Global Laureate Scholarship Guidelines for 2023-2024

The Global Laureate Scholarship was created in 2004 for the purpose of identifying and rewarding the most talented students from countries other than the United States who choose to attend NEBRASKA.  The scholars recognized with the Global Laureate Scholarship join the Regents Scholars, David Distinguished Scholars, and others as beneficiaries of NEBRASKA’s commitment to academic excellence and to enrolling top student scholars.

This scholarship provides $15,000 toward UNL tuition charges for the academic year for students who enroll for at least fifteen credit hours each semester. Each semester a credit of $7,500 will be credited to your student account at NEBRASKA. This is a renewable scholarship for an additional three years, if you meet the conditions of continuing eligibility as set forth below.


Recipients must remain nonresidents of Nebraska. Any individual who establishes residency for the purpose of paying in-state tuition rates will automatically forfeit the Global Laureate Scholarship.


In order to complete the requirements for a degree in eight semesters, a student must earn an average of 15 credit hours each semester. Scholarship recipients must enroll full-time (at least 12 UNL credit hours) during each semester of the academic year (fall and spring semesters) in order to receive the benefit. These hours must be officially registered by the sixth day of classes each semester.

*Note: Scholarship is prorated for enrollment in fewer than 15 credits in fall/spring: 100% ($7,500/term) for 15 or more credits, 93% ($6,975/term) for 14 credits, 87% ($6,525/term) for 13 credits, 80% ($6,000) for 12 credits, and 0% for fewer than 12 credits. Enrollment level will be determined at census. Adding mini courses after census will not result in scholarship reinstatement.


Attending summer sessions is not required for renewal of this scholarship because it cannot be applied in the summer.


The recipient must successfully complete 24 UNL credit hours each academic year (fall and spring semesters). Successful completion is defined as the sum of all NEBRASKA credit hours completed with a grade of A through D- or Pass (P).  Grades of I, N, W, F, and NR are not considered successfully completed.  Repeated courses will only count once and must be registered for consecutive semesters (i.e., full-time by sixth day of classes each semester).


Recipients must remain in good academic standing within the University, which requires maintaining satisfactory academic progress towards a degree and a 2.000 cumulative grade point average, measured at the end of every spring semester.  The University computes grade point averages to three decimal places and does not round.


The scholarship will be discontinued if the recipient withdraws from school or fails to register for consecutive academic year semesters, unless an exception is granted because of extenuating circumstances. Withdrawing completely or dropping below full-time during the refund period will cause your scholarship to be reduced to the non-resident portion of tuition.


Most campus wide academic scholarships are not stackable with each other, but can be stacked with awards from your college or department. Recipients cannot combine this award with the benefits of any tuition reciprocity agreement with another state or with any other federal, state or University program where the benefit is the payment of nonresident tuition (in full or part).


The scholarship cannot be used to pay for non-credit, or non-term specific correspondence courses.


For global experience programs, this scholarship may be applied toward UNL course credit (if non-resident UNL tuition is charged). This scholarship cannot be applied toward course credit that will be transferred from another institution. Students may apply for a variety of scholarships specific to global experience programs:


It is not necessary for students who maintain eligibility for the Global Laureate Scholarship to reapply each year; awards will be reviewed automatically following the completion of each academic year. Consideration for other Upperclass Scholarships can be obtained by completing the Scholarship Application for Current Undergraduate Students at  This link is available from November through February 1 for currently enrolled students.


Students may receive only one Global scholarship from the university. Global scholarship recipients are not eligible for additional merit-based university scholarships, including scholarships from established partnership programs,


This scholarship may be supported through the generosity of donors. If such is the case, you may be required to complete a thank you note.


Global Laureate Scholarship will take effect once you have met NEBRASKA’s English proficiency requirement for unconditional admission.

There are several ways in which you can satisfy your English language requirement:

  • Submit a TOEFL score 70 composite with 20 writing subscore (Internet-based) or 523 (paper-based) or higher, OR
  • Submit an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher with a writing sub score of 5.5 or higher OR
  • Present an SAT Verbal subscore of 470 or higher or an ACT English subscore of 20 or higher, OR
  • Successfully complete the Intensive English Program with a 3.0 GPA and successfully complete the Credit English for Academic Purposes (CEAP) program by achieving a minimum GPA of 3.0

    Scores sent by email or copies of score sheets are not considered official. You must have an official score sheet or electronic score sent directly from the testing agency.

    Spring term:
    Our deadline to receive English proficiency results for the summer term is December 1st

          Summer term:
 Our deadline to receive English proficiency results for the summer term is May 1st.

          Fall Term:
          Our deadline to receive English proficiency results for the summer term is July 15th.

For additional information about the Global Laureate Scholarship and attending NEBRASKA contact:
Office of Admissions
1410 Q St
P.O. Box 880417
                     Lincoln, NE 68588-0417                  (1-800-742-8800, ext. 2023)