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New Nebraska Career Scholarship at UNL

November 12, 2020

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is proud to announce a new Nebraska Career Scholarships program: students interested in working where Nebraska needs them most could be awarded scholarships of at least $8,000 per year.

We are excited about this new scholarship and want to ask for your help in sharing this amazing opportunity with your students!


The Nebraska Career Scholarship was created through the Nebraska Career Scholarships Act proposed by Gov. Pete Ricketts in January and passed by the Legislature in August. The program supports students pursuing degrees in certain programs in high-demand fields to help fill Nebraska’s critical workforce needs.

For students, the Nebraska Career Scholarships program provides a direct connection between the classroom and jobs. Scholarship recipients are required to complete a Nebraska-based internship before graduation. We are excited because this program not only supports our students financially, but through hands on-learning experiences they can use to build a foundation for their entire careers.


A competitive Nebraska Career Scholar demonstrates superior academic potential and has a 28 ACT (or SAT equivalent), with a minimum 20 ACT for consideration, and an outstanding high school grade point average or excellent class rank. Although we are able to offer most scholarships this year based on GPA without an official test score, the Nebraska Career Scholarships Act requires that a student submit a score to be considered.

The scholarship review committee will employ a holistic review process that includes up to three rounds of a balanced objective assessment of academic achievement with a subjective final academic review. Only students in certain high-need fields in Nebraska are considered, including students in the majors listed below:

  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Athletic Training
  • Biological Systems Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Software Engineering

The initial round will prioritize students who also filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov.