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University of Nebraska at Kearney Scholarship Guidelines

The philosophy of the Scholarship Committee is to assist students at UNK by providing supplemental financial resources based on academic performance. With the exception of endowed funds, which are awarded according to donor intent, the scholarship committee will have the sole responsibility of establishing regulations governing scholarships.

In administering the UNK scholarship program, determination of eligibility must first be established. To be eligible to receive a scholarship, the following must be met:

  1. The student must be admitted to, and remain in good standing, at UNK.
  2. Unless specifically indicated by the guidelines of the individual scholarship, the student must currently be an undergraduate student at UNK.
  3. Scholarships are to be awarded according to the student's enrollment at the time the scholarship will be utilized.
  4. The student must be enrolled full-time each semester the scholarship is received, unless specified otherwise.
  5. Scholarship awards are made on a yearly basis with half of the award given each semester. Students attending only one semester of the award period may be eligible for only half of the value of the scholarship.
  6. No member of the applicant's immediate family (to include parent, sibling, or spouse) will be permitted to serve on the scholarship committee or in any way be associated with the internal workings of the selection process.
  7. Scholarship awards are subject to review by the scholarship committee upon student petition.

Federal income tax laws require that income from grants, scholarships and fellowships be considered as income and reported on federal income tax returns in the following situations:

  1. Students who are seeking a degree must report grant, scholarship and fellowship awards as taxable income to the extent such awards exceed "course-related expenses." Course-related expenses include tuition, mandatory fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for the course.
  2. Individuals who are not seeking a degree, such as faculty fellowships and post-doctoral research associates, are taxed on the full amount of any scholarship or fellowship award.
  3. Any portion of a scholarship or fellowship that is awarded for services performed by the individual, including teaching or research assistantships, is subject to taxation. These awards are considered "compensation," even if the teaching or research services are required for the student's degree.

Employers are not required to report scholarship or fellowship payments to the Internal Revenue Service. Since there are no reporting requirements, the University of Nebraska does not issue a Form 1099 Miscellaneous Income, or a Form W-2 for these payments. It is the responsibility of the individual to report scholarship and fellowship income to the IRS.

Athletic Grants

Scholarships for men and women athletes are available at the discretion of the Athletic Director and the coaching staff. An individual coach may, if he/she desires, offer a total or partial scholarship to a prospective student athlete. To be eligible, the recipient must meet the transfer and/or entrance requirements of this institution, as well as the standards of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Freshman Scholarship Program

New freshmen admitted by February 1 will be considered for Board of Regent's, Chancellor's, and Dean's Scholarships. No additional application is required.

The Board of Regent's Scholarship is a full tuition waiver for up to 125 undergraduate credits or upon the recipient's completion of a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first. This program is for graduates of Nebraska high schools only. The scholarship requires the student to be full-time.

The Chancellor's Scholarship is a $3000 tuition waiver per academic year. It is available for up to eight semesters or through the student's graduation with a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first. The scholarship requires the student to be full-time.

The Dean's Scholarship is a $2000 tuition waiver per academic year. It is awarded for up to eight semesters or through the student's graduation, whichever comes first. This scholarship requires the student to be full-time.

The Cooperating School Honor Scholarship is awarded to graduating high school seniors of school systems serving as cooperating schools in the student teacher program at UNK. The cooperating school recommends scholarship recipients and alternates equal to the number of scholarships available for that particular school by submitting a list to the UNK Office of Financial Aid. To be eligible for the maximum $1500 tuition waiver, students must have a score of 23 or above on the ACT or 1070 or above on the SAT and rank in the top 30% of their graduating class. High school counselors of cooperating schools can be contacted for more information and application materials.

The Non-Resident Scholarship is for out-of-state students. The scholarship can pay up to the full difference between resident and non-resident tuition.

The Nebraska Legacy Scholarship was established by the Board of Regents and pays the difference between resident and non-resident tuition for qualified students whose parent(s) graduated from one of the University of Nebraska campuses. In order to receive this scholarship students must be the natural born or legally adopted child of a University of Nebraska graduate. Step-parent or legal guardian status does not apply. Students also must rank in the upper 1/3 (33%) of their high school graduating class or have a composite ACT score of 24 or SAT score of 1110.

The UNK Multicultural Community Service Scholarship is designed to provide students an opportunity to serve UNK by establishing the foundation of a multicultural community. This service will include creating multicultural student groups and participating in multicultural and campus wide activities and organizations. Recipients of the scholarship will receive a full tuition waiver for up to fifteen credit hours per semester. The scholarship is renewable for eight semesters and two summers. The application is available from the Office of Multicultural Affairs or the Office of Admissions.

The Davis Chambers Scholarship recognizes academically promising students from diverse backgrounds who often find that the financial requirements of postsecondary education are a major obstacle. Qualified applicants must be Nebraska residents who have graduated from a Nebraska High School. Award amounts vary, but are generally $2,000 to $4,000 per year. Applicants must be admitted to UNK by February 1 and must complete the Davis Scholarship application. The application is available online or from the UNK Office of Admissions or the UNK Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Transfer Student Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to transfer students (12 or more transferable credit hours). Students receive a partial tuition waiver. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Continuing Student Scholarships

An annual scholarship is funded by a donor who has made a commitment to the university to award a scholarship each academic year. A permanently endowed scholarship is funds which have been raised from private sources and invested by the University of Nebraska Foundation. The income derived from the investment pays the scholarship. Upperclass students must submit a Continuing Student Scholarship application via MyBLUE by March 1. All Continuing Student Scholarships that are available along with criteria a student must meet to be eligible for the scholarships are listed on

The Continuing Student Scholarship listing is divided into six sections consisting of one for each college (Education, Business & Technology, Fine Arts & Humanities, and Natural & Social Sciences), Athletics, and Non Departmental. Students majoring in a specific field should refer to the corresponding section, while the Non Departmental section lists scholarships available to the general student population regardless of major. Those students participating in intercollegiate athletics may be considered for scholarships listed in the Athletics section.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional information on the application process or with any other scholarship questions.

Honors Program Scholarships

The Honors Program offers Honors Scholarships to incoming freshmen based on ACT scores, high school GPA, class rank and the writing sample. Students who remain in the Program and in good standing (maintenance of a 3.25 cumulative grade point average) may hold these scholarships for four years. Honors scholarship winners may hold tuition or other scholarships as well.

Traditionally, two or three students in each incoming freshman class receive the Omaha World Herald/Kearney Hub Scholarship. This scholarship provides tuition, room, board, fees, and books for four years, again with maintenance of a 3.5 cumulative grade point average.

UNMC College of Nursing-Kearney Division Scholarships

Students admitted to the UNMC College of Nursing - Kearney Division will be eligible for scholarships and financial aid through the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Students should refer to the UNMC Financial Aid website for complete information.

24 Apr 2013