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About Us

The CBA Scholars Academy is a community where high-achieving students can develop their strengths, challenge their minds, engage with others and invest in their futures.

The Scholars Academy is a close-knit community of ambitious and high-achieving students who want to challenge themselves while pursuing a degree. Throughout the four years in the program, Scholars are mentored by business professionals in the Omaha community, enroll in special business courses taught by award-winning faculty, and gain real-world experience through community engagement and international travel.


The Scholars Academy is possible thanks to generous donors. Through their gifts, every Scholar receives a minimum $5,000 annual scholarship, awarded over four years, for a total of $20,000. Learn more.

Application Process

The application for the 2021 cohort will open in September 15, 2020. To apply to the Scholars Academy, a candidate must be coming in as a freshman in CBA for the 2021-2022 academic year. Candidates must submit a cover letter and resume as part of the application.

The top 40 applicants will be invited to Mammel Hall for an interview day held on March 26, 2021. Twenty of those will be selected for the 2021 freshman cohort. Learn more.


The priority deadline is January 15, 2021 and the final deadline is March 1, 2021 for candidates to be considered for the 2021-2022 academic year. Learn more.