Kiewit Scholars Program

Kiewit The Kiewit Scholars Program invests in students with exceptional leadership potential to develop preeminent Complete Engineers® ready to solve problems of global significance. Through a curated four-year cohort-based program paired with a Big Ten degree, students will gain the skills and knowledge they need to become world-class engineers and leaders. Students selected for this program will experience exclusive courses focused on leadership development, special group activities, unique travel opportunities, unparalleled exposure to industry, and mentorship from professional leaders.

The Scholars Program is funded and developed in partnership with Peter Kiewit & Sons, one of North America’s largest and most respected construction and engineering organizations, with its headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. With its roots dating back to 1884, the employee-owned company operates through a network of offices and projects in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia. Kiewit offers construction and engineering services in such markets as transportation, water/wastewater, power, oil, gas and chemical, building and mining, and employs more than 20,000 staff and craft employees.

Unparalleled Leadership Opportunity

Personal and Professional Coaching

Exclusive Cohort of 10 Students

Full-Tuition Scholarship & Book Stipend

Kiewit Scholars receive a scholarship that covers tuition and fees for four years and a book stipend for up to $750 for books at the university bookstore per semester.

One Year Room & Board

Students will receive room and board their freshman year on campus, in the residence hall of their choosing.

Study Abroad Stipend

Each student will receive up to $2,500 to support a study abroad experience, offering a unique global perspective.

Industry Mentorship & Cohort Seminars

Students will enroll in Kiewit Scholar seminars every semester while in the program, benefitting from customized leadership curriculum and industry expertise.

Immersive Learning Trips

Students will participate in two all-expense-paid trips during the program to broaden their exposure to political and institutional organizations.

Guaranteed Kiewit Internship

This specially crafted internship will include rotations focused on a broad overview of engineering and overarching skill development.


Program Selection

Applicants must pursue a degree in the College of Engineering. The first step of the selection process is a completed application. Based on strength of application, students may be invited to interview with the program's selection committee, for determination of final offers. Students will be selected on a holistic approach, with an emphasis on demonstration of leadership potential. The 2021 cohort had an average ACT of 29 and weighted GPA of 4.2.


Program Requirements

To retain their position in the program, students must participate in all program requirements, maintain 3.0 cumulative GPA, and complete at least 30 credit hours each year.

Kiewit Scholars will have:
  • Engagement in each Complete Engineer competency
  • Strong communication skills
  • Exposure to a broad set of ideas and subjects
  • Demonstrated leadership skills


Program Timeline

For consideration, students must apply by the November 15, 2021 deadline. Based on application review, students may be invited to interview with program selection committee. Scholarship offers will be presented by March 1, 2022. Students will be asked to commit to the program by May 1, 2022.

Your First Semester

Kiewit Scholars will kick off their first semester with a welcome from the College of Engineering and Kiewit leadership. Students will build community and attend an orientation to the Kiewit Scholar Program through a leadership retreat, prior to starting the fall semester.

In addition to their selected major’s curriculum, students will enroll in a Kiewit Scholar seminar every semester in the program. This 1-credit course offers extensive and in-depth learning in all facets of the Complete Engineer competencies, with a special focus in leadership and communication. Through this course, students will receive industry mentorship with regular Kiewit involvement.

Outside the seminar, students may look forward to Kiewit Day, including a visit to the new Kiewit headquarters in Omaha, NE. Other special opportunities are offered throughout the program.

Frequently Asked Questions


Does Kiewit Scholars cover mini-session classes?

No, this program does not cover mini-session (or inter-term) courses.

Why do I still have charges if Kiewit Scholars is supposed to cover everything?

Students may see charges on their accounts for other billed services not in the Kiewit Scholars commitment, such as the purchase of a parking permit or if they visited the Health Center and received a visit charge. Those fees are not included in the scholarship.

Can I stack my Kiewit Scholars tuition and fees scholarship with my other awards?

The Kiewit Scholars scholarship is considered "last-in." This means that it will cover what is left of tuition and fees after your other scholarships are applied. For example, if you have a Regents or Traditions, this scholarship will cover the rest of tuition and fees not covered by your existing scholarships. Thus, this scholarship dollar amount is variable by student up to the full cost of tuition and fees.

I have external scholarships from my high school that only count for tuition and fees. Does that mean this scholarship doesn't cover them at all?

If you have an external (non-UNL) scholarship, such as one from the Pepsi Foundation, contact Husker Hub ( to learn more about how it applies to your scholarship and financial aid package. Some of these are for tuition and fees only, and some aren't. They can be applied to the overall cost of attendance, which includes things like transportation for college. Husker Hub are the experts in that department! And of course, this program offers more financial (and developmental!) benefits beyond tuition.

How do I keep my scholarship?

To retain their position in the program, students must participate in all program requirements, maintain 3.0 cumulative GPA, and complete at least 30 credit hours each year.

Students will receive a program Handbook that outlines additional information on all program requirements, probation and dismissal policies. Students will receive in-depth guidance on program expectations during their Welcome and Leadership Retreat before school starts in the fall.

What fees are covered?

The following fees are covered: registration, technology, ID card, library, facilities, online courses, and other course fees, e.g. a lab fee. The program will not cover late fees, any fees applied to your account for damage or student conduct, any health care visits to the health center, or the optional health insurance fees. Any fees not listed here are subject to the discretion of program leadership.

How many years can I have the scholarship?

As long as students meet program requirements, the scholarship is available for four years.

Can I use this scholarship toward summer or inter-term classes?

With leadership and industry experience being important to this program, we intend students will spend their summers gaining invaluable experiential learning opportunities, so this scholarship will not cover any summer classes a student wishes to take.

Does Kiewit Scholars cover online classes?

Yes, this scholarship will cover online classes. Engineering is largely an in-person major, but you may take a course or two online while in your degree. For further information, contact Bonnie Martin.

Can I use this scholarship to take classes at another NU campus?

No, this scholarship is exclusive to UNL courses at this time.

Can I take a gap year and still keep the scholarship?

The intent of this scholarship is for four consecutive years. Any student with extenuating circumstances is encouraged to contact Kiewit Scholar program leadership as this may be considered on a case-by-case basis and at the leadership's discretion.

Can I utilize this scholarship for multiple undergraduate degrees?

The Kiewit Scholars scholarship requirements are that a student is pursuing a degree in the College of Engineering. Please visit with Kiewit Scholar program leadership if you wish to pursue multiple degrees in four years, e.g. double major outside the College of Engineering.

How many credit hours can I take each semester?

Students will follow the University's policy for the maximum number of credits allowed per semester. Students who wish to exceed this limit should visit with Kiewit Scholar program leadership to learn about their options.

What happens if I drop a class or withdraw?

Please visit with Kiewit Scholar program leadership if you need to drop a class or withdraw to learn how it will effect your scholarship.

Can I apply for the scholarship in my sophomore or junior or senior year?

The Kiewit Scholars program is open to incoming freshmen.

Can I have the Nebraska Promise and the Kiewit Scholarship?

You can be a student who qualifies for Nebraska Promise and is a Kiewit Scholar, however, the Kiewit scholarship will cover the rest of your tuition after other institutional scholarships, so you won't receive additional funding that exceeds the cost of tuition.


What housing am I allowed to choose with this program?

You are able to select any room and board plan that is available to freshmen at UNL. Some housing options vary slightly in cost, for example, suite-style housing costs more. Although there is much to consider when choosing housing. Perhaps you want to choose the housing option closest to the Engineering Complex so you can sleep in more in the morning! 

What if I want to live at home?

Students are able to live at home if they file a waiver with housing. We are not able to give them the cost of the first year housing benefit though, so that financial benefit will be forfeited. Choose which situation is best for your unique situation, and reach out to Bonnie ( if you want to discuss it further.

Can I live in a fraternity?

The Kiewit Scholars first year housing scholarship does not apply to students who choose to live in a fraternity.

Can I join a learning community?

Yes. You're welcome to join a learning community if wish. We encourage you to be aware of your time commitments to different organizations, as the Kiewit Scholars program requires in-depth involvement.

Additional Questions

Where can I go for the education abroad component of this program?

Students are able to use their $2,500 stipend toward any UNL approved or faculty-led education abroad program. 

Can I also be in the Honors program or other programs on campus?

Students may choose to be in the Honors program in addition to Kiewit Scholars, as long as they balance their time and meet program commitments effectively. If you have a question about a different program on campus, such as Raikes or the pathway programs in Engineering, contact Bonnie Martin to learn more. Some programs on campus have conflicting time commitments, so students cannot participate in both. However, we encourage students to apply to all programs of their interest to find one that's the best fit for them.

Will I have the opportunity to have additional internships outside the Kiewit internship?

All students in the program will complete one summer internship with Kiewit. Students are welcome to pursue other opportunities outside of that as long as they don't conflict with the one planned summer Kiewit internship. So, students may choose to apply to Kiewit for an internship for a second summer later one or they may choose to seek other roles in industry or research, depending on their interests.