University offers 4,000-plus scholarships to Nebraska seniors

University offers 4,000-plus scholarships to Nebraska seniors

Members of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's freshman class line up in the shape of an "N" during the New Student Tunnel Walk on Aug. 27. For the second year, enrollment at the university has surged to an all-time high.
Jenni Brost | New Student Enrollment
The students offered scholarships include 29 Chancellor's Scholars, 743 Regents Scholars, 447 David Distinguished Scholars, 611 Nebraska Achievement Scholars, 983 James H. Canfield Scholars, 57 Chancellor's Leadership Scholars, 582 University Honors Program Scholars, 15 Health Sciences Scholars, four Davis Scholars, six Johnny Carson Scholars, 355 Nebraska Emerging Leader Scholars, 201 Nebraska Legends Scholars and 66 Pepsi Scholars.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has offered more than 4,000 university-wide scholarships to the 2017 high school graduating class from Nebraska high schools.

The total potential value of the scholarships is approximately $38.5 million. Click here for the full list.

The students offered scholarships include 29 Chancellor's Scholars, 743 Regents Scholars, 447 David Distinguished Scholars, 611 Nebraska Achievement Scholars, 983 James H. Canfield Scholars, 57 Chancellor's Leadership Scholars, 582 University Honors Program Scholars, 15 Health Sciences Scholars, four Davis Scholars, six Johnny Carson Scholars, 355 Nebraska Emerging Leader Scholars, 201 Nebraska Legends Scholars and 66 Pepsi Scholars.

  • Chancellor's and Regents scholarships are among the most prestigious awards granted by the university. Each of these awards pay full tuition for full-time students with the potential for renewal at a value of approximately $28,000 over four years. Chancellor's Scholars receive an additional $2,000 per year.

  • David Distinguished Scholars are recognized for their academic merit and receive $3,500 with the potential for renewal for up to four years. David Distinguished scholarships are funded in part from a trust established in 1973 by the late Adrian H. David, a Minneapolis attorney, in honor of his parents. Adrian David was a 1908 graduate of the NU College of Law.

  • James H. Canfield Scholars, named for the chancellor who led the University of Nebraska to a position of national prominence in the 1890s, receive a one-year, $1,000 award.

  • Nebraska Achievement scholarships are based on academic achievement, admission test scores and information in the student's personal statement. There were 160 of these scholarships awarded for full tuition and 451 awarded for $1,000, each with the potential for renewal.

  • Chancellor's Leadership Scholars are awarded one-year scholarships of $1,000. The award was created to recognize and reward students who have excelled both academically and in leadership roles in school and community activities.

  • Students admitted to the University Honors Program, a university-wide community of scholars, receive book scholarships that provide up to $500 per year. The Honors Program gives students who strive for academic excellence an opportunity to explore new knowledge through research, to participate actively in a process of discovery, and appreciate and respect a diversity of opinions.

  • Health Sciences scholarships come in various amounts and are awarded to academically promising students interested in health science careers.

  • Davis Scholars receive a commitment of at least $2,000 per year. This scholarship seeks to identify and attract talented scholars who have demonstrated knowledge and experience in diverse communities or backgrounds and are prepared to use this knowledge to contribute to the education of their fellow students.

  • Johnny Carson Scholars, named for the Nebraska alumnus and television host best known for the "The Tonight Show," receive $3,500 with the potential for renewal. This fund was established in 1978 through a gift to be used for academic honor scholarships to encourage students of high academic abilities to attend the university.

  • Nebraska Emerging Leader Scholars include students identified as emerging leaders through the Diversity Leadership Symposia, First Generation Symposia, Native College Day and/or Nebraska Achievement Banquet. These scholars will also participate in a leadership curriculum led by Amy Goodburn, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and interim dean of enrollment management.

  • Nebraska Legends Scholars are high-achieving students who receive a one-year, $1,000 award.

  • Pepsi Scholars are those who have a demonstrated passion for leadership and involvement in activities during high school. They receive a one-year, $1,000 scholarship.

A list of scholars by high school is below. In addition to the programs listed, colleges and departments at the university also offer various scholarships to freshmen students. Students offered scholarships have until May 1 to secure their scholarship with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid by notifying the Office of Admissions of their intent to enroll through submission of the enrollment deposit.

Students or families who have questions about financial aid, scholarships, grants or any other aspect of paying for college, can contact the university's first-year financial aid advisers via email at firstyearaid@unl.edu or call (402) 472-2030 during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.