All-University Scholarships for Freshmen

For scholarship consideration, incoming freshmen must complete an Admissions Application and submit supporting documentation by January 15th, as well as take the ACT or SAT by the December national test dates of their senior year. You may apply for admission via the online admission application available at admissions.unl.edu/apply.

Completing the above requirements is all that is necessary to be given consideration for awards offered by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Some awards are also offered through individual colleges and departments within the University. If you are admitted into an academic college at the University (other than Undecided), your name and application information will be available for review by the college in which you have been admitted. Some colleges and departments require additional information; therefore, we suggest you personally contact these colleges and/or departments for more information.

Scholarship consideration is based upon merit and the applicant's academic profile.

Regents Scholarship
The Regents Scholarship is awarded to superior incoming freshmen who are graduates of Nebraska high schools. The scholarship is valued at full tuition for up to 120 credit hours or the completion of a bachelor's degree, whichever occurs first. These hours are inclusive of transfer hours from UNO, UNK, UNMC, study abroad, extended education, and hours earned as a UNL visiting student (i.e., credit hours that are included in the UNL gpa calculation). The scholarship is renewable as long as a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 is maintained (or a student ranks in the upper 25% of the relevant class in a degree-granting undergraduate college), 24 credit hours are completed each academic year (fall and spring semesters), and a minimum of nine graded hours (not pass/no pass) are completed each semester.

Nebraska Top Scholars
The Nebraska Top Scholar provides full tuition in the form of a Regents Scholarship (see above) plus at least $1,500 in additional scholarship awards from UNL and/or the University of Nebraska Foundation (University, college or department awards). The award is renewable for up to four years. Renewal criteria is the same as the Regents Scholarship.

David Distinguished Scholarship
The David Distinguished Scholarship is awarded to outstanding incoming freshmen. The award is valued at $3,500 a year for up to four years. The scholarship is renewable as long as a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 is maintained, 24 credit hours are completed each academic year (fall and spring semesters), and a minimum of nine graded hours (not pass/no pass) are completed each semester.

Canfield Scholarship
The Canfield Scholarship is awarded to Nebraska residents who have demonstrated high academic achievement. The scholarship provides $1000 for the freshman year only.