STEP Scholarship Program


The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), together with the Metropolitan Community College (MCC), has been awarded a $2,000,000 five year grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The purpose of this grant is to increase the number of students obtaining degrees from UNO and MCC in the STEM areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. UNO STEM departments are Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics and Physics.

A large component of the UNO/MCC STEP program is to offer scholarship aid to under-represented and nontraditional students with financial need. UNO is adopting the Goodrich Program as a model for STEP scholarship aid. To that end, STEP scholars will be provided with a structured mentoring system and a common course experience. Up to 20-25 qualified students per year will be supported in this scholarship program.

STEP Approach

The UNO STEP program, in addition to scholarship opportunities, will provide all UNO students with support activities of several kinds. Walk-in tutoring services will become more available at the Durham Science Center for entry level mathematics and science courses. Internship and cooperative learning experiences in STEM areas will be expanded. Early undergraduate research opportunities will be created.

STEP Curriculum

During their first semester at UNO, STEP scholars will enroll in a special three credit hour section of PHIL 1210, Critical Reasoning. This will be an opportunity to meet other STEP scholars who may have similar interests and career goals.

Goodrich Connection

STEP's scholarship funds, provided by an NSF grant, are entirely separate and distinct from Goodrich funds. However, the STEP program is aimed at helping the same pool of under-represented students as does Goodrich. Thus students may be eligible for a STEP scholarship as well as a Goodrich scholarship. STEP scholarships are restricted to students who intend to major in a STEM discipline and carry through with this intention. Highly qualified STEP applicants are encouraged to also apply for, and may simultaneously hold, a Goodrich scholarship, and other applicable scholarships and grants.

For more information on the Goodrich program, click here.


Admission to the program is based on application data, financial analysis, academic record, personal interview, references, and other estimates of motivation and potential success. All applicants must be citizens or legal residents of the United States and must be eligible for admission to the University of Nebraska. It is important for the applicat to clearly indicate his/her qualifications for and motivation to be a STEM major. STEP scholarships are available for two consecutive academic years at UNO. Renewal for the second year depends upon satisfactory performance during the previous year, including demonstrable progress toward achieving a STEM major (obtain a B or better in at least one course in the major, and have at least a 3.0 overall GPA).

A limited number of students with college credits are accepted as applicants each year. In general, students who have earned more than 31 college semester credit hours by the date of acceptance at the end of May should not apply. An exception is made for community college graduates and transfers. Such students are eligible for STEP scholarship support and are encouraged to apply.


The STEP Scholarship Program is no longer accepting new applications

Please contact Marilyn Liebsch through the UNO Math Department
at 554-3841 or, if questions