Justin Smith Morrill Scholars

Justin Smith Morrill authored the Morrill Act in 1862, establishing Land Grant universities across the nation. His vision and commitment provided the foundation for public higher education as we know it today. To honor his vision and his legacy, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources have developed a four-year program for high ability undergraduate students who are interested in interdisciplinary learning and activities, and in using the knowledge acquired during their time at university and throughout their lives following graduation to advance the public good through civic responsibility, engagement and leadership.

Morrill Scholars are developed through a rich variety of learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. They are encouraged to enroll in core content and methods courses in physical, life, social sciences and public policy, and ‘value-added’ content courses related to culture, ethics, arts, humanities, and/or foreign language that complement their undergraduate majors. They also participate in a credit-bearing seminar on Morrill’s life and accomplishment and the history of the Land Grant University.

Outside of the classroom, and many times beyond the campus, Morrill Scholars participate in regional, national or international field trips, experience public policy processes on local and national levels, discover knowledge through interdisciplinary research experiences, apply knowledge and skills either via rural community service learning or international rural community service learning opportunities, and complete research service learning projects and/or supervised internships that respond to community agency or community-based needs.