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We have moved our entire scholarship application process online! Visit our Scholarship Application Center to review available scholarships, eligibility requirements, application requirements, and to complete an application.

Award Notification, Recognition and Disbursement

Award recipients will be notified on or before April 31, 2017. Scholarship money will be sent directly to the college or university that you’re attending upon receipt of verification of your enrollment. By November 31, 2017, award recipients must provide proof of enrollment at a college or university or scholarship will be revoked. More information on selection, notification, acceptance, and disbursement can be found here.

Scholarships winners will be selected by a scholarship review committee. For students selected to receive scholarships, the following describes selection, notification, acceptance, recognition, and disbursement steps. 

Selection Process

A Scholarship Review Committee meets to review and score all applications. Prior to review, copies of each application are made with the applicant's names removed in order to eliminate any bias by members of the committee. 

Incomplete applications or applications received after the due date are not considered eligible and are not reviewed/scored. 

To be eligible for the Barrientos scholarships, the applicants must not be receiving major financial assistance from other outside sources, such as Pell Grant, Goodrich Scholarship, Susan Thompson Buffett award, or NU Regents Scholarship.

Award Notification

On or before April 31, 2017, all winners will be notified via mail that they have been awarded a scholarship. The notification letter will include instructions on how to accept the award.

Award Acceptance

Each winner will be asked to formally accept the award, affirming their intention to enroll in a Nebraska college or university during the Fall 2017/Spring 2018 academic school year.

Award Disbursement

In order to receive the actual monetary award, the student must send us proof that they have enrolled as a full time student at a college or university in Nebraska for the Fall of 2017 or Spring of 2018. Failure to provide proof of enrollment during the specified time frame will void the scholarship. 


Upon receipt of proof of enrollment, a check will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the college or university. Under no circumstances will a check be sent directly to a student. It will be the responsibility of the student to follow up with their financial aid office to verify that the scholarship was applied to their account.