Kiewit Scholars Program

Kiewit After committing $20 million to the expansion of the College of Engineering in 2019, Kiewit Corp. is making another significant investment toward the college’s efforts to educate the next generation of engineering, construction and computing industry leaders. Key leaders of the international construction and design engineering firm, established in Omaha in 1884, are creating the Kiewit Scholars Program, a full-tuition scholarship combined with a rigorous leadership program.

With support from both private and public partners, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is committed to helping Nebraska meet a projected need for 15,000 new workers in engineering and computer science fields by 2026, Chancellor Ronnie Green said. The Nebraska Career Scholarships, a new state-supported program providing scholarships for students in engineering and other high-need areas, is critical to UNL’s work in meeting the state’s needs, Green said. The Kiewit gift adds to a public-private partnership that will allow UNL to attract and retain even more talent for Nebraska’s workforce.

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. Some of the ways students will engage with the Complete Engineer® competencies include a community-based service learning project, involvement in organizations on campus with progressing leadership roles, and a senior capstone presentation.

Kiewit and its executives have had a long history of support for the college, which offers programs in both Omaha and Lincoln. The corporation’s $20 million leadership gift in 2019 provided support for significant expansion of the engineering college. A new facility planned for completion in 2023 will be named Kiewit Hall, an estimated $85 million building project. It will boost the presence of UNL among the competitive field of top engineering programs and meet its goal to increase enrollment.

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

Eligible students are invited to apply. 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.


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 appy by the February 1, 2021 deadline. Based on application review, students may be invited to interview with program selection committee early March. Scholarship offers will be presented by April 1, 2021. Students will be asked to commit to the program by May 1, 2021.

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.