Academic Merit Scholarships

Both resident and non-resident first time freshmen admitted to the University of Nebraska at Kearney by March 1, 2021 will be automatically considered for the UNK Board of Regents, UNK Blue & Gold, UNK Distinguished Scholar and the UNK Loper Achievement academic merit scholarships. 

There is no additional application required; incoming freshmen need only submit their admissions application for consideration of these scholarships.

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  • Students who qualify are notified of scholarship awards 10 to 14 days after admission.
  • All self-reported information used to determine an academic scholarship will be confirmed once the official transcript is received from the high school. 
  • Awards are based upon the sixth semester (end of the junior year) unweighted cumulative grade point average.  The University will convert all grade point averages to a 4.0 scale. 
  • ACT scores through the February 2021 test date will be considered. SAT scores through the December 2020 testing date will be considered. The University will automatically re-evaluate a scholarship award due to an improved composite test score. The new test score must be sent directly to the University from ACT/SAT. 
  • Students are not eligible for an academic merit scholarship if they are enrolled in or change their major program of study to an exclusively on-line program.
  • International students are not eligible for UNK's academic merit scholarships.

Appealing Eligibility

  • A student who does not meet the requirements listed below for a desired scholarship award, and who believes their eligibility should be re-evaluated, has the option to appeal consideration for an academic merit scholarship by completing a Scholarship Appeal Form. This form is used by students who believe their initial award does not meet their expectations because:
    • They are unable to complete the ACT/SAT process
    • They are unable to attend more than one ACT/SAT testing date
    • Their ACT/SAT score does not accurately reflect their achievement, ability or involvement
    • Their high school GPA or transcript does not reflect their ability

Academic Merit Scholarship Appeal Form

Scholarship awards are determined using the following grid: 

ACT / GPA
3.20 - 3.29
3.30 - 3.39
3.40 - 3.49
3.50 - 3.59
3.60 - 3.69
3.70 - 3.79
3.80 - 3.89
3.90 - 3.99
4.00
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36


SAT scores used to determine scholarship awards are the combined evidence based reading and writing and math sections.

SAT / GPA
3.20 - 3.29
3.30 - 3.39
3.40 - 3.49
3.50 - 3.59
3.60 - 3.69
3.70 - 3.79
3.80 - 3.89
3.90 - 3.99
4.00
1130 - 1150
1160 - 1190
1200 - 1220
1230 - 1250
1260 - 1290
1300 - 1320
1330 - 1350
1360 - 1380
1390 - 1410
1420 - 1440
1450 - 1480
1490 - 1600

UNK Loper Achievement Award: $8,000 ($2,000 annually towards tuition for up to 8 semesters).

UNK Distinguished Scholar Award: $12,000 ($3,000 annually towards tuition for up to 8 semesters).

UNK Board of Regents Scholarship: More than $25,000 value (Full Tuition for in-state students, up to 120 credit hours; does not cover fees).

Blue & Gold Scholarship: More than $25,000 value (Full tuition for out-of-state students, up to 120 credit hours; does not cover fees).