Susan Buffett Scholarship Essay Contest

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 institutions:

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?

Applications are available online on November 1st. All of the application materials are 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 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 institution in Nebraska for the 2017-2018 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.


R.S.V.P. Links
WHT Events Calendar
Community Connection Write-up Submission & Questions
2018-2019 Peer Mentor Application (DUE March 5th)
Yoga with Kawasaki Reading Room (March 9)

The W. H. Thompson community works to nurture student development by providing workshops throughout the academic year that address important skills that foster student personal growth and learning.  Attending W. H. Thompson events is mandatory, but scholars are allowed to select workshops that address topics that appeal to their personal needs and interests.  To assist scholars in selecting the events that would most benefit them, the workshops are divided into three categories (Life Skills, Academic, and Social) based on the topics that are addressed in each.

We are constantly working to improve our events and listen to students needs.  Many of our events are pre-set for the year, however, we often add additional events for students to attend throughout the school year.  Every Monday students receive a W.H. Thompson Scholars Newsletter where upcoming events are listed. 

Life Skills – Life Skills events are designed to assist scholars in responsibly managing their academic, social, and personal affairs.  Some of the life skills event topics include resume writing and job searching, making plans after graduation, goal setting, managing personal finances, mental health, personal safety, and interpersonal relationships.

Academic – Academic events are designed to promote scholarly student development.  These events prompt scholars to challenge themselves intellectually and to think about topics including multiculturalism, ethical scholarly research methods, and local, national, and world events.  These events are also designed to promote effective practices for college reading, writing, and studying.

Social – Social events are designed to involve scholars in the W. H. Thompson community.  Many scholars consider W. H. Thompson as a home away from home – and student social success and health is of the utmost importance to program staff.  Social events are designed to be interactive and engaging; some previous social events included bowling, climbing a rock wall, salsa dancing, and playing Name That Tune.

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