Awarded to transfer Nebraska residents who have demonstrated academic excellence and are admitted to degree programs in certain high wage, high skill, and high demand fields in engineering, mathematics, healthcare, or information technology.
The Nebraska Career Scholarships Program is funded by the State of Nebraska. Scholars meet with career coaches to obtain a Nebraska-based internship, apprenticeship, clinical position, or major-related field of employment prior to the completion of their program of study. Further details are available at go.unl.edu/necareer24.
Recipients are awarded $8,000 for the academic year ($4,000/semester) for up to four years, not including summers.
Review begins immediately and continues while funding remains.
- Priority: December 1 (with FAFSA)
- Final: February 1
- Priority: October 1 (with FAFSA)
- Final: December 1
How to Apply
- Apply for admission by March 1 (fall) or October 1 (spring).
- Submit your college transcripts in MyRED.
- Submit your Enrollment Deposit in MyRED by May 1 (fall) or December 1 (spring).
Nebraska Career Scholars are encouraged to apply to the University Honors Program.
Transfer Nebraska Career Scholars demonstrate academic excellence. Selection is based on a holistic review that includes a balanced objective assessment of competitive academic achievement, including exceptional college grade point average as well as a subjective final academic review. Only students in certain high demand fields in Nebraska are considered, including students in the majors listed below.
- Engineering (Agricultural, Biological Systems, Chemical, Civil, Computer or Computer Science, Construction, Construction Management, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical, or Software)
- Biological Sciences
- Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Food Science & Technology
- Forensic Science
- Mechanized Systems Management
- Statistics & Data Analytics.
Note: PreHealth students may also qualify and must work with their academic advisor to remain in a healthcare curriculum and academic plan toward a healthcare career in order to continue to be eligible.
Students must maintain a 2.500 cumulative GPA and complete 30 credit hours each academic year (fall/spring). Students must also complete a Nebraska-based internship prior to their fourth year. Full eligibility and renewal policies are available at go.unl.edu/necareer24.
Students transferring to another major may retain their scholarship if they maintain program eligibility and transfer prior to the start of their sophomore year into another program-eligible major. Transfers to another NU campus are eligible for consideration, but there is no expectation that funding will be provided by the new campus unless it is a formally approved NU 2+2 program.
Note: The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based upon any protected status. Please see go.unl.edu/nondiscrimination. Scholarships are subject to change each year for new incoming students. As a public tuition benefit under Nebraska State Statute 4-110, individuals awarded these funds must be citizens of the United States or if a qualified alien have been verified as lawfully present in the United States (Nebraska State Statutes 4-111 and 4-112).