As of October 30, 2013, Letters of Recommendation are no longer required for the college scholarship application process.



How do I submit an application for a scholarship?

All applicants submit ONE application to be considered for all University and College scholarships.
Use the University system wide application on MyRed.
See How to Apply for more information.

How does the College decide who receives scholarships?

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

The College’s decision process is as follows:

  • 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.

What do I need to complete the application process?

We require from every applicant:

  • Resume
  • A one-page narrative evaluating your own scholastic performance to date in terms of your professional goals and objectives.
    • 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.

What else can I include on the application?

There are four optional narratives that can be included. Below is a short synopsis of each one. Please click the link on the scholarship name to find out more information.

Dean's Scholar Society

If you have demonstrated excellence in scholarly activities and campus leadership, are a full-time undergraduate in Arts & Sciences with a at least a cumulative GPA of 3.75, and have junior or senior standing, please provide a one-page narrative describing reasons for apply for this scholarship, how your accomplishments distinguish you for the Arts & Sciences Dean's Scholar Society award, and how the experiences of being a Dean's Scholar will add value to others learning experiences.

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 for credit (e.g. advisor approval/signature required, student involvement office) you may be eligible to apply for the Dean's Experiential Learning Scholarship. Please provide a one-page narrative demonstrating reasons for applying for the Dean's Experiential Learning Scholarship, how the learning experiences fit into the your goals and objectives, and what you expects to gain from this experience. (Students should engage in the experiential learning experience between Summer 2014-Spring 2015.)

Robert McCall Scholarship

If you are an individual who has experienced disadvantages educationally or economically prior to enrollment at UNL, have demonstrated financial need and a graduate of a Nebraska High School, please include a one-page narrative addressing these disadvantages.

Theodore C. Sorensen Scholarship

If you 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 include a one-page narrative demonstrating this. Note: preference will be given to Nebraska High School graduates.

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.

How to Apply

You must be enrolled full-time with a major in the College of Arts & Sciences and currently attending at the time of application.

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

Submit the completed application, including your resume, reference letters, and narrative(s), by February 1.


PLEASE NOTE: Your application WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED
if all REQUIRED items are not included.

 

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

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

You will then be considered for all of the college scholarships for which you are eligible. Award letters will be sent out in early April. All applicants will receive a letter one way or the other.


Office of the Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
1223 Oldfather Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0312

Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid
17 Canfield Administration
Lincoln, NE 68588-0411

Other scholarships offered through the University System


Edythe Wiebers International Studies Program Scholarship

This scholarship subsidizes expenses for one academic year associated with a foreign study program. One or more grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 are available to undergraduates and/or graduates attending UNL.
Application form

University Scholarships

There are numerous awards and scholarships available through the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid. The Scholarship Application for Current Undergraduate Students is all that you need to complete for this process.

Departmental Scholarships

There are numerous awards and scholarships earmarked for specific majors, all of which are administered individually by the departments in the College of Arts and & Sciences. To find out which scholarships you might be eligible for and the procedures for applying, please contact the appropriate department for information.

Eligibility for University and Departmental scholarships may depend on information provided by the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid. Therefore, applicants for all scholarships should complete the combined Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid and College of Arts & Sciences Application through your MyRED account by February 1 of each year. Look under the “My Financial Aid” tab, then click on "Scholarship Application for Current Undergraduate Students".

Scholarships nominated by the College


The College will nominate students for these scholarships. Students cannot apply for these scholarships.

Donald Walters Miller Scholarship
  • approximately $1,000
  • sophomore standing or above
Kate Field Grant-in-Aid
  • approximately $6,000 for one academic year
  • ten-year Nebraska resident, in the upper 3/4 of class
  • any level undergraduate
  • financial need may be considered

Other Scholarships


Nationally Competitive Fellowships and Scholarships for Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Study

There are many highly competitive national awards that require careful planning well in advance of the application deadline. Some require institutional nomination and endorsement and students can nominate themselves for others. If you have any questions about whether or how to apply to a specific merit-based competition, contact Dr. Laura Damuth, Academic Coordinator, Office of Undergraduate Studies, 201 Seaton Hall, (402) 472-5024.


For University faculty and staff only:
Undergraduate Scholarship Recommendation Form

Name
Amount
Details
Arts and Sciences Scholarship Amount varies
  • Based on annual contributions and demonstrated financial need
Chancellor's Scholarship for Math & Science $5,000
  • Undergraduate majoring in either science or mathematics
Dean's Scholar Society Up to $2,000
  • Approximately 10
  • Full-time undergraduate junior or senior standing (in semester that scholarship is effective) in CAS
  • Minimum GPA of 3.75
  • Depending on financial need
  • More information here
Dean's Experiential Learning Scholarship up to $1,500
  • Approximately 10 scholarships
  • Full-time undergraduate in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Junior or Senior standing – in semester for which scholarship is effective
  • More information here

Phil & Kathy Boardman Scholarship Fund for the Humanities

$500
  • Awarded to students studying in the area of Humanities (defined to include: Anthropology, Classics & religious Studies, English, History, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Modern Languages and Literature, and Philosophy).
  • Junior or Senior standing
  • GPA of 3.0 or above

Paul & Bernice Crounse College of Arts & Sciences Scholarship Fund

$1400
  • Student must be enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Must be a graduate from Central High School, Omaha NE
  • Preference given to incoming freshman
  • Preference based on financial need
Larry Doerr Scholarship Fund for Arts & Sciences $100
  • Undergraduate enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Preference given to students studying in the area of Humanities (defined to include Classics, Communication Studies, Philosophy, English, History and Modern Languages)
Herbert Thomas and Lilah David Folsom Memorial Scholarship $1,000
  • Undergraduate enrolled in the pre-medicine program in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • GPA of 3.0 or better

Jim & Becky Hohnstein Scholarship/Fellowship Fund

$500
  • Pursuing a major in the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Preference shall not be given to candidates who have Demonstrated financial need

Carl Oscar and Hilde Johnson Scholarship

$400 - $600
  • Junior or senior standing
  • Major in language or social sciences

Kiffin Scholarship

$500 to $1,000
  • Sophomore or above
  • Graduate of a Nebraska high school
  • In upper 20% of class
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Participation in community and extra-curricular activities

Dorothy Kinyoun Scholarship

$300 - $500  

Robert L. McCall Arts and Science Scholarship

$1,000
  • Undergraduate enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate of a Nebraska high school
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Preference given to students from educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds prior to enrollment at UNL
  • Requires a separate narrative
  • More information here

Carroll R. McKibbin Scholarship Fund

$100
  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Preference given to students who have demonstrated academic merit and accomplishments

Charles D. and Betty J. McKinsey Scholarship

$300
  • Undergraduate enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • graduate of a Nebraska High School
  • Demonstrated financial need

Martina McMenamin Memorial Scholarship

$1000
  • Sophomore standing or above
  • GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Graduate of Daniel J. Gross High School; if no qualified applicants, candidate may be graduate of any Nebraska High School

Sallie W. Nixon Educational Scholarship

$200
  • Full-time undergraduate in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • preference given to non-traditional students

Samuel H. Perry, M.D. & Patricia B. Perry, Ph.D, Scholarship Fund

$250
  • Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Junior class or above standing
  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Graduate of a Nebraska High School
  • Expressed a desire to pursue a career in the area of health or medical profession following graduation
  • Preference given to those demonstrating financial need

Henry and Dorothy Riekes Scholarship

$500 - $600
  • Sophomore or above
  • Currently enrolled in one course which applies to the minor in Jewish Studies
  • One letter of recommendation should come from a faculty member affiliated with the Norman and Bernice Harris Center for Judaic Studies

Jim & Cheryl Samples Scholarship Fund

$200
  • Undergraduate enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Preference given to graduates of a high school located in the following counties: Adams, Buffalo, Furnas, Hall Hamilton, Harlan, Hayes, or Red Willow
  • Preference given to those demonstrating financial need

Shuler-Mills Scholarship

$5000 - $9100
  • Junior or senior standing
  • Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Demonstrated academic progress and achievement
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Graduate of a Nebraska High School

Annis Chaiken Sorenson Award

$500 - $600
  • Junior standing
  • Major in the humanities

Theodore C Sorensen Public Service Scholarship Fund

$5000
  • Pursuing a major within the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Preference given to graduates of Nebraska high schools
  • Senior standing
  • Demonstrated superior academic performance
  • Demonstrated a commitment to public affairs and service in Nebraska and/or the United States or internationally
  • More Information Here

Grace and Mabel Souther Scholarship

$300 - $500
  • Undergraduate enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences

Stetler Scholarship

$1000
  • Undergraduate enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • One semester as a public service intern

Robert and Norma Stine Scholarship Fund

$400
  • Undergraduate enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Preference given to students with demonstrated financial need

Eunice Stout Endowed Scholarship Fund

$1000 -
$1500
  • Undergraduate enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Sophomore or above
  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Graduate of a Nebraska High School
  • Financial need shall not be considered

Max John and Pauline H. Stuermer Scholarship

$700
  • Female undergraduate enrolled in pre-medicine program in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Major in the humanities as defined by the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Robert O. and Gloria L. Vesper Scholarship Fund for the Sciences

$1000
  • Undergraduate student with a sophomore standing or above Majoring in Geology, Geography, Meteorology-Climatology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science or Math
  • GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Graduate of a Nebraska High School (preference given to those students from Brown, Rock, Keya Paha, Cherry, Holt, and Boyd counties)

Charles and Linda Wilson Humanities in Medicine Scholarship

$3,000
  • Undergraduate enrolled in the pre-medicine program and the Humanities in Medicine Program in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Declared major in a humanities field as defined by the Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Top 10% of high school graduating class
  • Demonstrated excellence in course work at UNL
  • Participation and leadership in school and community activities
  • Preference to students demonstrating financial need

Morley & Charlotte Zipursky Scholarship Fund

$300-$1000
  • Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Preference given to those pursuing a major in the Department of English with a concentration in literature

Dean’s Scholar Society

Apply for the Dean’s Scholar Society if you are a full time Junior or Senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, with a GPA of 3.75.

The College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholars Society represents a select group of A&S students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarly activities and campus leadership. 

As a member of the Dean's Scholars Society you are a constituent of a meritorious group of individuals with an opportunity to build lifelong relationships, and a personal and professional network.

You could receive up to a $2,000 scholarship, and be featured on the A & S website!

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