Financial Aid

Incoming Freshmen Scholarships for Nebraska Residents

2015-2016

In order to be considered for academic scholarship awards a new student must meet minimum criteria. Those minimum criteria are: admission to UNK by February 1, 2015 plus a composite score of 23 on the ACT (or 1070 on the SAT combining the verbal and critical scores only) and a class rank in the top 30% of the high school graduating class.

UNK evaluates a student’s complete academic record and makes scholarship awards accordingly. ACT/SAT scores submitted to the University by official sources are required. Official sources include high school transcripts or test scores sent to UNK from ACT/SAT per student's request. It is the responsibility of the student to submit this information on time. UNK reevaluates a scholarship award on the basis of new ACT/SAT scores only if those scores are sent automatically to the University. 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 ACT/SAT score is submitted to UNK via high school transcript, the student must request a reevaluation of the scholarship by writing a letter to the Freshmen Scholarship Committee in care of the Office of Financial Aid. No scholarship awards will be reevaluated on the basis of information submitted to UNK after the February 1 scholarship deadline.

UNK determines eligibility for Board of Regents, Chancellor's, and Dean's scholarships by using a Scholarship Index. The index combines the ACT score and class rank stated on the official high school transcript at the time of admission.

Board of Regents Scholarship

Board of Regents Scholarship is a full waiver of tuition awarded to Nebraska residents with a scholarship index of 100 to 87. The scholarship is renewable for up to 125 credit hours at UNK. Click here to use the Scholarship Index Estimator.

Chancellor’s Scholarship

Chancellor’s Scholarship is a tuition waiver of $3000 per year awarded to a Nebraska resident with a scholarship index of 86.99 to 75.25. The scholarship is renewable for up to eight semesters. Click here to use the Scholarship Index Estimator.

Dean’s Scholarship

Dean’s Scholarship a tuition waiver of $2000 per year awarded to a Nebraska resident with a scholarship index of 75.24 to 66.50. The scholarship is renewable for up to eight semesters. Click here to use the Scholarship Index Estimator.

Cooperating School Scholarships

Cooperating School Scholarships are 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.

Davis-Chambers Scholarship

Davis-Chambers Scholarship recognizes academically promising students from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural 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 are between $2,000 to $4,000 per year. Applicants must be admitted to UNK by February 1, 2015, and must complete the Davis-Chambers Scholarship Application. Click here to apply.

Multicultural Community Service Scholarships

Multicultural Community Service Scholarships are 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 eight semesters and two summers. Recipients will be selected primarily on the basis of leadership in the multicultural community through participation in school and community activities. Applicants must complete the Multicultural Community Service Scholarship Application and be admitted to UNK by February 1, 2015. 

Peter Kiewit Foundation Educators Opportunity Scholarships

Peter Kiewit Foundation Educators Opportunity Scholarships provide awards in the amount of $1000 to $10,000 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. Applicants must be admitted to UNK by February 1, 2015, and must complete the Peter Kiewit Foundation Educators Opportunity Scholarship application. Please click here for access to the application.

Second, Third, and Fourth Year Army ROTC Scholarships

Please click here for more information about 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 to 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.

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.  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.  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.

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 2015 must be admitted to UNK by February 1, 2015 to apply for this scholarship and have the scholarship application submitted by February 28, 2015. You must have designated the required major on your admissions application.

Please click here for access to the online application.

Industrial Technology Incoming Freshman Scholarship

Updated information about this scholarship will be available soon.

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, 2015 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, 2015. 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, 2015, 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, 2015, 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 2014-15 scholarship amount was $4,250 per semester at the University of Nebraska schools. Incoming freshmen planning to start at UNK during the 2015-16 academic year can apply for this scholarship between November 1, 2014 and February 1, 2015. For more details about the scholarship, eligibility requirements and access to the online application, visit www.buffettscholarships.org.