Huge-NWU Scholarship

Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU), in memory of Harry Huge (‘59) and honor of Reba Huge, will provide one full-ride scholarship that covers the cost of tuition, fees, room and board at NWU. The university will also award scholarships to select finalists and semifinalists.

Huge-NWU Scholarships

  • One Huge-NWU Full-ride Scholarship – Full tuition, fees, room and board over four years (the full-ride recipient must live in NWU-sponsored housing all four years).
  • $16,000 Huge-NWU Commendation Scholarship ($4,000 per year to select finalists)
  • $4,000 Huge-NWU Recognition Scholarship ($1,000 per year to select semifinalists)

Recipients of the full-ride scholarship and the commendation scholarship are inducted into the NWU Huge Society.

To qualify, a student must:

  1. Have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.75 or higher (weighted on 4.0 scale).
  2. Submit the Nebraska Wesleyan University application for admission.
    Students will create an NWU application account with their email address and a password.
  3. Submit the Huge-NWU Scholarship Application by midnight on December 1.
    To access the scholarship application, students will log in to their NWU application account (see step 2 above).

Huge-NWU Scholarship Application Information

The application consists of the following sections:

  1. Personal information and educational history
  2. Extracurricular activities, honors and awards – Applicants will attach an activity resume outlining any extracurricular activities and academic honors or awards received during high school. The activities, honors and awards should be listed in order of significance to the applicant and include the activity name, participation years, offices held, and honors or awards received.
  3. Summer programs and employment
    • Applicants will list summer programs (e.g., Girls’/Boys’ State, band camp, church camp, etc.) attended during or following high school and the year attended.
    • Applicants will list employment experiences during the academic year or summer and include job title, approximate hours worked per month and dates employed.
  4. College plans – Applicants will indicate the intended academic area(s) of study and their intention to apply for financial aid.
  5. Two essays – Applicants are to reflect on the following questions and respond in two typed essays, no longer than one page each in length.
    • Describe the most important event (or events) in your life that has accounted for your achievements, values and goals, including your family, your community, and your peers and that has made you want to apply for this scholarship to Nebraska Wesleyan University.
    • “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.” --F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Crack Up”

      Our role as citizens is to be well informed. That includes both seeking evidence to support our own beliefs and learning about the beliefs and reasoning of others. If one never held true to any belief, one would be adrift, lost. However, it is also myopic to embrace that singular perspective, in which we lose our aptitude to learn. We lose our vulnerability to be wrong. Alternatively, we must be open to the flaws and failures in things we perceive as perfect. As the author suggests, we must have the capacity to consider opposing opinions simultaneously.

      What is your capacity to see all sides of an issue and acknowledge that there may be multiple truths? Aside from the obvious topic of political divisiveness, choose an example that demonstrates your “first-rate intelligence” in Fitzgerald’s terms: an instance in which you have been able to hold opposing ideas in your mind and retain the ability to function. Describe the intellectual process and social, academic, or professional consequences of balancing conflicting viewpoints. There are no right answers.
  6. High school transcript – Send an official high school transcript to the Nebraska Wesleyan University Admissions Office. The transcript should include senior year grades through and including mid-term, if possible.
  7. Two letters of recommendation
    • Letters of recommendation should come from two adults who know the applicant well and can speak to qualities such as dedication to studies, academic and leadership potential, extracurricular involvement in school and in community services, work ethic and experience, and character.
    • The first recommendation must be from a teacher or athletic coach who has taught or coached the applicant in an academic subject or athletic team in the junior or senior year.
    • The second recommendation must be from an adult outside of the school who knows the applicant from the community, such as a neighbor, employer, Scout leader, or religious leader.
    • Mail letters of recommendation to:
      Huge-NWU Scholarship
      Nebraska Wesleyan University
      Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
      5000 Saint Paul Avenue
      Lincoln, Nebraska 68504
  8. Financial aid – Financial need is a factor considered during the selection process. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to either submit the 2021-22 FAFSA or Nebraska Wesleyan University’s financial aid form.

Selection process

A scholarship committee consisting of selected members from the faculty and administration of NWU reviews applications. Representatives from NWU will interview these finalists to determine the award winners.

NWU will select one full-ride Huge-NWU Scholarship winner based on application and interview. NWU strongly considers academic achievement and credentials, such as an applicant’s high school rank within their class, their curriculum and GPA. NWU gives equal weight to leadership qualities, activities, community service, work experience outside of school, honors and recognition by his or her peers. NWU also evaluates an applicant’s personal qualities and interests as demonstrated in the letters of recommendation, the applicant’s essays and by the experiences and activities pursued both in and out of high school. The financial need of the applicants and standardized test scores (i.e., ACT and SAT) are other factors considered in awarding the scholarships. NWU does not assign percentage weights to these factors in determining the finalists and eventual winners.

NWU will notify all applicants of their status on or before January 15 of the academic year of application.

Finalists are interviewed on NWU campus in Lincoln, Nebraska, on or before March 10. The interviews are conducted so that NWU representatives and the applicant have the opportunity to personally meet, ask questions and get to know each other. If, for a compelling reason, the applicant cannot travel to Lincoln for a personal interview, NWU will conduct the interview by video conferencing.

NWU will notify all finalists, by telephone and confirmation letter, as to the final scholarship decision on or before March 20.

Huge-NWU Scholarships will be awarded to the most qualified applicants regardless of whether they will receive grants or scholarships from other sources to attend NWU, and to students enrolled in any academic major course of study or studies or to enrolled students who have not yet decided upon an academic major.

Scholarship benefits and requirements

Recipients of the full-ride scholarship and the commendation scholarship are inducted into NWU’s Huge Society. As a Huge scholar, you’ll receive Nebraska Wesleyan’s unparalleled attention in support of your biggest goals. Past scholars have reached Harvard Law, Stanford University, the top Ph.D. program in genetics and more.

To qualify in years two, three, and four, students must maintain the following previous-year GPA requirement: 3.25 for the full-ride scholarship; 3.0 for the Huge-NWU Commendation Scholarship; and 2.5 for the Huge-NWU Recognition Scholarship.