Nebraska Career Scholarship

New UNK students who are Nebraska residents pursuing high-need degrees may be eligible for up to $25,000 per year thanks to the Nebraska Career Scholarship. This program, established by Gov. Pete Ricketts and approved by the Nebraska Legislature in August 2020,  allocates $2 million to the University of Nebraska for new scholarships for undergraduate students in high-demand fields such as health care, engineering, mathematics and computer information systems to help fill critical workforce needs in the state.

First-year and transfer students enrolled in health care, engineering, mathematics, or computer information systems degree programs will be considered for eligibility of the Nebraska Career Scholarship.

  • Students with an ACT score of 28 or higher are eligible for scholarships of up to $25,000 per year.
  • Transfer students and students with ACT scores between 20 and 27 may receive scholarships of up to $10,000. Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, fees, room and board or relevant tools and equipment.

How to Be Considered for Eligibility

No application must be completed for consideration of the Nebraska Career Scholarship. Eligible students admitted to qualifying degree programs with an ACT score of 20 or higher and a competitive GPA will automatically be considered for the scholarship. Complete the following steps as soon as possible for early consideration:

  1. Apply for Admission
  2. Apply for Financial Aid
  3. Submit ACT or SAT scores to UNK

Conditions for Renewal of the Nebraska Career Scholarship

This scholarship commitment is renewable for up to four years, contingent upon continued funding from the state of Nebraska, provided the following conditions are met:

  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Successfully complete 30 UNK credit hours each academic year (fall and spring semesters)
  • Enroll as a full-time student (12 or more credit hours) in the fall and spring semesters
  • Remain enrolled in eligible degree program: Health Care, Engineering, Mathematics, or Computer information Systems
  • Complete a Nebraska-based internship, apprenticeship, clinical position or other work related to career field prior to graduation

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