Bridge Program & Scholarships
Summer Scholars provides college-bound high school juniors the opportunity to enroll in a course at UNO to earn college credits, prepare for college life, and connect with UNO faculty, staff, and students. The goal of the Summer Scholars Program is to expose high school students to the dynamics of a college campus environment through a six-week pre-college summer session.
Participants learn about college academic course work, time management, college admissions, ACT/SAT preparation, college scholarships, and the financial aid process. They also interact with faculty and staff, explore career options, and participate in community service activities. In addition to the academic benefits of the program, the scholars receive an increased awareness of current social and cultural issues and an opportunity to grow outside of the classroom by spending a week living at the Scott Residence Hall on UNO’s Pacific campus.
In order to become a Summer Scholar at UNO, students must apply for admission and meet the following requirements:
• have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale
• be a resident of the Omaha metropolitan area
• be a junior in high school the spring before the Summer Scholars Program they wish to attend
The application includes an official high school transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a personal essay outlining three major goals the applicant wishes to accomplish within the next five years.
A selection committee of UNO faculty and staff reviews the applications, and preliminary finalists are brought in for interviews. The committee then selects the finalists from the interviewed students. Each of the finalists receives a scholarship that covers college tuition for the specified program courses, all student fees, books, and a parking permit.
Applications will be available soon.
Multicultural Affairs offers scholarships that are open to students attending UNO. Each award is based on a student's academic effort, campus and community activity, and financial need. It's important to keep in mind that the scholarship amount is disbursed evenly between the fall and spring semester provided enrollment requirements are met.
The Davis/Chambers Scholarship
This scholarship recognizes the most academically talented students from diverse backgrounds that have trouble meeting the financial requirements of a college education. The Davis/Chambers Scholarship is recognized as one of the University's most important ways of honoring outstanding Nebraska students.
The Isaacson Incentive Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by the Jacob J. and Dossie M. Isaacson Estate and was created to recognize the academic achievements of talented students throughout the Omaha area. Applicants must reside in the Omaha metropolitan area for at least one year prior to applying for this scholarship.
Up to ten Isaacson Incentive Scholarships could be awarded to first year students each year. Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 per academic year to recipients admitted to UNO. Scholarships are renewable for up to three years.
The Isaacson Incentive Scholarship application will be available soon.