Paul Scholars

Concordia’s Work College Program

In Concordia University, Nebraska’s innovative Paul Scholars work college program, you will join a community that combines academic excellence with real-world work experience to seamlessly integrate classroom learning and practical job skills, fostering a holistic approach to higher education that equips you for servant leadership in the church and world.

A student working on her laptop in a coffee shop

“For you shall eat the fruit of your labor of your hands; you will be happy, and it shall be well with you”
Psalm 128:2

What is a Paul Scholar?

Concordia’s Paul Scholars are servant leaders in their workplace from day one. Hard working and driven, Paul Scholars want to make a difference through their careers while leading their future teams, mentoring others and reflecting Christ’s light in the workplace, no matter their future vocations.

As a Paul Scholar, you’ll 

  • Earn full tuition covered through a combination of Paul Scholar scholarships and job income as you gain experience in your career field.
  • Have a variety of work opportunities so you can choose a field you’re passionate about.
  • Work with one of our local community partners who will help mentor and guide you to be a servant leader.
  • Be part of a community of Paul Scholars, mentors and community partners to help you build a strong business network while you’re still in college. 
  • Gain confidence in your abilities that will prepare you to lead and serve your future organizations.
  • Use your gifts, talents and abilities to glorify God while you learn to lead in your future workplace. 
  • Gain access to and participate in events and experiences only available to Paul Scholars.

How Does Paul Scholars Work? 

The service you provide through your job as a Paul Scholar covers part of the cost of tuition and is applied automatically to your student account. The remaining portion of your tuition is covered by a scholarship awarded through the Paul Scholars program.

Apply to be a Paul Scholar

The Paul Scholars Cohort for 2024-25 has been filled. Submitted applications will be considered for Freshmen entering the 2025-26 school year. 

All students who have been admitted to Concordia are invited to apply to be a part of Paul Scholars.

  • Once you have been admitted to Concordia, complete the application below, save it to your computer, and submit your application via email to
  • If you’ve already applied to Concordia but would like to apply for the Paul Scholars program, email

When submitting your completed application to, please include all of the following components:

  1. Paul Scholars application
  2. A video no more than two minutes explaining why you are applying for the Paul Scholars program.
  3. Two letters of recommendation: One from a teacher and one from a non-family member.

Complete the Paul Scholars application

Frequently Asked Questions


For questions about the Paul Scholar program, email