Application reopens Nov. 1, 2019

Deadline: Feb. 1 5 pm CT/4 pm MT

FAQs: Applicant

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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 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.

Email:   Telephone: (402) 943-1383

The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation responds to questions about college scholarships only. The Foundation does not respond to other inquiries.

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