In February of their senior year, high school seniors who applied to UNO before February 1st and have been accepted, rank in the top 10% of their class, and have an ACT score of 26 or higher are invited to take the Distinguished Scholarship Competition.
The Distinguished Scholarship Competition serves two purposes. First, it is used as the basis for awarding full tuition scholarships to the five top scorers on the exam. Second, it serves as a substitute for the English Placement Test for composition courses.
We strongly encourage you to apply for the following fellowships and scholarships from outside the university. Please contact us if you need any more information.
|Scholarship/Fellowship||Deadline Month||Award for||Academic Speciality||Open to|
|NSEP/Boren Undergraduate Scholarship and Graduate Fellowship||January||Support for study abroad||Less commonly studied languages and cultures||First-year alumni|
|Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Program||February||Serve as a junior research fellow for one year||International affairs, political science, economics, history, and related fields||Seniors|
|Coro Fellows Program||January||9 months experiential training program in public affairs||Open||Seniors and alumni|
|Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship||March||Up to 6 years graduate study||Open||Seniors and alumni who demonstrate financial need|
|Freeman ASIA Scholarship||April||Awards small scholarships for study in Asia||Open||First-year juniors|
|Ford Foundation Fellowship||November||Pre-doctoral fellowships for minority students||Open||Seniors and alumni|
|Fulbright Grant||October||Funding for 1 year abroad to conduct research or teach English||Open||Seniors and alumni|
|Gates Cambridge Scholarship||October||Scholarships for graduate study (Master's, Ph. D., or second Bachelor's)||Open||Seniors and alumni|
|Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship||October, April||Scholarships for study-abroad students receiving the Pell Grant||Open||First-year juniors|
|Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship||February||Up to $7,500 toward educational expenses annually||Math, natural sciences, engineering||Sophomores and juniors|
|Jacob K. Javits Scholarship||October||Funding for a terminal Master's or Ph. D.||Arts, humanities, social sciences||Seniors and alumni|
|Marshall Scholarship||October||2 years graduate study at any university in the United Kingdom||Open||Seniors and alumni|
|George J. Mitchell Scholarship||October||1 year graduate study at university in Ireland or Northern Ireland||Open||Seniors and alumni|
|National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program||November||3 years funding for research degrees||Sciences, technology, mathematics and engineering||Seniors and alumni|
|Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Scholarship||February||Funds junior and senior costs and one year graduate school||International affairs, political science, economics, science policy||Sophomores|
|Rhodes Scholarship||October||2-3 years graduate study at Oxford University||Open||Seniors and alumni|
|Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship||March/April||One year study and service abroad||Open||Juniors, seniors, and alumni|
|William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose||February||Unrestricted cash grant||Open||Seniors|
|Morris K. Udall Scholarship||March||Up to $5,000 for two years||Careers related to the environment of Native Americans with an interest in tribal policy||Sophomores and juniors|
|Harry S. Truman Scholarship||February||Senior year and graduate study for 1-3 years||Careers related to public or government service.||Juniors|