Transfer Aaron Douglas Scholarship Guidelines 2023-2024

The leading painter and illustrator of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, Aaron Douglas received his BA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1922. He later studied at the Winold Reiss Art School in New York and in Paris before obtaining his MA from Columbia University in 1942. Douglas was invited to establish an art depart­ment at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. in 1937. He retired from that position as Professor Emeritus in 1966.

With his use of African style in his works, Aaron Douglas was at the forefront of the movement for African-Americans to express their African culture in their art. Both an educator and a student, his work appeared publicly in the form of murals and maga­zine illustrations and qualified him as the "Father of African-American Art."

The Aaron Douglas Scholarship recipients join the Regents Scholars, David Distinguished Scholars, and others as beneficiaries of UNL's commitment to academic excellence and to enrolling top student scholars.

The Aaron Douglas Scholarship provides $4,000 per year toward the cost of UNL undergraduate nonresident tuition charges for up to two or three consecutive years, or the completion of a bachelors degree, whichever comes first.
1 Recipients must remain nonresidents of Nebraska.  Any individual who establishes residency for the purpose of paying in-state tuition rates will automatically forfeit the Aaron Douglas 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% ($2,000/term) for 15 or more credits, 93% ($1,860/term) for 14 credits, 87% ($1,740 /term) for 13 credits, 80% ($1,600) 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.

4 Recipients must successfully complete 24 UNL credit hours each academic year (fall and spring semesters).  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.
5 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.
6 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 the scholarship to be reduced to the nonresident portion of tuition.
7 Students whose Aaron Douglas Scholarship is based in part on majoring in music, theatre, dance or art will be required to remain in that major in order to maintain the same level of scholarship funding.
8 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). 
9 The scholarship cannot be used for non-credit courses 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:


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.