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University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Dreambig Academy

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You are the future of business. Spend a few days in July at the College of Business to learn about the dynamic world of business and explore potential career opportunities. You’ll make connections with people with similar goals as you as well as interact with faculty and staff who will push you to do your best as you sharpen leadership and networking skills. Walk away with new friends and perspective, resources to tackle the college admissions process and even qualify for a renewable $2,000 scholarship for completing the program.


July 17-20, 2022
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Apply By Friday, April 8, 2022

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Teachers and counselors are encouraged to nominate one or more students they think would be excellent candidates. Click nominate below and provide us with your student’s contact information and why they would be a great addition to the academy.

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Applications are due by Friday, April 8, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. We suggest having a parent, guardian or counselor read your essays before submitting. You will be notified of acceptance in April.

Who Attends the Academy?

Current high school juniors expected to graduate in May 2023, who earned a 2.5 GPA or higher, have an interest in business and meet at least one of the following additional criteria:

• First in their family to go to college
• Underrepresented identity
• Meet federal guidelines for low-income status or qualify for free or reduced lunch

DREAMBIG Academy - Who Attends

What Will You Do

• Learn about the world of business
• Participate in a college experience first-hand – academically and socially
• Tour local businesses
• Align skills with their career goals
• Present your ideas in a professional context
• Learn about opportunities at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln
• Work in teams to create a business idea and present to a panel of judges

DREAMBIG Academy - What You Will Learn

Top Four Reasons to Attend

• Connect with other students with similar dreams as you and network with business leaders, faculty and staff who can help you make them happen
• Qualify for a $2,000 scholarship when you complete the program (You qualify for the Emerging Leaders Scholarship as long as you meet additional academic requirements your senior year in high school. This scholarship is renewable for four years.)
• Learn your strengths to discover how to leverage them to succeed
• Attend at no cost and also receive free room and board in a residence hall during the academy

DREAMBIG Academy - Top For Reasons to Attend
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Ritchie, Kendra
Assistant Director of Recruitment
HLH 123 D
P.O. Box 880405
Lincoln, NE 68588-0405