Dean's Future Scholars (DFS) is an academic outreach program with the goal of increasing the numbers of low-income, first generation students graduating from high school, gaining access to higher education, and entering a career in the field of education. The program is housed in the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno. DFS was established in 2000 by Dr. William Sparkman, the Dean of the College of Education from 1998-2010, who brought the program concept from Texas Tech University. Today, Dean Christine Cheney is committed to supporting the program's mission.
Each year students are identified in sixth grade from selected Title 1 schools throughout the Washoe County School District (WCSD) for participation in DFS. Since its inception in 2000, about 650 students in WCSD have participated in the program. To assist students in graduating from high school and college, DFS provides: