Nebraska Career Scholarship Guidelines for 2020-2021

General information and continuing eligibility requirements for new resident freshmen and/or transfer recipients.

The Nebraska Career Scholarship is $8,000 minimum per year ($4,000 per semester).  This scholarship commitment is renewable for up to four years, contingent upon continued funding from the state of Nebraska, provided the following guidelines are followed.

2 Renewal of this commitment for each subsequent year is dependent upon the recipient maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.500. The University computes grade point averages to three decimal places and does not round. Renewal determinations are made at the end of each spring semester. Students changing to another major may retain the scholarship if they maintain program eligibility and change their major prior to the start of their sophomore year into another program-eligible major.

Renewal of this commitment for each subsequent year is dependent upon the recipient successfully completing 30 UNL credit hours each academic year (fall and spring semesters). Summer hours are not automatically included but you may appeal to use summer hours which will be based on extenuating circumstances. Funding for summer is not available. In order to complete the requirements for a degree in eight semesters, a student must earn an average of 15 credit hours each semester. Successful completion is defined as the sum of all UNL 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.


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 (or census date) each semester. 


Scholars must major in only certain degree programs in high-demand fields like engineering, mathematics, healthcare, and information technology. These majors include Agricultural Engineering, Athletic Training, Biological Systems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Communication Sciences Disorders, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, and Software Engineering.


Scholars must register with the appropriate campus office to obtain a Nebraska-based internship, apprenticeship, clinical position, or major-related field of employment prior to completion of the program of study. This must be completed by the end of a recipent's third academic year (including the summer prior to the fourth year) in order to receive the scholarship for the fourth year. You can schedule a career coaching appointment with your college’s career services team via MyPLAN at These appointments can support you with a range of preparation topics, like resumes, cover letters, interview skills, and searching for an internship or job. More information on the different colleges’ career services is available here:

7 The scholarship commitment cannot be used for non-credit courses or non-term specific correspondence courses. The commitment cannot be used for courses taken at UNO, UNK or UNMC.
8 Students switching to another major may retain their scholarship if they maintain program eligibility (GPA, credit hours earned) and transfer prior to the start of their sophomore year into another program-eligible major.
9 Scholarship holders transferring to another NU-campus (other than for transfers associated with formally approved NU to NU 2+2 programs) are eligible for consideration as transfer student awardees. There is no expectation that funding will be provided by the new campus.
10 The scholarship commitment will be discontinued if the recipient withdraws from school or fails to register for consecutive semesters, unless an exception is granted due to extenuating circumstances.
11 Recipients must pay for the mandatory student service fees, laboratory fees related to particular courses, and other miscellaneous fees (for example drop/add charges, registration fees, and credit-by-examination fees).
12 The scholarship will be credited to the recipient's student account and will appear on his or her billing statement.  Any student whose total scholarship and/or financial aid awards exceed his or her total institutional charges for a given semester will receive a refund for the difference from the Office of Student Accounts.

For global experience programs, we encourage students to work directly with the Education Abroad Office. Students may apply for a variety of scholarships specific to global experience programs:


Scholars will be asked to complete a thank you note.