Walter Scott, Jr.
Native Omahan Walter Scott, Jr., has been exceptionally generous to the University of Nebraska system.
Scott's gifts funded the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Walter Scott Engineering Center, named in honor of his father, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Suzanne & Walter Scott Cancer Research Tower. However, the philanthropy of Mr. Scott and his late wife, Suzanne, has been most transformative at UNO.
After providing a leadership-level gift to the campaign for the Peter Kiewit Institute building, Scott established the Scott Scholar program, which each year provides a full-ride scholarship to between 100 and 150 College of Engineering and College of Information Science & Technology students. His support led to the development of the Scott Hall, Scott Court, and Scott Village housing facilities, along with Scott Crossing, which will open in the fall of 2017. In addition, the Scott Technology Center leverages university research by serving as an incubator for emerging technology businesses.
Since 1990, Scott has provided more than $220 million in support to UNO either directly or through the University of Nebraska Foundation. This has included financial support to build the Peter Kiewit Institute, four housing units making up more than half of all beds on the UNO campus, and scholarship support for anywhere from 130 to 150 students each year.