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 & 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 
  • One-page Goals Narrative

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?

  • Resume outlining your college extracurricular and leadership activities. Your NU ID should be included. This document should be titled “resume” or “scholarship resume.”
  • A narrative evaluating your own scholastic performance to date in terms of your professional goals and objectives. A narrative is a summary or an account of significant experiences or decisions related to the points you want to make in your narrative. There are no rules regarding font size, line spacing, and page margins. Your name and NU ID should be listed in the header. The narrative should be a minimum of 350 words but no longer than one-page.  Your name and NU ID should be included in the header. This document should be titled “Scholastic Performance.”

The most effective statements are those in which students comment upon their performance in their classes and how their learning in these settings supports/connects to their professional and life goals.

We aren't looking for students to comment on their grades (which we know from their GPA), but on what they learned in these courses and how they made the most of their course experiences.

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 and have demonstrated a commitment to public affairs and the public service at the state (Nebraska), national (United States), or international level, have senior standing, are a graduate of a Nebraska High School, and you would like to be considered for the Theodore C. Sorensen Scholarship, please provide an additional narrative detailing your service. This must be a minimum of 350 words but no longer than one-page. Your name and NU ID should be listed in the header. This document should be 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, are a graduate of a Nebraska High School, and would like to be considered for the Robert McCall Scholarship, please include an additional narrative that addresses these disadvantages. This must be a minimum of 350 words but no longer than one-page.  Your name and NU ID should be listed in the header. Please title this document “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. Please provide an additional narrative demonstrating reasons for applying for the Dean's Experiential Learning Scholarship, how the learning experiences fit into the your goals and objectives, what you expect to gain from this experience, where you plan to go and when. This must be a minimum of 350 words but no longer than one-page. Your name and NU ID should be listed in the header. This document should be titled “Dean’s Experiential Learning.” (Students should engage in the experiential learning experience between Summer 2015-Spring 2016.)

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 four categories (academic record, UNL leadership, career goals, and letters) and totaled.

The College of Arts & 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.