Goodrich Scholarship Program

General Information

The Goodrich Scholarship Program provides merit scholarships, textbook support, and supportive services to low-income Nebraska residents (often first-generation college students).


Goodrich Scholarship Program

The Goodrich Scholarship Program, established by the Nebraska legislature in 1972, is an academic unit of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service. The program provides scholarships to academically meritorious low-income Nebraska residents (often first-generation college students). The Goodrich scholarship is not transferable to UNL or UNMC or UNK or to any other Nebraska university or college.  For students selected, Goodrich pays tuition and general fees for a maximum of 140 credit hours or until graduation, whichever comes first. Goodrich also offers textbook support to scholars.  The program includes a specialized freshman/sophomore curriculum that emphasizes intellectual and cultural diversity and a set of comprehensive academic and non-academic support services, which constitute the Goodrich experience. The Goodrich experience largely accounts for Goodrich’s resilient student success. 


The mission of the Goodrich Scholarship Program is to offer at the University of Nebraska at Omaha quality undergraduate education to academically meritorious low-income Nebraska residents who otherwise could not afford it.


Strategic Goals

The Goodrich Scholarship Program aligns itself with CPACS and the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s strategic goals:  

  • Be student-centered.
  • Maintain academic excellence.
  • Be community-engaged.

Goodrich’s Required Curriculum

Goodrich requires the following courses, all of which are a part of UNO’s General Education Curriculum:

First or Freshman Year

  • HUMN 1200 (Autobiographical Reading and Writing, 3 credit hours)
  • ENGL 1150 (English Composition i, 3 credit hours) or ENGL 1160 (English Composition II, 3 credit hours), depending on EPPE placement
  • HUMN 1110 (Perspectives on USAmerican Culture, 6 credit hours).

Second or Sophomore Year

  • GDRH 2110 (Core Topics in Social Science: LifeSpan Development, 3 credit hours).
  • GDRH 2120 (Core Topics in Social Science: Social Issues, 3 credit hours).

A Note

To retain the Goodrich scholarship or to be in good academic standing with Goodrich, the Goodrich scholar must maintain at least a 2.0 term gpa with a full course load of 12 credit hours every semester. After the first year, Goodrich scholars in strong academic standing may take up to 15 credit hours, but Goodrich will not pay for hours over 15. 

Student Group

The Goodrich Organization! (GO!) welcomes all new Goodrich students. GO!’s many activities include fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and mentoring with Omaha Public School students. For suggestions or more specific GO! information, contact GO! faculty adviser Troy Romero (402-554-3466). 

Admission to Goodrich 

We use a composite of selection criteria to evaluate both merit and financial need. Criteria include application data, financial analysis, academic record, in-person interview, EPPE, personal life-experience essay, and references.  

Admission Limitation

Applicants who receive tuition scholarships, including but not limited to Regents, Chancellor's, Dean's and Buffett Foundation, cannot combine or stack any of those awards with a Goodrich scholarship. For more information about stacking scholarships, please contact UNO's Office of Financial Support and Scholarships at (402) 554.2327.


Goodrich Scholarship Program

University of Nebraska at Omaha

CPACS 123 Suite

6001 Dodge Street

Omaha, NE 68182

Phone: (402) 554.2274