Scholarships

The Center for Grassland Studies has several funds available to provide Academic and Professional Development scholarships for eligible undergraduate students pursuing degrees in grassland management and stewardship [e.g. Bachelor of Science degree in Grazing Livestock Systems, Bachelor of Science degree in Grassland Ecology and Management, and related degrees]. The Center and our students are very fortunate to have donors passionate about the Nebraska grasslands and committed to the education of our future professionals and grassland stewards. Scholarships include the:

  • Joseph O. Young Scholarship: Commemorates the distinguished career of Professor Joseph O. Young, to provide support for students who, with proper academic training, might enhance the quality of management in production agriculture, balancing the need for near-term profits with long-term preservation of natural resources.      
  • Dr. Kenneth C. Stout Grassland Studies Fund (available FY 2018-2019): Established to honor the grassland heritage of Nebraska and Dr. Stout's alma mater. Dr. Stout's deep passion for education and vision for sustaining Nebraska grasslands for future generations will be addressed through programs that support the stewardship, and management and utilization of our grassland and ranching heritage for future generations.
  • Leu Foundation Fund Scholarship: Commemorates Frank and Margaret Leu, who had a deep passion for education and vision for sustaining the stewardship of the Nebraska Sandhills for future generations.
  • Stock Seed Farms - Dr. Laurence C. Newell Scholarship Fund: Commemorates the life and long-time career of Dr. Laurence C. Newell, former grass breeder with the USDA, Agricultural Research Service, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Preference will be given to students studying forage production and/or range management.
  • The Nebraska Sandhills Task Force Scholarship: The goal of the Sandhills Task Force is to enhance the Sandhills wetland-grassland ecosystem in a way that sustains profitable private ranching, wildlife and vegetative diversity, and associated water supplies.  Their scholarship supports students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Grazing Livestock Systems with a professional interest in the Nebraska Sandhills.

Scholarships are available for students who fulfill the intent of the donor. Scholarships are awarded to current students based on the following criteria: cumulative grade point average, financial need, and a resume of activities. Applications for incoming students (freshmen or transfer) are evaluated  based on their academic history recorded in the UNL application database (primarily ACT score for freshmen and cumulative college GPA for transfer students).

In addition to the Academic Scholarships, eligible students may apply for Professional Development Scholarships to be considered for partial funding to attend the following: Nebraska Grazing Conference, Nebraska Range Short Course (offered even-numbered years only) and Nebraska Ranch Practicum.

Students may complete one application which will be considered for all appropriate Center for Grassland Studies scholarships. The application must be completed online and submitted by February 14. Notification of scholarship awards will be made by March 15.

Please contact our office with any questions: The Center for Grassland Studies, 203 Keim Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 68583-0953, Phone: 402-472-4101, Email: grassland@unl.edu.