Financial Aid

Incoming Freshmen Scholarships for Non-Resident Students

2014-2015

The term "Non-Resident" refers to students who have graduated from U.S. high schools outside of the state of Nebraska. Students coming to UNK from outside of the U.S. may click here to learn about International Student scholarship opportunities.

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.

Please note: The list of scholarships found below may not be a complete listing of scholarships available 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 from states outside of Nebraska, UNK uses class rank, grade point averages 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 most freshmen scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year is February 1, 2014. Minimum scholarship requirements are listed in the sections below or are listed within the accompanying applications. It is the student's responsibility to ensure 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 the new ACT/SAT scores only if those scores are sent automatically to the university by ACT/SAT. Scholarship awards will NOT be automatically 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 a high school transcript, 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.

Blue & Gold Scholarship

The Blue & Gold Scholarship is a fulll waiver of tuition awarded to non-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 Blue & Gold scholarship. 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.

Non-Resident Scholarship

The Non-Resident Scholarship pays the difference between resident and non-resident tuition. It is renewable for up to eight semesters. To be eligible, a student must meet TWO of the following criteria:

  1. Rank in the top 25% of high school graduating class;
  2. Have an ACT composite score of at least 23 (1070 on the SAT);
  3. Earn a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.5.

A student must be admitted to UNK by December 1, 2013 to be eligible for this scholarship for the Spring 2014 semester or by August 1, 2014 to be eligible for this scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year.

If these merit qualifiers listed above are not met, there are some other criteria that may be met to qualify for the Non-Resident scholarship. To apply based on these other criteria, please click here for more information and access to this application. The application must be submitted by December 1, 2013 to be considered for the scholarship for the Spring 2014 semester or by August 1, 2014 to be considered for the scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year.

Nebraska Legacy Scholarship

The Nebraska Legacy Scholarship pays the difference between resident and non-resident tuition for non-resident students whose parent or parents graduated from one of the University of Nebraska campuses. To qualify, a student must be admitted to UNK by May 1, 2014, and must rank in the upper 1/3 (33%) of their high school graduating class OR have a minimum composite score of 24 on the ACT (1100 on the SAT). This scholarship is renewable.

Multicultural Community Service Scholarship

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.

Merit Awards

Tuition waivers ranging from $500 to $1,000 per year which may be awarded to students who demonstrate 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.

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.

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 February 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 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.

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.