General Information

Student Scholarships
  • Awards: Each year, the College of Business Administration (CBA) awards approximately $500,000 in scholarships to current undergraduate students pursuing a degree in CBA.
  • Criteria: While academic standing plays a large part in awarding scholarships, other factors such as financial need, major, membership in student organizations within the College, and special interests, etc., are also used to determine recipients.
  • Our Guarantee – The College will guarantee scholarship funding (with fund amounts varying each year) for all currently enrolled CBA students who meet the application and qualification requirements (item #1 below) and have a 3.7 (or higher) cumulative grade point average at the end of the spring semester.
Application & Qualifications

Apply for Current Undergraduate Student Scholarships on your MyRED. The deadline is February 1 of every year.

To qualify for CBA scholarships, business students must:

  • be enrolled full-time as a CBA student at the time of application
    a drop to part-time status will result in a loss of the scholarship
  • be enrolled full-time as a CBA student at the time the scholarship is paid
    - mid-year graduates will receive only one semester of support
  • have completed 12 hours of credit in CBA by January 1
Current Undergraduate Student Scholarships
  • After completing one summer and/or fall semester of UNL course work as a CBA student, you will become eligible for Current Undergraduate Student Scholarships. As you complete the Current Undergraduate Student Scholarships application, you will respond to a series of questions related to CBA-specific scholarships.
  • Your responses to these questions determine your eligibility for CBA scholarships.
  • Through a computerized process, scholarships are awarded to the best-matched applicant.
  • Our Guarantee -- The College will guarantee scholarship funding for all currently enrolled CBA students who meet the application and qualification requirements (item #1 above) and have a 3.7 cumulative grade point average at the end of the spring semester.
Need-Based Scholarships

To determine your eligibility for need-based scholarships, you must complete the University of Nebraska Current Undergraduate Student Scholarships (as noted above) as well as a current FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). For questions regarding this process, please refer to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid website. Scholarships are awarded to the best-matched, need-based applicant based on results of the FAFSA and Current Undergraduate Student Scholarships application.

Departmental Scholarships

There are several CBA departmental-specific scholarships that are awarded through the Current Undergraduate Student Scholarships application process. Some departments, however, have scholarships with a separate application/selection process. You will be notified of these opportunities throughout the year and you may wish to check the departmental website for further information.

Business/Professional Scholarships

In addition to general scholarships offered by the College, businesses and professional organizations award scholarships to CBA students, ranging between $500 and $2,500 per year. You must complete the résumé portion of the Current Undergraduate Student Scholarships application to be considered for most of these.

Other scholarships are periodically announced throughout the year by private organizations such as Farm Credit Services of America, the Nebraska Realtors Association, and the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce. Announcements for these scholarships are made via the college social media sites (Facebook, Twitter), flyers on digital screens and bulletin boards, and handouts in various department offices. Separate applications and deadlines may apply.

Study Abroad Scholarships

Study abroad scholarships are also available by:

CBA has scholarships available specifically for study abroad experiences. To be considered for CBA study abroad scholarships, students should complete the “Basic Scholarship Application” on MyWorld through the UNL Education Abroad website. All CBA students who apply for study abroad scholarships will be considered based on meeting individual scholarship qualifications, participating in a UNL sponsored study abroad program, and having at least a 2.5 GPA.

New-Student (Freshman) Scholarships
  • Scholarship deadline for spring study abroad programs: October 1.
  • Scholarship deadline for summer/fall study abroad programs: February 1
  • Scholarship funding is made possible through the generous giving of our college donors.
  • Our Guarantee – The College will guarantee scholarship funding for your remaining time in CBA as long as you reapply each year and meet the application and qualification requirements (item #1 above) and have a 3.7 cumulative grade point average (or higher) at the end of the spring semester.
New-Student (Transfer) Scholarships

Scholarship funding is made possible through the generous giving of our college donors. A majority of these dollars are dedicated to students who demonstrate their ability to perform in the UNL academic environment. Transfer students will need to have been enrolled and completed a semester of course work in order to become eligible for CBA specific scholarships.

Scholarship Recipient Profile

Here is a profile of previous awards made by the College of Business Administration.

$525,000+ Scholarship Dollars Per Year
$1,200 – Average Amount Per Student
Over 600 Scholarship Opportunities
Minimum 3.7 cumulative gpa is requirement for 78% of the scholarships
17% scholarships available for students with GPA's below 3.7

* Many 'funds' provide a number of scholarships. For example, the 10 financial need-based funds provide over 80 scholarships alone!

A Sampling Of Options*
29 departmental-based funds
44 financial need-based funds
2 honors-based scholarship funds
27 Nebraska school/Resident-based fund opportunities
4 study abroad categories
6 incoming freshmen scholarship funds
42 designated class standing funds
8 scholarship funds that celebrate diversity in CBA

*Each fund may offer multiple individual scholarships. Most funds require a combination of the above criteria.

FAQ's
When will I know if I received a scholarship?

All University of Nebraska-Lincoln scholarship recipients can confirm their scholarship awards by checking MyRED in mid-July and on through the start of classes. You will also receive notification from the College of Business Administration. For additional information please visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Is my scholarship renewable?

Any renewal indications from a previous year, require you reapply for Current Undergraduate Student Scholarships and maintain a 3.7 cumulative GPA. You may not necessarily receive the same scholarship or the same funding amount; however, as long as you apply and have maintained the GPA through the Spring semester, funding will be made the next year.

How will my award be made?

Distribution of most scholarships is made over the two semesters—fall and spring. Exceptions are made for study abroad and for some of the business/professional scholarships. With the exception of these, most scholarships require you be enrolled full-time for BOTH semesters to receive your scholarship and award amounts will be adjusted if you graduate mid-year. Awards will appear on MyRED and be deducted from your student bill. Any refunds will be disbursed to you from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA). For additional information please visit OSFA.

What happens to my scholarship if I change to part-time status?

Donors specify that awards be made to full-time students. Your scholarship will be dropped if you change to part-time status.

Can I receive the full amount of the scholarship if I am graduating mid-semester?

Donors specify full-time enrollment for almost all of our scholarships. Mid-semester graduates will receive half of the yearly amount allocated.

What can I do? I forgot to apply for the Current Undergraduate Student Scholarships.

All available funding is used to make scholarship awards. If you forgot to apply, and you meet Our Guarantee criteria as well as qualifications, you can direct a request for consideration by submitting your resume, your request, and qualification summary through Ask an Adviser beginning August 1.

Our Guarantee -- The College will guarantee scholarship funding for all currently enrolled CBA students who meet the application and qualification requirements (item #1 above) and have a 3.7 cumulative grade point average at the end of the spring semester.

Farm Credit Service Scholarship

Farm Credit Services of America awards three scholarships in the amount of $2,000 to UNL students for each academic year.

Selection Criteria
  • College Junior or Senior in good academic standing for the academic year scholarship is received.
  • Enrolled in the College of Agricultural and/or College of Business with coursework emphasis in Agribusiness, Finance, Accounting or Economics.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 preferred.
  • Preference is given to residents of Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming.
  • One- to two-page essay explaining your career plans following graduation.
  • Must have an agricultural background or work-related experience in agriculture.

Please review the selection criteria to make sure you qualify.

Application forms are available in the Marketing Department office, 310 CBA or download at www.fcsamerica.com under Products + Services, Young & Beginning, College Scholarships after January 1.

Completed application forms along with the essay must be returned to the Marketing Department office by March 1. Contact Michelle Jacobs for more information. Recipients of the scholarship will be notified from Farm Credit Services of America. The scholarship is sent directly to the University and applied to your student account ($1,000 for fall and spring semesters).