The William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community

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The William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community (W.H. Thompson) is a program specifically designed for UNL students who have been awarded a scholarship from the Susan T. Buffett Foundation. If you are receiving a college scholarship from the Susan T. Buffett Foundation and attending UNL, you are a William H. Thompson Scholar.

All first-year William H. Thompson Scholars will be co-enrolled in three courses during first semester and two courses during second semester of their freshman year. W.H. Thompson Scholars must take one course during fall of their second year. There are no course requirements after their sophomore year. Scholars will have the opportunity to engage with faculty and their peers in unique opportunities and rich dialogue outside of class, both on campus and far beyond campus, in the areas of cultural events, the arts, current events and much more.

Additionally, first-year William H. Thompson Scholars will have a mentor; a second-year or upper-class W.H. Thompson Scholar who knows first-hand what it’s like to be new to UNL and who can help them find the campus resources and opportunities you need. Mentors are there to answer questions and will participate in a number of our community events.

Scholars who choose to reside on campus will live in close proximity of each other so they can have strong connections to peers both inside and outside of the classroom experience. Students living off campus will have access to the same academic and social opportunities, as well as student peer mentors.

William H. Thompson was the father of Susan T. Buffett and served as Professor of Psychology and Dean of the College of Arts and  Sciences at Omaha University, which became UNO. The Susan T. Buffett Foundation and the University of Nebraska are collaborating to provide W.H. Thompson Scholars a unique educational experience aimed at enhancing their academic success.