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Next Generation Leaders

Supporting Omaha’s emerging workforce with inclusive excellence.

The Next Generation Leaders is a program that is dedicated to identifying and supporting students who come from underrepresented backgrounds. The program includes a merit scholarship and elite opportunities for leaders seeking to positively impact the culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion on Creighton’s campus and in their careers. Applicants may pursue a major in any college at the University.  

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Come from a traditionally underrepresented race or ethnicity
  • Minimum 3.8 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale at time of admission
  • Complete an application for the Next Generation Leaders Program by January 10, 2024

In addition to the application for the Next Generation Leaders Scholarship, applicants will be expected to submit the following:

  • A 650-word essay answering the following prompt:  
    • What is leadership and why is it important to you? How would you like to continue to grow as a leader who positively impacts the culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion at Creighton University?  
  • An activities resume that shows involvement in community and/or school activities. 
  • A video no longer than three minutes in length that answers the following prompts: 
    • In your opinion, what does a sense of belonging mean and why is it important to you? 
    • Who is a leader that has been influential in your life? How did their leadership qualities impact your sense of belonging? 
  • Participation in an interview process during Special Programs Day on Sunday, February 4th. For those who are unable to attend, virtual options will be on various dates in January. 

Selected candidates will receive:

  • Full tuition scholarship for four years (eight consecutive semesters)
  • Intentional programmatic support that will enhance their leadership skills, understanding of, and commitment to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Invitation to speaker series intended to foster awareness and skills related to racial justice work
  • Four-year inclusive leadership development and coaching
  • Purposeful connections with the Creighton University network on campus and throughout the Omaha area
  • Group service projects

Renewal requires maintaining standard academic progress, remaining in good standing according to student conduct policies, and regular participation in the Next Generation Leaders program requirements.