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University Offers 6,000+ Scholarships to Nebraska Seniors
Nebraska Ag Connection - 04/17/2018

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has offered more than 6,000 scholarships to students graduating from Nebraska high schools. The total potential value of the scholarships is approximately $53.5 million.

The students offered scholarships include 28 Chancellor's Scholars, 866 Regents Scholars, 461 David Distinguished Scholars, 518 Nebraska Achievement Scholars, 272 Husker Living and Learning Scholars, 1,696 Husker Power Scholars, 973 Husker Traditions Scholars, 145 Chancellor's Leadership Scholars, 684 University Honors Program Scholars, 23 Health Sciences Scholars, 5 Davis Scholars, 17 Johnny Carson Scholars, 305 Nebraska Emerging Leader Scholars, 35 Nebraska Legends Scholars, and 76 Pepsi Scholars.

Chancellor's and Regents scholarships are among the most prestigious awards granted by the university. Each of these awards pays full tuition for full-time students with the potential for renewal at a value of nearly $30,000 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 Nebraska College of Law.

Nebraska Achievement Scholarships are based on academic achievement, admission test scores and information in the student's personal statement. There were 172 of these scholarships awarded for full tuition and 346 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 Scholars receive 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 student 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 University of Nebraska-Lincoln alumnus and television host best known for "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 academic profile, attendance at one of the university's diversity programs, and demonstrated interest, knowledge and experience with leadership and diversity. These scholars will also participate in a leadership curriculum led by Amy Goodburn, senior associate vice chancellor and dean of undergraduate education.

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

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

Husker Living and Learning scholarships of $2,500 are awarded to students who will live in university housing and demonstrate an interest in rigorous academic scholarship and zeal for leadership, service and/or diversity.

The Husker Traditions scholarship is a $1,500 renewable scholarship awarded to Nebraska residents who have demonstrated high academic potential.

The Husker Power scholarship is a one-year, $1,500 scholarship awarded to Nebraska residents who have demonstrated high academic promise.

A list of scholars by high school is below. In addition to the programs listed, colleges and departments at the university 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 or call 402-472-2030 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

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