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Husker Hustle Scholarship

Husker Hustle Scholarship Competition

Husker Hustle


Compete in the Husker Hustle Scholarship Competition for your opportunity to earn one of two $2,500 scholarships for aspiring or established student entrepreneurs. The scholarships were established by Janna Ronert, ’87, a successful entrepreneur who wants to help students who are passionate about their idea and hungry for success.


Wednesday, April 6, 2022

How It Works

Applicants submit an online application. From this pool of applicants, 10 finalists will be selected and be given the opportunity to each give a 15-minute presentation to a panel of judges including Janna Ronert, faculty and other business professionals. Presentations may be focused on your current business, a new business concept or your entrepreneurial dream. Presentations will take place throughout the day in Hawks Hall. Scheduling will be worked out once the finalists are selected.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to compete for the scholarships?

Full time UNL students who are currently of sophomore or junior standing are eligible to apply. Current seniors may contact the Center for Entrepreneurship if they wish to make the case for an exception*. Applications from all colleges and majors, as well as international students are welcomed.

What is the timeline for the Husker Hustle Scholarship?

March 30 - Applications due
April 4 - Notified if you'll present/compete
April 6 - Day of presentations

What all is included in the initial application?

The application includes:

  • Contact information
  • Two 500-word essays
    • How will this scholarship advance YOUR entrepreneurial journey at Nebraska?
    • Describe your entrepreneurial journey thus far and explain how this scholarship will help that journey continue.
    • Brief presentation overview (250 word maximum)
  • Optional supporting materials
    • Supporting information/documents you wish to be reviewed with your applications. Past examples include business plan, personal statement, vitae, resume, business model canvas, video statement, future goals, etc.
  • Presentation information
    • *finalists will have 15 minutes to present before a panel of judges. There is no prescribed format for the presentations and finalists can choose to present on a current business, new business concept, their entrepreneurial dream, or other topic/format that they choose.
What information can you share about the presentations?

Finalists will be selected to present to the scholarship committee. Students will be given 15 minutes for the presentation and have the option to present on their current business, a new business idea, or their entrepreneurial dream. Panelists will then have 15 minutes for question and answer with the presenter.

Who do I contact with additional questions?

For additional information, please contact the Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship.


Center for Entrepreneurship
HLH 315