Union Scholars

Union Scholars—taking learning a step further

Become a Union Scholar

The Union Scholars honors program is carefully crafted so students can select from a variety of interdisciplinary courses that explore fine arts and historical and contemporary global cultures. This program inspires scholars to develop a broad intellectual and cultural interest and thus distinguish themselves as analytical problem solvers. Yes! The Union honors program is about developing you, the student, to your fullest intellectual potential.

Honors Highlights:

  • Designed to fit general education categories/requirement.
  • Smaller class size with courses specifically for Scholars.
  • Unique courses that emphasize participation and creativity.
  • Interdisciplinary courses that address complex global issues.
  • Individualized assistance with an original research project.
  • Coursework abroad built into the program.
  • Textbook, travel, research and completion scholarships.
  • Cultural and social activities that foster intellectual enrichment.
  • Encourages friendships from a variety of disciplines.

Apply to the honors program

Learn more about the curriculum

Gain a global perspective

International study tour

A global perspective is a core goal of the Union Honors program and the Honors study tour provides the opportunity for scholars to experience perspectives from other parts of the world. Each tour allows students to examine critical global issues from a comparative perspective.

We help you pay for this great experience.

Scholarships and grants

Students who meet the eligibility requirements for acceptance into the Union Scholars program will qualify for scholarship awards as illustrated below.


Freshman textbook award

awarded following year


Freshman textbook award 

Sophomore textbook award




Sophomore textbook award

Junior textbook award




Junior textbook award

Senior textbook award



Travel award

Awarded upon completion of approved study abroad


Completion award

Awarded upon completion of all scholarship requirements


Four year total


Honors Research Grants

A limited number of grants of up to $500 are available to Union Scholars to assist with their own Honors research project Grant money is used to support the research efforts of students, and can be used for expenses such as travel to conferences or equipment unique to the student’s project. Awarded funds will be transferred to the department of the student’s Faculty Sponsor. Grant funds are for direct costs only, for materials and activities directly related to the student’s project, and may not be used as a stipend or wage. Eligible scholars must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 and must be a junior or senior proposing to use the grant in connection with an honors thesis.

Apply for the Honors Ogden Research Grant.

You have what it takes to be a Union Scholar.

Admission requirements

To join the Honors program  prospective Union Scholars  must complete an application for admission. Applications will only be considered for students who have applied and are accepted to Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.

You are also must have:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.50 for entering freshmen.
  • A minimum composite ACT score of 24 or equivalent.
  • A minimum college cumulative GPA of 3.50 for transfer students and current Union College students.

Maintaining Membership

To continue in the Honors program, a student  must fulfill the following :

  • Enroll in the appropriate sequence of Honors courses.
  • Receive combined B+ average (3.33) or higher in all honors courses.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50.

Transfer Policy

Students may transfer into the honors program at the director's discretion in a manner that is in agreement with the honors concentration. Transfer students will enter into the program via academic petitions to accommodate completion of honors requirements.

Events and Activites

Scholars are invited to attend various social and cultural activities with the honors program. 

These usually include:

  • Art galleries
  • Museums
  • Plays at Nebraska Wesleyan Theatre
  • Sabbath picinics
  • Soup Suppers in faculty homes

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