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Distinguished Scholarship Competition

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.

External Scholarships and Fellowships

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 February 4, 2015 Support for study abroad Less commonly studied languages and cultures First-year alumni & undergrads
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Program January 15, 2015 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
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 January Up to $7,500 toward educational expenses annually Math, natural sciences, engineering Sophomores and juniors
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 October & November 3 years funding for research degrees Sciences, technology, mathematics and engineering Seniors and alumni
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship January 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 January 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