Nebraska Emerging Leaders Tuition Scholarship

Available to:
  • First-Year
  • In-State
  • Leadership

Awarded to Nebraska residents who have demonstrated high academic potential who are identified as emerging leaders in the Nebraska community due to their interest, knowledge and/or experience with leadership and diversity. Submit the supplemental Scholarship Application once available in October to be considered for this scholarship.

Benefits of this distinction include participation in a leadership seminar through the Center for Academic Success and Transition (CAST). The program is designed to create experiences for personal leadership development and reflection, guiding scholars toward continued success. Through direct connections with inspiring campus leaders and individualized academic success coaching, scholars can build their own inclusive network and make a difference in their community. This scholarship can be combined with other campus-wide scholarships, not to exceed tuition.

During their first fall semester, scholars enroll in a weekly seminar course and a weekly supplemental recitation—view full requirements. Emerging Leaders Peer Mentors help guide incoming students through their first semester.


Recipients are awarded $2,000 ($1,00/semester) toward University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduate tuition for four years, not including summers. This scholarship can only be applied to tuition.


  • Priority: November 1
  • Final: February 1

Review Basis

Nebraska Emerging Leaders Scholars demonstrate knowledge and experience with leadership and/or with people from diverse communities and backgrounds through engagement in diversity programming, organizations, activities, or events. Consideration and selection are also based on affordability and academic profile through a holistic review process.


Students must maintain a 2.500 cumulative GPA and complete 24 credit hours each academic year (fall/spring). View full eligibility and renewal policies.


This scholarship is offered by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The scholarship is not transferable in part or in whole to any other university or campus, including the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) or the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). This scholarship will not cover the cost of tuition for classes taken at UNO, UNK or UNMC.

Note: The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based upon any protected status. 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).

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