Kiewit Scholars - Scholarship Benefits

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Scholarship Benefits

Full-Tuition Scholarship & Book Stipend

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

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 receives up to $2,500 to support a study abroad experience, providing a unique global perspective and new connections.

Industry Mentorship & Seminars

Scholars will enroll in special seminars every semester while in the program, benefitting from 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

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

Scholarship FAQs

Does the Kiewit Scholars Program cover mini-session classes?

This program does not cover mini-session (or interterm) 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 that are not part of the Kiewit Scholars commitment, such as the purchase of a parking permit or if they received a visit charge from the Health Center. These types of fees are not included in the scholarship.

Can I stack my Kiewit Scholars tuition and fees scholarship with 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 amount varies 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 from the Pepsi Foundation, go to Husker Hub to learn more about how it applies to your scholarship and financial aid package (their specialists can provide expert advice). Some of these funds are for tuition and fees only; others are not. They can be applied to the overall cost of attendance, which includes items such as transportation for college. And of course, this program offers more financial (and developmental!) benefits beyond tuition.

How do I keep my scholarship?

To retain their position as a Kiewit Scholar, students must participate in all program requirements, maintain a 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 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 an important component of this program, we intend that students will spend their summers gaining invaluable experiential learning opportunities; as such, this scholarship will not cover any summer classes.

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?

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 pursues 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., a double major outside of 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 wishing 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?

Visit with Kiewit Scholar program leadership if you need to drop a class or withdraw to learn how it will affect 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, as it is cohort-based.

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.