Diversity Enhancement Scholarships

Scholarship Details

DEADLINE: February 1

Learning takes place outside of the classroom as well as inside it. This happens by bringing together students with diverse backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and social perspectives. Nebraska faculty and staff seek to create a stimulating and dynamic environment for living and learning. Working and living on a diverse campus is essential to preparing all students for positions of leadership in our diverse society.

These scholarships seek 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.

The following criteria will be used in the Diversity Enhancement Scholarship selection:

  • Academic Preparedness (ACT/SAT scores, GPA, class rank, etc.)
  • Demographic Diversity (geographic, first-generation, low-income, single parent household)
  • Life experiences or involvement living or working in diverse organizations or communities

To Apply for the Diversity Enhancement Scholarships:

  • Apply for admission to the University
  • Within five working days, you will receive an email with your NU ID number
  • Use your NU ID number to access your MyRED account at myred.unl.edu and apply for the Diversity Enhancement Scholarships

The following scholarships may require an additional application. Please note application deadlines.

Health Sciences Scholarship

The Health Sciences Scholarship identifies academically promising students interested in health science careers that statistically have low college-going rates. Qualified candidates must have a strong desire to work in the Health Sciences field.

Award:30 credit hours of tuition a year.  The scholarship is renewable for a second year of study provided the recipient completes the Program’s first year requirements and satisfies the University’s scholarship renewal requirements.

Davis-Chambers Scholarship

The Davis-Chambers Scholarship recognizes academically promising students that have knowledge and experience in a diverse environment or community. 

Award: Full direct cost of attendance at UNL. Student must complete a FAFSA. (Applicants must be a Nebraska high school graduate and a resident of Nebraska)

Native American Heritage Scholarship

Native American tribes are woven into the fabric of Nebraska. Recognizing this, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) offers the Native American Heritage Scholarship for freshman; other Undergraduate Students can be considered for the Native American Transfer Scholarship.

Freshman and Undergraduate Scholarship - Eligibility Req.

To identify academically promising students who have knowledge and experience in the Native American community and strive to create opportunities in the advancement of this unique culture.

Award: Depends on financial need. The range per academic year will be from $2,000 to the full direct of attendance. Freshman scholarship is renewable for four years, transfers two years.

Tribal College Scholarship

Students attending Tribal Colleges - Eligibility requirements

  • Students in progress or completed degree at one of the many tribal colleges are eligible. Subject to complete review of academic profile including course work and grades.

List of Tribal Colleges include: Blackfeet Community College, Cheyenne River Community College, Dull Knife Memorial College, Fort Belknap College, Fort Berthold Community College, Fort Peck Community College, Haskell Indian Nations University, Little BigHorn College, Little Priest Tribal College, Nebraska Indian Community College, Oglala Lakota College, Sinte Gleska University, Sisseton Wahpeton Community College, Sitting Bull College, Turtle Mountain Community College, and United Tribes Technical College.

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 at during previous coursework

Award: Resident tuition for up to 120 credit hours or completion of a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first, inclusive of all undergraduate coursework at all post secondary education institutions attended. Student must complete the FAFSA.

Community Scholarships

The Susan T. Buffett scholarship is available to incoming freshman who plan to attend a Nebraska State School. This scholarship will cover up to $4,250 per semester (or $8,500 per academic year) for a full-time student and can be used to cover college related expenses (e.g. tuition, housing, books). Eligibility and information can be found at www.buffettscholarships.org

Other leadership, service, and diversity awards

You may be eligible for additional leadership, service, or diversity scholarships by applying to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln by January 15 and by submitting your personal statement.

Personal Statement Information