ACT/SAT scores only if those scores are sent automatically to the university by ACT/SAT. Scholarship awards will not automatically be reevaluated if new information is submitted by another source, such as a high school transcript. If a student's new score information is submitted by a source other than ACT/SAT, the student must request a reevaluation of the scholarship award by writing to the Freshmen Scholarship Committee, c/o the Office of Financial Aid. No scholarship awards will be reevaluated on the basis of information submitted to UNK after the February 1, 2014 scholarship deadline.

In order to be considered for most academic scholarship awards a new student must meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. Be admitted to UNK by February 1, 2014;
  2. Receive a minimum composite score of 23 on the ACT (1070 on the SAT); and
  3. Be ranked in the top 30% of the high school graduating class.

Board of Regents Scholarship

Full waiver of tuition awarded to Nebraska resident students with a scholarship index of 100 to 87. The scholarship is renewable for up to 125 credit hours at UNK.

UNK uses a "Scholarship Index" to determine eligibility for the Board of Regents scholarships. The index combines the ACT score and class rank stated on the official high school transcript at the time of admission to determine if a student qualifies for this scholarship.

Chancellor’s Scholarship

Tuition waiver of $3,000 per year awarded to students with a scholarship index of 86.99 to 75.25. The scholarship is renewable for up to eight semesters.

UNK uses a "Scholarship Index" to determine eligibility for the Board of Regents scholarships. The index combines the ACT score and class rank stated on the official high school transcript at the time of admission to determine if a student qualifies for this scholarship.

Dean’s Scholarship

Tuition waiver of $2,000 per year awarded to students with a scholarship index of 75.24 to 66.50. The scholarship is renewable for up to eight semesters.

UNK uses a "Scholarship Index" to determine eligibility for the Board of Regents scholarships. The index combines the ACT score and class rank stated on the official high school transcript at the time of admission to determine if a student qualifies for this scholarship.

Cooperating School Scholarships

Available to students graduating from high schools hosting UNK student teachers. Students are recommended for the award by the high school guidance counselor or principal. The scholarship is a tuition waiver of $750 or $1,500 per year, renewable for up to eight semesters. In addition to being recommended for the scholarship, students must have a composite score of at least 23 on the ACT and rank in the top 30% of their high school graduating class.

Merit Awards

Tuition waivers ranging from $500 to $1,000 per year which may be awarded to students demonstrating academic achievement or potential, excellence in leadership or student/community activities, special experiences that will enrich campus life, or other evidence of potential to succeed in college. Students should submit a letter by February 1, 2014 detailing their attributes to the Freshman Scholarship Committee, c/o the Office of Financial Aid to be considered for UNK Merit Awards.

Davis-Chambers Scholarship

Recognizes academically promising students from diverse backgrounds who find that the financial requirements of postsecondary education are a major obstacle. Qualified applicants must be Nebraska residents who have graduated from a Nebraska high school. Award amounts vary, but are generally $2,000 to $4,000 per year. Applicants must be admitted to UNK by February 1, 2014, and must complete the Davis-Chambers Scholarship Application. Click here to access the Davis-Chambers Scholarship application.

Multicultural Community Service Scholarships

Designed to provide students an opportunity to serve UNK by establishing a diverse and lively community. Recipients of this scholarship will receive a full tuition waiver up to 15 credit hours per semester. This scholarship is renewable for up to eight regular semesters and two summer terms. Recipients will be selected primarily on the basis of leadership in the multicultural community through participation in school and community activities. Applicants must be admitted to UNK and must complete the Multicultural Community Service Scholarship Application by February 1, 2014.

Peter Kiewit Foundation Educators Opportunity Scholarships

Provide awards in the amount of $1000 to $10,000 per year to Nebraska residents who demonstrate a genuine commitment to becoming a teacher. Fluency in Spanish, both written and spoken is required. This scholarship can be renewed for up to eight semesters. Recipients will be selected primarily on the basis of academic potential, commitment to pursuing a career in the teaching profession and fluency in Spanish. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid by February 1, 2014. Please click here to access to the application.

Second, Third, and Fourth Year Army ROTC Scholarships

Honors Program Scholarships

Students accepted into the UNK Honors Program may qualify for additional awards beyond those listed above. Click here to learn more about the Honors Program or call (308) 865-8497.

KHOP Scholarships

The Kearney Health Opportunities Program (KHOP) is a cooperative program between the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). The purpose of the program is to recruit and educate students from rural Nebraska who are committed to returning to rural Nebraska to practice healthcare. This program represents a commitment and dedication to the education of Nebraskans and quality health care for citizens of the state. High school seniors from rural Nebraska who will be receiving a high school diploma or equivalent, have a sincere interest in becoming a health care provider and a willingness to practice in rural Nebraska are encouraged to apply. Click here for more information.

Supply Chain Management Scholarship

The Supply Chain Management Scholarship provides assistance to incoming freshmen students pursuing a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Supply Chain Management.

The Supply Chain Management program at UNK focuses on the ways in which businesses coordinate planning, purchasing, production, transportation, storage, distribution, customer service and more in order to control expenses, boost sales and create value for their customers. Supply Chain Managers are the “glue” that connects all of these different functions of the organization together to be sure business is being conducted as effectively and efficiently as possible.

The opportunities for Supply Chain Management students after graduation are nearly endless. Whether your interests include analyzing data, building relationships with suppliers, negotiating contracts, scheduling, monitoring inventory cycles and flows, or many other areas, there is a supply chain opportunity waiting for you! Careers in the Supply Chain Management field include buyers, logistics analysts, inventory controllers, production planners, transportation managers, warehouse operations specialists and many more. U.S. News and World Report, in its Best Jobs of the Future issue, lists Supply Chain Management as one of the 20 hot job tracks for the 21st century.

Candidates must be pursuing a major in Business Administration with an emphasis in Supply Chain Management. The scholarship is awarded in the amount of $1000 to be used during the first year of enrollment at UNK.

Freshmen planning to start at UNK in Fall 2014 must be admitted to UNK by February 1, 2014 to apply for this scholarship. You must have designated the required major on your admissions application. First consideration will be given to students who submit the scholarship application by February 1, 2014. Scholarship applications received after February 1 will be considered based on scholarship availability.

Please CLICK HERE for access to the online application.

Industrial Technology Incoming Freshman Scholarship

The Industrial Technology Incoming Freshman Scholarship provides assistance to incoming freshman students pursuing a degree in one of our Industrial Technology programs.

  • Aviation Systems Management
  • Construction Management
  • Industrial Distribution
  • Information Networking and Telecommunications

Criteria for each of the 4 scholarships vary and a link to the descriptions of each may be found at the student log in site. You must have designated one of our majors on your admissions application to be eligible for these scholarships. The application form will be available February 1st through 28th, 2015.

Nebraska Bankers Association Scholarship

The Nebraska Bankers Scholarship provides scholarship assistance to incoming freshmen students enrolled in the College of Business at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. First preference will be given to students who demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a banking-related career in Nebraska. Second preference will be given to students who demonstrate commitment to pursuing business careers in Nebraska. Preference is given to Nebraska resident students. However non-resident students may apply. U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency is also required.

Candidates must be pursuing a major in one of the following programs in the College of Business: Accounting, Finance, Economics, Management, Agribusiness, Management Information Systems or Marketing. The scholarship is awarded in the amount of $1000 for the first year of enrollment at UNK. It can be renewed for students who maintain the required grade point average, complete 24 semester credits annually and continue to demonstrate appropriate career interest.

You must be admitted to UNK by March 1, 2014 to apply for this scholarship. You must have designated on your admissions application one of the required majors within the College of Business. First consideration will be given to students who submit the scholarship application by March 1, 2014. Scholarship applications received after March 1 will be considered based on scholarship availability.

Please CLICK HERE for access to the online application.

International Studies Service Scholarships

Incoming freshmen who intend to major in International Studies may apply for tuition waivers ranging from $1000-$2500/academic year. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 overall high school gpa (preferred), must complete the International Studies Service Scholarship application by July 1, 2014, must designate the required major on the UNK admissions application, and must enroll in at least one course within the INTS major per semester. Additionally, for each $1000 awarded, the student must provide a minimum of 48 hours of service per year (24 hours per semester) to the international community. Upon receiving the scholarship, the student must maintain a portfolio of service activities which will be evaluated by a subcommittee of the International Studies Committee at the end of each semester. Continuation of the scholarship will be predicated on the successful completion of the service requirement and maintaining at least a 3.0 overall UNK gpa.

Incoming freshmen who intend to minor in International Studies may apply for tuition waivers of $500/academic year. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 overall high school gpa (preferred), must complete the International Studies Service Scholarship application by July 1, 2014, must designate the required major on the UNK admissions application, and must be enrolled in at least one course within the INTS minor per year. Additionally, the student must provide a minimum of 24 hours of service per year (12 hours per semester) to the international community. Upon receiving the scholarship, the student must maintain a portfolio of service activities which will be evaluated by a subcommittee of the International Studies Committee at the end of each semester. Continuation of the scholarship will be predicated on the successful completion of the service requirement and maintaining at least a 3.0 overall UNK gpa.

Susan T. Buffett Foundation Scholarships

The Susan T. Buffett Foundation provides scholarships that can be used to cover expenses related to attending college (e.g. tuition and fees, housing, books). The amount of the scholarship varies by institution but is typically equal to the average cost of tuition and fees for a full-time student (15 credits) at that institution. For example, the maximum 2013-2014 scholarship amount was $4,250 per semester at the University of Nebraska schools. Incoming freshmen planning to start at UNK during the 2014-2015 academic year can apply for this scholarship between November 1, 2013 and February 1, 2014. For more details about the scholarship, eligibility requirements and access to the online application, visit: www.buffettscholarships.org.