The Buffett Scholarship are open apply now. The Susan T. Buffett Foundation has offered scholarships to college students in Nebraska for over 50 years. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to first-time, entering freshmen who are residents of Nebraska, graduates of a Nebraska high school with plans to attend a Nebraska public college, and who have demonstrated financial need. There are a limited number of scholarships, so the Foundation is unable to provide awards to all eligible candidates.

Buffett Scholarship Eligibility & Selection

To be eligible for a scholarship from The Susan T. Buffett Foundation, a student must:

  • Be a resident of Nebraska
    • Residency is determined by the college where you enroll
    • For questions about your residency status, here is a list of contact numbers
  • Graduate from a Nebraska high school or earn a Nebraska GED
  • Achieve at least a 2.5 cumulative unweighted GPA in high school
    • 2.5 on a 4 point scale
    • 83 on a 100 point scale
  • Be a first-time freshman when entering college
    • Students obtaining dual enrollment credits in high school are still eligible to apply
  • Plan to attend a Nebraska public college:
    • Nebraska Community Colleges – CCC, MCC, MPCC, NECC, SCC, or WNCC;
    • Nebraska State College System – Chadron State, Peru State, Wayne State; or
    • University of Nebraska – NCTA, UNK, UNL, UNMC, or UNO
  • Be in need of financial assistance in order to attend college
    • Note: Students do not need to be Pell Grant eligible to qualify
    • Students must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) below $10,000

All eligible applications are reviewed and scored. Selection is based on:

  • Financial need
  • Academic merit
  • Personal essay
  • Strength of recommendations

Buffett Scholarship Application Requirements

The 2019 application is closed.  The 2020 application will open on November 1, 2019.

The requirements for the online application are as follows:

  • Application forms
  • Two recommendations
  • Student Aid Report
  • High school transcript
  • Essay- Compose an essay (1000-1500 words) that helps us understand more about you and your life.  It is important to address all of the following questions/topics throughout the essay:
    • Tell us about 2 or 3 of your most meaningful accomplishments or times when you were proud of yourself (academic, personal/family, work, or other activities). Why are these meaningful? How do these accomplishments/experiences relate to your future goals?
    • What is something you are passionate about?  How do you share that passion with others?  How does this passion show up in your life?
    • How are you involved in giving back to others and/or the community?  What does giving back mean to you?
    • Tell us about a challenge or obstacle you have faced.  What did you learn?  How does this challenge or obstacle still impact you?
    • Is there anything else you would like for us to know about you?
  • Consent Form

The application deadline is February 1st at 5 pm CST/4 pm MST.

Buffett Scholarship FAFSA & SAR

To be considered for a Susan T. Buffett Scholarship, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and receive a Student Aid Report (SAR).  The 2019-2020 FAFSA is available October 1st, and you must receive your 2019-2020 SAR and upload it to the scholarship application prior to the February 1, 2019 5 pm CST/4 pm MST deadline.

For information on the FAFSA, please visit EducationQuest at www.educationquest.org or visit the FAFSA Tools page and use the 2019-2020 links.

Step 1: Get an FSA ID

To complete the FAFSA online, you need an FSA ID.  If you are a dependent student, you and a parent/guardian each need an FSA ID.  Please visit FSAid.ed.gov.

Step 2: Complete the FAFSA

The FAFSA is available at studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa. For the 2019-2020 FAFSA, you and/or your parent/guardian(s) must use 2017 taxes. The FAFSA usually processes in 3 to 5 days, but can vary at peak times. To check the status of your FAFSA, return to studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa and log in as a returning user.

Step 3: Receive the SAR

Once the government processes your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR).  This is the report that is sent to colleges and you must download and attach it to the scholarship application. Only the 2019-2020 SAR is accepted.  We will NOT accept a copy of your application information, nor will we accept a copy of your submission confirmation.

If you completed the FAFSA online, you will receive a notification email that your SAR is available.  Go to studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa, log in as a returning user, and select “View Your Student Aid Report.” Then save the SAR as a PDF.

If you completed a PDF or paper FAFSA, you will receive a paper copy of your SAR in the mail. NOTE: Receiving the SAR in the mail takes longer, so plan in advance. You must scan the paper SAR and save it as a PDF.

Step 4: Upload the SAR

Login to your scholarship application, go to the Student Aid Report page, and upload the SAR PDF file.  Then you must submit the entire application by February 1, 2019 5 pm CST/4 pm MST.
1. Am I eligible to apply for the scholarship?

To be eligible to apply for the Susan T. Buffett Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a resident of Nebraska
  • Graduate from a Nebraska high school or earn a Nebraska GED
  • Earn at least a 2.5 cumulative unweighted GPA in high school (or 83 on a 100 point scale)
  • Be a first-time freshman when entering college
    • Students obtaining dual enrollment credits in high school are still eligible
  • Be in need of financial assistance in order to attend college

2. Where can I use the scholarship?

You can use the scholarship at any of the following Nebraska public colleges:

Nebraska Community Colleges- Central, Metropolitan, Mid-Plains, Northeast, Southeast, or Western Nebraska

Nebraska State College System- Chadron State, Peru State, or Wayne State

University of Nebraska- NCTA, UNK, UNL, UNMC, or UNO

3. When should I apply for the scholarship?

The application is available online every November 1st.  The online application is due on February 1st at 5 pm CST/4 pm MST.

4. How are students selected for the scholarship?

All eligible applications will be reviewed and awards will be determined based on the following criteria:

  • Financial need
  • Academic merit
  • Personal essay
  • Strength of recommendations

5. When do applicants find out if they have received the scholarship?

Every applicant who completes an application will receive a decision notification via email by May 1st.

6. Do I need to submit an official high school transcript?

Yes. The high school transcript must be official and uploaded to the online application.  It must include the following information:

  • Full name, DOB, & high school name
  • Cumulative unweighted GPA
  • All high school coursework with grades
  • Current work in progress (if provided by high school)

7. Am I required to file a FAFSA?

Financial need is one of the criteria for the scholarship and is determined by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and uploading a PDF copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR). Please go to studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa for more information on filing for federal student aid.

8. How do I submit the two recommendations?

Recommendations are submitted online and you will need the full name, title, email address, and phone number for each Recommender.  Recommendations must be professional and should come from teachers, school administrators, school counselors, employers, clergy or other adult mentors in your life.  Recommendations from family members, family friends, or personal friends will not be accepted.

9. If I receive a scholarship, do I need to reapply each year?

No. The scholarship will automatically renew each semester for up to five years at a four-year college or up to three years at a two-year college if you continue to meet the scholarship requirements, or until you graduate or obtain your bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first.

10. What costs are covered with this scholarship?

The table below indicates the maximum value of a Susan T. Buffett Scholarship per term (semester or quarter) at each public college in Nebraska for the 2018-2019 academic year. The scholarship can be used to cover expenses related to attending college (e.g. resident tuition and fees, housing, books). The amount of your scholarship may be less than the maximum term awards listed below depending on your cost of attendance, enrollment status, or other funding. Any unused portion of this award does not accrue and may not be applied to subsequent terms.

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