Student funding

Student funding
Student funding

Prospective students

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

Current students

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

Available scholarships

How to apply

1. Log into your MyRED account and click 'Scholarship application for continuing 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
  • Judith Stewart-Gross Non-Traditional Student Fund 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.

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.

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 Nebraska.

Your NU ID should be included.

Academics and experience statement

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

  • Part I: Describe the ways your course work has helped you advance or develop your future plans.
  • Part II: How is what you are doing outside the classroom (employment/service/activities) contributing to your education or future plans/goals?

Additional requirements:

  • Your name and NU ID must be listed in the header. 
  • The statement must be a minimum of 400 words but no longer than one-page. 
  • This document must be titled “Academics and 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 the university’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 Academics and Experience Statement), there are four optional narratives that can be included.

Each narrative should be a minimum of 400 words, but no longer than one page, with your name and NU ID in the header.

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, titled “Public Service Scholar," detailing your service.

Robert McCall Scholarship

If you are

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

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

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 Nebraska (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 during the summer or the academic year immediately following the application period.

Please provide a narrative, titled “Dean’s Experiential Learning," 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

Judith Stewart-Gross Non-Traditional Student Scholarship Fund

If you are

  • a non-traditional student
  • a single custodial parent of minor child(ren)

you can be considered for the Judith Stewart-Gross Non-Traditional Scholarships. Please include a narrative, titled “Judith Stewart-Gross Non-Traditional Scholarship,” that addresses how you strive to balance your work, family, and other important commitments with your studies.

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, University of Nebraska leadership, and career goals) and totaled.

The college's 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. The college’s goal is to have letters sent by the end of April. All applicants will be notified via email.