Is financial need taken into consideration for the CBA Scholars Academy?
Selection for the Scholars Academy is based on merit, not need. Financial need does not affect your admission to the program.
Do I have to complete a FAFSA to apply to the Scholars Academy?
No, you do not. Completing a FAFSA may flag you as eligible for additional scholarship money available only to students with financial need, so completing a FAFSA may be helpful. However, admission to the Scholars Academy is based on merit. Your financial status does not affect your admission to the program.
How do I apply?
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Is there a minimum GPA or ACT score to apply?
No, any incoming business freshman is eligible to apply. While GPAs and ACT (or SAT) scores are considered in the application process, the committee looks at many factors when deciding finalists. Complete eligibility guidelines may be found here.
When will I know about my application status?
All applicants will be notified whether they are finalists for Interview Day by February 17, 2018. Interview Day will be held on Friday, February 23. Out of the 40 applicants invited to Interview Day, 20 will be admitted to the Scholars Academy. The top 20 candidates are extended invitations to join the Scholars Academy in March.
Can admission to the Scholars Academy be deferred?
No. However, if you decide to take a gap year (to travel or work) and will come to UNO CBA the following fall as a freshman, you are invited to reapply to the program. The Scholars Academy does not accept transfer students.
I just graduated from high school but have enough dual enrollment credits to be considered a sophomore. May I still apply?
Yes, you may still apply. However, Scholars must plan to be graduating in no less than three years. If you plan to graduate in fewer than three years, than the Scholars Academy may not be a good fit for you. We strongly encourage you to plan on graduating in four years to take the most of every opportunity.
What is Interview Day like?
Following a lunch for candidates and their parents/guardians, all candidates participate in a group interview with a faculty member, an individual interview with a business professional, and a group activity.
May I schedule a different interview time if I have a conflict on Interview Day?
Most likely, no. Occasionally, we do allow make-up interviews if a candidate has a very compelling reason and contacts us by Monday, February 19. The opportunity to make up an interview is at the discretion of the Scholars Academy director and is likely to be denied.
Do you have an alternate list?
Yes. If candidates decline an offer to join the Scholars Academy, we extend the offer to candidates on the alternate list. Those on the alternate list are also notified in March.
I will be a student-athlete at UNO. Can I apply to the Scholars Academy?
Yes, student-athletes may be in the Scholars Academy.
Can the Scholars Academy scholarship be stacked with other scholarships?
Yes. In fact, most Scholars earn additional scholarships. The $2,500 annual scholarship is just the minimum a Scholar will receive.
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