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Top 35 Nebraska Scholarships in March 2024

Written by Sawyer Hiton

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Updated: March 4th, 2024

It’s not just corn that Nebraska offers—the state is ripe with scholarship opportunities for all sorts of students! Whether you’re a Korean-Nebraskan or a Lincoln animal lover, you’re sure to find financial support for your college journey with a wide variety of Nebraska scholarships. Check out a variety of Nebraska scholarships below!

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$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

Exclusive
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Scholarships360

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The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

Jennings and Beulah Haggerty Scholarship

Offered by Lincoln Community Foundation

3 awards worth $2,000
Deadline Mar 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Lincoln Community Foundation

Are you a graduating high school senior or high school graduate from a school in Lancaster County, Nebraska, or a GED recipient residing in Lancaster…Show More

Are you a graduating high school senior or high school graduate from a school in Lancaster County, Nebraska, or a GED recipient residing in Lancaster…Show More

Are you a graduating high school senior or high school graduate from a school in Lancaster County, Nebraska, or a GED recipient residing in Lancaster County? Further, are you planning to attend a college or university, especially one in Nebraska? If so, the Jennings and Beulah Haggerty Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship is awarded to multiple college-bound high school seniors or graduates from Lancaster County, Nebraska. While preference will be given to those attending colleges and universities in Nebraska, it is not a requirement to apply. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

3 awards worth $2,000
Deadline Mar 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

$40,000 BigFuture Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application
Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Dick & Chris Draper Scholarship

Offered by Lincoln Community Foundation

2 awards worth $2,500
Deadline Mar 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Lincoln Community Foundation

Are you a college-bound high school senior who has attended Elgin Public High School or Elgin Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School in Elgin,…Show More

Are you a college-bound high school senior who has attended Elgin Public High School or Elgin Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School in Elgin,…Show More

Are you a college-bound high school senior who has attended Elgin Public High School or Elgin Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School in Elgin, Nebraska for all four years of high school? If so, consider applying for the Dick & Chris Draper Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $2,500 each to one graduating senior from Elgin Public High School and one senior from Elgin Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School. To be considered, applicants must also hold a minimum 3.25 GPA and submit the email addresses for three potential references. The scholarship was established by the Draper family, who "were firm believers that the way to success is through education." If you wish to honor the Drapers' legacy and generosity and continue your education beyond high school, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

2 awards worth $2,500
Deadline Mar 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Niche $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Florence Turner Karlin Scholarship

Offered by Lincoln Community Foundation

2 awards worth $2,000
Deadline Mar 15, 2024
Grade Level College & Graduate Students

Offered by Lincoln Community Foundation

Are you a graduate of a Nebraska high school who will be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in education at an in-state university? If…Show More

Are you a graduate of a Nebraska high school who will be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in education at an in-state university? If…Show More

Are you a graduate of a Nebraska high school who will be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in education at an in-state university? If so, consider applying for the Florence Turner Karlin Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $2,000 each to four aspiring educators from Nebraska. To be considered, applicants must also hold a minimum 3.00 GPA and submit the email addresses of two potential references. Recipients may renew this scholarship for a period of up to 2 years total, provided they maintain a 3.0 GPA. This scholarship was named in honor of Florence Turner Karlin, an educator with a 42-year-long career who helped over a thousand children learn to read. If you wish to honor Florence's legacy and become an educator yourself, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

2 awards worth $2,000
Deadline Mar 15, 2024
Grade Level College & Graduate Students
Get Started

Lincoln Community Foundation Student Success Scholarship

Offered by Lincoln Community Foundation

Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
Deadline Mar 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Lincoln Community Foundation

Are you a college-bound high school senior or graduate of a private or public high school in Lancaster County, Nebraska? If so, you may be…Show More

Are you a college-bound high school senior or graduate of a private or public high school in Lancaster County, Nebraska? If so, you may be…Show More

Are you a college-bound high school senior or graduate of a private or public high school in Lancaster County, Nebraska? If so, you may be eligible for the Lincoln Community Foundation Student Success Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards up to $5,000 each to multiple Lancaster County high school seniors and graduates. Applicants must be planning to attend an accredited, two-year, or four-year nonprofit college or university, with preference being given to those attending institutions within the state of Nebraska. To be considered, interested students must submit their answers to three, short answer, supplemental questions. If you're a Lancaster County, Nebraska high school senior or graduate and soon-to-be college student, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
Deadline Mar 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Alyssa Sandmeier Foundation Creative Writing Scholarship Competition

Offered by Alyssa Sandmeier Foundation

1 award worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 22, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Alyssa Sandmeier Foundation

Are you a college-bound, Nebraskan high school senior with a passion for creative writing? If so, consider applying for the Alyssa Sandmeier Foundation Creative Writing…Show More

Are you a college-bound, Nebraskan high school senior with a passion for creative writing? If so, consider applying for the Alyssa Sandmeier Foundation Creative Writing…Show More

Are you a college-bound, Nebraskan high school senior with a passion for creative writing? If so, consider applying for the Alyssa Sandmeier Foundation Creative Writing Scholarship Competition! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 to the applicant who submit the best original piece of creative writing. Acceptable forms include, but are not limited to, poetry or song lyrics, short fiction, play/movie/television scripts, speeches, memories or diary entries, biographies, or personal essays. The scholarship was created in honor of Alyssa Sandmeier, a young girl whose passion for writing inspired her to write even while battling Leukemia complications. If you're a college-bound, Nebraskan high school senior with a passion for creative writing, we encourage you to apply. Keep on reading to learn more and carry on Alyssa's legacy today.Show Less

1 award worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 22, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Leslie & Helen R. Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Offered by Willa Cather Foundation

1 award worth $500
Deadline Apr 20, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Willa Cather Foundation

Are you a college-bound high school senior residing in Webster County, Nebraska, who plans to enroll in a two- or four-year post-secondary program to pursue…Show More

Are you a college-bound high school senior residing in Webster County, Nebraska, who plans to enroll in a two- or four-year post-secondary program to pursue…Show More

Are you a college-bound high school senior residing in Webster County, Nebraska, who plans to enroll in a two- or four-year post-secondary program to pursue an agriculture-related degree? Further, are you actively involved in your local house of worship and community? If so, the Leslie & Helen R. Wilson Memorial Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $500 to one applicant who is set to graduate in the top one-third of their high school graduating class and is actively involved in their local house of worship (e.g. church, mosque, synagogue, temple, etc.) and community. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth $500
Deadline Apr 20, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

American Legion Department of Nebraska Jim Hurlbert Memorial Baseball Scholarship

Offered by American Legion Department of Nebraska

Multiple awards worth $500
Deadline Jun 15, 2024
Grade Level College Senior

Offered by American Legion Department of Nebraska

The American Legion Department of Nebraska is proud to offer the Jim Hurlbert Memorial Baseball Scholarship to a talented Nebraska American Legion Baseball player in…Show More

The American Legion Department of Nebraska is proud to offer the Jim Hurlbert Memorial Baseball Scholarship to a talented Nebraska American Legion Baseball player in…Show More

The American Legion Department of Nebraska is proud to offer the Jim Hurlbert Memorial Baseball Scholarship to a talented Nebraska American Legion Baseball player in their final year of eligibility or a graduating senior. Each Senior American Legion Baseball team can nominate one applicant. The recipient must attend a postsecondary educational institution within the state of Nebraska and have maintained a GPA in the upper half of their graduating class. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to further your education and showcase your baseball skills!Show Less

Multiple awards worth $500
Deadline Jun 15, 2024
Grade Level College Senior
Get Started

Nebraska Opportunity Grant (NOG)

Offered by State of Nebraska

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Varies
Grade Level College Students

Offered by State of Nebraska

Are you a Nebraska resident enrolled in an in-state post-secondary institution to pursue a degree or certificate? If so, the Nebraska Opportunity Grant (NOG) may…Show More

Are you a Nebraska resident enrolled in an in-state post-secondary institution to pursue a degree or certificate? If so, the Nebraska Opportunity Grant (NOG) may…Show More

Are you a Nebraska resident enrolled in an in-state post-secondary institution to pursue a degree or certificate? If so, the Nebraska Opportunity Grant (NOG) may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the grant is awarded in varying amounts to Nebraska residents at Nebraskan colleges and universities who have not yet earned a bachelor’s, graduate, or professional degree and have high financial need. To be considered for the scholarship, interested students must submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). However, bear in mind that some institutions may require an institutional application as well, so make sure you check with the financial aid office at the school(s) you are interested in attending. If you're a Nebraska resident currently attending an in-state post-secondary institution, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Varies
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

$1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Appily

Easy Application
Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

Offered by Appily

Easy Application

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
Apply

Oxbow Nebraska High School Senior Scholarship

Offered by Oxbow Animal Health

Multiple awards worth $1,000
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Oxbow Animal Health

Are you a high school senior from Nebraska who is interested in pursuing a career in the pet industry? If so, consider applying for the…Show More

Are you a high school senior from Nebraska who is interested in pursuing a career in the pet industry? If so, consider applying for the…Show More

Are you a high school senior from Nebraska who is interested in pursuing a career in the pet industry? If so, consider applying for the Oxbow Nebraska High School Senior Scholarship! The scholarship is open to high school seniors from Nebraska pursuing a career in the companion animal industry. The scholarship is offered by Oxbow Animal Health, a company dedicated to small animal nutrition and care to increase their lifelong welfare. With the scholarship, they hope to support aspiring veterinarians, vet techs, and other future animal health professionals. Since 2005, the program has awarded $1,000 scholarships to multiple recipients, each year, to help fund their education at U.S.-based institutions. If you are a high school senior passionate about a career in veterinary care, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth $1,000
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

John Deere Company Scholarship

Offered by American Welding Society

2 awards worth $2,500
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level College Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

Offered by American Welding Society

The John Deere Scholarship was established to encourage Midwestern welding students to pursue their passions without worrying about the costs. Thus, each year, two scholarships…Show More

The John Deere Scholarship was established to encourage Midwestern welding students to pursue their passions without worrying about the costs. Thus, each year, two scholarships…Show More

The John Deere Scholarship was established to encourage Midwestern welding students to pursue their passions without worrying about the costs. Thus, each year, two scholarships will be awarded to Midwestern welding students. While the first ($2,500) will be available to a student from the states of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Missouri, the second ($2,500) will be available to a female or minority student, with preference to students from the states of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota or South Dakota. All applicants must be enrolled in a Weld Engineering or Weld Engineering Technology (4 year degree) program or a mechanical or manufacturing engineering program with weld emphasis. Applicants must have completed a minimum of one semester of academic study in their welding program and submit two letters of recommendation along with their application. If you're eligible, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

2 awards worth $2,500
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level College Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Get Started

$5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Nebraska ALA Memorial Scholarship

Offered by American Legion Auxiliary Department of Nebraska

1 award worth $400
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level College & Graduate Students

Offered by American Legion Auxiliary Department of Nebraska

The Nebraska ALA Memorial Scholarship is a $400 award for an exceptional candidate enrolled or accepted into an undergraduate or graduate (Masters only) program at…Show More

The Nebraska ALA Memorial Scholarship is a $400 award for an exceptional candidate enrolled or accepted into an undergraduate or graduate (Masters only) program at…Show More

The Nebraska ALA Memorial Scholarship is a $400 award for an exceptional candidate enrolled or accepted into an undergraduate or graduate (Masters only) program at a four-year college or university. This scholarship is exclusively for Veteran-connected residents of Nebraska, with a preference for former Nebraska Girls State Citizens. To be considered, applications must be submitted by a local Nebraska American Legion Auxiliary Unit to the Department. Don't miss out on this opportunity to honor Roberta Marie Stretch and further your education!Show Less

1 award worth $400
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level College & Graduate Students
Get Started

Maynard Jensen American Legion Memorial Scholarship

Offered by American Legion Department of Nebraska

Multiple awards worth $500
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by American Legion Department of Nebraska

The Maynard Jensen American Legion Memorial Scholarship annually awards $500 to graduating high school seniors/high school graduates planning to enroll in a Nebraska educational facility…Show More

The Maynard Jensen American Legion Memorial Scholarship annually awards $500 to graduating high school seniors/high school graduates planning to enroll in a Nebraska educational facility…Show More

The Maynard Jensen American Legion Memorial Scholarship annually awards $500 to graduating high school seniors/high school graduates planning to enroll in a Nebraska educational facility of higher learning, and current undergraduate students who will be enrolled in a Nebraska educational facility of higher learning by the March 1st deadline. All applicants must also be the sons or daughters, grandchildren or great-grandchildren, adopted or stepchildren of members of The American Legion, Department of Nebraska, or POW, MIA, KIA, or any veteran that was a current American Legion member at the time of death. Scholarship stipends may be used for tuition and fees, books, or room and board. If you are or will soon be enrolled in a Nebraska institution of higher education, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $500
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started
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How to win Nebraska scholarships

Nebraska is home to many unique features, including an abundance of farmland, the Great Plains, and a passionate college football community. In order to win Nebraska scholarships, you should highlight these unique aspects of Nebraska while connecting back to your passions and goals. 

For example, perhaps you grew up helping your neighbors on their Nebraska farm, so it may be no surprise that you want to study agriculture in college. In your agriculture scholarship application, explicitly highlight how much your location in Nebraska helped you realize that you wanted to pursue a career in agriculture.

Connecting your uniqueness to the uniqueness of Nebraska will make you stand out when applying for Nebraska scholarships. Doing so may just help you win Nebraska scholarships and live out your career goals and dreams in the Cornhusker state. 

Writing resources for writing Nebraska scholarship essays 

Many Nebraska scholarships may have you write an essay about yourself so be sure to familiarize yourself on some common scholarship essay prompts. Check out our guides on how to start a scholarship essay and how to end a scholarship essay to ensure your Nebraska scholarship application is perfect from beginning to end. 

Additionally, read over our Scholarships360 ultimate guide to finding and winning scholarships to ensure you are well prepared to win Nebraska scholarships! 

Nebraska student debt snapshot 

According to the Department of Education, in total, Nebraska residents owe $7.9 billion in federal student loan debt. Student borrowers owe an average of $31,919 each (those numbers do not include private loans). Around 56.5% of loan borrowers are under the age of 35. As you are starting your higher education journey, remember that scholarships allow students to take fewer loans. Make sure that you apply to as many scholarships as you qualify for!

Keep on reading to learn more about merit scholarships for colleges in Nebraska, as well as top scholarships in Nebraska!

Merit scholarships at Nebraska colleges and universities

University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

  • Eligibility: First year students with a strong cumulative high school GPA and ACT/SAT score
  • Amount: $1,000 up to full tuition 
  • Deadline: Varies

University of Nebraska-Omaha

  • Eligibility: Incoming freshmen with high academic achievement 
  • Amount: $1,000 up to full tuition 
  • Deadline: Varies

University of Nebraska-Kearney

  • Eligibility: First time students based on GPA
  • Amount: $2,000 up to full tuition 
  • Deadline: March 1

Creighton University

  • Eligibility: First year students with strong academic achievement 
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: December 1

Clarkson College

  • Eligibility: Incoming freshmen with a 3.4+ GPA 
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Admission to Clarkson College

Consider in-state tuition and tuition reciprocity 

In-state tuition allows residents of a state to receive cheaper tuition for a college or university in their state. Additionally, many universities and colleges reserve scholarships and financial aid for in-state students, which helps reduce the cost of attending college for those who live there.

Here are a few well-known Nebraska universities and their in-state vs out-of-state tuition costs:

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • In-state tuition: $10,108
  • Out-of-state tuition: $27,748

University of Nebraska-Omaha 

  • In-state tuition: $8,370
  • Out-of-state tuition: $22,358

University of Nebraska-Kearney

  • In-state tuition: $6,480
  • Out-of-state tuition: $14,130

How do you get in-state tuition? 

In-state tuition in Nebraska significantly reduces the cost of tuition. In order to earn residency status in Nebraska for tuition purposes, you will need to establish a domicile in Nebraska for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the beginning of the semester. However, it is important to note that if you move to Nebraska primarily to enroll in college or university, then you are presumed to be a non-resident for tuition purposes. So double check with your intended Nebraska institution to ensure you qualify for in-state tuition. 

Does Nebraska offer tuition reciprocity? 

Yes, Nebraska is a part of the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) which is the Midwest’s latest multi-state tuition reciprocity program. Over 70 colleges and universities in Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin allow students from their states to attend college in nearby states for more affordable rates. 

Nebraska scholarship spotlight

ISL Senior Scholarship

  • Eligibility: High school seniors living in Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wisconsin
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: End of April

Korean American Midwest Region Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Students with Korean heritage living in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin with a 3.0+ GPA
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: End of June

Nebraska Nurses Association Scholarships

  • Eligibility: Students enrolled in Bachelor, Masters, or Doctoral program in nursing
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Mid-August

Aksarben Horatio Alger Scholarship Program

  • Eligibility: Students who exhibit integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, with at least 2.0 GPAs 
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Deadline: December 1

Norma Ross Walter Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Female graduates of Nebraska high schools who plan to enroll as English majors in accredited colleges and universities
  • Amount: $2,000 up to $3,000
  • Deadline: End of January 

Susan T. Buffett Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Nebraska high school students with at least 2.0 GPAs demonstrating financial need who plan to attend a Nebraska public college
  • Amount: Varies 
  • Deadline: Varies

Oxbow Nebraska High School Senior Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Students pursuing an animal-related field with a passion for animals including animal health, marketing and pet food manufacturing 
  • Amount: $1,000 
  • Deadline: March 1

Al Wright Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Migratory students demonstrating financial need
  • Amount: Varies 
  • Deadline: Varies

Dick & Chris Draper Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Graduating seniors of Elgin, Nebraska high schools who demonstrate financial need and have at least 3.25 GPAs
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: Mid-March

Florence Turner Karlin Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Former graduates of a Nebraska high school with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Deadline: Mid-March

Margaret & Max Pumphrey Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Seniors attending Lancaster County, NE high schools who demonstrate financial need
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Deadline: Mid-March

Colleen Farrell Gerleman Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Graduating seniors of Lincoln, Nebraska high schools who demonstrate financial need
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Deadline: Mid-March

BEN Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Black students with a 2.75 or higher GPA 
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Deadline: Mid-April

Barrientos Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Students of Latino heritage that are planning on attending a college or university in Nebraska
  • Amount: $2,500 up to $8,000
  • Deadline: End of March

Additional Nebraska resources

FAFSA Guide

On October 1st of every year, the FAFSA opens nationwide. Students in Nebraska should apply for the FAFSA ASAP in order to receive priority consideration.

Nebraska Department of Education

The Nebraska Department of education offers students and families of all ages a wealth of resources. The website is very easy to navigate, and even includes a dedicated scholarship page. Bookmark this one!

Frequently asked questions about Nebraska scholarships 

Does Nebraska offer free college?

Some Nebraska colleges and universities offer full tuition merit scholarships. Additionally, there are some scholarships that cover full tuition. However, it may be difficult to receive these scholarships so be sure to have a well-rounded application! 

What type of scholarships does Nebraska offer?

Nebraska offers need-based scholarships, merit-based scholarships, and scholarships specific to certain demographics, so do your research! Women, high school seniors, and Black students can take advantage of specific scholarship opportunities. 

Do I need to be a Nebraska resident to receive Nebraska scholarships?

Not necessarily! While many Nebraska scholarships do require applicants to be residents, not all do. Ultimately, make sure you are researching scholarships that you fit the eligibility criteria for!

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