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Susan T. Buffett Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: February 1

The Susan T. Buffett Foundation provides scholarships that can be used to cover expenses related to attending college (e.g. tuition and fees, housing, books). The amount of the scholarship varies by institution but is typically equal to the average cost of tuition and fees for a full-time student (15 credits) at that institution. For example, the maximum 2018-2019 scholarship amount is $5150 per semester at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. The maximum award at Southeast or Metro is $1550 per quarter.  The amount of the scholarship is reviewed each year and adjusted accordingly to accommodate increases or decreases in college-going costs.  Students must attend a public Nebraska post-secondary school.  The list of qualifying schools are listed on the Susan T. Buffett website.

1. Your Parents’ 2017 Tax Records—You MUST have your parents’ 2017 tax records to be able to complete your FAFSA.

2. Completed FAFSA—The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You will need to complete and submit your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You, and at least one parent, will need an FSA ID in order to submit the FAFSA.  You will then get a Student Aid Report which will need to be submitted by February 1. 

3. School Transcript—When you submit your application online, you will need an Official Copy of your most up-to-date high school transcript.  See Ms. Moser for this.

4. Two Recommendations—You will need two professional references to complete a recommendation for you.  You may want to consider asking a teacher, employer, or clergy.  References cannot be from friends or family or even family friends.  Your references will be sent an online link to an email address you provide.  Your references can type in their responses directly via the online link or through a template they can download from the online link sent to their e-mail.

5. Personal Essay—You will need to compose an essay between 1000-1500 words. The application provides five additional questions you will need to address in your essay.

6. Parent/Guardian Signature—When you are ready to submit your application, if you are under the age of 19, you will need a parent or guardian present to electronically sign a consent to release information.

Scholarships are based on a variety of factors, including a student's financial need and academic performance.  Students whose EFC is less than $10,000 are encouraged to apply.  Students do not need to be Pell eligible to qualify.  The minimum high school cumulative GPA required for application is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.  If you do not meet the EFC qualification or the GPA qualification, do not apply; your application will be thrown out.

The deadline to submit the application is February 1.  

For more information or to apply, please see Ms. Moser or click here.


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