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Susan Thompson Buffet Foundation Scholarship

Due February 1, 2021 by 5:00pm

Applications accepted until Feb 1, 2021 by 5:00 pm.

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.

Online application process found at:  


To be eligible for the Susan T. Buffett scholarship, you must:

  • Live in Nebraska and meet in-state residency requirements of the college you plan to attend
    • DACA, undocumented, or DACA eligible students are still eligible to apply
    • 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 2.0 cumulative unweighted GPA in high school  
    • 2.0 on a 4 point scale
    • 77 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:
    • NE Community Colleges - CCC, LPTC, MCC, MPCC, NECC, NICC, SCC, or WNCC;
    • NE State College System - Chadron State, Peru State, Wayne State; or
    • University of NE System - NCTA, UNK, UNL, UNMC, or UNO
  • Be in need of financial assistance in order to attend college
    • Note: You do not need to be Pell Grant eligible to qualify
    • You 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
  • Recommendation

Application Requirements

The 2021 application is available here: https://app.buffettscholarships.org 

The requirements for the online application are as follows:

  • Application forms
  • One recommendation
  • Student Aid Report
  • High school transcript
  • Essay- a 500 to 1000 word essay that addresses the following:
    • Tell us about you, your life, your family and/or communities. (In your response, discuss people, communities/organizations, and experiences that have shaped your life and your values).
    • Tell us about a time you worked hard to achieve something in school and why it was meaningful/what you learned.  Additionally, tell us about a time you worked hard to achieve something outside of school and why it was meaningful/what you learned.
    • Tell us why you want to go to college.  How will this scholarship help you reach your goals?
  • Consent form

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