Geographical, Need-Based, and Other Scholarships

Geographical, Need-Based, and Other Scholarships for Freshmen

The University offers a wide variety of scholarships that consider an applicant's academic profile along with other factors such as the applicant's county and state of residence, financial need, ability to enhance diversity, musical and artistic talents, or other donor requirements.

For scholarship consideration, incoming freshmen must take the ACT or SAT by the December national test dates of their senior year, and complete an Admissions application and submit supporting documentation by the dates listed below. For more broad scholarship consideration, out-of-state students are encouraged to complete an Admissions application and submit supporting documentation by January 15th. Some of the scholarships below require the completion of additional forms or applications.

Davis Scholarship

(admission materials must be submitted and complete by January 15th)

Available to graduates of Nebraska high schools, the value of the Davis Scholarship varies and can cover up to the full direct cost of attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln over four years. A separate application is required and is due by February 1st. The application is available at admissions.unl.edu/apply.

Larson Scholarship

(admission materials must be submitted and complete by January 15th)

The value of the award varies and is limited to four academic years.

Native American Heritage Scholarships

(admission materials must be submitted and complete by January 15th)

The value of the award varies and can cover up to the full direct cost of attending UNL, limited to four academic years. A separate application is required and is due by February 1st. The application is available at admissions.unl.edu/apply.

Nebraska Achievement Scholarship

(admission materials must be submitted and complete by January 15th)

Available to graduates of Nebraska high schools, the value of the Nebraska Achievement Scholarship varies and can cover up to full tuition. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years.

Nebraska Legacy Scholarship

(admission materials must be submitted and complete by May 1st)

Available to the child of a University of Nebraska graduate, the Nebraska Legacy Scholarship provides qualified applicants with one of two levels of scholarship awards, one valued at $14,000 per year and another valued at $7,000 per year toward the cost of nonresident tuition charges for up to four consecutive years, with three inclusive summers, or the completion of a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first. 

Nebraska Traditions Scholarship
(admission materials must be submitted and complete by May 1st)
 
Nebraska Traditions scholarships are awarded to qualified students from California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, or New Jersey who exhibit superior academic performance.  The scholarship provides $5,000 per year toward the cost of nonresident tuition charges for up to four consecutive years, with three inclusive summers, or the completion of a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.
 
Health Sciences Scholarship

(admission materials must be submitted and complete by January 15th)

The value of the award is equal to full tuition for the freshman year. A separate application is required and is due by February 1st. The application is available at admissions.unl.edu/apply .

George Beadle Scholarship
(admission materials must be submitted and complete by May 1st)
 
The George Beadle Scholarship is awarded to out-of-state students who exhibit superior academic performance.  This scholarship is also awarded to qualified students in the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP).  The George Beadle Scholarship provides $14,000 per year toward the cost of nonresident tuition charges for up to four consecutive years, with three inclusive summers, or the completion of a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.
 
Ruth Leverton Scholarship,
(admission materials must be submitted and complete by May 1st)
 
The Ruth Leverton Scholarship is awarded to out-of-state students who exhibit outstanding academic performance.  The Ruth Leverton Scholarship provides $9,000 per year toward the cost of nonresident tuition charges for up to four consecutive years, with three inclusive summers, or the completion of a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.
 
Aaron Douglas Scholarship

(admission materials must be submitted and complete by May 1st)

The Aaron Douglas Scholarship is awarded to out-of-state students who exhibit high academic performance.  The Aaron Douglas Scholarship provides $3,500 per year toward the cost of nonresident tuition charges for up to four consecutive years, with three inclusive summers, or the completion of a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.