The Susan Buffett Scholarship awards students who are starting college for the first time and reside in Nebraska.
To be eligible, they must have graduated from a Nebraska high school or obtained a GED and plan to attend a Nebraska public college.
They also need to show that they have financial difficulties. Since there are only a few scholarships available, not all eligible students can receive one.
Susan Buffett Scholarship Eligibility
- Live in Nebraska and meet in-state residency requirements of the college you plan to attend
- DACA, undocumented, or DACA eligible students can apply
- Graduate from a Nebraska high school or earn a Nebraska GED
- Achieve a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.0 in high school (on a 4-point or 100-point scale)
- Be a first-time freshman when entering college (including students with dual enrollment credits)
- Plan to attend a Nebraska public college (options include NE Community Colleges, NE State College System, and University of NE System)
- Demonstrate financial need with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) below $10,000 (Pell Grant eligibility is not required)
Selection process for the scholarship:
- Applications from eligible candidates are reviewed and scored
- Selection is based on financial need, academic merit, short answers, and recommendation.
The 2023 application for the Susan Buffett Scholarship is no longer open.
However, for future reference, here are the requirements for the online application:
- Application forms
- One recommendation
- Student Aid Report (SAR)
- High school transcript
- Short Answers – respond to 4 prompts with 150-350 words each
- Consent form
To be considered for the scholarship, you must follow these steps:
Step 1: Complete the 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). a. Get an FSA ID. b. Fill out the FAFSA using 2021 tax information. c. Allow 3 to 5 days for processing, or longer during peak times.
Step 2: Receive the Student Aid Report (SAR).
- SAR is typically available within 3 to 5 business days.
- If completed online, you will receive an email notification. Save the SAR as a PDF.
- If completed on paper, you will receive a paper copy by mail. Scan the SAR and save it as a PDF.
Step 3: Upload the SAR.
- Log in to your scholarship application and go to the Student Aid Report page.
- Upload the PDF of your SAR.
- Complete the entire scholarship application before the February 1st deadline (5 pm CST/4 pm MST).
Change in Financial Situation: If your family’s financial situation has significantly changed compared to your tax return, follow these additional steps:
- Complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA.
- Contact the financial aid office of your intended college to file a special circumstance appeal.
- Inform the scholarship foundation about your appeal by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Upload a valid SAR to your scholarship application by the February 1st deadline, even if you are still waiting for the appeal decision.
The Susan Buffett Scholarship is awarded to first-time college students in Nebraska who meet certain criteria.
Students must live in Nebraska and plan to attend a Nebraska public college. They should have graduated from a Nebraska high school or obtained a GED.
Financial need is also a requirement.
The 2023 application period has ended, but for future reference, the requirements include;
- filling out application forms,
- providing a recommendation,
- submitting a Student Aid Report (SAR),
- high school transcript, and answering short prompts.
A consent form is also needed.
To be considered, students need to complete;
- The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the relevant academic year
- Obtain the Student Aid Report (SAR)
- Upload it to the scholarship application by the specified deadline.
Change in Financial Situation:
If there has been a significant change in the family’s financial situation, students should complete the FAFSA, contact their college’s financial aid office to file a special circumstance appeal, inform the scholarship foundation about the appeal, and upload a valid SAR to the scholarship application by the deadline.