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Young Scholars

Selection Process

In order to be considered for selection, candidates must first be nominated by a UNO faculty/staff member, K-12 school faculty/staff member, or a community partner/organization (such as the Avenue Scholars Program) staff member. Along with the required nomination form, candidates must submit the following materials:

  • Essay that outlines background and educational goals
  • Letter of recommendation from the individual they are being nominated by that outlines their relationship with the applicant and why they feel they are a strong candidate to be successful at UNO
  • Copy of transcripts at their previous school (high school or community college)
  • FAFSA completed with results submitted to UNO

Click HERE to access the nomination form and essay information. Please note: although nominations may be submitted at any time, preference for the 2015-16 school year will be given to applications that are submitted by March 1, 2015.

UNO Young Scholars Nomination Form and Essay Information

The strongest consideration will be given to candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • First-generation college student (i.e. neither parent received a degree from a 4-year college or university)
  • Demonstrated financial need but are not eligible for Pell Grant funding (i.e. Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) is slightly above the amount to qualify for Pell funds)
  • Graduate of Omaha metro area high school

If you are a high school student or Metro Community College student who meets the above criteria, feel free to call the Young Scholars office at (402) 554-3510 for more information about the selection process.

All materials should be submitted either electronically, by mail, or in person to:

Aaron Krueger
UNO Young Scholars Program Coordinator
Kayser Hall 334
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182
(402) 554-3510