Scholarships Information

Scholarships & Aid
Scholarships & Aid

Available scholarships

On this page

  • How to apply
  • Required items
  • Optional items
  • Scholarship rubric
  • Notification

Prospective Students

Applying for all university and college scholarships is part of applying for admission. Get the details

Current Students

Submit one application to be considered for all University and college scholarships. Instructions for applying are below.

How to Apply

Submit the completed application, including your resume and narrative(s), by February 1. You will then be considered for all of the college scholarships for which you are eligible.

Your application will not be considered if all required items are not included.

1. Log into your MyRED account and click 'Scholarship application for current undergraduate students.'

This is the combined Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid and College of Arts and Sciences application. There are not individual applications for the scholarships offered by the University or College.

2. Make sure all required and optional items are included.

Required Items Include: 

  • Completed Application Form
  • Resume 
  • Academics and Experience Statement

Optional Items include:

  • Dean’s Experiential Learning Scholarship one-page narrative
  • Robert McCall Scholarship one-page narrative
  • Theodore C. Sorensen Scholarship one-page narrative

3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by going to

Many of the college scholarships require demonstrated need. FAFSA is the only accepted way demonstrated need is reflected on your application.

Required: What do I need to complete the application process?

Scholarship resume

A resume,  titled “Scholarship resume,” detailing:

  • academic achievements
  • departmental, college, campus or community service;
  • employment experiences
  • and/or experiential learning (education abroad, internships, significant research experiences) you’ve undertaken while at UNL.

Your NU ID should be included.

Academics & Experience Statement

A one page statement which should have Part I and Part II labelled:

  • Part I: Describe your career/life goals and the academic activities (e.g. declared major(s) or minor(s), selected courses, etc.) you have pursued or plan to pursue in order to achieve them.
  • Part II: Describe extracurricular experiences (community service, student life experiences, paid employment etc.) and/or experiential learning opportunities (study abroad, internships, research experiences) you have engaged in while enrolled at UNL.  Briefly explain how those experiences have enhanced your learning. Be sure to include any leadership roles or responsibilities that you have had while a UNL student in these organizations or activities.

Additional requirements:

  • Your name and NU ID should be listed in the header. 
  • The statement should be a minimum of 400 words but no longer than one-page. 
  • This document should be titled “Academics & Experience Statement.”

The Scholarship Committee is not looking for students to comment on their grades but on what they have learned as a student in UNL’s College of Arts and Sciences and how they are making the most of the undergraduate years.

Optional: What else can I include on the application?

After completing the two required items (resume and scholastic narrative), there are three optional narratives that can be included.

Theodore C. Sorensen Scholarship

If you are

  • a graduate of a Nebraska High School
  • have demonstrated a commitment to public affairs and the public service at the state (Nebraska), national (United States), or international level
  • have senior standing

you can be considered for the Theodore C. Sorensen Scholarship. Please provide a narrative detailing your service.


  • Minimum of 400 words but no longer than one page
  • Your name and NU ID in the header
  • Titled “Public Service Scholar.”
Robert McCall Scholarship

If you are

  • an individual who has experienced disadvantages educationally or economically prior to enrollment at UNL
  • have demonstrated financial need
  • a graduate of a Nebraska High School

you can be considered for the Robert McCall Scholarship. Please include a narrative that addresses these disadvantages. 


  • Minimum of 400 words but no longer than one-page
  • Your name and NU ID in the header
  • Titled “McCall Scholarship”
Dean’s Experiential Learning Scholarship

If you are planning to be involved in an experiential learning activity (study abroad, experience-based field courses, or summer service learning internships) that are taken as a registered student at UNL (e.g. advisor approval/signature required, Education Abroad office) you may be eligible to apply for the Dean's Experiential Learning Scholarship.

You should engage in the experiential learning experience between Summer 2016-Spring 2017.

Please provide a narrative demonstrating

  • reasons for applying for the Dean's Experiential Learning Scholarship
  • how the learning experiences fit into your career/life goals
  • where you plan to go and when
  • what you expect to gain from this experience


  • Minimum of 400 words but no longer than one page
  • Your name and NU ID in the header
  • Titled “Dean’s Experiential Learning” 

How does the College decide who receives scholarships?

The scholarship process is competitive.
Less than 20% of students who apply receive an award.

Awardees usually:

  • have a minimum grade point average of 3.7
  • demonstrate achievement in academics outside the classroom (UCARE, thesis, research, etc.)
  • demonstrate leadership in department, campus, or civic activities

A scholarship rubric is used to evaluate applications; point values are assigned to each of three categories (academic record, UNL leadership, and career goals) and totaled.

The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, in conjunction with the College Committee on Academic Distinction & Awards for Students and the program advisor (when appropriate), chooses recipients for College scholarships. This group also recommends students for certain scholarships awarded by the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid.

How do I know if I’ve received a scholarship?

Scholarships that have been awarded are posted in MyRed prior to letters being sent to students. It is the College’s goal to have letters sent by the end of April. All applicants will receive a letter one way or the other.