2014-2015 Freshmen Scholarships for Non-Resident Students
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, 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 most freshmen scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year 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 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 score information 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 any 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.
UNK uses a "Scholarship Index" to determine eligibility for the following 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 the scholarship.
Blue & Gold Scholarship: Full 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.
Click here to access the Scholarship Index Estimator.
Other scholarships include:
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: Pays the difference between resident and non-resident tuition for non-resident students whose parent(s) graduated from one of the University of Nebraska campuses. To qualify, a student 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. Students must be admitted to UNK by May 1, 2014 to qualify.
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 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: Click here for more information.
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.