Application Process


  • Request a Kearney Bound application from your HS counselor (See Contacts)

 Basic Requirements a student must meet to be admitted to the Kearney Bound program

  • First-generation college prospect
  • Neither parent/guardian has a bachelor’s degree.
  • Nebraska resident and U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
    • Students must have a valid  Social Security number verified through  the application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 
    • Demonstrate academic promise
  • Interest in attending the University of Nebraska Kearney

Student Selection Process

In early spring of the freshman year, students from partnering high schools will be selected.  A committee composed of high school personnel, in consultation with UNK staff, will review available information and select participants using the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated academic promise, ability and motivation to participate
  • First-generation college prospect (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree; or if a single parent, the single parent does not have a bachelor’s degree)
  • Nebraska resident and U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Parental commitment to have the child participate
  • Likely Pell Grant Eligible

Steps to follow: 

  1. Kearney Bound applications are available February 1st of the freshman year
  2. A typed essay by the student is required with the application
  3. Applications are due March 1st of the freshman year
  4. Selection is by a committee of high school and UNK staff
  5. Scholarships are awarded in May of the freshman year